DIY high standup platform for sight fishing, poling, etc.

So you want to be high?
They say that standing higher enables you to spot fish that otherwise you could miss…
Outfitting your W fishing kayak is easy if you use saddle brackets, and it’s already discussed in this article: The Saddle Bracket – How you can use it in your fishing kayak

Just bear in mind that the higher you stand the less stable you’ll be, and you’d also lose leverage on your paddle, which would make paddling much harder.
This is why we recommend that you paddle and fish standing on the bottom of your W kayak’s hulls, below waterline, and enjoy both unrivaled stability and the safety of falling on the 14″ high saddle (seat) between your legs, in the stable Riding position, in case you lose balance, which is likely to happen sooner or later in real world conditions.

This DIY stand up fishing and poling platform is 2ft long and 21″ wide (in average):

The top part of this platform is cut from 3/8″ plywood, and the longitudinal beams are made from 3/4″ plywood.
When you stand on it, your feet are 16″ higher than if you stood on the bottom of the hulls.
For example: A 200 lbs person drafts 4″ in a W500, so they stand 4″ below waterline in the normal position, but they’d stand 12″ above waterline if they stood on the platform.
This is to say that using this add-on isn’t for everyone or for every situation. If you’re heavy, tall, elderly, or suffering from balance issues – don’t even think about using it. The same is true if you paddle and fish in cold water and weather, which can turn an accidental swim into something far more unpleasant and potentially hazardous.

This stand up platform still leaves plenty of room for a fisher and their fishing gear

When this platform is inserted in its place in the rear part of the W kayak cockpit, you can sit on it with your legs in the hulls, and enjoy a new, comfortable paddling and fishing position between riding and standing.

14 Comments

  1. Hasdrubal

    Does this structure simply straddle the saddle or do you need to attach it?

  2. fish kayak

    No need to attach it since the brackets fit in the grooves on the saddle top, and they straddle the saddle’s sides.

  3. PaulZ

    It’s a nice concept but I don’t think I’d like to try it beacuse at my age you learn to stay out of trouble, and the water I fish in is too cold.
    Paul

  4. 1formidable

    Can you sit on this platfrom with your legs in the hulls and drive a motorized version of the yak? That should be fun if it’s safe.
    –Isaac

  5. fish kayak

    We haven’t tried it yet, but since it’s possible to drive the kayak seated and standing, it should be possible to do in an intermediate position as well.
    Yoav

  6. 1formidable

    That was a quick response!! How about driving standing on the platform?

  7. fish kayak

    You must be kidding 🙂

  8. keastman

    Yoav, Could you post a video of you dancing on that while floating?????

    I would think you could sit on it an use a motor but you’ll be a bit less stable and have a bigger chance of tipping. I do paddle mine sitting on the platform and it is very comfy but wiggles a bit more.

  9. fish kayak

    Kevin,
    I will post a video showing me dancing on that platform as soon as the weather allows taking the risk of falling overboard 😛
    Stay tuned!

    Yoav

  10. lake

    How about a standing platform that’s a little wider?

  11. fish kayak

    I wouldn’t try it if I were you, unless you outfit your W with large-size outriggers attached at a considerable distance from the kayak itself.
    Most outriggers out there, whether sold as an add-on or integrated with the hull (folding outriggers) are too small to offer meaningful additional stability to a full size adult standing on top of such a small watercraft who’s fishing in real-world conditions including wind, eddies, motorboats’ wakes, fish, and other distractions…
    Don’t be fooled by pictures in ads and fishing websites: Remember that the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is a mere quantitative assessment, and not a qualitative one 😉

    Yoav

  12. PDexter

    Is this why this platform is narrower than the kayak?

    Phil

  13. fish kayak

    Yes. It’s about 3.5″ narrower on each side. This helps reduce the likelihood of the user accidentally stepping too far on the side, and by doing so tilt the kayak to a point where they’d lose balance and fall overboard. It doesn’t guarantee anything, of course – Both cautiousness and practice are required.

  14. keastman

    My platform actually extends over the sides of the cowling by about an inch on each side and rests on the rolled edges of the cowling as well as the seat. The platforms are best utilized by using a foot on each side of the platform and balance is achieved by teetering your weight between legs, similar to standing and balancing in bottom of the hulls but on a more difficult level because of the higher center of gravity. The wider stance helps me a bit for what I do. By no means should you build one with anticipation of standing on one side or the other or you’ll find yourself at water level very quickly. These work best in very shallow water since you get a bit of a surface effect that helps with flotation and balance from the cushion of water between the hull and the bottom. In deeper water they behave more differently and the balance is more squirrely. You need to concentrate on balance much more in deeper water. I’d be very hesitant to use it in deep cold water where self rescue might be needed. Be safe and know your limits. By all means practice in shallow water to gain confidence before you head out to the rodeo.

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