Arriving at Rutabagas I quickly found Scott and mentioned wanting a stand up assist bar, a big smile filled his face. You see Scott is like me in that he likes to outfit and tinker with boats. He quickly explained the advantages of having one installed on my boat. He explained that besides the obvious advantage of having the "assist" when standing, you can also use it as a place to mount things, secure your rod or paddle, and it can help with stability when encountering a rouge wave or boat wake out on the water. Soon he had a couple of different options in my hands (he's good at his job) and before I knew it, I was headed out the door with my wallet a little lighter and the Casting Brace by Jackson Kayaks under my arm.
Once I had it at home I started the general placement and fitting process. Basically I got a notepad and a cup of coffee, headed to the basement, and setup the bar unmounted. I just kind of stared at the kayak and soon a couple of things came to the front of mind . First, was that the bar needed to clear the Propel Pedal Drive when it's in the up position. Second, I needed to decide whether or not to attach the Casting Brace to the integrated track system on the front of the kayak. I decided that since I am constantly moving my GoPro camera mounts, the assist bar would need to be hard mounted to the kayak. It was at this point that I discovered that even though the assist bar comes with all the necessary mounting hardware for its intended brand, I was gonna need a couple extra pieces to mount it on my kayak.
|The bracket sits to low to be able to mount with the included factory hardware.|
|Delrin plastic and stainless steel, we wouldn't want it to rust.|
The final product looks great and so far it has worked really well. It looks like it was made for the kayak. It follows the lines of the Native Watercraft Slayer Propel very well and has proven easy to setup and take down while on the water. I did have to make one change from my original setup however. My kayak makes a lot trips through doorways as a by product of my seminars. The stand up assist bar kept unfolding every time I turned the boat on its side. To remedy this problem I attached a small plastic rigging hook with a well nut to the kayak so that I could use the front deck bungees to strap the bar to the kayak when transporting. This should also help cut down on excessive noise from the bar slapping the kayak hull in rougher waters.
As you can see the mounting of a stand up assist bar is pretty simple. Most anglers could greatly benefit from the use of one. The ability to stand comfortably in your kayak will help ease back pain, improve your sight casting game, and can act as a nice support point when moving around on your little plastic boat. With many available aftermarket options their is sure to be one that will fit your brand of kayak. If you have any questions or comments leave them below and I will do my best to answer them. Or, you can go right to the experts over at Rutabaga Paddlesports. They'll answer your questions, show you the products, and help get them installed correctly on your kayak.