I recently got the new inflatable fishing SUP from Rapala and I've been having a blast customizing it in preparation for its maiden voyage. All you kayakers and DIY'ers know what I'm talking about!
The cool thing about this SUP is that it is inflatable; everything I need fits in my trunk. The board, seat, pump and paddle all fit into a bag that I can carry on my back, however, I am not the type to pack light for a fishing trip. My plan is to rig it up at my car and use wheels to pull it to the water. Once I get to the water, the wheels flip upside down and rest on the back of the board (secured with a bungee).
Some things I've already added:
1. Stabilizers/"Outriggers" since I am a novice SUP fisherman and they were pretty cheap from Costco
2. Lowrance Elite 4x Chirp (DIY post coming soon)
3. Custom Cooler with rod holders, drink holder and a spot for my go pro pole (also a DIY project)
4. My latest project: a trolley! All that's left to do is add a little glue. This will help me get the SUP to the water, fully rigged from my car (I don't pack light). Total project cost about $50 but the satisfaction of making it myself is priceless!
Materials: 2 Wheels, 5 ft of 1-1/2 inch PVC pipe, 4 connector T's, 4 end caps, 1/2 inch threaded rod for the axle, 2 hex nuts, 2 wing nuts, 3/4 inch pipe insulation cut open and trimmed to size. I drilled two holes and added eyelet screws where I'll attach a bungee.
I made the trolley as low and as wide as possible for stability so that there's little chance of it tipping on uneven surfaces.
Feelin' like Mike Holmes over here!
Let me know if you have any other ideas/suggestions, love to hear what you guys think!