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Since getting my NuCanoe Frontier in March I’ve had it out a dozen times or so and I’ve got quite comfortable with it. Here’s a look at my typical setup, nothing fancy.
I keep my seat back almost all the way to give myself ample standing room. I leave just enough room to tuck a life jacket between the seat and the battery box. I’ve not yet installed a fish finder or lights like I plan to so I’m not taking advantage of the battery box yet. I keep an anchor on each side of the battery box with the rope wrapped around a piece of pvc pipe. I have installed an anchor trolley on each side for each anchor. I tuck my Hawg Trough measuring device under my seat, these things are perfect for measuring fish for tournaments and such. I keep my rod holders towards the front out of my standing area. If I take more than 2 rods I tuck the others up the side. My tackle bag fits nicely in the front. I have a camera mount on the front of a freedom track next to my bag. Lastly I put my net over the nose of the frontier.
I’ve also bought a few more extras that I don’t use or I’ve yet to install and also a second seat.
I decided to get a second max 360 seat so I could take my girlfriend out with me sometimes. It was cheaper and easier than getting a second kayak. Last week we tried out tandem fishing for the first time. It went pretty good. I stood in the middle most of the time while she sat on the front. I wouldn’t want to both be standing. It was plenty stable with her sitting and wasn’t too crowded. I’ve also bought 2 additional rod holders with screwball mounts. I’m planning on mounting some additional tracks on the rim of the frontier before using them. I like the idea of getting my rod holders up and out of the standing area. I actually won a 2 pack of 8″ Yak Attack Geartracs in a raffle at the end of the Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail Big Slab Crappie Challenge event last weekend. I was pretty excited since it was exactly what I needed. I plan to buy another 2 pack of the 8″ tracks so I can have one track for each rod holder on the rim. For my transformer paddle I got some paddle drips. I found out on the first few trips that I was getting pretty wet while paddling. The paddle drips help. I also bought a slide mount and 4 mighty mounts which I don’t use currently. I’m thinking about putting 2 of the mighty mounts up front so while tandem fishing the front person will have easy access to rod holders.
So at this point I still want to make a fish finder mount, install lights for night fishing, and mount some additional tracks and mighty mounts for more rod holder mounting locations. Also wouldn’t mind getting a GoPro camera with some sort of remote trigger in the future.
I really like your setup!
You said you have some issues with the wet lap while paddling. I bought these a while back and since then, a couple of people on here have gotten them and they work really well. Heres the link:
Pair these with your drip rings and you are sure to have a dry lap, Sir.
Rylan, Nice looking set up. You are going to make me give my Frontier the bath it desperately needs after seeing yours all cleaned up. As for the battery box, when I am not running my trolling motor I use that box as a secure storage box. You can put a lot of things in there to keep them contained and organized for later use. I keep a stringer, 15 ft of rope, sunscreen, and whatever else I may need for that day. If you put a small piece of tape over the breather holes in the lid it is now waterproof if it rains. Voila! You have dry storage in the front and rear of your boat. If you choose to use a small 12V sealed battery, you can add a removable partition in your battery box and still use some of it for storage.
Yeah it is a bungee cord. I used to keep one on there like that to hook things to so I didn’t risk losing equipment if I ever tipped. Tipping has become the least of my worries now so I no longer use it.
As for the transformer paddle. I bought it for its flexability like most people would although so far I’ve only used it as a normal paddle. Haven’t used the stake out pole or SUP options. Still like having the options though. Dissassembly is a must for easy storing and hauling for me. I haven’t had any problems with it. If you want the flexability and got the cash to fork up then go for it.
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