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Slider Install on a Jackson Cuda

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While I was rigging my Jackson “Cuda” to chase some stripers, I found that while it was well rigged and very fishable from the factory, mounting accessories such as a fish finder and a rod holder was proving to be troublesome. There was plenty of room on the center hatch to mount these, but the Hi/Lo seat (one of the great parts of the Cuda) was making things difficult.

With the multiple seating positions, plus standing, I wanted my gear in different positions all the time. So I talked to my friend Patrick at YakDaddy.net, and worked on getting a “Slider” kit together for the Cuda. The Cuda already has a lot of built in storage so I didn’t want to mount the full Slider, but I thought the Mini-Slider would be just what I needed.

2 Slider on a Cuda 2

Patrick and I brainstormed a bit, and after I received all the parts we thought would be necessary, I set to work. I only had three nights to prep for a tournament, so I had to work quickly. My goal for the install was to use the Slider Rails as a hinge for the hatch, with one end of the Rails mounted to the deck and the hatch attached to the rails. This way, one end would be permanently mounted to the hull to keep my gear from flopping around, and I would be able to keep a rod in the rod holder while I accessed the storage under the hatch.

3 Open Hatch 2

The mounting went fairly quickly, and after a few hours of experimenting with different options I came up with one that met my needs. A few days later I was at the Jamaica Bay tournament, where the setup got 30 hours of testing under some harsh conditions. I made a few adjustments when I got home, and it’s all set. I can now access my gear comfortably no matter what seating or standing position I’m in. And even though the Slider is mounted on my hatch, I think it feels just as solid, if not more so, than the deck-mounted Slider on my last kayak.

Here’s how I did it:

First, I used a Standoff Mount for the hinge up front. You have to temporarily remove the foam brace from inside the hull to install it. The foam can be reinstalled once you get the bolt tightened. Hindsight being 20-20, I wouldn’t have used the center hole to mount this standoff. I would have drilled an extra hole on either end and used two bolts to keep it from twisting when I raise the hatch. Next time...

4 Front Hinge 2

Next, I removed both hatch straps from the Cuda, and reinstalled the bolts to keep the holes sealed. Then I bolted the rear of the hatch cover to the rails using a Radiused Standoff Mount. I would later use this same bolt to reattach a hatch strap.

5 Rear Hatch Mount

To attach the front of the hatch to the rails I used a Lift Kit Mount with the 3” arms for the front mount on the hatch.

6 Front Hatch Mount

Finally, I modified one of the straps I removed earlier by cutting off the female side of a buckle and melting a hole in the strap with a soldering iron. I bolted it to the hull with a single bolt and fender washer at the rear of my hatch. I installed the male side using the same bolt that attaches the rear Slider standoff to the hatch. Finishing touches include putting one of YakDaddy’s Foam Hook keepers on the rear crossbar to keep stray lures to a minimum. That’s it for my Slider install.

7 Hatch Buckle

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Gregg Crisp

About the Author:

Gregg Crisp has been an avid fisherman all of his life. In 2007 he rented his first kayak and discovered kayak fishing.  A year later a new one was in his driveway and he has never looked back. He frequents the waters around Boston in search of Striped Bass, and also spends plenty of time chasing Black Bass in the sweet water.  As an environmental contractor he has traveled and lived all over the United States, having fished in over 20 states. He currently resides in New Hampshire with his wife and two sons. Gregg authors the Blog YakFish.net, is part of the Yak Angler, Werner PaddlesRat-L-Trap & YakDaddy.net  ProStaff and is a member of the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team.



+1 # Deckape 2012-06-21 09:10
Thanks for the great information Gregg. The Cuda has to be the F-18 of fishing kayaks in my opinion. Where did you find the mini slider? Did you manufacture it or is it commercially available. I am getting a Cuda in a few months and have already test paddled and fished out of the Cuda. Thanks again and I appreciate your work.
+1 # scyakangler 2012-06-25 13:57
It is manufactured. See link below:

# Hammerhead 2012-06-25 20:12
Sorry Deckape, I didn't see your comment post for some reason. But scyakangler got it right. it is Yakdaddy.net

There should hopefully be a Cuda kit ready shortly. If you call or email Pat over there he will get you exactly what you need.

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