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By eyedoc
#2306322
Ok, so I’ve taken my old Malibu 2XL and done a bunch of mods:

Deck mat, anchor trolley, elevated seat (best thing I could have ever done, by the way), yak attack gear racks, paddle holder, rod holder, Deeper Chirp castable depth finder with modified articulating arm to fit Scotty rod holder, modified yak attack arm for phone (photos and for Deeper app), additional Scotty rod holder, Scotty rear light mount, insulated fish bag, foam fitting for gaspachi hatch to hold stuff in place, 6” dry bag hatch in bow...

I think I’ve kind of maxed out what you can do with a non-pedal, non-angler yak. I considered a console, but where I put the seat puts the gaspachi hatch right between my legs, so it’s a nice flat surface.

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By SWFinatic
#2306401
Nice work!

That looks like a DPS fish bag. They are good bags but don't hold ice the best. You can add some rigid foam insulation to the inside (and outside if you want) to help with this. I used 1" thick Dow rigid insulation board (had a broken piece at work I was able to pick up at no charge) and covered it with silver tape that ac/heat guys use to seal ductwork. That stuff sticks great and helps keep the fish slime out of the insulation board. The inside pieces for the sidewalls are removable. The inside top piece is attached with velcro so I can take it off and on when cleaning. This really helped.
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By eyedoc
#2306402
SWFinatic wrote:Nice work!

That looks like a DPS fish bag. They are good bags but don't hold ice the best. You can add some rigid foam insulation to the inside (and outside if you want) to help with this. I used 1" thick Dow rigid insulation board (had a broken piece at work I was able to pick up at no charge) and covered it with silver tape that ac/heat guys use to seal ductwork. That stuff sticks great and helps keep the fish slime out of the insulation board. The inside pieces for the sidewalls are removable. The inside top piece is attached with velcro so I can take it off and on when cleaning. This really helped.

That’s actually a good idea. Plus, it’ll help keep the shape.


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By eyedoc
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Neumie wrote:
eyedoc wrote:I was wrong...

LOL, famous last words. I'm really liking the rod holder you've built.

Famous last words indeed...I decided I want a rudder, so mount made today (it’s not rudder ready) and cabling and drilling tomorrow!

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By imaoldmanyoungsalt
#2308578
Nice add. Your seat mod may take a "back seat" to this one. You'll love having a rudder. Being able to steer and maintain a course without using the paddle is wonderful. When paddling for a good distance sometimes I just cock the rudder one direction and paddle from one side to give the opposite arm a rest then switch to the other side and repeat. It's also nice for tweaking your drift without lifting your paddle and keeping your hands free. I won't have another kayak without one.
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