Those pics will really help...nice that it fits so perfectly in a place where it doesn't interfere with other operation of the kayak.
The "mods" I've made so far are:
1. I modified my cart so I can remove and replace it while on the water in about 5 seconds by using my hands thru the drive well...no more having to tip the kayak on edge on the shoreline to R&R the cart. Mine has pneumatic tires so it can't sink, btw.
2. I hang two 1 gallon jugs of water connected by ~6" of rope over the front bow bracket when I am soloing in the kayak....brings the nose down considerably. Also I use a diver's weight in a pouch on a long 1/8" rope in the same location as an addtional nose weight and as an anchor.
3. I use a telescoping pole (an old mop pole or something like that) with a hook on the end as a "boom" for my sail. The fiberglass rod idea seems better, though. I also use the pole to move things around in the kayak, grab things in the water, etc.
4. I carry a 6' diameter SPF50 umbrella with me that fits into the mast hole. Looks like the Outfitter could use the rod holder holes for this, also.
5. I got the new rudder up/down handle and shaft available from Hobie, and installed it (replaces the set screw mounting method with a "completely thru" hex bolt that can't come out).
6. I inserted several white RubberMaid dishpans into my hull thru the hatches, so my stuff is easier to find and keep dry.
7. I bought several custom length cables and marine padlocks that enable me to lock up my hatches and lock my drives/kayak to an object up to 15 feet away from the drives/kayak. I got the cables from here:
https://www.shop.marinelock.com/display ... tegoryId=6
I am not connected to that business...just was impressed with the service and the products, and his willingness to cut custom cables for a very reasonable price.