I’ve always noticed that we sell a large number Wilderness System’s Tarpon series and the Native Manta Ray series kayaks here at the San Marcos store. One of the many reasons these kayaks sell so well, especially among anglers, is their patented accessory attachment systems. These innovations make it easy for paddlers to add and remove accessories by simply mounting them on a pre-installed track or “rail” systems.
For example, in 2009 Wilderness Systems offered the SlideTrax system on the Tarpon 120, 140 and 160. The concept was new and innovative and over the past two years, it has expanded from simple mounting plates to items such as the SlideTrax Anchor Trolley and Transducer Deployment Arm for fish finders. The SlideTrax rail system now comes standard on the Commander series as well. The SlideTrax system also incorporates tie downs, which can be used to secure items in the tank well.
In 2010, Native Watercraft announced the Groove Accessory Attachment System. They offer two different sized plates, the rectangular plate (16″ x 5″) and the square plate (6″ x 5″), which can be attached to the Groove System. These plates allow for a wide variety of attachments and as long as an accessory can be attached to the plate with (nuts and bolts) the variations are unlimited. The Groove Accessory Attachment System is now offered on the 2011 Native Ultimate series as well.
These accessory attachment systems are great for paddlers who don’t want to drill holes into the hull of the kayak, are always looking to add new accessories, enjoy a variety of activities that use different equipment and simply want the ability to remove added items for easy transport, storage and cleaning.
I am always interested in seeing how creative paddlers get when utilizing these type of systems. Share your creativity with us.
For more information, come by the store sometime or visit our website at AustinKayak.com and search for “SlideTrax” and “Groove or comment below.
ACK – San Marcos