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First Look YakAttack CellBlok

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When Luther Cifers of YakAttack asked for beta testers for his new product, the “CellBlok”, we knew we had to get our hands on one. The CellBlok is YakAttack’s solution for kayak fishermen looking for an all-in-one fishfinder mounting solution that can be easily moved from kayak to kayak.

 

YakAttack CellBlok Phillips Screw

Assembling the CellBlok using the instructions and hardware provided was simple and straightforward.  The only tool needed was a Phillips head screw driver.

YakAttack CellBlok Pre Drilled Holes

The CellBlok has mounting holes that lined up perfectly to the round RAM ball base for the fishfinder and diamond base for the RAM transducer arm.

YakAttack CellBlok Drainage

Groves and holes have been provided to drain water from the inside of the battery compartment.

YakAttack CellBlok Chord Wrap

Transducer cables are easily wrapped around the back of the CellBlok.

YakAttack CellBlok Battery Cover

YakAttack CellBlok Cover

A standard 12V fishfinder battery fits perfectly in the CellBlok with just enough room for excess power cable.

YakAttack CellBlok T Bolt

Mounting the CellBlok was easy with the provided T-Bolts on the Native Watercraft “Slayer Propel 13”.

YakAttack CellBlok Full

YakAttack CellBlok Kayak View

Pictured above Lowrance Elite-5 DSI mounted with RAM Quick Release Ball and RAM Transducer arm.

Kayak anglers looking for a self-contained fishfinder and battery solution that can be easily mounted to any kayak with rails should consider the YakAttack CellBlok. Its smart, compact layout is one of the best solutions we have seen. The CellBlok will be available for purchase Monday January 27th 2014.

Update: I've had some questions about wiring the CellBlok. There are not pre-drilled holes for the power cable, so you will have to drill the hole yourself. I choose to drill the hole on the same side as the cable management ties.

cell block wire passthrough

How I decided to route my power cable to the battery.

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Mark Watanabe

Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.

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# DDOlson 2014-01-21 05:26
Great Report...I was a little concerned about earlier photos about the cell block. This report and the better photos of the cell block has put me to ease concerning this new product.
 
 
# CarolinaRED 2014-01-21 13:23
Has all of that weight on one side of the boat been a problem?
 
 
# YakSushi 2014-01-21 14:13
Quoting CarolinaRED:
Has all of that weight on one side of the boat been a problem?


I have only tried this setup in the Slayer Propel but I had a different setup that had the battery/fishfin der/transducer all on the same side and used it on my Slayer 12, Ride 115x, and NuCanoe Frontier and didn't have any issues. Maybe a kayak that is less stable might be more noticeable. The most noticeable aspect of this style of fishfinder setup is you can feel the drag of the transducer on the side of you kayak vs one that is mounted in the scupper. But this setup allows you to move the FF from kayak to kayak with ease.
 
 
# CarolinaRED 2014-01-22 18:14
Quoting YakSushi:
Quoting CarolinaRED:
Has all of that weight on one side of the boat been a problem?


I have only tried this setup in the Slayer Propel but I had a different setup that had the battery/fishfinder/transducer all on the same side and used it on my Slayer 12, Ride 115x, and NuCanoe Frontier and didn't have any issues. Maybe a kayak that is less stable might be more noticeable. The most noticeable aspect of this style of fishfinder setup is you can feel the drag of the transducer on the side of you kayak vs one that is mounted in the scupper. But this setup allows you to move the FF from kayak to kayak with ease.


Good to know…thanks!
 
 
# LEONARD 2014-02-09 22:37
Is it possible to rotate the transducer arm out of the water when you want to cruise? My Native Slayer 12 has plenty of drag without adding extra.
 
 
# Aggroman 2014-01-31 14:53
Very cool. Good article.
 
 
# Jugbutt 2014-02-05 16:58
I have a commander 120 and I like what I seen Will be getting one in the near future. :roll:
 
 
# Putty 2014-02-05 23:49
Great write up! I just assembled my beta blok. I have not bought a battery yet, but look at your photos, how do you have the cable from the battery getting to the finder? Only exit in the box is the sliding door and yours is closed with no cable exiting.
 
 
# YakSushi 2014-02-08 16:49
Quoting Putty:
Great write up! I just assembled my beta blok. I have not bought a battery yet, but look at your photos, how do you have the cable from the battery getting to the finder? Only exit in the box is the sliding door and yours is closed with no cable exiting.


I updated the article to show where I ran the power cable.
 
 
-1 # Putty 2014-02-09 16:46
Thank you for the updated photo. I drilled a 3/8 hole the same place you showed and now I am all set! Thank you!! This article helped me a lot.
 
 
# YakSushi 2014-02-09 17:25
Quoting Putty:
Thank you for the updated photo. I drilled a 3/8 hole the same place you showed and now I am all set! Thank you!! This article helped me a lot.


Glad it helped! :-)
 
 
# stratapastor 2014-02-09 21:01
Now begins my debate. buy one or try to fabricate....
 
 
# Aaron L. 2014-02-16 15:17
I see you have the same fish finder I do, where is the DSI filter (or do you not use it)? I thought you had to use it and am now wondering what exactly it does.
 
 
# YakSushi 2014-02-24 11:10
Quoting Aaron L.:
I see you have the same fish finder I do, where is the DSI filter (or do you not use it)? I thought you had to use it and am now wondering what exactly it does.


Aaron,
I still use the filter, it is a VERY TIGHT fit but you will be able to get the door shut with the filter installed.
 

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