I installed 6 pad eyes on the exposed side of the central hatch lid, there is spacings there for these with the OK Standard waterproof screw inserts. That job was easy and took minutes. I then went about installing the Humminbird Sounder and that was done the same way I did it on the Ultra 4.7 last year, my detailed instructions are here.
With the new Prowler Ultra 4.3 it is nw able to take other brands of fish finders so the transducer scupper shape and the stainless steel tube that carries the cables through to the central hatch lid is shaped differently with a full length slot running across the bottom of the tube, no doubt this has been put in there to be be compatible with other brands as all ready mentioned.
Then I installed a raised scotty rod holder mount in the forward most location which is in front of the transducer scupper. I like to troll using a rod in front of me at times and this is the only suitable location for a rod holder on this kayak as it is free of my paddle stroke. The Ultra series is really designed for Offshore and for me to use it in a lake situation is a bit of a compromise. So to get the rod holder closer to me I used a Scotty Extension arm with the Scotty rod holder in place. This puts the rod holder out to one side of the kayak, out of my paddle stroke but still accessible from my seated position on a full reach. The unique feature of the central hatch where in turns one hundred and eighty degrees will still occur with the rod holder in position.
I attached a small piece of bungee cord between my pad eyes on the top of the central hatch to secure my pliers and scissors when not in use. Finally I attached my DIY Rod leashes to some of the many pad eyes behind the seat.
Now all I need is some free time and some suitable weather to take it for a test paddle...hopefully some time soon
Check out the Gallery below of the features and additions I have made to the Ocean Kayak Ultra 4.3 so far....
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