How to Modify a Pelican Potomac 110ES Fishing Kayak

In our review of the Pelican Potomac Fishing Kayak, we realized that this thing is nice for $ 200, but that it needed some serious work. This led us to busting out the hacksaws, on a brand new …. (1 trip in the water) kayak. Crazy? Probably, but hey, it needs to fit me, not everybody! I hope you can do this same thing to your Potomac. It can be a decent kayak!

The first thing we had to do was cut holes in the front and back of the kayak. The front hole is just big enough for a battery to go into. We had plans on putting a trolling motor setup on here, so we cut the hole for that. Once it was finished though, it was big enough to reach anything in the boat. This increased storage accessibility 100%!

The next thing was the lack of access to the rear of the boat. The way Pelican molded the seat in this kayak, doesn’t allow you to reach back and store things behind the seat. This was a big downfall, but again, I knew with a hacksaw, it could easily be fixed. We started cutting, and ended up with a hole big enough to fit a fishing crate in. There is 200% storage accessibility, in 1 hour of work.

The hatch, during manufacturing, had sharp edges left on the inside of it. This had to be fixed as well. Using some PVC pipe insulation, I wrapped the hatch from the bottom of the seat, all the way around, back to the other side of the seat. This allowed me some place soft to rest my legs, without them being all banged up at the end of the day.

We also put some more of the foam insulation on top of the hatch opening. This hard plastic was rough on my elbows, and after adding these arm rests, I really don’t want to get off of the water. You use the PVC insulation to wrap the 2 holes that you have cut into the deck of the kayak for storage as well. This stuff really cleans the boat up.

Adding an anchor trolley and rudder really added to the boat control as well. In tough winds, or a stiff current, it was impossible to keep the boat anchored in one place, and face the direction I wanted to. With the rudder installed, we were able to dig in with our paddle, and really get the boat moving at a decent clip. This also helped when paddling upwind or upstream, with keeping the boat going one direction.

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