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I noticed some hull slap when paddling into chop. Do the 525 and 575 experience less slap because they have less rocker, or are they about the same?
- You notice it more because the sound resonates through the stiff fiberglass. Fishas might have a little more than the Pro Fishas, but I'm not paying attention to it.

I had a hell of a time getting my paddle shoe out when I was trying to put my feet in the water to land a fish. I guess the straps help keep you from coming out when you are bracing in the surf. Do you use the foot straps?
- First thing I did was take off the straps, you don't need them.

I'm puzzling over what type of net to carry for salmon. If it is windy I hate having a big net sticking up like a sail, and it always seems to be windy. Strapping any net to the rear deck is awkward, and this kayak is less than 22" wide at that point. My main options seem to be a net that is about 26" wide, a larger high-quality collapsible net that I can open with one hand, or embracing the pure Stealth spirit and just using a gaff. I'm currently leaning towards the gaff. Thoughts?
- I carry a either a large Frabill Power Stow net or a Stowmaster folding net with an upgraded bag that's deeper than the original. Leash it and stick it under the rear bugees during launch.

Any suggestions on where to get an insulated kill bag that will fit nicely inside the fish hatch? Or should I keep it minimalist and forego the bag?
- I DIYed a bag, but burlap is fine. The hatch is easily washed out with some dish soap and a capful of bleach after fishing.

What kind of paddle should I get? And more importantly, what are good resources for improving my paddling technique?
- Spend $ on a light paddle you really, really like because you will be using it a lot. No need for a wing, they're a bit more efficient going forward, but flat blades are more versatile. I'd rec. you buy one with a shaft that's adjustable for length and feather. Stealth paddles are 220cm, but for me that's a bit long. If you want to go with a flat blade, I'd recommend you look at high angle touring paddles like a Werner Cyprus. If you want a wing, the Stealth Angla is well made and forgiving. Most wings are made for racing and have a lot of helical twist in the blade, so they're demanding to use and you probably don't want that.

Pm if you want more info.

Stealth / Re: New transducer mount
« on: June 09, 2021, 06:53:41 AM »
More detailed demo from Brett at the factory. You could even mount a sidescan transducer on top of the cover plate. Pretty slick system.

Stealth / New transducer mount
« on: May 26, 2021, 10:39:22 AM »
No more gluing your transducer in-hull or dangling it over the side. Not sure if it will support side scan, but this pretty much eliminates interference and drag issues.

I don't think you need to mess around with the rudder. This guy mounted a bracket and small motor to the rod holders.

Stealth / Re: Rigging pics
« on: April 26, 2021, 12:55:21 PM »
Bungee to hold hatch lid closed is also really useful. Some people use a round button instead of a hook, but I think the hook is a bit more secure. https://www.amazon.com/YYST-Paddle-Keeper-Bungee-Holder/dp/B01H2XB18W/

Stealth / Re: Rigging pics
« on: April 26, 2021, 12:49:55 PM »
Mesh pocket in the hatch is great. Attaches with velcro so you can easily remove it. https://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Webs-Tackle-Black-Large/dp/B00JURUDQ0/

Stealth / Re: ...pulled the trigger
« on: April 06, 2021, 07:51:16 PM »
That's not a 460 picture, it's a Fusion 480. Also, the green is a different shade for fiberglass boats, not as bright. Here's a couple of instagram link to a green 460s. Instagram color filters are a bit wonky, but these pics are fairly accurate.

This  :smt044
Dang, where'd you get that pic?  Will look great with the bloody contrast... :smt007 :smt006

searched like crazy , not even sure its a 460 .

Thatís going to be a nice rig!

and I`ll still suck at halibut ..LOL

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Paddle Leash Recommendation
« on: March 22, 2021, 12:51:08 PM »
100% on board with DIY. I didn't really like any of the commercial options. You can also get the length perfect if you DIY. I used 1/4 inch bungee with hog rings and shrink tube on the carabiner/boat end, and a perfection loop with velcro cable tie on the paddle end.

For Sale / Craigslist: kevlar Tsunami Rum Runner kayak
« on: February 22, 2021, 12:56:04 PM »
Sweet kevlar boat with a rail system. Could be easily rigged for ocean fishing.

Stealth / Re: Hatch Cover meets Rod Holder
« on: February 15, 2021, 08:34:30 PM »
Nice work! I was thinking about making a shim for a Railblaza sideport to get it level, but this looks about perfect.

Stealth / Re: New Fusion 480: roto-molded plastic boat is on the way
« on: January 15, 2021, 03:16:50 PM »
www.keeleazy.com is pretty good stuff. Expensive, but you don't need much. Follow the instructions, don't just slap it on.


Any thick tape with water resistant adhesive will work in a pinch.

You can add a fiberglass layer.

You can also mix epoxy with Silica thickener and apply. Add a gelcoat top layer if you want.

Zirconium Silicate is another possible alternative, as one guy posted at Yakshed (an Australia kayak forum).

Stealth / Re: Water in the main hull
« on: January 01, 2021, 08:49:26 PM »
Didn't realize you're in Socal. I'd check with www.oceanpaddlesports.com. They should be able to refer you to someone who specializes in fixing fiberglass/carbon paddlecraft closer to you.

You'll likely need to get replacement footwell pads and venturi covers for the scupper holes from Stealth or seasherpa.com.au. They'll probably need to be removed for repair access.

Is there a hairline crack in the bottom of the fish hatch? Don't see how else water could leak in that way, unless there was a bubble or larger void in the epoxy during molding. Either way it should be a simple repair if you marked the location of the trouble spot.

Stealth / Re: Water in the main hull
« on: January 01, 2021, 05:14:00 PM »
101 Surf Sports offers a repair service. I can't vouch for the repairs, but it's a great shop.

Stealth / Re: Paddle advice
« on: October 24, 2020, 10:19:24 PM »
Love, love, love my 500. I can't guarantee that an 8' will fit, but you can always cut a couple inches off the butt and cap it, or have a rod builder do it for you. Long rod butts are a hinderance on a kayak IMHO. Other than that, you'll get a little more speed from a 500, not much, but it adds up over a long day.

Stealth / Re: Stealth Custom Game Bag...Yea or Nea?
« on: October 24, 2020, 10:10:10 PM »
I don't have the Stealth bag, but I've been using a Silver Horde Katchkooler II Bag (40x16") which just barely squeezes into my 500's hatch. It's a good bag, and I can get my rods in with a little fiddling, but I'm not sure if they're making this size anymore.

However I wanted a better option than that and finally found a sweet dry bag that fits into my 575's hatch.

Going to DIY an insulation liner for the bag with a windshield sun screen similar to this:

Alternatively, I can swap out the liner for a burlap sack or use both.

Or I can just give up and toss everything into the hatch! A little dish soap and bleach makes it smell like new.

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