Rigged Kayaks • Mantra Palani, second time round!

Show off your pride and joy or look for ideas here.

Mantra Palani, second time round!

Postby Nativeman » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:24 am

Folks

I am currently setting up my second Mantra Palani, I intend to use this one for some of the ABT Bass Tournaments next year as the Palani has a huge carrying capacity of 180kg. So I will be adding a 60l Live well to it soon as well as what I have done so far. I am trying to keep the fit out to a low budget to see how much it will really cost, hopefully I can come in under $1500 retail.

I have gone for the Teal colour, I am loving this colour it really stands out and is way different to the yellow/orange one I had last time. This week I have added some YakAttack Gear Trac and Ram Screw Balls, a standard Scotty mount, a Scotty Triple Mount, A Garmin Echo 300c Sounder, and some stick on graphics(not all are in the Photos), some ram tubes which will give me ample storage area for extra rods and some Keeleazy Tape, how good is this tape! All these accessories were purchased from Adventure Outlet. I still need to do a paddle park and as I said the 60l Live well.

I mounted the Transducer of the sounder a little different this time to my normal installs. I took advantage of the flat area on the stern of the kayak and mounted a std 1"Ram ball here using the screw inserts that are also there. I did need to drill one new hole on the ram ball and screw it on with two 5mm ss bolts. This allows me to mount the Transducer on an arm there, allowing it to have direct contact with the water, hooray I finally get an accurate water temperate reading. As this attachment protrudes from the rear of the kayak I also mounted a ram ball plate on the back wall of the rear well, so when I finish my on water session I simply transfer the transducer arm to the ram ball inside the rear well for storage and safe transportation. I installed the head unit directly onto the flat area in the center console behind the Scotty Mount. And I went for usual Kiddies Foam back pack battery storage option, this will sit inside the front hatch..

I must say I am pretty happy with the result so far and I am looking forward to some on water testing soon..

Check out the Pics...
Attachments
P9020997.jpg
The Keeleazy Tape applied, and easy process and this will help protect the keel of the kayak.
P9020998.jpg
I hope I have the positioning right! Keeleazy Tape
P9020999.jpg
The Palani now comes with a ball mount rod holder as standard
P9020999.jpg (80.07 KiB) Viewed 3394 times
P9021000.jpg
I did not use the standard rod holder and I went for a scotty mounty system, the scotty mount fits on the console by using the usual screw insert mounts, I did need to make the holes larger on the scotty mount though for a good fit.
P9021001.jpg
A close up of the Yakattack Gear Trac, these are good gear!
P9021002.jpg
I have a Gear Trac on both sides of the rear well
P9021006.jpg
The Yakattack Screw Balls fit into the Gear Trac
P9021005.jpg
The Ram Tube Rod Holders in place, fixed to the screw balls, along the Gear trac
P9041019.jpg
The Transducer Ram Arm in the installed position
P9041019.jpg (63.3 KiB) Viewed 3394 times
P9041020.jpg
The ram ball attached to the stern of the kayak on the flat area
P9041020.jpg (88.58 KiB) Viewed 3394 times
Last edited by Nativeman on Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:27 am, edited 1 time in total.
AKFF is totally ....
Nativeman
Legendary Member
 
Posts: 3779
Joined: Tue Sep 06, 2005 5:15 pm
Kayak: ...


Re: Mantra Palani, second time round!

Postby Nativeman » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:24 am

More Pics
Attachments
P9041021.jpg
A ram ball mounted to the rear wall of the rear well, see next pic for explanation.
P9041021.jpg (57.1 KiB) Viewed 3393 times
P9041022.jpg
The transducer arm, ready for storage and safe transportation
P9041022.jpg (59.38 KiB) Viewed 3393 times
P9041023.jpg
The Scotty triple bar and rod holders installed
P9041023.jpg (61.54 KiB) Viewed 3393 times
P9041024.jpg
The Garmin Echo 300 installed up on the console
P9041024.jpg (51.94 KiB) Viewed 3393 times
P9041025.jpg
My stock standard, Kiddies Foam Back pack, battery holder inside the front hatch
P9041025.jpg (37.21 KiB) Viewed 3393 times
AKFF is totally ....
Nativeman
Legendary Member
 
Posts: 3779
Joined: Tue Sep 06, 2005 5:15 pm
Kayak: ...

Re: Mantra Palani, second time round!

Postby scorpio » Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:17 pm

Would never have thought about the ball mount for the transducer. What a great idea. I would like to copy it for my new yak. Thanks.
scorpio
Regular Member
 
Posts: 159
Joined: Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:03 pm
Location: Yandina, Sunshine Coast Queensland
Kayak: Tarpon 120.

Re: Mantra Palani, second time round!

Postby Ado » Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:57 am

Looks great Nativeman. It would be good to get an overall shot of the yak to put it all in context.

Those Yakattack great Traks look interesting. I guess hull access is difficult at that point. Are they used as rod storage only or as trolling points. If the latter, are you confident the screws would hold in the case of a snag or a decent strike?

That Kealeasy tape looks the bisiness. I may need to look into that.
Adrian
Image
36cm Redfin, 58cm Golden Perch, 35cm Whiting, 38cm Tailor, 42cm Sand Flathead, 62cm Dusky Flathead, 32cm Snapper, 47cm Black Bream, 68cm Salmon, 30cm Flounder, 42cm Frigate Mackerel
User avatar
Ado
Moderator
 
Posts: 8049
Joined: Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:36 pm
Location: Dalmeny NSW (and sometimes Tinderry NSW)
Kayak: Hobie Adventure

Re: Mantra Palani, second time round!

Postby Nativeman » Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:47 am

Ado

I use the rod tubes at the back for storage only, I troll from the forward rod holders if I do, so no worries there. Really I don't think it would be an issue, I used some silicone for extra strength and the plates perfectly moulded to the kayak hull...The ram ball normally swivels if there is an excessive load placed on it so I would doubt whether the plate would rip off.

Keelezy tape works much better if it is apllied to the full length of the kayak I have found.

Here is a pic of the set up for fishing at the recent Wivenhoe Kayak and Canoe Convention...
Click on the photo to enlarge...
12-170912191701-18171385.jpg
AKFF is totally ....
Nativeman
Legendary Member
 
Posts: 3779
Joined: Tue Sep 06, 2005 5:15 pm
Kayak: ...

Re: Mantra Palani, second time round!

Postby Ado » Sun Oct 14, 2012 1:49 pm

Thanks Nativeman, makes sense. I agree that one advantage (or disadvantage, depending how you view things) of ram balls is they will give before too much pressure is put on the hull.
Adrian
Image
36cm Redfin, 58cm Golden Perch, 35cm Whiting, 38cm Tailor, 42cm Sand Flathead, 62cm Dusky Flathead, 32cm Snapper, 47cm Black Bream, 68cm Salmon, 30cm Flounder, 42cm Frigate Mackerel
User avatar
Ado
Moderator
 
Posts: 8049
Joined: Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:36 pm
Location: Dalmeny NSW (and sometimes Tinderry NSW)
Kayak: Hobie Adventure


Return to Rigged Kayaks

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

cron