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Guide 119/KayNoe – “Ole Hooker Signature Series”

Guide 119/KayNoe – “Ole Hooker Signature Series”

By FBMouche and Ole Hooker

A while back I was thinking of buying another boat and selling my Ultimate. Ole Hooker was also thinking about not transporting a ship every time he went north or south. Thus, I sold my Ultimate and we bought a Guide 119 from Dick’s. Ole Hooker will now have a boat in Ohio and one in South Carolina.

Once late fall rolled around Ole Hooker got started on the boat and finished the job once the snow and ice blanketed Ohio in the comforts of his “Man Cave”. As you will see in some of the pics, that is a pretty nice place to be. I have to say this is his best boat yet. It looks awesome and is very functional.

Over the past several years dad and I have gotten quite a few questions about our boats so I will try to capture as much as possible about this one with photos and description. I apologize in advance for the length of this post.

Here is the finished product.

Now let me show you how Ole Hooker got us there.

Disassemble the Guide taking out both braces and the seat. By the way, we have 3 of these seats with brackets for sale for those of you who really like them. They are brand new and sell for over a $100 from Old Town. We would also consider trades.

Check out the master at work.

Mark off the placement of the rod holders up front and seat.

The seat bracket is a ¼” piece of aluminum. Dad got this one at a metal shop and they can bend it to your specifications all for around $50. After experimenting with 3 boats we had this one bent to sit up higher for more visibility. It also makes it easier to stand up in. However, it does make the boat a bit more tippy but you get used to it after a few minutes. Note, to get our seat to swivel 360 degrees you will have to spread the boat a good bit. We also went with the gray seat this time to match the boat.

Also check out these plugs Ole Hooker found to fill in any holes remaining from brace or seat replacement. They were made by Ford, I guess for plugs on their vehicles.

Now time for the rod holders, these are custom made by Ole Hooker. He started out with some nice hard wood. The holes and guides are both 6 inches on center and this helps keep lures from getting tangled when 4 rods are in the holders. Once dad got them cut and drilled and positioned he got artistic. He painted them in a black camo pattern like the boat. Once he finished that off he created the measuring device built into the long rod holder. It is marked off 24 inches, for that huge smallie, and is done using aluminum rods inlaid into the wood. They are filed flush and look awesome.

Your rods are also very secure when in the holders. A couple seasons ago I got into a habit of flipping my boat. I never lost a rod while in these holders.

Here is the finished product complete with a verticle rod holder. The verticle holder is a piece of gray PVC screwed into the rod holder. It is used mainly when you get snagged up and you want to put your rod somewhere safe while you paddle up to free your lure. It is especially helpful in wind or fast moving water.

Man these holders look good.

Let’s check out the seat bracket a little more and some of its features.

It obviously has a drink holder. You can also see the 360 degree swivel clearance. Dad also attached some 1″ angle aluminum braces on the bottom to prevent any flexing. It is very sturdy. He added a pin in this model just in case I start flipping again and for some reason the seat might want to come out.

Now for the anchor system. We like having an option in the front and back. These is great for a paddle up and float back down. You can easily change it mid float. We need to give credit to RiverPops on this one. We saw his design and liked it. Thanks Bo. It is a brass nipple fitting found in most plumbing sections of your local hardware store. I think they come in both ¾ and 1 inch sizes. We also cluster our drag chains so they can hold the boat but also will retract fully out of the water when paddling. Ole Hooker wraps his with a bike inner tube.

No man cave is truly complete without a functioning urinal!

We also use the rope cleat device which you can pick up at Lowe’s for a couple bucks. Dad cut off the end of these to fit nicely. One faces front and the other back. I have tried the dog leash system and will never go back to it. These work much better and are no hassle. Also notice the guides for your anchor lines.

Wire guides for the cables to Ole Hooker’s depth finder. It mounts to the left on the rod holder. The battery is positioned under the seat and the transducer is attached to the side of the boat.

This last feature is pretty cool. I was getting sick of putting stuff beind my seat on the bottom of the boat and it always getting soaked. I mentioned it to dad and he came up with this rack. It is made of PVC and nylon. It is very light weight and works perfectly. PVC can be bent with heat. It is bungeed in to keep it from sliding.

We have not added any personal or RiverBassin decals to this boat yet. I am sure that will come soon. An easy way to remove the stock decals from your boat is to heat them with a hair dryer and they will peel off pretty easily.

That’s about it folks. Now we just have to get out there and chase down those slimy little creatures.

Thanks for letting me share this with you and feel free to ask any questions or offer ideas.

One more look at the real deal. I hope it catches fish as well as it looks!

5 Responses to “Guide 119/KayNoe – “Ole Hooker Signature Series””

  1. Dennis1022 says:

    Really like how you made the rod holder!

  2. Smalliesam says:

    All I can say is Carl has entirely too much time on his hands. Look how neat that workshop, not to mention the detail he put into that boat. Actually, I’m impressed on all counts. Beautiful work as usual.

  3. Greg says:

    I’m getting ready to purchase the same boat and had given some thought to the ways to customize it to fit my needs,this one is over the top!Thanks for sharing your ideas,I will be putting some of them to use!

  4. All I can say is wow!! Ole Hooker is one more craftsman…No, I think Artist is a better word. I will definitely use an Idea or two from this post. Thanks for sharing!

  5. didya says:

    Nice canoe but how bout the two deer racks in the baqckground of the first picture.post more pictures!

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