Gear Rail for FeelFree Corona
Up to this point, I’ve been using an iron rail that I threw together to hold my fish finder transducer, the screen and a “pole holder.” I was just attaching it to the anchor points with zip ties. It worked well enough and served as a proof of concept, but it’s all rusty and was heavier than hell.
I decided I wanted something that would be longer lasting and perhaps more functional. After walking around the hardware store I found some square aluminum tubing that was 2cm by 1cm – perfect. Using the same system I used for attaching the flag (stainless hook bolts) I was able to create a crossbar which I can use in various locations on the yak. Since the difference in the width between the anchor points and the width of the anchor points themselves is relatively close, I can use it when solo, tandem, behind the rear seat or even in front of the front seat. Unlike the old system, the lateral bar is optional. When attached to the kayak, it is strong enough to be used to lift the whole yak, so it also serves as a stable lashing point for gear. Needless to say, it’s also much lighter.
I’ve zip-tied the base for my fish finder screen on the lateral’s “leg” so I can click it in place. What I want to do now is find a gear rail I can attach to the top of the lateral arm. That will allow me to make the placement of the fish finder adjustable and also attach a rod holder. The pic below is my first time out with this system. In solo position, it’s stable and versatile. The lateral leg has a little movement, so I can swing it out of the way when needed.
Next projects on the list are a rudder and maybe even a sail. Using this kind of aluminum tubing, I’m pretty sure there are a number of ways I could make different “attachments” for the yak that will make it easier to ride solo as well as more fisherman friendly.