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How to Rig a Lean To

How to Rig a Lean To

By on July 25, 2016 in kayaks, ropes with 0 Comments


Building a lean to involves a useful set of skills. People might want to build a lean to for many different reasons. Some people are trying to add more space to their storage sheds, and a lean to makes for a comparatively easy type of addition. Other people might want to build something more like a lean to as a form of shelter while camping. Either way, the skills involved are fairly similar. Still, people who are building a lean to while camping are probably not going to be able to take as many tools with them, and they might have to improvise with some of the available materials.

Camping and Building a Lean To

Building a lean to while camping is going to be that much easier if people are able to use a tree as a support structure. Some people will actually use two thin trees that are close together and spaced correctly as supports for their lean to structures, which can cause the lean to structures to be much more stable.

Lean to structures are made from sticks when people make them during a camping trip. Long and thick sticks are good to use as building materials, but people cannot use sticks that are too thick or too heavy or they are going to cause the structure to collapse. It is important to choose a bunch of sticks that are similar in terms of size, length, and thickness. These are going to work comparatively well as building materials. If people do not have trees to use, then they are going to need to select two thick sticks as their supports. A longer third stick can be used in order to complete the support that will hold up the makeshift roof of the lean to.

It’s a good idea for people to bring materials to fasten the sticks together. Some simple rope materials will usually suffice. Some people might use leather or rawhide. People who know how to make rope using weeds or tree branches can use that. It depends upon how far they want to go in their use of natural materials.

Building a Storage Lean To

People are going to need to decide if they want an open or closed lean to as a household addition. The open ones are just going to consist of a roof and two supports. The closed ones will have the same basic structure, but they will also have walls and a door. Moisture is more of a problem for these outdoor structures, so people should be sure to choose types of materials that are more moisture resistant.

Building a lean to is going to be easier than building most other additions to the house. Some people will need permits for them, but it should be easier to secure permits for lean to structures than for other additions. Building a lean to for the sake of storage is one of the easier woodworking projects people will complete, and one of the most rewarding.

How to Rig a Fishing Kayak?

How to Rig a Fishing Kayak?

By on November 10, 2015 in kayaks with 0 Comments

Rigging a fishing kayak differs from the owners’ perspective. Each one always has their own idea and concept of a Fishing kayak in mind. There are broad and diverse types of kayaks that can match your style; can suffice you with comfort and can suite your uniqueness when it comes to fishing. However, in spite of this diversity, the main ingredients in doing fishing kayaks are unified which are the traditionally used milk crates and bungee cords. However, nowadays due to technological advancement, there are already some stuff invented to make rigging even more fishing friendly and comfortable.

Like all other procedures, you have to gather necessary equipments to make your work efficient and for you not to get exhausted from going to and fro just to get something you forgot to prepare. The necessary things that you should prepare before starting are the following:

  • Foot rope
  • Carry handle
  • Snap hook
  • Wire or hooks
  • milk crate will do
  • Bungee ropes
  • PVC pipe
  • Dry storage box

When we talk about rigging a fishing kayak, it usually involves 4 easy steps as follows:

Step 1 – Creating the face of you kayak. It is important to put on a rig on the front area of your kayak. With this, you have to consider the width and length of your kayak’s front area. Grab a foot rope and start to measure from point A to point B in a crisscross manner making sure that both ends and sides are equal. This will help us know the length of the foot rope that we will need for the rig. After which, if you wanted to create a holder or something for you to tie on your kayak on shore, you can opt to add a snap hook and attach the carry handle on it.  This will surely create a good hold for your kayak.

Step 2 – Paddle or rod holder. This idea can be more appreciated when you are using a sit in kayak or it is popularly known as the “SINK”. In this step, you are to learn how to do your own holder by just using a hook or wire. You have to measure the right length of your wire to the circumference of your rod to make sure that it really do holds the rod. Make sure to use the durable and thick kind of wire to stiffly hold the paddle. To make it even more strong and durable, you can bend it and twist it to have it in duos.

Step 3 – The crate is a very important aspect in a kayak. You can use milk crate for this, just make sure to have it well established, durable and can hold enough things. This is now the time for you to use the PVC pipe and bungee ropes. Just make sure to also create a rig in this portion to assure durability and it can really hold the milk crate.

Step 4 – The best option for your seat. Since you are the engine, you have to be seated comfortably. Also, better choose a seat that has no cushion to maintain the balance.

How to Rig a Kayak for Fishing

How to Rig a Kayak for Fishing

By on November 3, 2015 in kayaks with 0 Comments

As outdoorsy type of people many of like to fish.  Catching fish is fun, sure, but as survivalists and/or those who like/prefer to live off the land from time-to-time/most of the time we know that we have to catch fish in order to eat…perhaps, survive.

Kayak fishing is a great way to get out on the water and go to where the fish are.  No need to cast from shore and look for fish.  The kayak can bring your out into the middle of the lake/stream/bay/ocean and you can catch the fish where they are…away from the hooks.  Sure, many species like the shade and cover of bramble, bush, and limbs but others are out in the middle.  You can see them flapping out there all morning long!

A kayak needs to be rigged to be an effective fishing machine, though.  You can go “all out” or “simple” but no matter which you decide there are going to be some basic needs and ideas that are paramount to kayak fishing success.

Let’s Rig Up a Kayak for Fishing….


Here’s a basic tip:  No matter what kind of kayak, canoe, or raft you have, you’re going to need a place to put that rod.  Many people like to use a three rod holder set-up with one in front and two in the rear as spares.  Of course, this will change in the case of tandem kayaks.

Today most kayaks, especially those deemed “fishing kayaks” come with rod holders installed or have designated areas already in place for any aftermarket upgrading and installing you want to do.

The types of seats that you use can run the gamat and it all comes down to personal preference.  How much padding a seat has, the angle of the back rest, the height of the back rest…it all determines whether you have a great or miserable time on the water.  We highly recommend that, when possible, you test a series of different kayak seats with different options just to get a feeling of what works best for you.  Your style of paddling and fishing, couples with your body composition and posture, will vary from mine so the type of kayak seat that I prefer will differ greatly from one that you might like.  It’s a personal preference.


Let’s face it; there’s a limit to how much gear you can bring on a kayak.  Lures, rods, water, food, safety equipment, fish finders, paddles…it all takes up space.  Couple that with the over-whelming, constant desire to “try something new” in hopes of better and different results is always nagging at you. But you can’t just bring whatever you want.

My biggest tip would be to “go small”.  Figure out which lures work best for you and pack them all the time and then limit and additional lures you take.  Your center hatch should fit more than just your tackle.  You have to keep in mind the need for safety gear and rations.

Remember, it’s not always the most advance gear that does the job the best.  I know some people who put a milk crate into the tank well and then rig that up even further to maximize their space and organization. Check out the photo below.


It’s not easy to look through the vast collection of things called “kayak fishing accessories”, but you need to.  I can’t sugar coat it for you.  If you’re like me and you hate shopping then try doing some looking around online…even Amazon has great fishing and kayaking stuff.  Don’t waste your money.  Read the reviews.  Buy what’s right for you.  Hell, you can even get the milk crate at Amazon.

Remember, the main difference between fishing kayaks and a regular kayak is the rigging.  Knowing how to rig your kayak for the kind of fishing that you want and prefer to do, while staying safe, is what this is all about.  Even if you’re prepping and getting your kayak “good to go” for survival, then you should prepare now for every possibility and that rig you put to your kayak for fishing may be the difference between life and death later on down the road.

Rig Easy…Rig Thorough…Rig for Life.