Tag Archive: outfitting

W500 Kayak Outfitted for Photography

By Paul Ekman, Iowa

I’ve had the kayak out a number of times now and am dialing in my photography setup. I found that splaying the tripod across the top of the cockpit is much better than having the legs inside. This way, I have more room for my own legs and cargo and I can slide in nice and close to the camera. I added some hooks to the inside so that I can keep the tripod nice and secure given the weight and expense of the photo gear. I can control the kayak and casually paddle while facing the camera with ease. I just lay the paddle across my legs while shooting which works well. If I have a long distance to cover and don’t want to take the setup down, I’ll turn the other way to avoid striking the tripod while paddling more aggressively.

Things are working out well! I’ve got some great photos of herons and pelicans already – much better than the past years of trying to get close by foot.

stable kayak for wildlife photography

camera with telescopic lens mounted on stable kayak for photography

camera tripod mounted on stable kayak for photography (2)

camera with telescopic lens mounted on stable kayak for photography (2)

wildlife photographer looking through telescopic lens in stable kayak

camera tripod mounted on stable kayak for photography

 

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

Initial Fishing Kayak Review, in Tandem, and Transportation Wheels – Texas

FINALLY got it in the water this weekend. Saturday alone for about an hour and then on Sunday took my daughter with me. It is all you told me it was. Given my lack of experience, I was shocked at how easy it was to get around. Even with my 5’7″ fourteen year old daughter with me it was VERY stable. She wants one of her own now. I told her she could practice with mine and if she wanted to get into it, we’d talk.

I also built a prototype dolly. Water is about 200 yards from my house and needed a way to role it over. See pics. Making revisions and will make the final build this weekend. Is just swings up out of the way when you get to the water. Going to go with some lighter wheels and get rid of the metal eye hooks, but the concept works great. Kinda heavy at this point, but the revisions should knock a few pounds off. It got me to the water, which is the point of a dolly.

Also started working on a “roof.” Its coming along great and will forward pics. I think it will be a nice way to keep the sun off me when our fishing.

Craig

fishing kayak transportation wheels - up position

fishing kayak transportation wheels - down position