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Kayak Fishing Meets and
Tournaments 2017

The list grows every year and 2017 is bigger than ever, and more of us are now competing abroad as well.

Making the decision on which to attend is getting harder and harder.

But don't forget the Swanage Classic the event you have been loving since 2009  ... more

Kayak Projects HOBIE OUTBACK - TOURNAMENT SET UP HOBIE REVOLUTION 13 Fitting a Lowrance Fish Finder Screw Hole Repair Fitting YakAttacks GTSL90 Track System Fitting YakAttack GTSL90 with Rigging Bullets YakAttack BlackPak SeaDek Sound Proofing The Hobie Sail Kit Hobie Sail Reefing Device Hobie Rudder Upgrade Fitting Hobie Sidekicks CAPER Getting Started Fitting a 6" Hatch Fitting a Fish Finder Installing a Flush Rod Holder Making a Paddle Keeper Fixtures and Fittings List TRIDENT 11 Getting Started Tankwell Hatch Mounting the Torqeedo Rudder Controls Torqeedo Controls TRIDENT 15 Fitting a RAM-117 Rod Holder Fitting a Richie Kayaker S-59 Compass Fitting a Navigation Light Fitting a Humminbird Fishfinder/GPS PROWLER 13 Prowler Seat Upgrade Fitting a Scotty Triple Rod Holder Fitting Ocean Kayak's Flush Mounts Making Rocket Launcher Style Rod Holders Installing a Fishfinder v2 Anchor Trolley System Anchor Trolley System for 2007 Prowler 13 The Crate P13 Fixtures and Fittings List MALIBU II XL Laying Out Fittings Fitting a Gaspachi Hatch Central Cargo Net 4 inch Hatch Scotty Flush Deck Mounts Malibu Rod Mounts PROJECT EXTRAS Scupper Pro Rod Pod Conversion Anchor Line Reel - Paul Fennell (Darnsarf) High Visibility Light Rod Building Hatch Accessory Bag Grapnel Anchor Bait Tank Buoy Leash Petrol Jet Drive Fitting an Eagle Fishfinder Big Game Console Scotty Double Extension Rod Holders Rod Holders and Mount Guide Fitting a Centre Hatch RAM-119SW Fly Fishing Linekurv.dk Line Tray Paddle Selector Kayak Fishing Photograph and Videography SCUPPER PRO

Installing a Dash Mount Compass

For our Caper Project we have decided to fit a Dash Mount Style Compass, the RitchieSport X-15.


Fitting the Ritchie X-15 to the Ocean Kayak Caper presents a small problem, due to the style of the compass, a flat area of 60 mm, a mounting angle of 35° or less from the vertical plane, which must also be parallel to the centerline of the kayak is required.


The area chosen was on the near vertical area at the hatch end of the left footwell, it's tight but possible.

 

Due to the close proximity of the fishfinder, it is necessary to check for any interference (deviation). Power up the fishfinder and run through a few screens whilst holding the compass in position. The X-15, unlike other compasses in the Ritchie Navigation range, is not equipped with internal compensators, so testing before fitting is most important.


Also check the chosen position whilst sat in the cockpit, making sure that your booted foot does not obscure your view.

If everything proves OK, using the fixing ring as a guide, draw around the inside edge, producing a circle of approximately 52mm. At this point it is wise to check that there are no obstructions inside the hull, behind the proposed hole. By placing the compass inside the hull, you should be able to see it faintly through the hull and by aligning with the circle guide prove that you are clear of any problem areas.

Mark the centre point of your circle. Using a drill the same size as used on your circle cutter drill a pilot hole.

Access is limited from the outside of the hull, so using the circle cutter could prove very difficult. Cutting from the inside of the hull via the hatch and using the pilot hole as a guide may prove easier when cutting the 50 mm hole.


   

Remove the burr with a sharp blade or glasspaper.


Place the supplied rubber gasket on to the compass body, feed the lighting wire through the hole in the hull first, followed by the threaded part of the compass body, this may be a tight fit, so twist/screw the compass into position.


      

Be careful with the gasket and make sure that it is seated correctly. Also ensure that the lighting wire is running along the channel on top of the bodies threaded section.


   

Thread the wire through the retaining ring and screw the ring onto the body, with the smooth section facing forward. Tighten lightly.


Use a spirit level to check that the kayak is level width ways.

Then check that the vertical line on the compass is aligned at 90° to the horizontal.


Hold the front of the compass and screw the retaining ring up as tightly as possible. Recheck the gasket and vertical alignment.

If you don't carry a battery then that's the job finished. If you do have a battery fitted, fitting a waterproof switch and a fuse holder will allow use of the built in light.

Disclaimer:

Installing hardware may cause damage and/or void manufacturer warranties. The information we provide is a free reference guide only. The author of this information, sponsors and the owners of the website that host this information are not liable for any problems or issues that arise from the use of this information. Users of this information hereby acknowledge that all use of this information is done by their own free will, at their own sole risk, understanding that injury or death could occur.

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07/05/2017