Picked my new yak up last month and been pimping it with various bits, now completed, so here's a few pics:-
1. Collection day from Swansea Canoes who gave me a great deal ;)
2. The Tarpon sitting next to the Prowler 13, very diff. bow shapes.
3. I bought the basic yak, so the 1st thing to be added were two flush mounts and some deck eyes
notice the tube inside, these are put in place by Wilderness Systems ready to take the rudder cables, if fitted in the future.
the finished mounts with 2 extra deck eyes
4. Anchor trolley next, fitted without any drilling.
The rope guide hooks and cam cleat have been bolted to the Slidetrax rails and can be moved if required.
5. Fishfinder - I transferred my Garmin with a Scotty mount from my Prowler to the Tarpon, I had a choice of two mounting positions and chose the lower one as it's within easy reach from the seat.
transducer was glued inside the hull using CT1 sealant from Marinescene in Cardiff. They reckon it's better than Sikaflex.
Also wedged in place using pool noodle between the cupholder and the transducer.
6. Ram mounts came this week so fitted them again to the Slidetrax rails - no drilling involved and they can be repositioned if required.
I'll be able to swivel the mounts in for paddling and they are within easy reach from the seat
7. Scotty pump added on a small leash which can be clipped to the loops provided under the round hatch in front of the seat.
1st trip out (the Ram mounts had not arrived by then but no issue as this was a drifting session after Bass)
1st Impressions are good, the yak is showing to be around .7-0.8 knots faster than my P13 at typical paddling rate , but does suffer from weather vaning , so I will be adding a rudder.
I was out for about 6 hours of constant drifting / paddling then had a hard paddle back into a headwind which had picked up to about 15mph , no numb bum so I'm pleased with the seat.
All I need now is some decent weather to get out. :)