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Fishing Kayak Outfitted For Oceanographic Research

Here are some more pics of my Wavewalk kayak, and a blog from the project http://blog.iod.ucsd.edu/RIVET/

We keep talking about turning the wave walker into a robot..autonomous surface vehicle..so I don’t have to drive!…haven’t done it yet but will let you know when we do. We have lots of robotic underwater vehicles here so on the surface is easy.

-Peter

fishing kayak converted into oceanographic research boat

Note this kayak is outfitted with two motor mounts – The one in the front serves for mounting scientific gear

fishing kayak converted into oceanographic research boat (2)

 

2hp outboard motor mounted on fishing kayak

Wide wheel cart for transporting the heavily loaded kayak over long distances on sandy beaches

fishing kayak with outboard motor - oceanographic research

motorized fishing kayak ploughing the waves with scientific gear mounted in front

motorized fishing kayak ploughing the waves with scientific gear mounted in front (2)

motorized fishing kayak ploughing the waves with scientific gear mounted in front (3)

rear view of motorized fishing kayak with scientific instruments - on the beach

Installing a Transducer in My W Fishing Kayak

By John Fabina

I recently upgraded to a combo fish finder GPS unit. I was using a suction cup to hold the transducer to the side of the W but I noticed it would create drag and occasionally fall off. I tried several different methods to mount it in the inside of the W and shoot it through the hull, not so successfully. Again sometimes the simplest method works the best. I wish I would have tried this first. On YouTube tube I noticed a installation using duct seal. I purchased 1lb. at under $3.
Simply form a well at the bottom, lay transducer flat to surface , pinch some of the duct seal over it to hold in place. When you start kayaking simply put a slight amount of water in the well you formed to cover bottom of the transducer and start enjoying drag free readings. This duct seal sticks great, is waterproof, remains soft, and is portable. If you want to move it to another W simply peel off and reset it.

John

 

Transducer for fishfinder installed in bottom of fishing kayak hull

fishing kayak rigged with fish finder and transducer in bottom of hull