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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #40: Rigged for Fishing

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 07-30-2020 02:55 AM 729 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 39: Launched the Kayak! Part 40 of Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double series Part 41: Reworked Anchor/Rod Holder Module »

Video of the Fishing Setup
Check out this video of how I set up the kayak for fishing.

View from bow.

View from stern.

Anchor/Rod Holder Module
I’m taking a modular approach to my customizations when possible.

The anchor reel, anchor holder, and four rod holder bases all fit on a 5” wide by 24” long board clamped behind my seat like the other accessories I’ve detailed.

It’s a “busy” setup, but I think it will work out well. Check out this video for how the anchor system works.

Fish Finder Module

The front shelf includes my Humminbird Helix 7 fish finder, hook removal kit, rod holder base and transducer arm. It’s a great work area when you’re switching lures.

This view shows how the transducer arm is routed. I’ve got side scan, so I made sure it is just below the keel line.

Transducer Clip

This clip keeps the transducer arm from shifting while paddling. Water drag swings it out without this…even with the Ram Mount ball.

Footman Loops
Footman loops provide a way to tie down the fish cooler.

I needed something to screw the loops into. I made mounting bases of white oak and epoxied them in place. Notice my high-tech clamping method.

The mat helped keep the weights from shifting…it worked well.

Anchor Pole

An 8’ long, 3/4” diameter fiberglass anchor pole is a great way to secure a small boat in shallow water. It’s my first choice whenever possible. I connect it to the anchor trolley system. This is also a good photo of the YakAttack HD anchor trolley system.

Paddle Holder

YakAttack paddle holders are a little bit bulky, but are easy to use.

I’m hoping that my placement doesn’t result in bloody knuckles when I paddle!

Next
Make the dog cockpit attachment.

-- Mark, Minnesota



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dkgrim

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#1 posted 07-30-2020 11:57 AM

You will need a place for a Electronic Warfare Officer/Weapons Systems Officer (EWO/WSO).

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DustyMark

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#2 posted 07-30-2020 02:14 PM

The EWO’s duties would include:
1) Operate the anchor system.
2) Identify fish on the finder and recommend strategies to engage them.
3) Put fish in the cooler!

-- Mark, Minnesota

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woodetal

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#3 posted 07-30-2020 02:41 PM

I have built CLC’s stitch and glue kayaks—single and triple. I am trying to imagine turning around to select a rod or access the anchor system. The boat looks beamy so stability may not be an issue. Brian

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DustyMark

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#4 posted 07-30-2020 03:37 PM

Brian, your concern about turning around to reach the anchor or grab a rod is a valid one. The boat is so stable that I can stand up and paddle it like a stand-up paddle board. However, I did have an “ah hah” moment earlier this morning and am in the process of moving that whole module just behind the hinge of the cooler. I experimented with that position and it’s actually easier to reach things a little further to the stern than right behind your back. I just finished cutting the clamp boards off the bottom of the module with a flush cut saw. I’ll have to raise it 1 1/4” to clear the cooler and I’ll do that with some plywood spacers under the module…

-- Mark, Minnesota

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woodetal

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#5 posted 07-30-2020 06:03 PM

Mark: I went with a blow-on hard automotive type paint for durability up to the top deck. Yep, I like the look of wood. Still the boats are used. I have re-fit bow and stern points with added glass/epoxy, more paint. The paint was a good choice, me-thinks. No re-varnishing and it is durable. Running into the shore and car top transport are the points of greatest wear. Nice project! Enjoy.

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#6 posted 07-30-2020 07:48 PM

Another builder who takes a “practical” approach to finishing a small boat! Paddled over a sharp, submerged rock the other night and could feel it rub under our legs…cringeworthy for the paint.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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woodetal

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#7 posted 07-30-2020 08:22 PM

Lake Tahoe. Emerald Bay. That is the triple. I have more recent pictures somewhere. Paint up the sides and a wood deck. I see that CLC now uses glass on the top and bottom of the decks. Makes much more sense that just the wood panel. Brian

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DustyMark

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#8 posted 07-31-2020 05:19 AM

Those triples can take a huge payload…very nice and out on the big lake! I agree, four-once cloth makes a nicer layer than raw epoxy.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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