kayak canoe modifications

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  1. Benjamin Shoemaker

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    I just got a kayak a few days ago and wanted to add some things to it. I have an idea of how I want to do it but it would be nice to see pictures of everyone else's mods. I'm planning on mounting a humming bird, trolley system, a few small LED's, and some more anchor points. So let's see those pictures.
     
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    have you taken it out and paddled it at all?
     
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    2CD4BFF5-EFEE-4BA8-94C0-9833C714A39D.jpeg This is the best picture I have of one of mine right now...doing seminars at Bass Pro.
     
  4. Benjamin Shoemaker

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    Going to this afternoon if the weather holds.
     
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    I did a thread on my setup in the hunting and fishing forum a few days ago. Mine is pretty low maintenance
     
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    I'm going to be a little less subtle than RP. ;) I have learned that it's best to paddle a boat as it comes for a while before deciding to change or add anything. This goes double for someone new to paddling.
     
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    Not just paddling but maybe even fishing with limited gear. See where your "stokes" are, how much you can move around and access parts of the kayak. And even more importantly what it takes to turn it over. You want to know where the tipping point is before you put stuff on it to lose. You can't tell this kind of stuff on dry land. And while you are out there with nothing on your boat, practice some deep water re-entries. You will thank me later.
     
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    I just noticed you are in Georgia, you should come down and fish some time. I can cut your learning curve shorter.
     
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    I agree try it out . I added 2 tie out kletes to mine and a rod holder on my sit in. sorry no pics. To much rain, hadn't got it out lately.
     
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    And if you love it leash it!
     
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    That’s what my revo started to look like! Last 2 years I’ve been working on thinning out all the crap I take! Dropping the crate in favor of either a bag for quick trips or a dog food dispenser for longer ones. Too deep here for a stake out pole and I hardly use an anchor. Not sure I’ll even hook up the fish finder unless fishing the channels. I’m a saltwater angler targeting mostly stripers and fluke. Do you use a stringer or a cooler for your catch? I’ve been using cooler as I’m uncomfortable risking my catch to a hungry predator! Be well
     
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    When I do seminars I load the boat with WAYYY more than I normally take just to show what can be done. I have lost of companies I rep./prostaff. On the rivers I use very little, a drag chain, leash from boat to me, and some fishing gear. In lakes I add the sonar. Inshore salt I add the stakeout pole and leave the drag chain home. The flag and light I use on big lakes and salt. I never keep fish except maybe overnight on the river camping. Then I just throw them in the cooler. I have nothing against those that do but I don't cook so if I want fish I go out. I hardly leash anything to my kayak anymore. Most things of value like a phone are in floating waterproof cases.
     
  13. Benjamin Shoemaker

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    I will do that. I was thinking about anchor system and such for right now. I got stuff from tractor supply. I added a trolley system on both sides. Also added some rings on each side for fish stringer. I did both sides in case I want to anchor on either side. Instead of a cleat that sticks out I used stake pocket rings that hide away. I did all of this because I can access from the seat without a lot of movement. Added attachment points for leashes. I also mounted my old hummingbird. When I test it out and practice tipping and re-entry I will not have equipment and such in the boat. IMG_20180628_151412.jpg IMG_20180628_175247.jpg IMG_20180628_175251.jpg IMG_20180628_210035.jpg IMG_20180628_210059.jpg IMG_20180628_210131.jpg
     
  14. Benjamin Shoemaker

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    Sounds good. What part of Georgia?
     
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    I am about half way between Macon and Atlanta. Just south of Griffin.
     
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    That's not to far, bout three hours or so
     
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    Well, just took her out on my maiden voyage. Took the family to Clark Hill lake,(J Strom Thurmond lake), I refuse to call it that. Little spot down a dirt road. I paddled around a bit. Rocked back and forth a while to see how far before it rolled. Rolled it a good many times to practice deep water re-entry. I stood in it but it was a bit wobbly. All in all it was a great day. I have decided that the battery box should be water tight. IMG_20180630_144329.jpg IMG_20180630_143008.jpg
     
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    Where is your PFD? Please wear it.
     
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    Be safe and have fun. Prov 27:17
     
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    If you head back to Clark's Hill with it again hit me up. I've got a 16' canoe and an ole lady who loves fishing we could make a trip of it!
     
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    +1 on the PFD @Riverpirate
    Tubing on the Big South Fork a few weeks ago, pretty calm stretch with a couple of small rapids. When we reached the area we planned to get out, there were 6 or 7 kids there tubing. A woman, ?mother? was sitting on the beach. None of the kids had a PFD. A couple flipped off their tube and couldn't swim the 10 or 15 feet to the shore. We helped them out and told the woman they needed PDF's. She responded "I plan on getting them some next year". Just had to walk off, whole thing brought back memories of a former student drowning a few years back just down the river from where we were.
    @Benjamin Shoemaker, stay safe my friend....
     
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    I never added much to mine, one bit of advice if you are going to be on moving water though, I kept a 20 floating line laying loose on the back deck so I could grab it if I fell in. I used it for that purpose a few times and others for lining the boat through shallows. Also a dry bag with a towel and clothes to get warm quickly along with a fire kit. Never used a battery but I would put it in a pelican case and run power out to Anderson power pole connectors for quick disconnect ability.
     
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    Looks good but be aware, that cheap polypropylene hollow braid marine rope doesn't do knots well. Hard to hold the knot and greatly reduces the load capacity. Much better off doing a splice.

    I wasn't used to splicing this kind of rope and asked about it in the thread at the following link. Turns out it's really easy, since then I've been splicing away like a lunatic...

    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/hollow-braid-eye-splice.232762/

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    Here is a link to my first Kayak. I loved it so much I went out and bought a Jackson BigRig and gave this one to my son. Enjoy and tight lines!
     
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    Hi Rob,

    I like your DIY motor mount design very much.

    So your wood part of the motor mount is screwed to PVC part, and the PVC is screwed onto kayak deck with 4 screws, correct?

    Thank you!
     
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    I always use backing plates when I poke a hole through the glass or plastic of the hull or deck. Sometimes just a stainless steel fender washer is enough other times I’d cut a plate from sheet stainless to span two or three fasteners—it all depended on the stress the fastener would see in use. Over kill? Maybe --but I was using kayaks in the open ocean and a torn out fitting could be a potential disaster.
     
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    Yes, I used pressure treated lumber. Thanks.

    I have a Jackson bigRig and the transom is all aluminum. It came out pretty good as well.
     
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    I used some thick and large diameter washers, fingers crossed but so far, so good.
     

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