How to Mount Accessories to Your Kayak | Customize Your Kayak

How to Mount Accessories to Your Kayak | Customize Your Kayak

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One of the great things about kayaks is that you can customize them with accessories – from camera mounts to safety lights and rod holders. In this video, we look at how to customize your kayak with paddling accessories.



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  1. Nunya Bidness on May 17, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    I’m betting another video people will want is what to do if you do strip the threads tightening a screw. Larger screw?

    I might suggest the final tightening be done by hand only. Does the plastic hold those screws well? Would something like loctite be a good idea?

  2. Rick Sparber on May 17, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    I’m not trying to be a wise guy. The challenge is figuring out how to install tracks on an inflatable. Maybe a frame that ties into the D rings.

  3. Jeannine on May 17, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Awesome 👍

  4. Greg Jannacone on May 17, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Video idea: I’d love to know how to cut a hole for a hatch cover / storage bag. I recently bought a Pelican Mustang 120 that has a very shallow and pretty useless front "hatch". I found a hatch cover/storage bag on Amazon that fits the hole but I need to cut an 11 inch hole to install. Yikes! Love your videos!

  5. Timmie Rendall on May 17, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    I have a idea on a video.
    safety equipment you can get for sea, river and lake kayaking

  6. hapymushroom on May 17, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Some great info.ty

  7. Heather Cowan on May 17, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Recently bought and used the Yak attack articulated camera mount for my action camera. It fits on the track already on my kayak. Plan to buy a cup holder next.

  8. Fishing Pinky on May 17, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Actual instructions begin at 9:04 your welcome!

  9. PaddleTV on May 17, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Important technique to note! Although I use the power drill to tighten the screw at the end, I would HIGHLY recommend doing this by hand to avoid over-tightening the screw and stripping the threads!

  10. Michael Parkes on May 17, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    I added to mounts to my kayak for my phone and GoPro. Once I had all the hole drilled into my boat and mounts where I thought I wanted them I tried to paddle and died a little inside when I realized I couldn’t swing my paddle without banging into my new mounts. I had to move them further to the front of the boat and I’m left with a bunch of ugly holes in my boat 🙁

  11. Hey Jude on May 17, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Touring kayaker here. The first accessory I mounted was a compass so my heading was always easy to read and right in front of me at a glance. The second was a few eyelets for adding some bungee lashing. The third was some mount points for flotation baffles inside the bow and stern storage. The most recent was a telescoping mount for my waterproof 360 degree sports camera. Now when I want to film, I just need to turn on the camera and start it, which is easy since it’s right there, then I can extend it above my head and get a full 360 degree view around the boat for as long as needed.

  12. canajian on May 17, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    There are 2 channels I’d recommend to folks who want to see some great kayak hacks..
    1 is Marty Zoffingers channel, he has some back dated customizations.
    And kayak hacks fishing both searchable on YouTube..

  13. Bob Bratt on May 17, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Great info! Thanks!

  14. Tanner Stephenson on May 17, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    If you are worried about water leaking through, you can always put a dab of clear silicone on the threads of the screw before putting the screw in.

  15. Philip Regets on May 17, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Great video thanks

  16. Rick Sparber on May 17, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Have you considered using an expanding Molly? Find the shortest grip range and then add washers to thicken up. It will hold far better than screws in plastic. Then you will have a 6-32 tapped hole in metal.

  17. Gromit801 on May 17, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    A little marine adhesive should be applied.

  18. Ranjit Prasad on May 17, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Hi ken

  19. Mary Haynes on May 17, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Extremely helpful info. Thank you. Looking forward to the video you mentioned on mounting & usage of camera equipment.

  20. JJ Lynn on May 17, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Daunting at first…. thank you for sharing. You mention bolts and screws. What about rivets? Is there any accessory mount you might consider sealant for the hole being drilled prior to inserting a screw or bolt?

  21. Mika Jaatinen on May 17, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    one suggestion for video: how to transport a kayak with your car? Would be nice to see different systems developed for mounting a kayak to a car.

  22. Adam Rogulski on May 17, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    What do you think of well nuts as an option? Any experiences with them?

  23. Matthew Milne on May 17, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Well nuts are also useful for anchoring tracks and mounts if you can’t reach inside to bolt on your mount. Either way you should always apply a healthy dob of silicone (preferably one that is UV & water resistant like a black rtv silicone as it will be under the mount and you won’t see it but it will help to keep any holes water tight).
    Remember a boat is just a temporary hole in water that you sit in or on and that water will always find unexpected ways into your boat so a a little assurance is good insurance.

  24. Dirk Lademann on May 17, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Diese ganzen Gimmicks….wer braucht sowas???
    Ich bin bis heute mit Seekarte und Kompass unterwegs, habe mich nie verfahren oder bin in eine Situation geraten, die nur mithilfe anderer bereinigt werden musste.

    Ich weiß, dass viele dieser Spielereien nützlich sein können – ich weiß aber auch, dass Papier keine Funktionsstörungen hat.

  25. Ronny Keller on May 17, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    Cool video, thanks. That right arm made me frown for a moment or two, hope you’re doing great.

  26. Ranjit Prasad on May 17, 2022 at 9:01 pm


  27. PM 57 on May 17, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Please do not use those screws on a plastic boat. The best method is to melt the hole with a hot nail of the correct size and attach your accessory with aluminum marine rivets (they have an o-ring and self sealing hole). Drilling a hole in a plastic kayak takes material out and leaves the hull with a weak point, and screws can easily pull out of plastic. Melting the hole builds up plastic around the hole and rivets spread the pressure on the plastic beyond the hole which prevents cracking. Also the rivets have a smooth finish that will not snag dry bags or cut hands or legs.

  28. Dawson Zinza on May 17, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    I love your videos. I recently decided that I want to get into Kayaking, and your videos have been a great help. From what I can tell, you don’t really have a general guide on PFDs. Would you consider doing a video comparing features on PFDs to look for? Thank you for your channel!

  29. Jeff Chambers on May 17, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Don’t forget about Well Nuts – they work well when you can’t get to the inside. Also, using the lower clutch settings on your cordless drill can prevent over-tightening.

    As usual, great video – well done – please keep up the great work!

  30. Paco Cuadra on May 17, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Also, some related suggestions : how to lock your kayak, securing your kayak and , DIY lock antitheft systems,etc

  31. Paul Whitmire on May 17, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Can you add a diy rudder

  32. tominnenPL on May 17, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    This topic could be an introduction to develop, widen content. So many possibilities, that everyones imagination can make it stop.
    Good drilling tips Ken, and yes, You have always my thumb up. You did great job. 👍🏻💚

  33. Craig Morris on May 17, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    I would recommend using pop rivets instead of screw and a marine sealant around both the holes and the underside of the rail. Screws in soft plastic probably won’t stand up to repeated flexing/use. They’ll end up stripping and then you’ll need to replace with a larger screw.

  34. SA Bjork on May 17, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Yes, extra small pilot hole, hand tighten, dab of silicon sealant 502, stainless steel, self-tapping flat top screws. 👏

  35. Jocelyn Viau on May 17, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    If you have a kayak made of composite material such as fiberglass or carbon fiber, it is still possible to drill holes. However, extra steps are required to properly drill holes in those materials because they are more brittle and much easier to crack and chip than plastic. There are quite a few good videos on Youtube on how to properly drill into fiberglass.

  36. Justin McClaughry on May 17, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Are rivets a option? I’m looking at installing a Bimini duck blind frame for winter

  37. John Gandy on May 17, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    I love your videos, and appreciate all your insights. I’m new to the sport so I’m just the peanut gallery squawking, but I’m actually interested in personalizing my kayak. You prefer screws in 1/8" plastic over rivets, adhesives, butterfly clips, plastic welding, or hook and loop? Maybe adhesive combined with screws? Rivets seem like they would be optimal and glue is good redundancy, but running a drill into plastic? NightHawk59 is right that this should at least be done by hand. Am I overthinking this?

  38. Jocelyn Viau on May 17, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    I did customize my sea kayak. I added a bike bottle holder inside, a pair of thighs rests and a reflective perimeter line. All were installed by drilling holes and attaching the accessories with stainless machine screws and locknuts. My advice: measure twice and mark your holes before drilling.

  39. Joseph Boucher on May 17, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    An alternative if you can’t fit a nut and bolt might be a toggle-bolt.

  40. Ky Brancaccio on May 17, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    Nice vid! Mounting points for the mini sails is one idea, or side clamp for paddle, Tow line mount so that I get even more of a workout when my wife doesn’t feel like paddling lol.

  41. NightHawk59 on May 17, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Just my 2 cents, but I would do the final tightening by hand rather than with a drill. It is far easier to apply the correct torque with a reduced chance of stripping the hole. Just a thought.

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