My kayak STRIPER had a Hobie Click N Go mount point fail on me. Threads ripped right out of the wood. Might have been a disaster except I had already planned on moving the Click N Gos to STRIPER2. Gutted STRIPER and gave it to the neighbor and then ended up helping him to convert it to paddle only.
Been working some long hours in the heat trying to get STRIPER2 ready for the fishing.
Installed the cooler seal and hinges this morning and then installed the Humminbird Helix 5 G2 Chirp Sonar/GPS.
Going to take it out tomorrow.
Not totally finished but it is fishable.
7/21/17 Took it out on lake Proctor.
Several things good.
Seat was comfortable and would have kept me dry except for other problems.
Cooler capacity was good
Helix 5 is the best fish finder ever. Speed and depth were accurate.
Number of problems:
The rear drain plug leaked big time. Never got it to seal.
The mirage drive pumped water up into the deck and that got much worse when the rear started to fill with water. And when it filled up with water it got really unstable.
Rod holders wouldn't hold position on the "T" tracks. If a fish pulled the line with all that leverage the rod holder would twist.
The custom cooler floated when the rear filled up with water.
Cooler hinge screws interfered with fully opening the cooler.
Fish finder display was held down with double stick tape, popped loose
Put a dab of marine lube on the threads of the rear drain plug. Sealed it up completely. Operates smoothly.
Raised the height of the partition behind the seat, in front of the cooler.
Screwed down the fish finder display.
Mirage drive seal not unlike Hobie. Should keep the drive from pumping water up into the deck.
Front and rear cooler hold down done.
Redid the hinges on the cooler, where it now can swing all the way open.
Several fixes still to be done.
Put tabs under the cooler lid to keep it aligned when it closes.
Redid the Click N Go hold down bolts. Drilled a hole in the bottom and installed longer bolts and nuts. Resealed.
Hard mounted the seat and sealed all around so water can't get under it