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Posted: Aug. 17 2007,15:47

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Posted: Aug. 17 2007,20:13

Those of us who remain, uh, cheepskates (who can barely afford dialup) would be in your eternal debt were you to post some still pics...


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Posted: Aug. 18 2007,08:50

Phase 1: Collect Underpants!
Phase 2: ?

Capn' ... you know me I have no qualms about posting media. However, to post pics of the actual rig up, at this point in development would be a disservice to most of the forum. I'm simply jamming the make shift mast into the cranny (or is it nook?) between the dry box and the adjustable center console. It fits like a glove but is only held in by tension. And since most of you did not have the good sense to purchase an Emotion Mojo Angler you all now have no place to jam your masts, sort of speak.

But I do consider myself a man of the people and this is why I'm working on a mast configuration that should, in theory, slip right into almost any Scotty type rod holder. I have tested it briefly today because I'm not fishing with critter and tuna like I was supposed to. You will still need a center mount rod holder for this version.

The new config actually pulled my vessel while sitting on my custom u-boat yak cart in the back yard. I'm using my patented "tube in a tube in a tube in a tube" technology.

I may have some pics of phase 2 later today. The old lady just called and she has found my Jolley Roger kite .. woohoo!

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Posted: Aug. 18 2007,12:56

Aaarghhh .... here's phase 2 and it couldn't be simpler.

1. Get a kite. This is a diamond shaped 6 foot kite. The vertical and horizontal sticks are made of hollow fiberglass tubing. Both vertical and cross members breakdown and are attached using the ferrel on each member. The cloth is made of rip-stop nylon.

Step 1

2. Insert an extension in your center mount rod holder. This is an old vacuum cleaner attachment. Adjust your rod holder so it's fully vertical (or just get it really excited).

Step 2

3. Assemble the kite except for one end of the vertical. Insert the vertical into a piece of 1/2 inch pvc then finish the assembly. I am using 1/2 inch and I didn't really cut it exactly to size, it was just a piece I had laying around. You can use any size pvc that will fit snugly in you rod holder. Use the attached ribbon or some plastic handcuffs to tie the cross memeber and pvc together exactly as you would under normal conditions.

Step 3

Step 3.1

4. Tie two lengths of kite string on each end of the wing tips for controls, and stuff the bottom end of your kite into your rod holder. The nylon and pvc should slide in smoothly giving you enough room to rotate the kite side to side with the attached strings.

Step 4

Please note: I have not sailed this one yet but I put it together during a wind storm and trust me .... it pulls the yak.

Also ... if you want to get fancy you can use 4 pieces of pvc and a T connector. This might give your mast and cross member more rigidity. Just mimic the kite stick structure with the pvc but don't glue it together. You want to be able to break the whole thing down and stow it.

Also .. if you're using a 5 foot pvc flat stake like I am you may be able to kill 2 birds with one stone by using it for the mast section.

Also .. most kites you buy now come with a nice plastic case for storage when you break them down. The broken down kite in a case should fit nicely in the rear tank well or interior storage.

Also ... this should be relatively easy to assemble and break down on the water although I have not water tested this version.

Also .. don't any of you even think about stealing my colors or you will be boarded and taken a prize!

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Posted: Aug. 19 2007,13:13

Phase 3: I did some quick "on the water"  tests for assembly and break down of the sail. I made it across the pool rather quickly.

Assembly is a little tricky the first time you try it but after 3 or 4 attempts wth trial and error, assembly took no time at all. It's like everything else you do in a kayak. You need a method.

Break down was never a problem. Yank out the mast , pull off the kite, breakdown the sticks and roll the kite up around the sticks. Then stuff the whole rig back in the bag.

You can let the sail hang in the water while you're raising or lowering. It doesn't seem to hurt anything and it all dries quickly. Just rinse it off like everything else you carry.

Picture 1 is the kite while stowed in the tank well and the flat stake I'm using for the mast. By the way, don't bother with a "T" connector for the crossmember, it's not needed and it's a pain.

Picture 1

Picture 2 are the carbiners I'm using for the control lines. You can snap them on the crossmember while seated by turning the ends of the sail towards you. You don't have to leave them connected. There's no messy tangle of string to deal with. I'm still messing with rigging the strings for one hand control of the mast. The actual sail does not get in the way of paddling.

Also you can see the top of the kite bag. It snaps shut and has a hole for bungee stowage if you like.

Picture 2

Picture 3 (bonus feature) is the previously mentioned "u-boat" yak cart. I just removed the two end handles and replaced them with pvc and noodles. It makes a spectacular cart for around the house as well as a swell work bench. The cart rolls with the push of a finger and turns in it's own length. If you can find a pre-owned one of these, grab it, .... they are around $350 new from Magliner if fundage is no object.

Picture 3

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Posted: Aug. 24 2007,12:20

Phase 4: It works. I tried it today in very light winds. Sorry, no video, my batteries went dead on me.

I have found that you don't even need the pvc mast insert. It is a bit of pain trying to make that last attachment with a 5 foot piece of pvc on the water. I sailed without the pvc simply by stuffing the kite bottom in the rod holder. However, I do think a much shorter piece of pvc will do the trick nicely. I'm thinking 1 - 2 feet max.

Now that I have made the generic prototype ( kayaks with adjustable center mount rod holders ) for non - Emotion Mojo Angler kayaks, I am moving on to phase 5. Phase 5 was my original concept. I strayed from that path to bring inexpensive sail design to non - Mojo owners. I like to help out where I can.

Phase 5 will utilize the unique design features of the Emotion Mojo Angler Version 1. Phase 5 will produce a much quicker and more convenient assembly technique. It will also vastly improve performance, stowage and paddling ability while under sail.

Please indulge me here, I'm going to stray off topic a tad.

I love this kayak. It is advertised as "it's like the Porsche of fishing kayaks". Some here on the forum may say "sure, and the Ford Pinto is like a Porsche too, it has 4 wheels". But I have to tell you, I have built an outrigger system for this yak and now a functional sail all without drilling a hole or adding a strap. Trust me, I want to drill holes, this yak won't let me.

And then there's the comfort and convenience while fishing. I love this yak.

Version 2 of the Mojo is supposed to be better designed for performance but if you guys see a Version 1 Mojo for sale you should buy it. If I may return to the world of atomotive metaphors, someday it will be like owning a vintage T- Bird or Corvette or an American Motors Matador...lol.

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Posted: Oct. 12 2007,13:23

fishhead, should be a good weekend for final testing the sail head for b-bay...

Saturday:  East wind between 11 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


Sunday:  Windy, with a east wind around 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph


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Posted: Oct. 12 2007,14:57

you're just dying to see me uh, crash aren't ya krash. I will accomodate you in person or video but not this weekend. I may fish my old haunt, WestLake tho.
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Posted: Oct. 13 2007,05:28

Altho the Fishmeister did indeed link pics, I know some of you are just too dang lazy to follow links; therefore here are a couple visuals of his homemade achievement (the best kind):









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Edited by Capn Jimbo on Oct. 13 2007,05:29

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Posted: Oct. 13 2007,05:32

And...







Honestly, a tour-de-force.  Congratulations to the Fish Man!



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Edited by Capn Jimbo on Oct. 15 2007,13:35

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