There are those fishing days when things just don’t work out as planned – this was one of those days…
I finally was able to get the kayak registered to begin testing the outboard motor mounts that I made for my Native Slayer Propel 10 kayak. In this video I am testing the DIY side mount which will be used in conjunction with Hobie Sidekick floats to help add stability to the kayak due to the offset weight of the motor. Aside from checking for stability I will be also looking at what speeds are attainable with the Suzuki 2.5 when pushing the hull design of the Slayer kayak.
Since I love to tinker and make things whenever possible I decided to take on this little project just for the fun of it and see what I could come up with. The main criteria for this motor mount project was that it had to be relatively low cost to make and easy to mount using readily available materials but still do the job that it was intended to do. For the most part I believe I have met that criteria. If anyone is looking to build a motor mount for their own personal kayak then hopefully this video will give you a couple of super cheap alternative choices on how to proceed to get you started! A second “on the water” video using these mounts are currently in the works and will be made available soon.
For a limited time a Hobie Xbar Extrusion Support Kit will be made available for public purchase for those interested in duplicating the modification I made of adding a Hobie Adventure Island ama to a Hobie Pro Angler 14.
Contact me using the form below and specify that you may be interested in purchasing a Hobie Xbar Extrusion Support Kit for details.
Another short teaser video of a second option I created for mounting an outboard on my Native Slayer Propel 10. Currently waiting on my tiller extension to arrive so I can continue on with this project…
I thought I would share a short teaser of my latest yak project that I have been working on that is just about finished…
07/13/2019 – Finally made it out to Tables Beach (located between Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach) to check it out what the potential points of access to the beach for the kayak would be that I could not really see using google earth and more specifically if trailering my kayak is even an option for me if wanting to launch from there.
Be sure to check out my online google map link below to access the GPS coordinates for the specific spots within the artificial reefs of site 14 and 15 and I’ll be seeing you out on the water! 😉👍
This video is to give a little more detail into how I put together my main sheet riser / utility bar for sailing the Hobie PA14 using a four dollar medical walker that I purchased from my local Goodwill store.
Owning several kayaks but only having one Landing Gear System can become very expensive if trying to outfit all of them with this type of setup. My solution was to create a knuckle system for each of my other kayaks and share the landing gear legs when applicable.
Please note that this is not a super simple – off the shelf parts – slap together type of diy build but am sharing the idea anyway for those whom may be interested and don’t mind taking this type of approach to creating a hopefully longer lasting build solution. Currently in a ( Work-in-Progress ) phase for longevity under real world applications.
The 3D printed PETG plastic insert is sized for a aluminum square tube that is 1.75″ x 1.75″ with a 1/8″ wall thickness. The length of the square tube is to be determined by the builder since it is specific to his or her kayak. I went with 32 inches on the length of the aluminum square tube for my Native Slayer Propel 10. Concerning the four angle brackets, they are made from the same square aluminum tubing and are 1″ wide. Hardware used to attach the angle brackets to the accessory rails are modified stainless steel 5/16″ x 1″ carriage bolts. I wanted the knuckle spacers for my build but it may or may not be needed for your particular kayak.
► 3D Print Files → https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3612817