I have found my W500 to be a source of great enjoyment whether fishing, exploring backwaters, lakes, and rivers, or paddling in the open Mississippi Sound or bays.
The attached photos detail how I have my kayak rigged at this time.
I have landed on simpler is better.
I used stiff aluminum wire to make the two paddle holders (no holes required).
I standup paddle with the extra long single blade paddle shown (it is a convertible that I can make two blade if desired) and usually also keep a two blade paddle in the holders if needed for covering water in a hurry (I guess sort of a “low gear” and “high gear”).
I can usually track fairly straight paddling with the single blade on one side using what I think is called a guide stroke. I get a lot less paddle drip in the cockpit that way too. The extra long single blade paddle also lets me get a lot of leverage and power on the paddle.
I made the inboard “accessory rack” from a pine shelving board with a triple coat of paint.
I currently have just the two adjustable rod holders attached but plan to put a cup holder on there and maybe mount a depth finder. It is pushed forward on top of the seat, and “jammed” under the decks, with a single stainless bolt with fender washers just to secure it. If I am casting I paddle with the rod holders to the stern (ie, at my back), if I troll I will switch around and put the rod holders forward and put a line out either side of the boat. The yellow anchor line is just in a storage position which keeps it out from under my feet.
I used the aluminum wire again and a couple of the spray skirt clips to make the anchor line storage arrangement shown. I will also put out a 5-gal bucket as a drift anchor on this line if I want to move along but very slowly. You may see the black dock line on the bow/starboard. It is coiled and attached to one of the pad eyes with a velcro strip. I find the dock line useful for a variety of situations.
Thank you for this truly innovative vessel! It is the best boating investment I have ever made and it sees more action than any other I’ve had. And isn’t that the point?
Ocean Springs, MS
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