Saturday, March 15, 2014

More Ultimate Mods

I've seen a lot of yaks come onto the market in the past few years. Kayak fishing has sky rocketed and it seems every time you turn around there is a new name coming to the industry or an existing name coming out with the latest and greatest. I've looked hard at a lot of these new kayaks and the marketing/advertising departments do a great job putting promo videos together of their yaks and making one infatuated with their new yak. I've almost bit the bullet several times and put my Ultimate up for sale to get the new flavor of the year. But at the end of the day I'm glad I never have because the Ultimate has been the ultimate kayak for me. There hasn't been a situation it has let me down or a situation it couldn't handle. I'm always thinking of ways I can customize or mod it out to my particular needs. I wanted to have a little console or platform to mount the fish finder, rod holders, GoPro or just throw some flies on to dry out. Here is the new mod I finished up for about $30 and an hour worth of time. The only thing I bought was a 1'x2' piece or diamond plate aluminum from Home Depot. The rest I had left over from other projects. 

Ready to Fish

This is what the 14.5' Ultimate tandem looks
like rigged as a single.

Take a straight edge and draw a line.
Do this on both sides.

Take a Sawsall or other saw tool and cut along
 the straight edge you just drew.
(Both sides as well).

 Take a file and clear off all the burs. 
Then put the support bar back in.

Test fit the piece of aluminum. Its going to fit
into the slots you just cut.

We will use the other support bar that comes with the yak
for the next step. It is a 1" diameter bar so drill out
a hole on each side just above the foot rest.

You will have to cut a few inch's off the bar 
to make it fit properly.

Now put the aluminum plate pack in place.

Next I put some hydroturf over the aluminum.
This stuff is awesome! 3m backing you just
peel and stick.

I finished it off with a couple flush
 Scotty rod mounts for the fish finder, 
rod holder and other plug 
and play accessories. 

Next mod will be a anchor trolley. 

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