Another project for a massive rainy day like today has been completed and am totally happy with the way it turned out… I was able to come up with a way to mount my new Hobie sidekicks that arrived in the mail the other day to my Native Slayer 10 without drilling any holes in it. Will be testing them out soon…
I’m feeling pretty good about the update to my summer nights hatcam setup for 2019 using a Anker PowerCore+ Mini, 3350mAh Lipstick-Sized Portable Aluminum Power Bank held by custom 3d printed mounts for continuous recording of 8+ hours using a 64gb sdcard on a Ion Air Pro Lite action camera.
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.
04/15/2019 – A Relaxing day out on the water with my beloved to include a training session for her on the Native Slayer Propel 10 kayak at Lake Butler Chain.
I wanted a gaff for my kayak when going offshore but did not want to go the traditional gaff route so I decided to make my own version of a hawaiian / kage spear gaff. This video shows how I made it using a 5/16″ rod and how easily it all went together. The best part for me is that it floats and I can easily remove / replace the spear portion when and if necessary.
The file for the 3dprinted insert can be downloaded using the link below and is available for 5/16″, 3/8″, 7/16″ or 1/2″ diameter rods.
It turned out to be an absolutely gorgeous day to be outdoors to do some fishing. Spent the whole day with my buddy Ron hitting different spots on a few of the lakes in Maitland, Florida. Although I chose to try an assortment of different lures and plastics, the fishes only desire that day was the watermelon red super fluke which is why it is still my number one favorite plastic bait in my tackle box for large mouth bass to date.