Lets crank it up !

Here's where you get your hands dirty, so to speak. So if you like to build or customize things for the yak, this is your forum
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hermodo
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Joined: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:19 am
Kayak Make: ocean kayak
Kayak Model: 4.1 ultra
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Location: napier

Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:46 pm

The DIY page has been a bit quiet of late , so maybe we should dig deep & present a few ideas to get the ball rolling !
What insignificant little changes have you made to your yak recently? Tell us about it !
For my part , this bit of the forum is very important ! It's the bit that inspires new kayakers to give it a go , to improvise , to design , and to modify .
Today I needed to find a way to get a tropical puffer fish to feed ! OK , not your average issue , but I work in the National Aquarium of NZ, so pretty much this sort of thing is a daily issue , and you tend to get creative... otherwise things die!
The fundamental issue was that on feed days the faster [ and better looking monos , wrasse , and damsels ] were getting all the cubed fish we feed them . Mr Puffer was starving . What to do?
Heres what I did . I cut up a bread tray, and used the nicely squared bottom section to make a little berley box . Plastic cable ties were my best friend , and I ended up with a lidded plastic box , into which I put several chopped Anchovies , and some chopped ling .
Heaving this arrangement into the tank , weighted with lead sinkers , I thought to myself ..... mmmmm, custom made berley bombs , kayak size , made to measure , theres room for development here ! Bread trays ...think about them ! And by the way , it seems the Puffer is reasonably keen to hang around the berley box , while the faster moving fish are distracted .

dedant
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Kayak Make: Stealth
Kayak Model: Fisha 500
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Location: West Auckland

Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:25 am

I was privilaged enough to dive in the Napier Aquarium around35yrs ago! Still have memories of the big ray tucking itself under my arm , my mask getting knocked half off by a manic kahawai and my fist gulped in and spat out by a hapuka! Great place. 8)

As for DIY, a lot of us/others have bits a bobs we've seen at sometime and thought " That's a good idea. I'll have to try that myself" :)
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kingiFiddler
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Kayak Make: Phoenix
Kayak Model: Hornet
Location: Mangawhai

Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:45 am

Made a cradle from plywood scraps.
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dedant
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Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:54 am

I have a rolling cradle.
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dedant
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Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:56 am

Added a front support to avoid sag in guts when it gets really hot. :?:
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dedant
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Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:33 am

Flag..section of of old glass fishing rod, $2 Shop safety vest, railblaza fitting , screw and glue...
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kingiFiddler
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Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:20 pm

Nice.
Castors sure make it easy to reconfigure the space to suit.

dedant
Posts: 1441
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Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:58 pm

kingiFiddler wrote:Nice.
Castors sure make it easy to reconfigure the space to suit.
Indeed, and from the clearance bin at Mitre10 :rock:
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