As this was my first time trying to do this mod, no video was taken of the process but the end results were amazing to me so I wanted to share these results in the hopes it may inspire others to follow suite who are also looking for solutions to minimize damage to a known high wear area on most kayaks.
Shout out to “Sea Monster Fishing” whose instructional video of his skid plate made this possible! Go check out his video and make one for yourself. See link below:
In this video I show a simple alteration that needs to be done to the fwd aka when using a 2015 aka with a 2014 ama.
In this video I show the additional addon modifications that went along with my 2012 Hobie Pro Angler 14 / Adventure Island ama mod.
The Motor Mount – 0:36
Motor Mount Installation – 2:45
New Grab Bars – 3:58
The Motor – 5:50
Break-in Procedure – 7:19
Motor tip – 8:26
In this video I show how I mounted the modified Adventure Island Xbar to my 2012 Hobie Pro Angler 14.
Attaching Xbar Front Mounts – 0:35
Attaching Xbar Rear Mounts – 3:17
In this video I show how I lengthened the Adventure Island Xbar so that it would fit my 2012 Hobie PA14.
Components – 0:35
Modified Xbar – 1:27
3d Printed Parts & Assembly – 3:09
The last few months of 2018 had me on a very busy handyman schedule with family and relatives especially when the holidays rolled in but I made sure to find the time to work on this project that I affectionately named POSEIDON in hopes of finishing it up for the start of the 2019 year. Aside from from having to do some updates to my kayak trailer, it is just about done so I can get the Hobie out on the water for testing and do a final break-in session on the outboard motor. I did manage to document most of the conversion process which I will be showing in a three part video series for those wanting to do a similar build as there is not a lot of information out there to be found.
I put together my version of a floating bait livewell that I can drag behind me with the kayak or use it off a pier, the shoreline or jetties. It’s the size of a five gallon bucket so it should hold a good amount of bait. I like this setup for the main reason that the bait is in its environment with no need to worry about water temp, circulating the water or using a air bubbler to oxygenate the water to try and keep the bait fish alive.
When it comes to lighting, if you run a motorized kayak at night, especially if registered in your state, then you should follow the same rules and regulations as a boat. This is a simple mount that I created so that I could attach a specific bow navigation light to my Hobie Pro Angler 14 kayak. The navigation light that I used is sold by Shoreline Marine and is battery powered. No drilling required. This mount is attached using an adhesive, double sided carpet tape or 3M tape to the top of the Hobie emblem found on the bow of the kayak. The 3d printed file for this base is available for download on thingiverse for those who would like to make one for their kayak. A link will be provided below:
► 3D Light Base → https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3174345
Look at what the UPS driver just dropped off…. SWEEEEEEEEET! 😜
10/18/2018 – I was just mentioning to my wife this past week about a fish that is called a Triglidae but more commonly known as a “Sea Robin” which can walk along the bottom of the ocean using its six legs in search of food. When I was younger growing up fishing in Connecticut I would catch sea robins all the time. It was considered a nuisance / trash fish that everyone hated. As for me I was always fascinated with this prehistoric looking fish and lo and behold I caught one today so I had to take a video to share with the wife, kiddos and of course all of YouTube!
On a side note “The Mullet Run” has begun in our waters inside Ponce Inlet. We scouted around most of the morning and found large schools of mullet in all areas that we searched including large pods of dolphins but interesting enough nothing was feeding on them besides the occasional dolphin. I would imagine the dolphin pods were possibly the cause for no sighting of predator fish feeding. We did see large tarpon just rolling everywhere under and around the N Causeway overpass right by our boat as we were moving from one spot to another but sadly I did not have my camera out to film this beautiful sight nor the gear to stop and try to fish for them… 😩