Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Native Mariner 12.5 Plug-N-Play Option

I found this idea on the Native Owners Group forum http://www.nativeownersgroup.com/showthread.php?16560-Plug-N-Play-Solution....

The original post used a 4" gear track screwed into the hull.

Instead of adding the gear track I just drilled out the pre-exiting hole in the factory metal bracket so the Yak Attack T-bolt would go thru.  I did have to trim about 3/16" off the end of the bolt to get it to fit between the hull and the bracket.  

The advantage of using the gear track is the any Mighty Mount accessories would fit.  I think the advantage of just drilling the hole is ease of project, you don't have to buy gear tracks, and no drilling holes in the yak.

I finally got out on the river and had a chance to use the new rod holder.  I really like the location/s available by having the Ram ball mounted.  The only issue I can see is that because the ball is mounted down on the side it doesn't allow the Ram Tube to lean out very far over the side of the yak. Not a huge issue, but something to be aware of.

Native Mariner 12.5 Fishing Crate

I have always fished with a crate in the back and was having a hard time figuring out how I wanted to fit one in the Mariner. This is what I have come up with so far. 

For the legs I just heated the PVC pipe and let the plug-n-play holes mold it for me. The PVC it pinned, but probably not needed. I attached the crate with 3 hose clamps, this will have to be fixed as they will rust quickly I am sure.

This is a 6 gallon milk crate, but a 4 would work.  The rod holder is just a standard Academy one.

Heated PVC with torch and used the plug-and-play holes to mold it

Using bungee cords to secure gear

Having the crate elevated off the deck will hopefully keep some of the water off gear.

Super Easy and Cheap DIY Kayak Camera Mount

Like the title says, super easy and cheap.  I used a lot of old parts I had around, but would guess you could make this for under $10 plus the Ram ball if you need it.  Took me maybe 15 minutes to make it once I had all the parts together.

As with most DIY projects I do it ends up changing and I pull it apart and redo it.  

The first time the bolt stuck thru the cap about 3/4" with the idea of using a Yak Attack screw ball to attach the camera.  By the time I bought a ball and the double socket it would no longer be cheap.  I already own a GoPro tripod mount so I cut down the bolt so it would mount flush.  Either way works.  

I added a little loctite to the bolt to make sure the GoPro mount stays tight.  

1  - old hollow broom handle
1 - short length of PVC that fits inside of hollow broom handle
1 - PVC cap to fit
1 - stainless steel bolt with phillips head, whatever thread pattern you need
2 - self tapping screw
1 - orange duct tape

1. Remove one end of the broom handle
2. Drill hole in top of PVC cap and run bolt out of the top.  Drill the hole a little small and thread the bolt thru for a snug fit.  You can always add a nut on top if the fit isn't right.
3. Cut PVC pipe around 6" long.  Make sure you have a screwdriver long enough to reach the bolt end.
4. Glue cap with bolt installed onto PVC pipe
5. Push PVC pipe into open end of broom handle.  This should be a tight fit.  Mine actually scraped some of the PVC off as it slip in.
6. Install to set screws to prevent movement between handle and PVC, this is probably overkill.
7. Wrap with orange duct tape for added visibility

Done, Enjoy

Sunday, June 8, 2014

WagonGear Tailgate Lid Installation

A year or so back I bought and installed the WagonGear Tailgate Lip for the 80 Series Landcruiser.  This has been a great product and was a pretty simple install.  I store jumper cables, tow-strap, gloves, etc in the tailgate.  It is all out of the way, but I have it when I need it.  The only drawback is that it makes the tailgate pretty heavy.

After a year or so of use the only problem I have had is that the rubber trim that goes around the lid gets hung on things when you are sliding them in and out of the rear.  Not a big deal just push it back down

WagonGear makes tailgate lids for the 60, 80, and 100 Series Landcruiser.  More information about WagonGear can be found here WagonGear.  More information about the 80 Series Tailgate Lid.

After removing the factory covering...

Place the template and mark where you are going to cut.  WagonGear supplied the template.

Remove template and prepare to cut.

There are only a few places you have to worry about cutting anything.  Always check for electrical wires under where you are cutting.

I started using a pneumatic die grinder and found out my compressor was too small.  I went to Harbor Freight and bought an electric one and completed the cut in about 15 minutes.

Finished cut.  Now just install the lid per the instructions and you are done.  Don't forget the Loctite on the bolts.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Venison Jerky

This is one of my favorite venison jerky recipes

1 Cup soy sauce
1/8 Cup Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons liquid smoke
2-3 fresh Habanero or Serrano peppers - Minced
2-3 fresh Jalapeno peppers - Minced
2-3 dried Chinese red peppers (the long skinny ones) - Minced
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon canola oil
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cayenne powder
10 turns course ground pepper
1/2 cup water (I will usually rinse out my mini-chopper and measuring cups and count that as the water)
2 pounds thin sliced venison
1 gallon zip-loc bag

Directions: Trim all fat and sinew off meat. Cut into thin strips approx. 1/4 inch or thinner. Mix all ingredients together in zip-loc bag. I prefer to mix in bag because if you mix in bowl and then pour to bag many of the spices stay in the bowl. Add meat and marinate in refrigerator for 48 hours. Dry 6-8 hours.

Meat in bag ready to refrigerate
In refrigerator for 48 hours.  I turn and mix every 6-12 hours.
The end result after drying 6-8 hours.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Texas Poetry


The devil wanted a place on earth,
A sort of a summer home;
A place to spend vacation,
Whenever he wanted to roam.

So he pondered and picked out Texas,
A place both wretched and rough;
Where the climate was to his liking,
And the cowboys hardened and tough.

He dried up the streams in the canyons,
And he ordered no rain to fall;
He dried up the lakes in the valleys,
Then baked and scorched it all.

When over his barren country,
He transplanted shrubs from hell;
The cactus, thistle and prickly pear,
The climate suited them well.

Now the home was much to his liking,
But animal life, he had none;
So he created crawling creatures,
That all mankind would shun.

First he made the rattlesnake,
With it's forked and poisonous tongue;
Taught it to strike and rattle,
And how to swallow it's young.

Then he made scorpions and lizards,
And the ugly old horned toad;
He placed spiders of every description,
Under rocks by the side of the road.

Then he ordered the sun to shine hotter,
Hotter and hotter still;
Until even the cactus wilted,
And the old horned toad took ill.

Then he gazed on his earthly kingdom,
As any creator would;
He chuckled a little up his sleeve,
And admitted that it was good.

'Twas summer now and Satan lay,
By a prickly pear to rest;
The sweat rolled off his swarthy brow,
So he took off his coat and vest.

"By Golly," he finally panted,
"I did my job too well;
I'm going back where I came from,
'Cause Texas is hotter than Hell."

Author Unknown
I was told an Aggie wrote this. I guess they finally got something right.

Friday, December 21, 2012

How to Build Kayak or Canoe Outriggers Stabilizers

This is a step-by-step of how I made my own canoe/kayak outriggers.  I got the idea for these off ebay.  Cost on ebay is around $155 - $165.  When it was all said and done I probably saved around $75 - $85.  Keep in mind the ones on ebay do not include the Scotty portable clamps which added $47 to my cost.


  • Willapa Marine Shrimp Buoy (2-Pack) - Amazon $17.60
  • PVC Pipe
  • PVC primer and glue
  • PVC caps
  • PVC step down piece to go from large to small pipe
  • Scotty rod holder x 2 - Amazon $18.49 each
  • Scotty portable rod holder clamp mount (gunnel mount) x 2 - Amazon $23.66 each

Step 1.

 Assembled all of my PVC joints and cut PVC into manageable lengths.

Step 2.

With a rubber mallet hammer the PVC pipe though the buoy then turn over and pound on ground until an inch or so is sticking out the end.

Step 3

Glue the buoys into the coupling.  Don't worry about any excess length you can slide to buoy down to close any gap.

Step 4

Cut excess pipe from pointed end of buoy and glue on pvc cap.  Be sure to watch your length here to long and the cap doesn't fit flush

Step 5

Glue larger diameter pvc piece into coupling.  Attach the scotty rod holder with a D-shaped pin and your ready to go.
I used gunnel wall clamps, but I have seen people mount a piece of aluminum or wood across the canoe and mount directly to that.