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by Rob
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Started a trolling motor build on my Reload.
Replies: 2
Views: 66

Re: Started a trolling motor build on my Reload.

Not sure... I think the full left or right turn would be a slow speed thing.

I'm not sure how much effort turning the motor will take while it is operating... it might not swing as freely in the water.
I could extend the handles where the rudder controls attach to smooth out and dampen the turn.
by Rob
Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Started a trolling motor build on my Reload.
Replies: 2
Views: 66

Started a trolling motor build on my Reload.

Well, I got bitten by the motorised bug, usual excuses. I've bought a JW Watersnake 54lb Venom SWX ,12 volt trolling motor and coupled it with a 120 A/H battery. (Should do the job) I've looked at multiple installs with the trolling motor at the side and while it might be easier to clean weeds etc. ...
by Rob
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Bilge pump trolling motor (WIP)
Replies: 6
Views: 1010

Re: Bilge pump trolling motor (WIP)

Have you seen the crap I make?... I'm ALWAYS optimistic.
Fatalistic too... when it comes to my little projects not panning out.
Thats why I don't cut holes in the kayak...
by Rob
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Bilge pump trolling motor (WIP)
Replies: 6
Views: 1010

Re: Bilge pump trolling motor (WIP)

I took it out on the water, with a 10 Amp fuse. Started it up and... blew the fuse (taking out the power to the fish finder for the duration of the trip.) :@ :rofl: I thought I had better check it out properly... I set the motor up in a bucket to check what Amp's it draws under load... https://gwdk0...
by Rob
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A new weapon, a new season.
Replies: 2
Views: 451

Re: A new weapon, a new season.

Well... I got a way's to go before I catch up with you, unless you count the rods/reels that I've bought for my family, then we would be about even. Age wise, I'm just a Spring chicken in comparison ( 52 ) I had thought I married smart, with my Wee Wifey liking to fish/hunt also, but I feel guilty w...
by Rob
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: Paddle recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 1454

Re: Paddle recommendations

Hi Mike, Looking at your handiwork, I would put myself as less accomplished than you... my attempts have resulted in serviceable paddle's. Works of art that can be sold for $100's?... No. Ok, given my lack of facilities and tools? Yes Good enough not to be embarrassed... Yes. Room for improvement? A...
by Rob
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: PUK Bay
Replies: 5
Views: 686

Re: PUK Bay

I managed a single gurnard landed, with a second one lost at the surface.

Sweet day! (shame about the fish) I headed in around 2.00pm.

Was that you with the blue? Viking 400 that I talked to on the beach? I had the Purple/red kayak.
by Rob
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Sea Sickness Medication
Replies: 17
Views: 1051

Re: Sea Sickness Medication

Never thrown up on the kayak.
I've headed in a few times, because I've started feeling queasy.
That is when I've been anchored in choppy seas, bait fishing, for several hours and when nothing was happening with the fish to keep the mind off it.
by Rob
Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Bilge pump trolling motor (WIP)
Replies: 6
Views: 1010

Re: Bilge pump trolling motor (WIP)

Yep, thanks for that. I had thoughts of being able to swap it between the Venus 11 and my Reload. If I did that I would add a few more batteries, in parallel, to increase the Amp-hours/run-time. I might put the ammeter back on and see what it draws, on the water, to get a better idea of what it is u...
by Rob
Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Bilge pump trolling motor (WIP)
Replies: 6
Views: 1010

Re: Bilge pump trolling motor (WIP)

Hi Guy's, We got out to Henley Lake this afternoon... Average speed according to Wee Wifey's garmin watch/thingy (oh sorry...I'm informed it is a Vivoactive HR (Whatever!)) was 5.0 KPH... not bad for something slapped together in my backyard. You don't get to see my daughter beaching herself on an i...
by Rob
Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Bilge pump trolling motor (WIP)
Replies: 6
Views: 1010

Bilge pump trolling motor (WIP)

Hi Guy's, My 11 year old daughter needed a tow back to shore last time we went out at Henly lake, Masterton. The wind was blowing her Ocean kayak Venus 11 (non ruddered) sideways and she couldn't make enough headway to turn at the same time. I thought that giving the Venus 11 (and daughter) a boost ...
by Rob
Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ULTIMATE dropper knot tool!
Replies: 2
Views: 452

Re: ULTIMATE dropper knot tool!

I thought so, but my R+D division hasn't stopped laughing since I told them about the world wide release of their latest product...
I feel there's something they are not telling me, but I cannot work it out.

Would you like to place an order?
by Rob
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: FPV-Power Kayak Battery! Wow!
Replies: 9
Views: 1036

Re: FPV-Power Kayak Battery! Wow!

That gives me an idea...
My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives...
by Rob
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ULTIMATE dropper knot tool!
Replies: 2
Views: 452

ULTIMATE dropper knot tool!

With apologies to purists who can tie knots blindfolded, I have perfected the ULTIMATE(tm) dropper knot tool!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Sorry if this idea has been used... ignorance is bliss!) The following tutorial assumes knowledge of the basics of tying a dropper knot. Start the knot as per the myriad of You...
by Rob
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Are we loosing the "brotherhood "??
Replies: 24
Views: 2275

Re: Are we loosing the "brotherhood "??

I've dabbled in land based sea fishing since my late teens, snorkelled, spearfished, gathered paua etc. I'm not particularly good at it but for me it is entertainment not necessity. Put me on a river bed and I can catch trout... on the sea? The fish don't like me. Why did you get into the hobby? Des...
by Rob
Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Retractable transducer in Viking tackle pod.
Replies: 7
Views: 942

Re: Retractable transducer in Viking tackle pod.

Ok... I'll point out that I haven't got to trail this yet. (All care, no responsibility!) Items that I used for this (Mitre 10 Mega or Bunnings or your plumber mate) 1 x 1 metre length of 32mm pipe $ 11.55 (I only needed 365mm) https://gflaya.dm2304.livefilestore.com/y4mB5xZhXcniNSsjofqJUZiPIevPtrrS...
by Rob
Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Transport kayak on ute
Replies: 9
Views: 1021

Re: Transport kayak on ute

Keep in mind that your Ute will need the salt water washed off it every time you go out. My last Ute (an ancient L200) succumbed to rust after 8 years of ferrying the kayak around.
I use a trailer now.

Have fun!
by Rob
Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Greenland Paddle
Replies: 82
Views: 6466

Re: Greenland Paddle

So the diamond shape cross section is the correct shape? I have seen professional paddles that appeared to be ovoid. How does that shape work? I had thought that the rounded edges would pass through the water more efficiently. How do you use it properly? What edge leads the stroke... top/bottom, kay...
by Rob
Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Retractable transducer in Viking tackle pod.
Replies: 7
Views: 942

Retractable transducer in Viking tackle pod.

Hi Guy's. I have often wondered if I've been losing some definition/range in my Humminbird 798 side-scan function, due to the transducer sitting above the keel of my kayak and trying to pass the signal through the air gap at the bottom of the tackle pod. I decided to make a shaft that I can push dow...
by Rob
Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Attaching New Flag
Replies: 3
Views: 594

Re: Attaching New Flag

I have used self amalgamating tape on the top and bottom of my flag (also a NZ red ensign). The stretchy rubberised nature of the tape helps to grip the mast and flag firmly to the mast.

Burnsco has it for $19.99, assuming it's the same stuff.