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Rod Pod Reinvented

October 24th, 2009 · 4 Comments


Here’s a fun project I dove into back in August. It only took a few days to complete, doing most of the glassing before I went to work in the mornings.

I like the Rod Pod found on Ocean Kayak Prowler Tridents, but if you’ve done some reading around online, you might have seen complaints about the Rod Pod lid can leak around the seal if its not seated just right. This should take care of things, but that wasn’t the point of this project.  I felt the Rod Pod lid could be made much more useful.  There’s a lot of space there, and the plastic the lid is made out of is just, well, too flimsy to do much with.

So out came the tape:

and then the epoxy resin and glass

and then more epoxy and glass

and then the test fit came

I didn’t bother taking any pics while joining the two pieces. But I ran strips from the top piece to the bottom on the outside, then some matting on the inside….

The final layer went on with black dye. Was gonna rattle can it, but this will be scratch resistant…

Heres the final test fit

The all important water test!

and this should give you an idea of how much space i’ve gained between the knees!

in use at a tournament last month.

you’ll notice the center tray is sticking up. I dropped a small LED light down there to illuminate the trays to make it easier to find whatever gear i was looking for. FWIW, I did win the tournament and have a new Trident coming soon! Will have to work on the new lid next!

Since the last pics, I’ve put a RAM Mount on the front of the Rod Pod which supports my RAM AquaMount, and a bungie over the trays.  I’m thinking of installing a small 4″ or 6″ hatch at the seat end.  There’s just enough room for the 6… The lid is sealed using inexpensive sealing tape – same type of foam rubber, self-adheasive tape as you can find at any auto parts store to seal your canopy to the truck bed (labelled “Camper Top Weather-strip”).

The lid is STRONG.  I’ve stood on it a few times just to test things out, and have lifted my kayak by it as well. Not had any problems sitting sidesaddle, but it would be easier to scoot to the front of the yak with some 5″ wide trays instead of my 8″ trays… I had to keep things shallow enough that I can still get rods and such stored under the lid, and so far so good.

Tags: Kayak modification

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Craig // Oct 26, 2009 at 5:43 am

    What a great idea! I have a 6″ hatch in the center of mine now, as well as a small tray hacked out of a desk organizer mounted towards the seat end. Next up will be a cup holder near the sonar shield end.

  • 2 yakangler // Nov 17, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Cool! I have the same issue, bought my Prowler Trident 11 thinking I’d use the Rod Pod for what it was designed for and never use it like that!

  • 3 noel // Jan 7, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Great idea – i would like to do the same with my yak. Could you let me know what i need for this and where you get it from – i have never done anything out of fiberglass. ie – the resin, fiberglass sheet stuff, dye ? Also how did u add the dye ?

  • 4 The Nothing // Jan 11, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Noel, I’m not sure where to find all that you need in the UK, but this type of stuff should be found at most boating or plastic supply retailers. Before I stated this I had never done any fiberglass either. You’ll need several meters of e-glass (boat deck) fiberglass, a liter of resin and small bottle of hardener to match. The dye is added when the resin and hardener are mixed. There is a ton of information online about working with fiberglass, and I’d highly suggest reading a few tutorials to give you an idea of what you’re working with.

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