Clip on, pull cord, and cinch. Good to go!


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Demo video by The Nautical Lifestyle at the New England Boat Show, Boston.
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Kayalite, Kayacam, Kayaball and Kayapod products have one thing in common — our patented Kayalu mast.

Kayapod Camera Mount with Brinno Garden Watch Cam on Boston Whaler
Pad eye on sailboat.

A Kayalu mast can be quickly and firmly attached to a kayak, a speedboat deck or cowling, a racing car hood, or any other unstable or irregular surface.

In a pinch, the Kayalu mast can be clipped to a kayak's deck rigging or carry handle, a free cleat, existing bungee or deck line.

For best results and optimal stability, as shown in the step-by-step diagrams that follow, we recommend that the Kayalu mast be fastened to an existing eyelet, deck loop or pad eye, a topside drain plug handle, or any other fixed point on the surface of attachment.

Once clipped, the mast's tension cable is pulled taut and cinched.

Eyebolt kit with stainless steel hardware.
Eyebolt kit with drillbit and pencil.

If your deck surface does not have an eyelet or a fixed point of attachment, we offer a do-it-yourself eyebolt kit including hardware, drill bit and installation instructions. The 5/32" hole required for an eyebolt is tiny — barely noticeable. It's well worth the advantages provided by our products and practical for a variety of alternate uses during daylight.

Clipping to an Eyelet, Deck Loop or Pad Eye

The single-point attachment method is recommended for kayaks, canoes, dinghies, waterboards, boats and all applications presenting a rough, irregular contoured or unstable surface.


clipping a Kayalu to existing bungee
 

1. Identify a single point of attachment on the surface, such as an eyelet, deck loop, pad eye, or topside drain plug handle.

As mentioned above, if you do not have an eyelet or pad eye, we offer an easy, do-it-yourself eyebolt installation kit.

For information about our do-it-yourself Eyebolt Kit, click here (opens in new window).

clipping a Kayalu to existing bungee  

2. Clip the steel fastener to the eyelet.

Once the Kayalu's clip is attached, the Kayalu product can not be lost even if its cord is left loose, since the cord is knotted to keep it from pulling through the mast.

The base of the Kayalu mast has a padded cushion to protect the surface below.

 
clipping a Kayalu to existing bungee  

3. Pull the Kayalu's bungee cord firmly downward toward the base.

For a secure attachment, make sure the bungee is taut. The opening in the mast is flanged, so you don't have to worry about cutting or abrading the bungee as it is pulled very tight.

How it works: Kayalu's steel clip is withdrawn up and into the mast, applying tension to the base, marrying it with the surface of attachment.

 
clipping a Kayalu to existing bungee  

4. Cinch the Kayalu's bungee cord by pulling it upward into the jam cleat on the mast.

That's it! No need to wrap the bungee around the cleat because the jam cleat is quite secure.

For an extra firm attachment, you can wrap the loose end of the bungee around the Kayalu's cleat.

 

Quick-clipping to Existing Bungee Cords, Deck Rigging, Carry Handle, etc.

While a fixed point of attachment (eyelet, etc.) is optimal, the following attachment method may be useful for quick-rigging in a pinch, or for use on decks having flat, stable surfaces.
clipping a Kayalu to existing bungee  

1. Clip the steel fastener onto one or more taut bungee cables or deck netting.

If a second taut bungee cord is available to cross at a right angle (as shown), clip the steel fastener at the intersection of both bungee cords for improved stability.

Notice that once the Kayalu's clip is attached, the Kayalu mast can not be lost, even if the clip is not pulled tight.

Also notice how the base of the Kayalu mast has a padded cushion to protect the surface below.

clipping a Kayalu to existing bungee  

2. Pull the Kayalu's bungee cord through the mast.

The Kayalu's steel clip is withdrawn into the mast, applying tension to the base and pulling it downward toward the surface of attachment.

One of the existing bungee cords passes through notches in the Kayalu's base, while the second existing cord sits beneath the cushion.

 
clipping a Kayalu to existing bungee  

3. Cinch the Kayalu's bungee cord by pulling it upward into the jam cleat on the mast.

That's it!

For an extra firm attachment, you can wrap the loose end of the bungee around the Kayalu's cleat.

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