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by gadgetm
Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Gadgetmans Espri
Replies: 0
Views: 132

Gadgetmans Espri

Since my old yak grew legs and walked I had to get another one. After a good look around and asking for some opinions from other members I was on the lookout for a Tetra, Espri or Hornet. The main criteria being light weight as I'm not that young, not that I'll ever admit it, and when I jump on the ...
by gadgetm
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Slam Soft Baits
Replies: 31
Views: 1489

Re: Slam Soft Baits

I've used them, IMO not such a great hit rate as gulp but the likes of spawning season when you get plagued by snapper not a bad option as they last longer. and ultimately more economical fishing. Now excuse me, but that seems a bit of an oxymoron to me. When has anything seriously fishing, boating...
by gadgetm
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ali Express for fishing gear
Replies: 10
Views: 892

Re: Ali Express for fishing gear

I've bought a bit of fishing gear from aliexpress. Got some rods as cheap throw away gear while I'm re-learning. The rods are very well made and Fuji guides and reel seats. Very impressed, and they cost bugger all delivered. Have also bought reels, snap swivels, hooks, line, etc which are also very ...
by gadgetm
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Slipperyness?
Replies: 47
Views: 2576

Re: Slipperyness?

Back on the late 70's they used pledge polish or good old sunlight dish wash detergent on the hulls of the rowing boats for more speed. The Christ College students were a bit slow allying it to their coxed 4 after a night on the town the night before. :lol: I'd say Armourall, or equivalent silicon s...
by gadgetm
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: VHF Call Sign applied to your yak.
Replies: 1
Views: 266

Re: VHF Call Sign applied to your yak.

Yes, ordered and paid for a set mid November. Great idea.
by gadgetm
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fishing spots near Christchurch ?
Replies: 1
Views: 259

Re: Fishing spots near Christchurch ?

I'm hoping to get out in the not-too-distant-future to do the same. Getting my replacement kayak set up.
by gadgetm
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: SAROP underway at Cavallis - Drifting kayak
Replies: 10
Views: 1555

Re: SAROP underway at Cavallis - Drifting kayak

And contact details and/or call sign on the yak would probably be a good idea. Think it is mandatory now isn't it?
by gadgetm
Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Got me a trailer
Replies: 11
Views: 1630

Re: Got me a trailer

Finally HLD, I can't reverse with mine yet, but man, so much easier! Especially as you say, that final lift at the end of a long day of fishing. I just have to rest my kayak's nose on the support bars and it gentle slides onto the trailer. Plus, wonderfully convenient for storage. I had one of thos...
by gadgetm
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Minimum Requirements Handheld VHF
Replies: 16
Views: 1462

Re: Minimum Requirements Handheld VHF

Thanks Dedant, and now I've done the proper research: and it's all bloody complex, as you'd expect for something like Radio, which is all we had until they learnt to shove TV signals through it. Then it became more complex, so it goes some thing like this: All the info is at this wonderfully comple...
by gadgetm
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Raymarine transducer dimensions
Replies: 1
Views: 348

Raymarine transducer dimensions

Anyone able to give me dimensions for a Raymarine Dragonfly Chirp Transducer without mount. After the width and length. Wondering if it could be mounted into the keel near the back of my Espri. It's always dangerous for the bank account when I start thinking. http://www.raymarine.com/uploadedImages/...
by gadgetm
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Need Another Tub
Replies: 26
Views: 2789

Re: Need Another Tub

Nice. A suggestion: lose the deck ropes around the cockpit - magnet for hooks. :y: And buckles, knives, ... or just about anything on you re-entering on the water. I will add a simple webbing grab handle each side of the cockpit about the pivot point for porting. Just deciding if I want them on the...
by gadgetm
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kayak Fishfinder - GPS - Sounder Recommendations
Replies: 40
Views: 4467

Re: Kayak Fishfinder - GPS - Sounder Recommendations

I see Raymarine comes with a marine chart, does Lowrance do the same ? My Lowrance did not have one when I bought my yak second hand, to me, very frustrating as I was fishing randomly not knowing the reefs / drop offs Navionics + changed that I believe that with the Lowrance anything ending in X ha...
by gadgetm
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kayak Fishfinder - GPS - Sounder Recommendations
Replies: 40
Views: 4467

Re: Kayak Fishfinder - GPS - Sounder Recommendations

I'd go the hook2 over the dragonfly personally. Screen resolution is WAY better. Doesn't have chirp so that's the downside. If you can get a 7 inch version, it'd be even better :) Agreed. The Dragonfly 5 has the same resolution as the Hook2, but at almost twice the price for fancier GPS display. Fo...
by gadgetm
Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kayak Fishfinder - GPS - Sounder Recommendations
Replies: 40
Views: 4467

Re: Kayak Fishfinder - GPS - Sounder Recommendations

Watching with interest. I was looking at one of these for a reasonably compact option https://www.marine-deals.co.nz/raymarine-dragonfly-4-pro-gps-fishfinder-package or one of these https://www.marine-deals.co.nz/marine-gps-chartplotter-fishfinder/lowrance-hook2-5x-gps-fishfinder-with-splitshot-tran...
by gadgetm
Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Security
Replies: 0
Views: 1953

Security

Quick and dirty solution till I can build a rack in the garage. Grab an offcut of flat and hammer it flatish. Garb one offcut of pipe. Fizz the two together and drill a hole through the other end. Now I have something to go through the kayak that I can put a lock onto since there is nothing else rem...
by gadgetm
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Please vote....a cheeky few votes wont hurt
Replies: 8
Views: 742

Re: Please vote....a cheeky few votes wont hurt

I'm only cheeky on the odd days ending in a Y.
by gadgetm
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Need Another Tub
Replies: 26
Views: 2789

Re: Need Another Tub

The new-ish tub.
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Let the games commence. Wind currently 41km/h gusting 54km/h, don't think I'll be testing it out today.
by gadgetm
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Need Another Tub
Replies: 26
Views: 2789

Re: Need Another Tub

Picked up the Espri this afternoon. Locked on a trailer now as usual but will need to work out something better. Will put a custom shelf in the garage for permanent storage. Most immediate mods will be side handles and foot pegs. I don't bend too well so I need better foot bracing. Definitely a high...
by gadgetm
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Need Another Tub
Replies: 26
Views: 2789

Re: Need Another Tub

MikeAqua wrote:
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:25 pm
Nice. Have a search on this site for pictures of how people have rigged their Espri's. There have been a few.
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Absolutely. First thing will be adding side grab handles for carrying. Cannot figure out why they omitted them.

Then add fish finder, anchor system, ...