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Whenever possible, we recommend using our Hinged Mount with a sit-inside kayak as it provides the maximum stability and support for the Versa Paddle and Gamut Paddle Holder.
TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND
All mounts work with both the Versa Paddle and Gamut Paddle Holder, though we recommend using the Hinged Mount for sit-inside kayaks whenever possible.
The mount is included in the price of your Versa or Gamut paddling system.
Our Hinged Mount works with most, but not all, sit-in kayaks. Watch this short video to see if the Hinged Mount will be a good fit for your kayak.
Our Plunger Base and Plate Mount work with some, but not all, sit-on-top (SOT) kayaks.
Our mounts can be used with most solo and tandem kayaks. You can see a growing list of compatible kayaks here.
If you're unsure whether our mounts will fit your kayak, please contact us. We're happy to help you figure it out and will even brainstorm unique solutions with you.
HINGED MOUNT -
FOR SIT INSIDE KAYAKS
This innovative kayak paddle mount is best suited for sit-in kayaks with a defined one- to two-inch wide coaming around the cockpit or a mostly flat deck area. A small hinge plate attaches to the front edge of the coaming with two small bolts, and two side arm stabilizing sockets are attached to each side of the coaming. Flexible gaskets are included for both the hinge plate and the side sockets to achieve an ideal fit. Both the vertical bar (12" - 18") and the horizontal bars (20" - 29.5") can be length-adjusted by loosening the plastic compression nuts to fit a range of kayaks.
Once attached, the Hinged Mount lifts upward for ease of entrance and exit. The RAM Mounts ball joints used on each side arm pop into the side socket mounts for additional stability. In the event of a capsize, the horizontal arms easily pop out of the sockets. Should the side mounts not fit on your coaming, you can simply rest the side arms on top of the coaming, though you will lose a small degree of stability.
A short vertical post slips into the universal track on top of the mount. The post supports the Versa system and can be moved forward or backward for ideal body positioning. The track system also accommodates RAM Mounts, YakAttack and Scotty mounting accessories, including rod holders and cameras.
The Hinged Mount can be easily removed with the pull of a pin; only the small hinge plate remains on the front coaming. Extra hinges and side arm stabilizing brackets are available for purchase so that the Versa and Gamut can be used on more than one kayak. This short video gives you a sense of what "fit" to look for on your kayak when you use the Hinged Mount.
Recommended Kayak Specs:
Cockpit width between 20 - 29.5"
Cockpit length* between 28 - 38" (est)
1-2" front coaming with mostly flat deck
1" coaming on sides of cockpit (optional)
*We have an extension bar available for longer cockpits
- FOR SIT-ON-TOP KAYAKS
To use Gamut or Versa on your sit-on-top kayak, the kayak must have a sufficiently-sized flat area between the paddler's legs, roughly 4 inches wide by 6.5 inches long, so that the mount can be secured. If there is a cup holder or hatch cover in the way, you may or may not be able to attach the mount directly over them. The flat attachment area must also be approximately an arm’s length from your body.
Our Plate Mount and track are secured to deck of the kayak using well nuts or rivets, and a short vertical post slips into them. The post can be moved forward or backward for ideal positioning. When not in use, the post can be removed and all that remains is the track, which can be used with RAM Mounts, YakAttack and Scotty mounting accessories, including rod holders and cameras. You can view our installation demo video here.
Because the Plate Mount does not have the benefit of side stability arms like the Hinged Mount, if you have access to the inside of the kayak (e.g. via a hatch) we recommended using a YakAttack Backing Plate and Rigging Bullets to attach our Plate Mount in the most secure manner. See our FAQs (How to Install Mounts) or our Shop page for details. The Plate Mount can be mounted without access to inside the sit-on-top kayak, and we include hardware for that purpose, however long-term, the system may not remain as stable as it would if secured internally.
Recommended Kayak Specs:
A flat area between paddler's legs, roughly 4 " wide x 6 " long, to attach the mount
The mounting area should be approximately arm's length from the torso, though track can be adjusted to accommodate the distance
Because the Plate Mount does not have the benefit of side stability arms like the Hinged Mount, many of our customers have found ways to modify our sit-on-top mounts to achieve stronger stability. See this blog for examples.
PLUNGER MOUNT & SPLINE -
FOR SIT-ON-TOP KAYAKS
To use Versa or Gamut on your sit-on-top kayak with the RAM Mounts plunger base and spline, the kayak must have a sufficiently-sized flat area between the paddler's legs, roughly 2 inches wide by 4 inches long, so that the mount can be secured. If there is a cup holder or hatch cover in the way, you may or may not be able to attach the mount directly over them. The flat attachment area must also be approximately an arm’s length from your body as you will not be able to adjust this mount forward or backward (unlike the Plate Mount which you can adjust).
The plunger mount is secured to the deck of the kayak with well nuts, and the spline and short vertical post slip into it. When not in use, the post can be removed and all that remains is the small RAM base mount which can be used with other RAM Mounts accessories such as cameras or rod holders.
Recommended Kayak Specs:
A flat area between paddler's legs, roughly 2 x 4 inches long, to attach mount
The mounting area should be approximately arm's length from the torso
Because the plunger mount does not have the benefit of side stability arms like the Hinged Mount, many of our customers have found ways to modify our sit-on-top mounts to achieve stronger stability. See this blog for examples.