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  Team Yellow Trailer Update
Posted by: Florida Fish Hunter - 07-15-2017, 08:18 PM - Forum: Check it out! - No Replies

The top level on the trailer has now been modified to accommodate my recently purchased Abaco kayak for transporting.  Surprisingly the tunnel hull design on the Abaco is spaced out the same as the Hobie which is a good thing because now I know that I can transport a 2nd hobie without having to reposition the tube rails.

The tube rails were mounted using 1-3/4″ muffler clamps which were ideal since the pvc tubes will have a flat area to rest against when tightening down the u-bolts. If required, the pvc tubes can easily be repositioned with this setup.

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Team Yellow – Now ready for action!

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  Garmin Striker 4 Glare Shield
Posted by: Florida Fish Hunter - 07-15-2017, 08:15 PM - Forum: Check it out! - No Replies

Finally decided to deal with the making of a glare shield for my Garmin fish finder screen. After taking several measurements of the Garmin frame, I drew up a simple hood styled cover and then 3d printed it. The fit was good and for now I plan to either use velcro or double sided tape to to mount it to the Garmin. Now all that is left to do is to test it out and hope that it functions as intended.

As always the stl file is available here for download for those interested in making their own.

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  WEST MARINE Abaco 13.5 Tandem
Posted by: Florida Fish Hunter - 07-15-2017, 08:11 PM - Forum: Check it out! - No Replies

Just added another kayak to the fleet today. It’s a West Marine 13.5 Abaco. I’ve had my eye on this model for about two years now and finally decided to pull the trigger and get one. Going on sale for the 4th of July definitely helped with the decision making process. The Abaco will serve a dual purpose role which is: “fun times” with the family since it can carry two people and a child and as a “second fishing vessel” for those that would like to tag along with me out on the water but don’t have their own kayak.

It is a wide and long kayak (34″ W x  13′-6″ L).  When kayaking as a single person, I love all the deck space that will be available due to it’s width and length. For the cost of this model you can’t beat it when compared to other similar brand models. Did I mention that it has a weight capacity of 550 pounds!

With the hull weighing in at 74 pounds it may be an issue for some but, for myself, when compare to the deck size and stability when out on the water all day – I’ll deal with the weight issue when transporting.

Tomorrow the real fun begins – modding this kayak, but first I have to add a pair of transport tubes to the second level of the trailer which is where the abaco will ride.

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  My DIY H-bar for the Hobie PA 14
Posted by: Florida Fish Hunter - 05-05-2017, 08:15 AM - Forum: Check it out! - No Replies

My total cost for this build: $28

A special thanks goes out to John Sims for sharing his idea of converting a walker used by the elderly and converting it into a stand assist bar for his hobie outback. I have taken his concept and slightly modified it to work on my hobie pro angler 14.





John Sims 5 part build videos:
Part 1 – http://youtu.be/g4a1fBGaE90
Part 2 – http://youtu.be/HdkLVTP_4SQ
Part 3 – http://youtu.be/Ef7YhwsRejA
Part 4 – http://youtu.be/SiydaB2eAg0
Part 5 – http://youtu.be/Wae6UfNkvkg

Main Parts List:
1 ea., Walker – Your local Goodwill or https://www.walmart.com/ip/Drive-Medical-Deluxe-Two-Button-Folding-Walker/38451466

4 ea., Deck hinge – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000Y85EO0

2 ea., Jaw Clamp – https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sea-Dog-Jaw-Slide-Tube-O.D.-7-8-with-3-16-Pin-Black/44554559

4 ea., External Tube Ends 3/4″ – https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sea-Dog-External-Eye-End-Tube-O.D.-3-4-with-1-4-Pin-Black/44554562

2 ea., Internal Tube Ends 7/8″ – https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sea-Dog-Internal-Eye-End-Tube-O.D.-7-8-with-1-4-Pin-Black/44554409

3d printed parts:
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2295859

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  Artificial Reefs of Volusia County, Florida
Posted by: Florida Fish Hunter - 04-27-2017, 09:46 PM - Forum: Volusia County - No Replies

Visit link below for GPS Locations of the Artificial Reefs of Volusia County

https://www.volusiareefs.org/reefsiteinfo.htm

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  Hawg Trough Hobie Handrail Clips
Posted by: Florida Fish Hunter - 04-12-2017, 06:00 PM - Forum: Check it out! - No Replies

This is my version of a support for the hawg trough tray that allows easy on/off installation using the hobie handrails. 3d printed using PETG filament which is easy to print like PLA filament but with the strength and flexibility of ABS. Print time using my settings is around 2 hours per clip. The file is available on thingiverse for download as I continue to help out my diy kayak fishing community as best I can. Tight lines everyone and I’ll see you out on the water!



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  The Boils off the FPL nuclear power plant
Posted by: Florida Fish Hunter - 03-13-2017, 07:29 PM - Forum: Saltwater Kayak Fishing - No Replies

The multiple outfall pipes 3,000 feet off shore (ocean) in front of the St Lucie FPL Nuclear Power Plant on South Hutchinson Island are called 'The Boils'. Clouds of baitfish hang there along with the predators that prey on them because warm water from the power plant cooling systems comes out and attracts them. You will usually see pelicans hanging around there too, diving into the water for an easy meal. Some pelicans just seem to hang around boats and kayaks waiting for a handout.

Just south of the nuclear power plant is a good and easy place to launch our kayaks from Walton Rocks Beach Road (GPS coordinates 27.340303, -80.234020) to easily go to "The Boils".

The Boils GPS coordinates are 27°21'07.56"N 80°13'45.48"W or 27.353500, -80.235717
Put a set of coordinates into Google Maps (or Earth) to see where it is.



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  Wheeleez on my Boonedox?
Posted by: Florida Fish Hunter - 02-22-2017, 08:50 AM - Forum: Check it out! - No Replies



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  Kayak launch areas at Canaveral National Seashore
Posted by: Florida Fish Hunter - 02-06-2017, 09:35 PM - Forum: Volusia County - No Replies

Took a ride out to Canaveral National Seashore - North Entrance to scout out the kayak launch areas to access Mosquito Lagoon.
Google maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/2Gbxqpcv4b62



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  My Hobie Self Rescue Ladder
Posted by: Florida Fish Hunter - 01-19-2017, 08:27 PM - Forum: Kayak Specific - No Replies

Safety is my primary focus for 2017!



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