What to do with the caught fish?
Where to stock rescue stuff, fishing gear & fishing beer?
Just put & fix & wrap it on the kayak? Yeah right. It's a kayak, not a carrier!
Use the kayak's trap? Yeah..., even my drinking bottle doesn't fit in!
And what to do with other fishermen? Everytime I'm on a good spot others come disturbing my karma.
I tried the angry russian accent. They answered with the horn.
I tried the crossbow. They answered with the water canon.
So I taught: why not storing my stuff OUTSIDE the kayak?! Why not carrying it all like a sled?
Inspired by one of my favourite pictures ever - you'll agree - the idea was born to build an insubmersible container.
The yakproof way (or how marrying practicalness & crazyness)
- some Alubond-style aluminium composite panels
- some big pvc-pipe
- screws, glue & duct tape
Step 1: Sharky's Fin
Design the fin. Mine's more than 3 feet at the base, corresponding to a shark of about 33 feet (same as the biggest shark ever caught, in Iceland).
Cut it out with a circular saw to obtain two the same fins (to cut it out correctly without scattering: put a piece of plywood under the panels).
Round the edges.
Drill tenthousand holes in the sides - no more no less.
Glue a piece of small diameter pvc-pipe between them, on the place of the joint.
Prepare some polyester-rope.
Glue the edges.
'Sew' the sides together.
Rivet the four prepared 'L'-alu-pieces aka fixations to the body you'll build later.
Foam the inside.
Duct tape the whole.
Ready for assembling!
Step 2: Sharky's Keel
Same concept, different assembling.
No sewing, just a piece of small alu-pipe and a lot of auto-drilling screws.
Rivet the same L-pieces on the upside.
Add two round-shaped profiles on the downside (those will be used fo a lead-filled pipe).
Add a steel bar in the inside - air is out, weight is in.
Foam the space left on the inside.
Powertape the outside.
Ready for assembling!
Step 3: Sharky's Body
Step 4: Drill & Screw
Pre-drill the rods, insert screws, tape together, put the rods in place in the inside of the tube, bolt them on the outside and srew finn & keel in place.
Easy to mantle, easy to dismantle.
Step 5: Put on That Weight
Just another tube, filled with lead. Lots of lead.
Step 6: Shark You Go
There was some wind.
His belly was empty (and thus filled with air).
And so he bumped like a wild horse in a bee swarm.
Not exactly the right behaviour of a kayak container.
So time for some recommendations:
- his belly needs more weight to get it all stable: gear, crushed ice, beer, whatever
- the fin is - definitely - a bit too large (too much weight and too much wind capture)
More weight means more power needed to get the kayak moving.
So I think I'll make a smaller fin. Half as big will still be impressive - it will still keep other fishermen away from my fishing ground, whooha!
This one will be mounted on my car, probably...
- we need a lighter fin
- we also need a more 'aquadynamic nose' to led it flow more smoothly to the water
- AND I'll fix at least two traps on the upper side of the body for more accessibility
Thanx you folks for whatching!