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Post by bricks » Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:34 am

Just bought home my new toy.
A well used but serviceable Supalite X. with full carbon paddle (If minny is reading, I scored it from gumtree for $100 more than I sold my old yak!!!)

After inspection, it needs a
New bung plug for the front hatch
An upgrade to the hatch straps (any ideas ???) so they pull down tighter
Minor patches to a couple chips in the glass, nothing leak worthy but better to fix now than later
Fitting of my old sounder and transducer (ideas again???)

For a rock bottom price, I figure it's a good way to go before outplaying wads of cash on a new model delivered all the way from the sunny state. I can keep it as my backup yak for visitors and I'll save on buying a new carbon paddle which will ease the blow if I go that way.

Rock on, tight lines: need to get me a glass crew signature, sticker, drink bottle and obligatory laminated membership key fob.
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Re: Bargain Stealth Supalite X in Adelaide = my new toy..

Post by scatter » Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:09 pm

Get the new Pro Fisha tie-downs. Way superior to the old clip style. DennisT should be able to get you some.
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Post by jbone » Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:16 pm

Yep also a bit of thicker foam or even new foam will help the seal.

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Post by FishnDive » Sat Jan 23, 2016 5:40 pm

Nice pickup!
Has it had a sounder installed before? If the inspection hatch is installed inside then that's probably the way to go, if not then add an inspection hatch to the parts order from DT or maybe try making a transducer arm like the one in Bagg's evo thread.
The laminated key fobs have been recalled, turns out laminating them wasn't enough to stop salt water ingress and I've had to replace 7 for Minny already. If you cross paths with Minny he can sort you out some stickers though if you are after them.
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Post by Lazybugger » Sat Jan 23, 2016 5:55 pm

You'll be a bastard in no time

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Post by bricks » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:03 pm

FishnDive wrote:Nice pickup!
Has it had a sounder installed before? If the inspection hatch is installed inside then that's probably the way to go, if not then add an inspection hatch to the parts order from DT or maybe try making a transducer arm like the one in Bagg's evo thread.
The laminated key fobs have been recalled, turns out laminating them wasn't enough to stop salt water ingress and I've had to replace 7 for Minny already. If you cross paths with Minny he can sort you out some stickers though if you are after them.
Minny bought my old cobra yak, I should see if I still have his number.
It hasn't has a sounder install previously, so it's a brand new install for me.

I'm the sort of guy who's going to upgrade this pretty quickly, so cheap and custom is generally how I need to do it.

I don't get a chance to get out till Tuesday unfortunately, but hey .. Better late than never.

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Post by stealthfisha » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:29 pm

Hi bricks....good purchase....enjoy the new steed

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Post by bricks » Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:25 am

Cheers boss.
I wanted an Evo, but this came up at a price I couldn't refuse.

My trip to yalata is already booked for end of February and this one was so cheap the Evo may still be coming home with me.

Either way, it's gonna get customized

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Post by mehi » Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:07 pm

So you finally got one after all the near misses, fun times ahead enjoy dude

And remember you can never have enough Stealths in the stable 8-)
Number one thing guys Enjoy yourself at all costs

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Post by stealthfisha » Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:45 pm

If you need any advice call minny or myself and hopfully help you with mods etc

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Post by mehi » Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:51 pm

stealthfisha wrote:If you need any advice call minny or myself and hopfully help you with mods etc
This man has some good ideas, I used a lot of his ideas when I pimped my last yak
Number one thing guys Enjoy yourself at all costs

Cheers Dave

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Post by scatter » Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:05 pm

mehi wrote:
stealthfisha wrote:If you need any advice call minny or myself and hopfully help you with mods etc
This man has some good ideas, I used a lot of his ideas when I pimped my last yak
So did Lazybugger...
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Post by Dennist » Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:13 pm

scatter wrote: So did Lazybugger...
Slam dunk!!!

Bricks - congrats mate :) enjoy

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Post by bricks » Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:56 am

Cheers peeps,
I'll try to remember to take photos as I go.

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Post by bricks » Tue Jan 26, 2016 11:30 am

Popped out local this morning, none to hindered by my forgotten squid jags and dry bag.
Unfortunately this meant I had to leave the camera in the bus, so I only got the classic "yak with ocean behind" shot.
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A good chance to give it a wash and check the spots I really need patch.
There are only 2;
One looks like a small impact above the right side handle, not enough to leak however the outer glass is gone so rot might set in if I leave it too long.
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The other is a small amount of crazing and scratching just forward of the right hand footwell. Again it won't leak, but may splinter and become worse over time.
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I do know now why the bung plugs have been moved to 2 plugs at the forward end on the new models. Having the hull bung at the back makes it hard to elevate the yak and drain it out without putting undue stress on the rudder assembly.
I'll need to think of a decent way around it.

Speaking of rudders, the one on this stallion seems to be a bit sloppy through the neutral position. Not sure if this is a stealth thing but I'm hesitant to start buggering around with it straight off the bat based on one trip out.
Other than that, it is more responsive than any other yak I've owned.

I gave the hatches a fair hammering aswell, tipping her upside down in the shallows to test it out.
Surprisingly the main hatch had only minimal water inside.
The dry hatch was as described - bone dry
The rudder hatch was chock full of salty mischief.
Not sure if the hatch strap upgrade is needed for any other reason than easier access single handed.

What I do need is something in the main hatch to hold my rods in place.
There are 2 eye loops up under the front near the footwell, I've attached a short bungy with quick clip to run through the handle of a mesh tackle bag and handline I use for most kayak trips.
The eyelets are too far forward, maybe I'll copy the profisha solution and epoxy a stainless bar or bungy up under the seat?

There was a bit of offshore chop this morning, the photos dnt do it justice. Blowing 10-15 knots it was mostly wind slap but the Supalite handled it pretty well, riding over rather than punching through like the old cobra would.

So for now the list changes.

New bung plug.
Minor glass repairs.
Rod strap under the seat.
Sounder install.
Hatch straps.
Keep an eye on the rudder, maybe try to get a hatch rubber for the rudder access point.
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