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Craftsmen's Corner / Homebrew aluminum kayak trailer
« on: May 04, 2024, 06:50:33 PM »
I already have a nice aluminum (Trailex) trailer for my AI, so you might think that the last thing I'd need is another aluminum kayak trailer. Well, if you think that way, you'd be wrong, as I have managed to piece together a second AI, and I feel that Number Two (as I have christened my second AI) will lose its self-esteem if it does not also have its own trailer. Besides, I've been salivating over the Yakima Rack and Roll trailer for years.

However, I could not justify spending almost $3k for an actual Yakima Rack and Roll, so I decided to build something similar myself. I bought the same wheels, shocks, and a couple of other parts that are used on the Yakima trailer. Then I bought a bunch of square aluminum tubing (2 x 2 x 1/4, 6061-T6, for those keeping score).

It was at that point that I remembered that I don't know how to weld, so it was going to have to all be held together with bolts and such. So, I bought a bunch 316 stainless bolts, some 1/4" flat aluminum plate (also 6061), and also some exotic metal rods (aluminum-bronze, nickel, ...) for various special uses.

I do have a small drill press, and I bought an angle grinder for this project, but otherwise, I don't have much for tools, no real workshop, etc. So, it took a while, but eventually, I got the frame together, and wheels attached. I took it out for a short test-run, only to realize that it was about 1' wider than I wanted it to be. So, I disassembled it, cut down the width, and re-assembled.

Just yesterday, I got a chance to give this new-and-improved version a good test run, and I filmed it, just to see how it towed, as I can't see it when driving. If you want to take a look-see, the video is below. Next, I'll try the same with it carrying an AI.

Btw, I'm especially proud of the fenders (6" ABS pipe cut lengthwise and painted orange), although they do looks somewhat, umm..., out of place. As you can see in the picture, there are lights (and they've been properly wired since that picture was taken), but you can't see them in the video. It doesn't have a safety chain/cable yet, and I want to tweak a couple other minor things; otherwise it's done.

At some point, I plan to make a video of the build process with a lot more details, as I filmed some of it and took lots of pictures.

AOTY / Legal method of measure for AOTY?
« on: March 10, 2024, 07:52:33 PM »
Enquiring minds want to know...

General Fishing Tips / Any fish in Almaden Reservoir?
« on: February 27, 2024, 05:50:59 PM »
Anybody here ever fish in Almaden Reservoir (not to be confused with Almaden Lake, which is nearby)? Unfortunately, kayaks are not allowed, but it looks like it would be reasonably fishable from shore. I always see people fishing Almaden Lake, but I was at Almaden Reservoir yesterday and there was nobody.

For Sale / 2014 Hobie Revo 13 for $1350 (not mine)
« on: February 25, 2024, 07:02:13 PM »
May be a good price, if it doesn't have any serious problems:


Craftsmen's Corner / Windsurfer mast for Hobie AI project...
« on: January 07, 2024, 10:40:13 AM »
I got a cheap (sub-$200) windsurfer mast that is in great shape and is exactly the same length as my AI mast. I bought the mast base and collar from Hobie, and installed the base (a little Goop and a couple of rivets did the trick).

All that remains is to glue the collar to the mast. However, the windsurfer mast seems to be slightly skinnier in diameter (1mm or less) than the official Hobie mast.

On the Hobie forum, they say to use West Systems G/flex epoxy (which I've got) and not to rivet it, as it could create a weak point. The collar is subject to a lot of turning force, due to the roto-furling sail (and even more so with my mast topper and 2nd sail). The slight difference in diameter means that the collar is ever-so-slightly loose and wobbly, and I think this might make it more likely to break free when attempting to furl the sail (this happens on rare occasion with the standard mast, as reported on the Hobie forum).

I'm wondering if anybody has any suggestions on how to get the collar perfectly centered and how to glue it so that it's less likely to break free. I was thinking that adding strips of fiberglass might help, but also worried that it might just bunch up when trying to slide the collar over the wetted-out cloth...

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / baitcaster reel recommendations?
« on: January 05, 2024, 08:26:48 AM »
I'm looking for a baitcaster reel, primarily for use in freshwater, but I'd also like it to be able to multitask for, say, sabiki-ing in the salt. I had one of these


and I thought it was great, while it lasted. Unfortunately, it didn't hold up well, and became unusable after only about 1 season of light use in saltwater.

I don't want to spend a fortune, but $200 or a bit more would be OK for something that will last.

General Talk / Surf's up in Santa Cruz!
« on: December 28, 2023, 02:24:31 PM »
The surf was crashing pretty good around the lighthouse in SC. I took a brief video, but not sure why it looks kinda crappy on youtube:

So, I uploaded a higher resolution version here:


Later we were walking around the F dock, and a 5-6 foot surge had us running away to keep from getting washed into the harbor. Here are a couple of pictures of that (didn't get a picture until it had started to recede, but still...).

General Talk / Beware of strandbeests on the beach...
« on: December 22, 2023, 10:24:02 AM »

The family wants to go to Napa, and I'll probably be able to get away for at least a couple of hours on my own. Of course, I'd like to fish, but don't know anything about that area. Sadly, no kayak, so I was wondering if there are any decent prospect for bank/shore fishing this time of year...

General Talk / fishing license auto-renewal
« on: December 21, 2023, 07:34:15 AM »
On the DFW website there is an option to have fishing licenses automatically renew. It seemed like a good idea, so I tried to set it up (requires a password and credit card info). But, after enabling it, it says that I don't have any license that is eligible for auto-renewal, even though my fishing license expires in a couple of weeks, and I've received several email reminders from DFW telling me that I need to renew my fishing license.

I'm just curious if the auto-renewal thing has worked for anybody...

Fish Talk / salmon know the way to San Jose...
« on: December 16, 2023, 01:07:34 PM »
This is Los Alamitos Creek, just upstream from Almaden Lake in San Jose...

Does anybody know how the AI furler drum differs between the pre-2015 and 2015-and-newer versions?

The pre-2015 version is Hobie part number 79512001:

The 2015-and-newer version is Hobie part number 79512002:

The back story is that I've got a 2014 AI, and I've been slowly piecing together a second AI, based on my 2013 Hobie Adventure that I've had since I bought it new. I'd managed to get every part, except for the mast. I recently got ahold of a  windsurfer mast that is in excellent condition and seems to be exactly the right size. But, now I need the furler drum (plus the mast base and mast cap, neither of which is as critical, as I think I can fabricate those, if need be). It seems that Hobie no longer sells the furler drum for the pre-2015 models, while the newer version of the furler drum is available. So, I'm wondering if the newer version is backwards compatible...

For Sale / Great deal on a used Hobie Tandem Island!
« on: November 19, 2023, 06:37:43 AM »
This is not mine, but I would definitely make it mine, if it weren't for the fact that I don't have any place to park it, I don't have enough money to afford it, and my wife would kill me if I bought it, along with a few other similarly-trivial details.


Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Anybody use an Apple watch when fishing?
« on: August 21, 2023, 06:20:12 PM »
I got a free Apple watch (long story), which I've had for about a week. So far, I'm sorta underwhelmed, but that my be because I'm too lazy to learn how to do much of anything with it.

Anyways, I'm wondering if anybody here has found any good uses for an Apple watch when fishing/kayaking.

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