I have an Ascend D10T Sit on Top Kayak, it is a great boat with tons of features that are typical of higher priced boats. The value of this boat is amazing and gives the entry level kayaker a great jumping off point. The D10T Sit-On-Top Kayak delivers great performance out on the water at a great value.
Designed to meet the needs of all kayakers, the D10T starts with an advanced tunnel hull design, incorporating hydrodynamics that balance stability, maneuverability, and speed. The Deluxe Seat provides all day comfort with its extra padding and ergonomic, fully adjustable design. Adjustable foot braces allow for maximum flexibility and comfort regardless of water types or conditions.
The kayak's large open cockpit gives you greater flexibility in cargo management as well as offering easy entry and exit at the shore with little restriction of movement out on the water. With deep molded storage on the port and starboard sides, large molded storage trays big enough for a standard-sized tackle box, and other useable quick stow areas, this kayak gives you plenty of room for gear storage.
A built-in multipurpose sternwell gives you a convenient storage space large enough for a five gallon bucket, dry bag, or a 36 quart cooler. Wide gunnels and plentiful molded flats give the hardcore paddler or extreme angler a place to stow secondary accessories. Quick hold paddlekeepers molded into the Port and Starboard gunnel allows a stable resting point for your paddle when loading or launching your kayak. Multiple drain holes in the sternwell, seat pan, and footwell areas keep water from pooling in the bottom of the kayak.
The D10T comes with two Scupper Plugs for the seat pan area for winter paddling or rough water days. At the end of the day, the threaded and sealed drain plug allows you to quickly drain excess water, while the 2 molded-over rubber grip handles make carrying the kayak a simple task.
- Advanced hull design: Custom crafted hydronamic hull encompasses an extended keel integrated into a low profile tunnel hull to achieve a perfect blend of maneuverability, tracking, and stability
- Adjustable cushioned seating system: Ergonomic seat design with closed-cell custom foam package reduces wear and fatigue
- Adjustable foot braces: Fully adjustable 15" foot braces will fit anyone approximately 5'2" to 6'2" in height comfortably
- Deck drybag storage system: Watertight removable deck plate with integrated watertight PVC soft storage bag
- Multipurpose sternwell: Extra-large-capacity sternwell will accept a five gallon bucket, baitwell, milk crate, cooler, or doubles as general space for a dry bag
- Deep molded port and starboard open storage: Allows maximum flexibility for storage on the water
- Durable high density polyethylene construction.
This kayak was great from the get go, I have really enjoyed the stability of the boat as well as the smaller price tag. However, being an avid bass fisherman, I wanted more. Ascend does make fishing versions of all the kayaks we make. But I have long been a sit on top guy and didn't want the 12' long fishing version Ascend® FS128T Sit-On-Top Angler Kayak . Don't get me wrong it is a great boat but kinda heavy if you are launching with only one person. My solution was to get the D10T and customize it the way I wanted. I started out like most would, I talked to people who had the kayak, what did they like about it and how did they fish from it. After those discussions I attempted a fishing trip or two with the milk crate option, you can see it here in my previous blog on kayak fishing. It worked ok but i wanted something better that was fully attached to my yak.
If you decide that you would like some orgininal parts for your ascend kayak, all you have to do is come into our camping department and the assoicates can help you order some of the parts you will see me use here that aren't available in the store. There are three different types of rod holders that I have installed on my yak. Each are unique in the manner in which they work, but pretty much all of them attach to the kayak in the same manner.
Here is a map of the locations in which I have mounted rod holders to my D10T as well as paddle clips.
The first type of Rod holder that I installed was the Replacement Kayak Flush Mount Rod Holder which requires you to cut a decent sized hole in your boat.
Keep in mind with this style of holder that you need the kayak version; most marine rod holders, the cheaper options have drain holes in the bottom of the holder. You wouldn't want that feature as it would cause water to fill up the inside of your boat. Also, take into consideration where you paddle and what is in reach before you go cutting holes in your boat. The last thing you want is to install it, then learn it's in the path of your oar, or that you can't reach it comfortably from the water. Due to the angle on this holder your hole will need to be oblong and not a perfect circle, also consider the depth of the rod holder in relation to your hull design its about 7 inches deep.
The second style of Rod Holder that I installed was the Ascend Fully Adjustable Rod Tender. Which is similar to the Bass Pro Shops Rod Holders but with a differnent lockable base.
Notice the raised base with locking slide, this worked great for the position I choose since it raises the rod holder up slightly behind the seat on the starboard side of the boat. Now this holder comes with rivets as most do, but I opt out of rivets for stainless lag screws. Using screws makes it easier to change them out if I should break a mount later on down the road.
The third style of Rod Holder I installed was the flush mount base similar to the Bass Pro Shops Rod Holder, but with a flush mount base, which you can purchase in the store seperately. The twin pack of rod holders comes with side mounts, which may work for your application, but i prefered the flush mount for my yak.
I chose to mount this holder on the port side of the boat a little further behind the seat due to the hieght of the holder, this will allow me to spin around and reach for this holder. It will also be in a good position for trolling if necessary.
Now that we have run through the three options concerning style of holder, I will go through the steps involved in mounting a rod holder.
For this process you will need a few tools:
- Exacto Knife or razor blade
- screw driver (phillips)
- rotozip (or a device to cut the bigger holes, however you choose to do this is fine as long as you get the proper size hole cut)
Once you have decided on the postition simply use a marker to locate the location of needed holes.
Since this is a flush mount I marked the large hole needed for the underside of the mount. Using a rotozip I began to cut this hole, always start in the center from where you need it to be. You can always make a hole bigger but not smaller. After the large hole is cut using the mount as a guide simply mark where to screw the stainless lag screws into the plastic hull. Making these holes can be done by hand using the screws or with a drill, I like by hand since it will be a tighter fit and reduces the chance that you strip out the mounting holes. Once you hand drill these holes using the screwdriver and screw it leaves a bulge of plastic that would incumber the mount from being flush with the hole.
Using an exacto knife or razor blade trim the excess plastic down flush with the hull. Also clean up the edges of your main hole as well.
Once you have cleaned all these edges make sure to clean the hull before applying your sealant. Any bathroom grade waterproof but flexible caulk will do, I used white, but you could go with a clear. Be generous with the caulk around the large hole, we can remove any excess once the mount is in place.
Place your mount into the hole and position your screws. I put a small amount of caulk in the holes on the mount as well as what was positioned on the hull earlier. This makes sure you get a water tight fit. Once you have everything tight, come back with a rag or q-tip to clean up the excess caulk.
Now you have a finished product that will provide you years of fishing fun from the deck of your Ascend D10T Sit on top. As you can see it is realitively easy to turn your boat into a fishing kayak.
Next I wanted to put some clips in for my paddle. Some boats come with these, but the Ascedn D10T simply comes with a channel to place your oar in. If you are fishing in rough water or if you get a really big fish on, you will want ot have your oar clipped in and not just resting on your boat.
The important part of this install is to make sure the clips will be in reach and that the placement will work for the oar you are using, keep in mind of the water guards on your oar.
Also make sure they are lined up with each other, if these are off your oar may resist clipping in. I like this postiion because it will allow me to set my oar down in the channel and the clips can hold it there momentarily or I can clip them in place if necessary.
As you can see it is really simple and easy to customize your kayak just the way you want it. Just think about all of your decision thoroughly before you begin. I am sure that my kayak is still a work in progress. Each time I go out I find something else I want to add.
I can almost bet you my next project will be an Anchor Trolly system.
Either way have fun out on the water and open yourself up to all the possibilities and adventures to come.
~ Happy Fishing,
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