With the ever increasing demand for bigger and better marine electronics on our kayaks, manufactures like Lowrance, Garmin, Humminbird and others have plenty of mouthwatering fish finders and GPS's to satisfy the needs of kayak fishers with new and more sophisticated models regularly hitting the market.
Battery technology has tended to lag behind making it necessary to carry a heavy and bulky power source for onboard gadgets a combination of both bulk and weight can effect the performance and paddle comfort of a kayak not to mention the effect of the added weight during launching and retrieving the kayak and the occasions where portage is required.
An innovative Melbourne based company by the name of Hobbyzone Australia specialise in the manufacture of power packs for radio controlled aircraft and have recently entered the world of kayak fishing with two purpose built kayak batteries marketed under the name of FPV-POWER.
The smaller of the two batteries is 12 volt 7 amp hour and the larger is 12 volt 17.5 amp hour and are totally waterproof and come with their own charger. Being Lithium-ion batteries they are only a 1/6 of the weight of an equivalent lead acid battery and physically much smaller. Lithium-ion batteries can also be drained to 10% capacity without harming the battery compared to 50% of a lead acid battery which means they only need be recharged every three or four trips depending on usage.
The advantages of these batteries from a kayak fishers perspective are blatantly obvious and will go a long way to making our sport much more hassle free.
For full specifications pricing and online ordering check out their website
Hold your camera, navigation lights, phone, gas bottle or drink holder on to your inflatable boat or SUP, or almost anywhere else, without drilling holes.
The QuikPort is a stylish, low profile, stick-on mount. Designed to fit into much tighter spaces than the RIBPort, and is a lower cost option. Made in New Zealand from quality engineering plastics, the QuikPort comes with a 3M VHB self-adhesive pad, or can be glued if that’s your preference.
Suitable for use on almost any surface, QuikPort is proven to stick well to PVC, Hypalon, fibreglass, epoxy, and aluminium.
A good seat in your kayak is worth its weight in gold, there's nothing worse than sitting in a kayak seat that has little support for your back and butt.
Most of the package deal yaks available come with a generic type seat that is ok for the first hour or so on the water, but sooner or later the cramp and fatigue set in. An upgrade seat is available from Dragon Kayak and it's called the ARMOUR.
t's construction offers the paddler superior support in the back rest and 65mm of foam in the seat section these features combined with heavy duty synthetic webbing in the straps and brass clips make this a well constructed seat that will fit the majority of sit on top Kayaks and some sit inside kayaks.
The ARMOUR kayak seat is available in three attractive camo colours, Red, Blue and Green. At $129 it represents good value and worth every cent from a comfort point of view.