There are those fishing days when things just don’t work out as planned – this was one of those days…
I’m so stoked to have finally found a boat (after two years of searching) that met most of the requirements that I was looking for to include that it would be in fairly good condition and reasonably priced.
So here is the latest addition to the channel and my fleet – a 1989 Bass Tracker Tournament V17 with a Mercury 80, 2 stroke outboard. Currently I’m going thru all the electrical system to see what needs fixing or updating as well as familiarizing myself with the motor and doing any and all maintenance that needs to be done up front to have it all up to date. Although I can’t wait to get it on the water I have no plans on rushing things until I feel comfortable that the most critical parts of the maintenance process has been completed on this boat. I’ll be posting up a video soon to document my journey to get this boat back on the water for those that may be interested
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.
My current status quo with this weather situation… 😉
I came up with a new Hawg Trough storage clip design for my Slayers motor mount yesterday which I think is going to work out great. I printed it out this morning and from what I can see so far is that it does not interfere with the rear crate or the rod holders and I should still have easy access to it when needed. A small bungee will keep it in place when transporting the 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 Outrigger (called an 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…
I saw this today while pumping gas and thought it was such a cool diy setup that I had to share. I’ve seen similar ideas like this before online but this was a first for me to see it in person while in action. I spoke with the person who made it while I was there pumping gas. He was a very nice guy for taking the time to speak with me especially while asking him a bunch of questions about it in which he happily answered all of them. He lives and travels in this motor home and has been using this homemade kayak rack for quite some time now and it has been holding up just fine. I wished him much success on his fishing adventure as he continues his trip towards south Florida.