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 Post subject: Re: New Tarpon 160
PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 6:57 pm 
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Nice kayaks, that Eddyline looks cool


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 Post subject: Re: New Tarpon 160
PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 7:46 pm 
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They're both awesome yaks. The Eddyline is a pretty big step up from the roto kayaks in fit, finish and definitely weight (not to mention price). It weighs 50 lbs. vs. 75 for the Tarpon. I carry it to the trailer with one hand!

I almost got myself an Eddyline too...... I prefer the way the Tarpon paddles, as it's a smidge faster and definitely has more inertia, resulting in better glide.

The Eddyline is much drier with my fat butt in it though. I don't get a drop of water in the footwell, seat area (which has a handy drain if you do get water in there!) or the tankwell.

I always have water in the foot and tankwell in the tarpon, but the seat stays dry.

If Eddyline comes out with a 16'+ SOT, my Tarpon might be for sale!

I'm gonna install the rudder and redo my anchor trolley tomorrow. I'll get some pics....


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 Post subject: Re: New Tarpon 160
PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 11:31 pm 
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Nice trailer! How did you mount your storage box? (I have the same trailer)

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 Post subject: Re: New Tarpon 160
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 4:59 pm 
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I used galvanized square u bolts and some 4" aluminum angle. The bolts go around the tongue, through the angle and the nuts are inside the box. I was gonna put some additional bolts through the box/angle at the end of the angle, but it is definitely not necessary. It is so solid that I can stand on the lid of the box.

I posted some pics on this thread:
http://www.swfkaa.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=2142&p=19092&hilit=trailer#p19045


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 Post subject: Re: New Tarpon 160
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 6:22 pm 
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Thanks!! I was looking for the thread, couldn't remember where I saw it.

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 Post subject: Re: New Tarpon 160
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 7:30 pm 
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It really is a nice addition. Holds everything but the paddles for 2 of us to go out. I drilled drain holes in it after I took the above pics. I also added a 4 rod holder to the front, and paddle holders to the frame of the trailer. Both work like a charm!

Rod holder on box. I bungee them in when driving. They don't move an inch!

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It's not the best solution for theft deterrence. If I'm gonna stop somewhere I put them in the trunk.

I need to make something to hold my stakeout stick. I have a few extra paddle holders but they are too big and don't hold it securely enough for my liking, even with a bungee over it. The rod holders don't have any bottom on them, and it'll slide right through, plus, it's pretty small diameter, so it'll wobble around in the slipstream. I'm thinking of some close fitting PVC with a cap on the bottom either strapped onto the rod holder, or simply holes drilled top to bottom in the rod holder support frame to hold it in the center, where the point will ride on the trailer tongue. Maybe a PVC tube with a cap on the end mounted on the trailer frame next to the paddle holders.

Still pondering that one.


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 Post subject: Re: New Tarpon 160
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 8:23 pm 
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Here's the rudder. It's a Sealect Designs Trucourse setup with the Seadog "gas pedal" pegs. I used their universal gudgeon to mount it. I only had to drill 2 holes for a pad eye to guide the up line in front of the rudder, and had to open the stock footpeg rail holes to 1/4" for the new setup.

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I mounted the lift line using the existing threaded holes for the stock up line, and a WS bungee rail fitting without the brass rail insert. I only used one screw (into one of the threaded upline holes) for the jam cleat. I want to make sure it's in a good place before I drill into the yak for the rivet for the second hole in the cleat. The pulley hanging off is for my anchor trolley, but I am not happy with it. It sits to high on the boat, and the ring will ride up over the top of the gunwale. I think I'm just gonna break down and drill a few holes in her.

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Was gonna go out and try it today, but the weather looked kinda crummy. Next week!


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 Post subject: Re: New Tarpon 160
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 8:37 pm 
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Nice job!! Looks pretty good!

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 Post subject: Re: New Tarpon 160
PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 5:26 pm 
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Nice! Rudders are a great feature. Clean looking install.


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 Post subject: Re: New Tarpon 160
PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 6:43 pm 
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Big Hickory Pass launch on 5/16......

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