Attaching a crate to the back of your fishing kayak’s cockpit has been common practice among kayak anglers.
If you happen to own a sit on top fishing kayak, attaching a crate rig is often a necessary hassle. Because most sit on top fishing kayaks are very similar to paddle boards, storage is limited, and the cockpit room is very small. Sit in kayaks have slightly more space, but lack the amount necessary to make not using a crate a viable option.
So far the only fishing kayak on the market that lacks the need for installation of external storage is called the W Fishing Kayak.
The problems that arise from installing a crate on your kayak are numerous. Strong winds create heavy drag on protruding objects like crates, which is not ideal when you have to paddle back to shore after a long trip. Attaching a crate on a fishing kayak will make you more tired, quicker. Wind creates tracking problems for paddlers. Although the W fishing kayak has better tracking capabilities then typical sit on top and sit in fishing kayak, wind drag is still a problem to consider and its effects on navigation are serious.
The W fishing kayak offers ample room in its spacious hulls, which are located in front of the angler, and are more easily accessed then a rear crate. This problem can be compared to that of whether to put your luggage int the farthest point of your car, or putting it where it is easily accessible, like the trunk or rear passengers seats. The W fishing kayak has about fourteen cubic feet of hull storage, much more than any sit in or sit on top fishing kayak could ever have, and probably more than a kayak angler will ever need.
Storage crates also add the hindrance of increased weight in your fishing kayak. Weight is not a huge issue when paddling, but is a major problem when transporting your fishing kayak to and from your car to the launching point, (which is pretty much anywhere in the W fishing kayak). One may argue that it is not that much weight, but factor in your soreness and fatigue from just spending hours in the water fishing. Car topping your kayak with sore arms will make you hate every extra pound in your fishing kayak.
Almost all sit on top and sit-in fishing kayaks have a deck that is below water level. If you are a salt water kayak angler you want your reels as far away from the corrosive effects of salt water, so you usually put tubular rod holders onto your fishing kayaks crate. These further you from your lines by about an extra foot, causing serious issues when attempting to fish. However, W fishing kayak’s hulls are higher than that of the average fishing kayak, creating the opportunity to store your rods away, safe from harm while launching, further decreasing the need for a mounted crate. W fishing kayaks have the option to be mounted with rod holders on the stern, that swivel in a large range, as well as place your fishing rods high above the water.
By eliminating the need to augment your kayak with a crate, the W kayak saves you time, money, and the hassle of being perpetually weighed down by an unnecessary attachment like a crate.