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By Skinnyfeet
#644565
Ever since Jim Sammons gave his ICAST report, people have been asking me for details on the new X-Wing Slider ...... here it is in a nutshell.

The X-Wing is a new sliding console that holds electronics, tools, gear, etc. It's designed to be customized by the owner, and as you can see from the pics it will hold everything from rods to fish finders to GPS units to cell phones to ipods :shock: and whatever else you can think to mount on it.

The one in the pics is the prototype; the production model will have a net on the right side of the console to hold a plastic tackle tray. There is a round hatch on the left side that opens up the console for a 12v lawn tractor battery and dry storage for whatever else you need to store. The area above the cup holder has already been redesigned to hold pliers and a small knife, plus it now has a lip to hold lures/hooks and other goodies.

The Wing is fully adjustable; it slides back and forth on rails (18+ inches of travel), locks into place wherever the user wants it, and it will have a quick release to get it out of the way quick if needed. It will retail for around $100, and will fit any model kayak on the market as well as canoes.

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Last edited by Skinnyfeet on Wed Jul 18, 2007 8:28 am, edited 2 times in total.
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By Night Wing
#644589
I like this idea! :D Compass, red/green bow navigation light, rod holders, drink holder. :D :D So, who is going to be selling it and when will it be available to the public?
By corkpopper
#644593
Oh great, another piece of equipment I need for my kayak. Just when I thought I was done spending on the kayak you post this item. :wink:
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By Night Wing
#644610
Right now, I want to see how sturdy the connection is to the rails that hold it in place on the yak.
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By double dip
#644629
Night Wing wrote:Right now, I want to see how sturdy the connection is to the rails that hold it in place on the yak.


Looks like the same stuff that foot pegs go on. Maybe with a more permanent locking mechanism? It's a prototype.
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By Skinnyfeet
#644633
Night Wing wrote:Right now, I want to see how sturdy the connection is to the rails that hold it in place on the yak.


The rails are the same rails used on adjustable foot rests, so they hold plenty strong! The boat that its mounted to in the pics is an X Factor (65+lbs); I lifted the boat off the ground by the wing several times to answer that same question for folks at the show.

As for who will be carrying it, all of our existing Malibu dealers will and since it fits on all boats, other dealers as well. I have a LOT of follow up after last week, but hopefully it will be on the shelves within the next month or so ..... production is supposed to start immediately.
Last edited by Skinnyfeet on Mon Jul 16, 2007 3:39 pm, edited 1 time in total.
By sherwood
#644652
At first, I thought this was going to be an off topic thread about a secret military plane. :lol:
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By Night Wing
#644716
Skinnyfeet wrote:
Night Wing wrote:Right now, I want to see how sturdy the connection is to the rails that hold it in place on the yak.


The rails are the same rails used on adjustable foot rests, so they hold plenty strong!


Maybe, just maybe, there could be an optional stainless steel rail for it besides the plastic rail. If one is going to spend $100 for it, I would spend a little more for the stainless steel rail. Just a thought on my part.
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By TL
#644735
Wow!!!

That thing is neat..
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By DelSol
#644751
sherwood wrote:At first, I thought this was going to be an off topic thread about a secret military plane. :lol:


I thought it was going to be about star wars :oops:
Glad it wasn't.
Looks cool! :D
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By SafetyHooker
#644766
DelSol wrote:
sherwood wrote:At first, I thought this was going to be an off topic thread about a secret military plane. :lol:


I thought it was going to be about star wars :oops:
Glad it wasn't.
Looks cool! :D


The Force is strong in Kayaking :shock:
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By txbrett
#644768
Can you slide it on and off the boat or is it permanent? I sure do like it. It's a lot easier to store things in front than trying to bend around to get things behind you.
By DPT
#644807
Excellent idea!!
It looks like you could make it so that the navigation light telescopes up at night and down during the day.
Great product.
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By txbrett
#644810
Whoops!! I read the description again, and saw where it does come off. Sorry!!
By word-doctor
#644826
Put me down for one. My tandem (Tarpon) doesn't have a console and I don't want to mount anything permanently amidship. Great idea and execution.
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By cornwoody
#644842
Very cool Brad, Lets see I need 3 plus mounts for my truck wifes van...Oh ok just mounts and one then since its only for kayaks and Conoes.. Could I put one on my mountian bike?? Might have to modify it a touch.
By Spuds (Piscator Eximius)
#644892
How does it compensate for the varying widths in kayaks, or did I miss that part?

An X-facctor is 33' wide. Seems like a guy that wants to mount it on his 28" wide Tarpon might have some issues in getting it to straddle and fit correctly.

Interesting idea, though.
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By Skinnyfeet
#644905
Spuds (Piscator Eximius) wrote:How does it compensate for the varying widths in kayaks, or did I miss that part?

An X-facctor is 33' wide. Seems like a guy that wants to mount it on his 28" wide Tarpon might have some issues in getting it to straddle and fit correctly.

Interesting idea, though.


The runners are roughly 23" apart, which will allow it to fit on all but the most narrow kayaks. The way I understand it (I haven't actually seen it yet), there is an adapter kit for boats that need it.

When it becomes available I'll post pics of it on various hulls ..........
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By cornwoody
#645026
That makes sense I can't see a guy in a 22" wide yak wanting to mount something like this, Easier to go wider than narrower.
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By TexasDiver
#645037
NICE!!! what type of plastic is used in its production?what is used as a uv blocker to protect the plastic?how much does it weigh?how will affect paddling in the wind?
By Cyber Yak
#645047
ME LIKE IT ! ! ! !

malibu owners, here another addition to our rigs :wink:



:D :D :D
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By Skinnyfeet
#645075
Donor wrote:NICE!!! what type of plastic is used in its production?what is used as a uv blocker to protect the plastic?how much does it weigh?how will affect paddling in the wind?


The one in the picture is a fiberglass model ...... I believe that the finished product will be made from polyethylene, the same material that most boats are made from.

As for UV blockers, whatever they put in the plastic for boats is what we are using. Sorry to be so vague, but I honestly dont know as its done by the company that produces our resin.

The one in the pics weighed around 10-12lbs; the final product should be around 8-10lbs, give or take a few.

Wind should have no affect, or at least no noticeable amount. Its actually a bit smaller than it looks in the pics; there's not much there for the wind to push off of.

Hopefully I answered your questions, but if not, ask again and I'll give it another try :wink: .
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By midnite-boater
#645091
Great Ideal I want one also I'll be looking for a post of when and where
By Jim Day
#645158
Out in Cal we use bars to mount our gear.

Here's my version: the "Jim Bar" that I've been using for a while now.

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One thing I like about the bar/rail as you can put the rod on it when your fighting big sharks.
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It's strong but only adds a pound or so.
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I'll vouch that the rod holder finder etc.. spacing works great. Looks like a great product.

Just dropped in linked from another kayak site. Grew up fishing Big shell Padre so I hope you don't mind if I drop by more often. Might have to bring my yak next time I come home.

Jim
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