Guest blog written by Matt Moccia, Hobie Pro Staff
For years I’ve enjoyed fishing out of a small kayak on various rivers and other small waters inaccessible to larger watercraft. The problem with this was they were inaccessible to vehicles as well, which meant limiting the amount of gear you could bring along. For a serious fisherman this is a problem. This problem only grew once I upgraded to a larger kayak, a Hobie Pro Angler 12, and wanted to find an easy and efficient way to get it to these remote places. After trying some of the various kayak carts on the market with very limited success I was introduced to the C-TUG. One of the first things that caught my eye was the load capacity and larger diameter airless tires. Continue reading Big Boats On Small Water: A Possibility Brought to you by C-TUG
Not too long ago I picked up a new Malone Scupper Cart and I’ve found it’s made it easy to transport my gear-loaded Predator kayak. Just a reminder that the Predator kayak is quite heavy at 82 lbs and that’s before adding your gear. The Malone Scupper Cart is a great solution for this and very easy to use.
Here’s a short demonstration of the Malone Scupper Cart in action.
After dreaming and obsessing about it, I finally made my mind up to purchase a new Slayer Propel. Left work early stopped by ACK, no second guessing or wondering, just “Hi, I’ll take one of these, in lizard lick, is it in the warehouse and when can I have it?”
ACK got it in from their warehouse the next day and installed 4 flush mount rod holders behind the seat because I really liked that layout on my Manta Ray, and don’t really care for milk crates. Also had ACK install the anchor trolley (because their costs for installation are insanely cheap, so why not?). Since I didn’t want any issues with messing up the rudder, or having to worry about carrying a heavy boat, I opted for the C-Tug kayak cart, and it works great and the color compliments the boat.
I was able to pick it up the early following day with the installations completed. I was spending the weekend with my boys so didn’t spend much time on the boat, only rigging was installing the front hatch cover and rearranging the bungies in the rear well the way I like them. I debated my lighting options for a while and decided that I’d rather have green LEDs, mainly because my blue LEDs are on white strips, which would look like crap, even thought the lights might be brighter. I had 24″ strips on my Manta Ray and noticed that I was always trying to lean forward to see the lit up areas under the boat, because the lights were all up front. For the Slayer Propel, I decided to install 48″ light strips on each side, which brings the lights back almost to the cockpit.
For my fish finder, I bought a Humminbird with Down Imaging, as I’ve been told DI is a big help in tournament fishing. You can see the power cable and transducer cable coming out of the grommet to the right. After debating where my paddle was going to be stored and how I wanted things placed, I decided to do what most do and mount the FF on the right rail up front using a ram ball mounting system for the head unit.
The battery is located in the front hatch, instead of making a box or anything for it, I just used velcro to attach it to the wall of the well, easy in and out and it holds it securely in place (power cabling also run through a Hobie grommet into the hull). I need to do a little bit of tidying up of the wires in the hull, and work in a fusible link somewhere, but everything is currently functional and the way I want it. There’s still another circuit available on the switch, so I still may do some cockpit lights later (although they always just blinded me in the Manta Ray, maybe installed below the seat they won’t blind me).
I’ll be taking it on its maiden voyage soon so I can see how to manage grass with the Slayer Propel peddle drive.
C-Tug has revamped their kayak cart and brought you and even better product! Previously C-Tug offered their cart with an inflatable tire that you could increase or decrease the tire pressure as you saw fit. Well now they have designed the cart with a puncture-free wheel that is even more durable, it’s called the Kiwi Wheel! The beautiful thing about these new Kiwi Wheels is that they will retro fit old C-Tug carts with the inflatable tires, so basically anyone can upgrade!
Just when you thought that was enough, C-Tug pulled something else out of their sleeve to help enhance the cart even more. The product is named the Sidewinder. Yep, just like the snake. This attachment connects to the Kiwi Wheel and allows for a much wider tire that gives you the ability to pull the cart over soft sand or mud without it becoming “bogged” down. The wider stance redistributes the weight over a greater surface area allowing the cart to stay up on top of the loose footing. See how it relates to the snake in name? Floats over sand…more nimble on loose surfaces…no?…ok, I’ll stop. Definitely give these products some consideration when looking for a new cart. You won’t be disappointed!
We have some new Seattle Sports carts for carrying Kayaks and SUPs:
The new Scupper Swift cart is designed for transporting kayaks by utilizing posts that plug into the scupper holes. It adjusts through the axle allowing for added strength. It can adjust to accommodate widths from 8.5 to 18 inches. Also, it boasts new air-less WaveChaser wheels.
The Seattle Sports SoulMite SUP Cart is a simple solution for quick, easy Stand Up Paddleboard transport. Lash down your SUP with the included strap, attach the suction cup handle, and you’re set. Built with a heavy-duty 35mm frame and WaveChaser air wheels, this cart is a great solution for comfortable SUP transport.