Customer Makes 600 Mile Visit, Shares Advice Transporting Pro Angler 14

At ACK we often receive feedback from our customers but it is rare that a customer travels 600 miles just to visit! This customer shared his experience and also some transportation advice for Hobie Pro Angler 14. Here’s what Keith had to say:

Hello,

I wanted to say thanks again for the courteous and helpful service that ACK provides. Every employee I have dealt has always been very helpful. I also wanted to share a couple of pictures that you may want to share with other prospective customers. Yesterday was my first visit to an ACK store, previously I ordered everything over the internet. But this time I was too anxious to wait for the shipping so I made the 600 mile round trip. Andy, thanks for prepping my order and Luke, thanks for all the assistance when I got to the store. I know it was a busy weekend for all of you with the demo-days.

I know from reading the forums that many people have questions about transporting and storage; pick-up truck extenders vs. roof racks vs. trailers. With the size and weight of the PA, this dilema is especially true. About a month ago I had purchased the Malone Micro-Sport XT Trailer through ACK. After first doing the roof rack experience, loading and unloading with the trailer was a dream. The other advantage was that with the lighter Yak (Wilderness Systems Tarpon 140), I could actually leave it on the trailer conveniently ready to go. This is possible mainly because of the retractable tongue feature on the trailer.

With the size and weight of the Pro Angler 14, everything I had read showed that you shouldn’t leave on a trailer unless using the Hobie craddles. Well the Hobie cradles must be spread 67″ and my cross bars are only 48″. So after reading and seeing that several others had used PVC pipe to support the PA, I spent $33 for some pipe, a 2×4 and hardware. In the attached pictures you can see how it looks. The boat sits “naturally” on the pvc not touching the cross bars. The Malone Saddle-Up Pro just embraces the sides of the boat fore and aft. I’ve put it on and taken it off the trailer twice today – it’s really easy.

So, here’s my review – when purchased from ACK, the Malone Micro-Sport trailer with minor modification is an ideal answer for both transporting and storing the Hobie Pro Angler 14. I will be posting this same message on the Hobie Forum.

Keith B.
p.s. I love the Pro Angler and if the weather cooperates, she’ll be spending sometime floating tomorrow! :)

No More Holes! Attaching Kayak Accessories Without Drilling

SlideTrax System

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.

Groove Accessory Attachment System

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.

Dave Graves
Assistant Manager
ACK – San Marcos