North Wales Kayak Fishing

Galaxy kayaks
Modifying the Bison Galaxy
Having paddled the Bison quite a lot in recent weeks I decided it was time to make a few simple modifications

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First bit of advice is when you are going to make modifications always make sure you have all the correct tools and fittings at hand before you start make yourself a flat work surface and lay all the bits and tools out that you will need

 

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First bit is to install 2 flush mount rod holders Using the rubber gasket as a template mark the area to be cut making sure the edges of the gasket are on a flat area of the kayak mark the inner circle with a permanent marker

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Using a dremel cut out bit carefully trace the line of the cut out going a little deeper with each circle until the hole cut out is complete

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At this point re-measure the hole by dry fitting the gasket and rod holder

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If all fits perfectly drill out the fixing points on the kayak and rod holder and put in your fixings I have decided not to use silicone on this fix a think the rubber gasket should be suffice to keep the job watertight

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I have elected to use self tapping screws on this rod holder the reason is the Bison kayak is 5mm thick plastic so there is plenty of plastic to get a good grip with the self tapers if the kayak you are fitting out has thinner plastic use the appropriate fixing like tri fold rivets ect

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It’s a big hole so once you have cut it out use a little sand paper and clean up the edges

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On this hatch I chose to use stainless steel nuts and bolts the was so I could get a really tight fit and slightly bend the hatch frame so it lays flat to the curve of the kayak once secured this hatch has a really handy inner bag so it was popped in to place

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Next was a compass which I feel is the firs piece of safety kit that should be on every kayak before its used I like the superior compass this is a small 2 inch compass with a flat top and is very robust it simply attaches with a waterproof sticky pad this one cost £3.50 delivered if anybody wants one pm me

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To finish the job I added a multi angle rod holder one thing to remember is keep all the bits of plastic you cut out they are a perfect colour match should you ever need to do a repair of fill a hole