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Removable motor mount.

OK, so I have stated that the motor will not be permanent. So I need a removable motor mount. But I don’t want some thing complicated that requires so many bolts and fasteners to deal with. So here is how I did it.

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 First is the hardware. I have a bunch of lap and groove aluminum plates from some old decommissioned equipment I work on. The lap grove is just a hair thinner then half the thickness of the material, making it easy to overlap. I drilled and tapped each plate in 5 points for locking them together.

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 For each side I have one underneath and two on top.

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They are positioned in a way that allows me to slide another forward and interlock between the two on top of the deck.

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 Mounted a 3rd set in the back for a locking bar. It also replaces the carry handle. Mount the same matching set in reverse to a plate of Marine Star Board to complete the mount. It is fastened together by placing it just behind the locking position and pushing it forward.

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 The upper mounting plate interlocks to the fixed mounting rails on the hull. It is secured in place with a single bolt through the back into the rail which also replaces the handle.

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 For testing the project build I am starting out with a single motor. I added a piece of 2×4 to the starboard for the trolling motor mount to attach to.

A motorized Kayak? But isn’t that cheating?

As I said in a previous post. “Yes, I do not deny it!”

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Ever since I posted this picture on my personal pages, I have been catching flack from friends and family. “Why didn’t you just buy a john boat?” “That defeats the purpose of getting some exercise!” “What a waste of a perfectly good Kayak!” “Isn’t that cheating?” The comments kept rolling in.  At least most were nice enough to express their comments privately. What is wrong with people? Did you forget who I am and what I do? ……  What is my nick name?

The name is not just for the Kayak or the website!

It represents who I am!

Delirious Intentions!

What does it mean?  Let me define it for you:

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Have I ever done anything normal? Everyone knows I have a very creative and inventive mind.  Look at the things I have built in the past. The automation systems, robots, and other various builds and modifications. Before you start coming down on me with condescending comments about a trolling motor on a kayak at least find out what it is for!  And no, this is not a permanent attachment to the Kayak! Granted I will use it a lot, but it is not permanent. That is just a part of the project.

The following posts to this site should begin to clarify my “Intentions!” This is just the first of two trolling motors. I need the first one for testing the hardware and controller systems of a dual thrust steering system I am building. I am still in the development stage of a very unique project. One that has never been built, but is sure to become a big hit!

 

I have a 9 foot flat bottom racing boat, and a 18 foot open fisherman. If I just wanted to go fishing I have various options to choose from. This is not why I bought the Kayak. The 9′ flat bottom boat is well suited for fishing the flats. But it equates to trying to fish from a wave runner/ jet-ski. Great for getting some where in a hurry, but not the most ideal for fishing. The 18′ open fishermen is great for open water fishing. But both are fossil fueled vessels which are not allowed in some of the mangrove preserves. Many of which have some of the best fishing in South Florida. Both have another draw back as well. They both cost money to take out and require lots of maintenance and cleaning every time I go out. Not to mention the fact that you can only launch them from a boat ramp. So everything has to be planed out.

With a kayak, I can literally just toss it in the back of my truck and launch from any where I have access to parking by the water, and be in the water fishing within 30 minutes.  It doesn’t cost a penny to take it out, except maybe parking. I can have it all cleaned up and stored away in about 15-20 minutes. It is also a great challenge that can not compare to fishing from a regular boat. There is nothing like hooking a big fish and going on a sleigh ride.  It is small and maneuverable. It can get into some of the tight canals that even a john boat can not go.

I just happen to come up with a very unique idea that I have never seen anywhere. A small dual thrust steering boat which can get into and maneuver around some of the tightest areas. Like canal fishing. Where some of the best sport fishing can be easily found. Most Snook, Tarpon, and Jacks are found in the small canals around the bay, like the mangroves and residential canals. They school in these canals because it is easy feeding grounds for them, and difficult for most fishermen to get in there and find them. My project allows me to get into these locations and easy maneuver around and catch them. Also without a combustible engine they don’t even hear me coming.  I have already had a few occasions where the big fish were within 5-10 feet from the kayak and not even get spooked away. If anything, they have spooked me when they finally do see me.

 

If you really want to see what I have planed, then check back here from time to time. I intend to keep this site updated on a regular basis to my projects. Not just the kayak, but all my projects.

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Some fun time on the water!

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I decided to hit the flats south of 79th street, in Biscayne Bay, with the Kayak. It was a beautiful morning! I headed out to the island, where I saw a pod of dolphin’s feeding. Just to the east of the islands, near the feeding dolphin’s, I started fishing.

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I caught a few nice jacks feeding near the channel.  I traveled all around the island and across the flats.  It was a wonderful day with lots of strikes.

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I decided to invite a bunch of them to dinner.

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It turned out to be the perfect meal to try out my new smoker with. After cleaning and filleting, I had 28 nice size steaks for the smoker.

 

I am glad I got into kayak fishing. It is unlike any other. The challenges make the experience even more fun.

I do not deny it! Yes, it is cheating!

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But this is only the beginning of a very unique project!

This project idea is the main premiss for the recent blog and website registrations under the name “Delirious Intentions.” This will serve as a “DIY” and “How To” log for this project build, as well as for future projects to come.

The future progress of this project idea will be so unique that it is sure to be noticed far and wide!
It will not be ready for even a basic trial run for at least a month yet, as it is still in development.

At the time of writing this, I am already nearly a quarter of the way into the project. The research has been done and most of the equipment purchased. Much of it has been assembled already. It is nearly ready for preliminary trials. All the previous steps of the build will be updated shortly. I will be updating the continuing progress to the sites as it is being built.

My new Fishing Kayak

(originated September 19th, 2014)

I thought long and hard after doing much research as for what I wanted and what I expected. I wanted a good stable Kayak designed as a fishing kayak, with the ability to easily modify and add to it. I looked around and found that the Bass Pro Shops Ascend FS128T fishing kayak was the best kayak for the price that meets my needs. It has 4 access hatches for easy access to nearly every inch inside the hull. This will make fastening hardware and gear to the hull easier then most other comparably priced kayak’s.

So after work on a Friday, I went up to Bass Pro and picked up my new Kayak. As well as a few other items, such as a life vest, paddle, anchor, and other required safety gear. Once I got it home, I quickly gathered up some of my other gear and got it ready to hit the water in the morning.

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The next morning I loaded up my truck and headed down to the boat ramp for some fun.

 

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I chose to try another well known mangrove preserve that does not allow fossil fuel vehicle’s. It is has a sizable salt water lake that the local colleges use for their row boat practice. There are multiple mazes of water way paths throughout the preserve. The mangrove preserve is usually known for some really good fishing. But the recent weather had turned the lake brackish and murky. It was still a pretty good day. I caught a few mangrove snapper, grunt, and a decent size catfish. Had a couple really big strikes but nothing set the hook. Nothing really worth keeping. No free dinner that day.

Once again, like my first trip with the rental, the weather was sure to solidify my resolve and determination. It rained pretty heavy off and on throughout the day. But undaunted by the weather I paddled on through. I sought harbor under a bridge when it got really heavy for a while. Once it turned completely cloudy and consistently drizzling rain, I decided to pack it up and just have some fun skirting around the maze of water ways throughout the preserve.

My first Kayak Fishing trip

(this story and experience originated September 10th, 2014)

As an avid fisherman, I recently was introduced to Kayak Fishing. I have found it to be really interesting and fun. It is a totally different experience to fish from a small vessel. Even more so then from a small john boat or other small powered craft.

Once I was introduced to the idea of Kayak fishing. I had to try it for my self. I researched the idea for a while and decided to give it a try. Of course I wanted to experience it in nearly every aspect.  I started out with the basics. A light tackle box, 2 fishing rods, small cooler, and an assortment of other fishing gear, including tethers, sunblock and other essential equipment. But, I wanted the full experience.

I did not rig any of my fishing poles. I wanted to experience nearly every aspect of what it is like to go fishing from a Kayak. Including some of the common troubles and difficulties I read about. What better way to learn about a new experience, and the complications that can go along with it, then to jump into it with known issues that I would have to over come while on the water.

My first rule of business was to find a suitable Kayak to rent for the day. I thought about how and where I was going to go fishing from a Kayak very carefully. I called around to several rental shops and studied the known fishing spots in my area. I decided on a local rental shop, Blue Moon outdoor center, in a public park near a mangrove preserve I used to fish regularly as a kid. They had a few Kayak’s to choose from. They even sell frozen bait, so they had that taken care of too.

The day before I went fishing, I got my rods and tackle ready. I even re-spool the reels with new line, but I did not tie any tackle to it and make it ready. That I had to do on the water to understand the difficulties that can accompany the challenge of fishing from a kayak. I gathered everything and set it aside for an early morning start.

In the morning I went to the kayak rental shop and chose a kayak that I figured would be one of the most troublesome to fish from. It was a 10 foot with a very narrow hull. The rental clerk tried to persuade me into a more suitable tandem kayak for fishing that was wider and longer, but I insisted I wanted the smaller and narrower kayak for the best learning experience. I explained my intentions of buying a kayak for my self, but wanted to experience it for the possible difficulties first. I also insisted that they let me carry it down to the water, instead of their launch hands. “If you want to do it right you have to do it your self!” With a smile the clerk handed me a paddle, vest, and the bait, and wished me luck.

I grabbed all my gear and carried it down to the waters edge then went back for the kayak. I started loading all my gear into the kayak, intentionally putting most of the gear as far back out of my reach as I could. I then launched and started paddling out to one of the first fishing spots. It was a good 1/2 mile from the rental, out in the bay. It was a fairly breezy day with a forecast of afternoon showers. Seemingly perfect weather expected for the experience I was looking for. It certainly did not disappoint me.

I got to one of my old fishing spots and proceeded to make ready my fishing tackle while on the water. I figured out some of the difficulties with keeping my balance in such a narrow kayak while reaching and stretching all over. I assembled the fishing rods, thread the line through the eyes and tied my hook and leader to the lines. Then re-secure all the gear again and got my bait ready.

Finally, after about an hour, I was out on the water fishing with 2 lines in the water. One free line floater and the other rigged for bottom fishing or casting. I really liked the ease of drifting with the wind as I cast up and down along the mangrove shores. Caught my first fish a few minutes later, a little grunt under 10″. Seemed to catch a few of them over the next half hour. I decided to paddle around for a while. I headed out to a favorite island in the bay. Stopped there for an early lunch and try my luck around the jetty at the south end of the island.

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While I was at the island I caught a few small bait fish for a trolling line. Setup both of the rods as outriggers behind the seat and started paddling over to another favorite spot near by, while trolling the bait behind me, I was hoping for something big like a shark. It was only about another 1/2 mile from the island up a canal that ends near my home. (just past the building in the background on the right, at the rod tips in the picture). Of course by the time I got to the canal, the weather finally started to turn for the worse. The bay started to get choppy as I was on the down wind side of the bay.

Cruised around the main canal some then back out around the mangroves and the feeder canals for the preserve. It then started to rain and the wind really picked up. I was fighting the wind and the rain trying to paddle back towards the island and back to the park I originated from. I was thinking to my self, “This is exactly what I wanted to experience!”

Finally made it back near the park and the rain subsided and the sun came back out. Reapplied the sun block and decided to try some more fishing near the park. Even with all the difficulties with the weather and still did not catch anything more then a few grunt and a a couple puffer fish, I was still enjoying my self. I decided to do some more canal fishing up in the mangroves. I saw a Dolphin swimming up the canal. It passed within about 50 feet of me as it looked at me then dove down and dashed past me. I saw it resurface and continue on up the canal ahead of me. It must have been looking for the mullet known to school up in the shallows. Still didn’t catch anything worth while. The weather for the week prior to that day was rainy and the water was still murky from all the run off coming from the mangroves.

Before I knew it I was out of drinking water, my bait was nearly gone, and the sun was nearing the horizon. I figured it was a good long day. Time to pack up and start heading back. I took the long route, a maze of feeder canals through the mangrove preserve, back to the kayak rental. The clerk was surprised to see me come back after so long. “Most people only rent a kayak for a couple hours. You were out all day!” What can I say, I really enjoyed my self, it was a lot of fun.

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I can say, yes, I caught the kayak bug! What surprised me the most about the experience, after the whole ordeal with fighting against the weather and traveling well over 6 miles on my first trip, I was not soar. Even the next day, I wasn’t soar from the trip. This sealed the deal for me. Not only did I enjoy the trip, but I was unexpectedly physically ready for it too. I thought for sure I was going to be aching from the paddling by the next day. But it was no worse then if I had just moved some medium sized furniture.

Oh the places I will go! I am buying my own kayak. Now to do some more research!

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