So finally my Seabird Fisherman 12 arrived, seems hes only one of the available seabirds in Australia atm, so after a long shipping voyage ( Thanks Anaconda! )
she has finally arrived. I got it half price on a sale at $549! So on my Student / Intern budget it comes up a treat!
These kayaks are made in Norway, last time I checked the vikings made pretty strong vessels!
Its 3.66m long and 76cm wide, Its got a great Catamaran style hull so it sits really well and can stand in it easy!
Weighs in at 25kg comes with 6 rod holders and some drink holders as well as the ever so handy SlideTrax system. ( If anyone has tips for making own DIY gear for this fitting please message me )
I also bought a nice fibreglass paddle with nylon blades which didnt break the bank.
Im super happy with how it is coming along, I did a couple of things this weekend Id love to show you guys seeing as its my first yak.
It poured all weekend, so I got the essentials in: Fitted GoPro HD mounts, rear eyelets for cart system, stainless steel clips for an elastic bungee area in the back.
Im not terribly strong so i wanted to create a way to load the kayak without going and buying a loading system. So I found an old bike rack and added a length of tubing to the plate,
Which I then fitted two PVC tubes covered in foam to roll on the tubing length acting as rollers, then fitted end caps. I tested it in the pouring rain by myself, works a treat up and down!
I then noticed I still had an old golf buggy! Cut the tubing sections and rebirthed it as a kayak cart, front plate sits under and clips around into eyelet holes to keep it steady, then the tail sits perfectly in the lip area.
The wheels are heavy duty ( For golf course bashing needs of course ) so it should run wheel for a while!
I think thats all for now, But id love to hear some tips plus Im looking for help finding front facing rod holders to fit in the slide trax system.
I checked a few places but their all in the US and cost a heap for what it is.
If its not retail, I can try build it if you have any tips.
Il add some pics at the bottom!
Cheers, and see you on the water!