I want to preface this write up with a few words. When I started Yak Smack it was with the intent to express my opinions and ideas that I had with regards to kayak fishing and fishing in general. As I started to bounce ideas off my friends I realized that the guys that I fish with have great ideas and differing opinions from my own. I started hearing phrases like "You should write about this" or "So and so would make a cool blog story." After thinking about it I realized that Yak Smack is a platform for expressing ideas about kayak fishing, and not necessarily just mine. If my close friends had good ideas and opinions about a specific topic or just a cool story I don't want to write their words for them, I want them to write it in their own words. So from time to time I will post guest blog spots from my close fishing buddies because Yak Smack is for kayak fisherman by kayak fishermen.
Rigging my Wilderness Systems Ride 115
Not to be too confusing but I will write on the Yak Smack blog from time to time, and yes my name is Cody as well. (We've been friends since college and no we are not brothers!)
I wanted to write about rigging out my Wilderness Systems Ride 115, which I purchased from Mariner-Sails. I chose the Wilderness Systems Ride 115 for my new kayak because of price, size, weight, stability, and the open canvas of rigging it out. My first Kayak was a 12 foot Ascend sit-in. It was already rigged out with an anchor trolley and rod holders. It was a great starter Yak but it was time to upgrade to the sit on top.
Most of my posts on Yak Smack will be documentation of the transformation of my yak to a killer fishing machine. I am happy to share this process with ya’ll and maybe help spread some ideas or even better get feedback about a better way to do something.
ANCHOR TROLLEY - NO DRILL
This is how I did it and the parts I used.
Harmony Anchor Trolley Kit
GB Heat Shrink Tubing
GB ¼” Cable Clamps
¼” Flat Rubber Washer
30’ 550 Para Cord - Purple (or whatever color you like, I’m a Horned Frog so it only seemed natural)
Needle and Thread Lighter
Step 1: Open kit and remove pulleys. The pulleys will be attached to front and rear of the Kayak. See Photos below
Step 2: Cut para cord into strips that you can make into a loop that will hold the pulley. Cut a strip of the
heat shrink and feed it onto the para cord.
Step 3: Pull the string out of the middle of one of the para cord and place the pulley in the cord. Bring the two ends together and sew them together and then slide the heat shrink over the two sewn ends. Run a lighter over the heat shrink to tighten down.
Back the screw out on the rear of the yak and place the pulley and string around the screw. Pinch the para cord around the screw and tighten down the screw.
Step 5: The front pulley needs to be thread through the extra hole on the paddle keeper bracket. String the para cord through the eye in the bracket. Then feed the heat shrink and pulley onto the para cord. Sew the two ends together and place the heat shrink over the sewn section of the para cord.
Step 6: Unscrew the two screws along the rear of the yak. Grab the cable clamps and washers. Place the washer and clamp on screw and tighten down.
Step 7: String the para cord through the cable clamps and the rear pulley. Cut a strip of heat shrink and feed it the para cord through it. Loop the para cord through the ring and sew the two ends together and place heat shrink over the sewn para cord and heat.
Step 8: String the other end of the para cord through the front pulley. Loop the para cord through the ring until you find the desired length and tautness. Once this is found cut cord and place heat shrink and sew like in step 7.
I placed a "S" carabiner on the carry handle in the middle of the yak to help hold the para cord in place.
This is my no drill anchor trolley system. Like I said before this is just one way to skin a cat. It
works great for me. Let me know what you think!