I made the Hobie mirage drive fin guards as a means to help protect and extend the life of the leading edge of my mirage drive fin toward the ends where they are most vulnerable to cuts and gouges which can occur from collisions with shallow water obstructions like oysters beds and sharp rocks. The mirage drive fins still rotate on their mast with the guards mounted just like normal. Sadly these will not prevent bending of the mast due to severe contact or collision with an object…
Link for STL file is available on youtubes video description…
I needed some more complex solving type projects so I decided to get a small cheap laser printer and see what trouble I can get into with one of those machines. So far so good as it’s similar to my 3d printing machine except it’s a totally different medium to work with. It should keep me pretty busy around Christmas time making presents for family and friends.
I finally had enough with the propel drive locks on my Native Slayer 10 kayak being such a pain most of the time to engage and disengage so I decided to put my own “spin” on things and create a drive lock mechanism that, to me, is easier to use and more efficient than the stock units.
As they say “necessity is the mother of invention”. So I needed to come up with a way to protect the kayak when stored outdoors while also trying to maintain a budget… Kayak covers, in general, are pretty expensive and just covers the kayak itself but in my situation its more than just the hull that need protecting as this hobie also has amas which are almost as long as the kayak itself. This led me to try out a boat cover which ended up being a wonderful solution for me once I figured out how to deal with all the extra material the boat cover had to offer.
Summer is here in Florida and with it comes the wicked heat which means it’s time for me to take cover and start with the night fishing again except this time around I wanted to increase my lighting situation… This little project has fulfilled this goal.
I’m excited to be bringing this Hobie back to its former glory while tweaking it to my liking which begins with upgrading the seats in diy fashion with hopes of obtaining a more memorable experience when out on the water.
This design was my solution for wanting easy access to my handheld VHF radio while keeping it secure from accidentally dropping it in the ocean. May be applicable to other kayaks as well including boats.