When your looking to make your Solo Skiff the ultimate fishing machine, one only has to start looking at pictures of Solo Skiffs to see that the options are endless– lets look at why.
No two kayak fisherman are the same.
You can’t design a kayak type boat and rig it for everyone- so we do not try. I like my boat simple and clutter free. One of my best friends looks like he is going on an expedition everyday, but thats the way kayak guys are ! What is perfect for him, would be in my way (due to the different ways we use the Solo Skiff) and would make me crazy. I do a LOT of different things,sight fish, troll, dive, swim, video, tow my daughter around… you name it, all from my Solo Skiff, so I like my boat real simple. I see a lot of VERY cool rigs that I love and I am always intrigued by the different ways guys rig up for their own style and the Solo Skiff makes it easy- why ?
The solo skiff is 3 times thicker than most fishing kayaks.
This makes mounting hardware with screws very easy, and very strong allowing almost any type of fishing / boating hardware to be screwed to the boat securely in any location without fear of it leaking or cracking. The ability to mount hardware so security allows Anglers to put everything from leaning bars to rocket launchers with quite elaborate trolling setups. We get asked a lot about putting screws in the hull.
Look at the picture of the screw above- this is all you need. You can take a size 8 or 10 screw and screw it directly into the boat without any prior drilling it will not only be water tight but will be extremely strong and it’s almost impossible to pull out . I ran myself into a dock Lone day last fall because I wasnt paying attention… and the rod holder that was attached by two screws snapped in half. The fact that the screws did not pull out of the hull, was quite impressive- considering how hard I hit that dock. My point is screws, going into a Solo Skiff are amazingly strong and it’s again for this reason a solo skiff is a fisherman’s dream for the rigging guy .
The Solo Skiff has more flat area of mounting area than any other kayak
Solo skiff is as blank of a canvas as they come, by design, and for good reason. The smooth and uncluttered surfaces of the solo skiff deck area and floor and surrounding cockpit walls gives the DIY guy so many options of places to mount hardware. This openness, combined with the ability to screw anywhere on the hull, gives you the option to rig the boat without worrying about where / how your mounting something. The combination creates so many rigging options it’s unbelievable . There’s pretty much nothing you can’t do with the solo skiff.
Having the large centralized raised seat/hatch does much more than you think regarding rigging. You can sit on a Solo Skiff seat and move around easy. This gives you many more options on fishing setups. Since you can can actually move around in a Solo Skiff, you have more options to place things. You are not confined to a seat. There are no pedals in the way. You can spin around, kneel in cockpit, reach behind the seat etc, get the picture ?. Another thing worth noting is this is another area you can mount small items – on the side of the raised seat platform/ center hatch.
The ability to install a front access port further increases the adaptability of the overall hull. Whether you want it to store anchor rope, cast net, rain gear, its a great option for those that need the extra space.
When you start to look at the things above and then think of the modular hardware mounts available like Railblaza’s HD Starmount system that allows mounting hardware firmly but quickly.
By utilizing modular hardware type systems it allows a total re-configure of your Solo Skiff in minutes.
I often go from my sight fishing setup, to my bait fishing setup, to my diving setup, all in a few days when I am in the Florida Keys and it makes the boat that much more enjoyable because you are able to get things out of the way quickly that you will not be using that day. This is really nice especially when you snorkle, dive, and get in and out of the boat a lot. By changing out what piece of hardware you plug into a base, the configuration possibilities of your Solo Skiff are endless.
Look at the forward built-in cooler. The cooler only adds to the wide diversity of rigging options. Many guys never do anything with their coolers and simply use them as a cooler for drinks, etc.. Many anglers convert the cooler to a flow through livewell and there are some awesome rigs out there. I’ve seen people do all sorts of things even add internal access ports inside for batteries and you name it.
We get asked about the seat a lot. Kayak seats are a big thing now- we chose not to package a seat with the Solo because of the adaptability of the overall design . Some guys like a chair many guys do not -some people like standing and sitting on the boat as is some people don’t . But thats the beauty of the design- it works well with ALL styles.
As you can see from this blog- There is pretty much nothing you cannot do in regards to rigging up a Solo Skiff. You can keep it plain and simple or go all out. There are a LOT of custom rigs out there. Join the Solo Skiff owners groups on Facebook to see what guys are doing- its very cool, what you will see.
Tight lines friends.