Monday, November 8, 2010

Accessible Storage

For five years, I fished in a Sit-On-Top kayak, and while I caught a number of fish, I did realize that there were short comings to this fishing craft. For example, immediately accessible storage was a major limitation. While I could store extra fishing tackle in the hull or in the "milk crate" behind me, it was not easy to access. All of that changed when I started fishing from a NuCanoe. As you can see in the photos, I use the threaded inserts to position a small tackle box and an old child's lunch box immediately in front of my sitting position to hold a scale, camera, miscellaneous tackle, and packages of plastics. A variety of lures are stored in a plastic container under my seat that is held in place with a bungee cord. I have a small plastic container positioned in front of my fishing partner for him to store any jigs, lures, or plastics for which he may require immediate access. To speed up attachment of all of these storage containers, I use screws with drilled plastic bottle tops that act as washers to minimize the amount of threaded shaft that must be tightened into the inserts.

The possibilities for use of the threaded inserts are limitless. I'm certain that within the next few months, I'll be attaching even more. I'm anxious to hear of any ideas that others may have for customizing their NuCanoe.

Ken Ziomek