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 Post subject: Add-ons and Improvements
PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 10:28 pm 
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Location: Canberra, Australia
Thought it would be fun if people listed what add-on/improvements they have done to their kayaks - both custom and purchased. Here is the list for my Adventure:

1. Milk crate for additional storage and night running light.
2. Inflatable seat pad.
3. Harken blocks for sail lines including full sailing kit (sail, daggerboard and large rudder).
4. Loop of cord attached to front of yak for more secure storage of sail when stored in the paddle bungee.
5. Heavy duty polypropolene ice box.
6. Assorted dry bags.
7. Teva water shoes.
8. Detachable rod leashes.
9. Hobie heavy duty cart with inflatable tires.

Would love to hear what others have to get some more ideas to get me through the southern winter :cry: !!

Cheers
Mark


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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 12:06 am 
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Embarassingly little by comparison. But here's a modified rudder I use on the Adventure:
Image 8)


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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 11:30 am 
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Joined: Fri Mar 17, 2006 10:59 pm
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Location: Moreno Valley, CA
Hobie Adventure Kayak
Panasonic waterproof camera
Garmin eTrax Cx GPS
Garmin FF 120
Uniden Submersible VHF radio
Steiner Waterproof & Fogproof Roof Prism Binocular
Full set nav lights (bow and stern)
Extrasport Solstice and two inflatable PFDs
Marine first aide kit
Arial flares
Automatic SOS light
Air horn
Storm whistle
SS knifes
Signal mirror
Dive flag
300 lb bouncy pool noodles in hull (two)
Bending Branches Slice Crank paddle
Hobie paddle and home made tethers for all topside equipment.
Surf to Summit Tall Back Fishing seat with tethered pole holders and tackle storage pocket.
Scotty rod holder (small and large)
Sail kit with larger rudder, daggerboard, one Harken block, snap shackle, and v-cleat.
Turbo fin set.
Sport About Handbearing Compass with mount.
Folding grapnel and Claw anchor assemblies with SS chain, quarter inch line and float.
Numerous deck fittings ie pad-eyes, cleats and misalliance
Igloo ice box
Milk crate
Assortment of dry and net bags.
Two kayak straps
Home made 650 lb cap kayak cart
Lest I forget a perception Caster 12.5 and a islander Tropic 9.0

I don’t think I want to get into fishing equipment, clothing, or tools (cell phones...Family Radio…) because it would make the list too long.

You must remember I just started kayaking others like Apalach will make my list seem short.

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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 12:40 pm 
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Any dive equipment on board?

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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 12:52 pm 
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Roadrunner,

Why did you shop the tip opf you rudder offf on your Adventure?

JJ


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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 10:36 pm 
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Yellowkayak wrote:
Roadrunner,Why did you shop the tip opf you rudder offf on your Adventure?
JJ
Hi JJ,
I did a wee bit more than that. You might remember the old rudderman's axium, "get the maximum control with the minimum size" -- I thought the Hobie large rudder might be a bit of overkill. What you see in the picture below is the best of several attempts to improve upon a couple of side effects of the large rudder -- 1) a bit heavy for the Stow&Go system and 2) awkward stowed position.

So this is the result: a little narrower, lighter, little less drag, and nearly the same awsome job as the Hobie Sailing rudder. The small portion clipped off the bottom, as you can see, didn't amount to all that much. (This rudder has not been sailing yet, so the jury is still out on its final evaluation).

And, most importantly, it matches the theme of the Turbofins! :wink:

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Size comparison

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Stowed position


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