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! 😉👍
Artificial Reef Sites 14 and 15 GPS map
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
This is my truck bed yak rack which now allows me more use of the available real estate on my Mazda truck bed below the kayaks to securely transport the rest of my gear when traveling to and from my destination while still providing a easy on and off loading of the kayak(s). Heck I even got to keep my aluminum toolbox! I will be looking to see how well this wood structure holds up even though it has been sealed for water otherwise I will use this same basic design to re-fabricate one out of a more durable material like aluminum.
TMS Kayak / Canoe Cradles https://amzn.to/2vzfT6Q
I wanted yet another mode of propulsion for my PA14 and the sail was it. I was lucky enough to stumble across a brand new and unused hobie sail kit on craigslist at a price that I could not turn away from. I used to own a Sunfish sailboat many many moons ago and don’t remember much about how to sail but I’m a quick study so I have been brushing up on this subject by doing a lot of reading and watching videos online which is how I found out that a furler would be a requirement for me and a utility bar also known as a main sheet riser would compliment the whole setup nicely.
I was actually quite impressed on how well the diy furler works for being such a simple device. There are already quite a number of videos on how to make this type of furler on youtube which is why I did not produce one but may do one in the future if I see that there is some interest for a video like that including the utility bar.