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Where to Find SUP Accessories in Florida and Beyond

Stand up paddle boarding is a sport for many people. It’s a balance game, no doubt, but it does allow for a calm and relaxing day spent on the water. However, paddleboards can be quite large and cumbersome when it comes to traveling. Fortunately, there are plenty of SUP accessories and additions to make your next trip a bit easier. At Manta Racks, we ran into a problem prior to starting the business. As owners of a fishing boat and with an enjoyment for watersports, we found it challenging to intermix the two. Our paddleboards were too large to put in the boat. They took up precious amounts of space and proved to be a safety hazard. That’s when we decided to build Manta Racks. No longer will you have to choose which outdoor water sport you want to prioritize. Why not choose both?  

 

SUP Accessories from Manta Racks  

 

There are a few different accessories that we believe are helpful for those who love stand up paddle boarding. First, we offer an incredible rack that helps you enjoy your boat and your equipment. Our L2K rack system can transport the catamaran style paddleboard by LIVE Watersports or even a kayak! Because these pieces of outdoor equipment can be quite heavy & large, it’s crucial that this rack is set into a durable, through-bolted, reinforced fishing rod holder. The distance between both holders should be 24 inches to 48 inches. Additionally, it’s important to check the angle of the rod holder to ensure that it fits with our racks.  We offer 300, 150, & 00 angles with 300 being the most common.

 

Our S1 Rack transports one paddleboard. Similar to the L2K rack, this product needs to be reinforced into fishing rod holders that are heavy-duty. Some individuals solely like to paddleboard, making this an excellent choice. However, if you prefer to alternate between a kayak and a paddleboard, the L2K rack will be your better option. If you have two paddleboards, you might find our S2 rack more suitable. This incredible duo allows for the transport of two paddleboards at once. Whether you’re looking to take a loved one or a friend, this rack will allow you to have fun in the sun all day long.  

 

Some other accessories include our dock and wall mounts, which can securely hold your boards while you’re at home or in your marina. If you need a reinforcement plate for your fishing rod holders, we offer a GEM Bluewater Rod Holder Reinforcement Plate. At Manta Racks, we firmly believe in living life to the fullest. We learned firsthand that water sports and fishing boats can be a challenge. However, with our incredible products, we’re sure that you’ll be ecstatic about your new and easier life. Contact Manta Racks today at 1-888-622-0225 to learn more about SUP accessories. For any other questions, please call or go to our website at www.mantaracks.com. We can’t wait to show you what true happiness feels like! Life on the water has never been more relaxed. 

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A Buying Guide for Manta Rack’s Wakeboard Accessories

Are you considering purchasing a wakeboard rack from Manta Racks? If so, you’re in for a treat! You’ll wonder how you ever took your wakeboard out on your boat before this moment! Did you know that you can also purchase a plethora of wakeboard accessories through Manta Racks? In this article, we’ll discuss some of the handiest tools available to make your wakeboard experience even better.  

Dock / Wall Mounts: Wakeboard Accessories  

Our dock and wall mounts are the perfect addition for any wakeboarder. Our packages come with two mounts, so that you can place your board out of the way. They’re specifically designed to store your gear off the boat, by the dock, or in your garage! We have a few different options, including 50 degrees or 30 degrees, and with white or black coatings. These mounts aren’t like other mounts. They’re sturdier and more hardcore than ever before! Made out of aluminum, stainless steel, and starboard, these mounts are built to last.  

B3 Rack  

This incredible, heavy-duty rack can transport three items at once! The two outer locations are available for wakeboards or waterskies, while the inner slot is made for more substantial boards just as wakesurfing, and kneeboards. Now, you can strap multiple watersport equipment to your boat. No longer will they be in the way or a danger to visitors on your vessel. You can transport all of your favorite gear the smart way!  

Bungie Chord  

To secure your boards to the B3 Rack or to the dock and wall mounts, you’ll want to buy a bungee cord. This chord will keep all of your racks snugly fitted to your boat, dock, or wall, so that you don’t have to worry about any mishaps, loose adjustments, or accidents.  

If you’re ready to buy a wakeboard for your next adventure on the water, don’t let just anyone sell you a rack. You’ll want the best of the best, especially if you’re going to take your paddleboards out to sea. If you’re a significant fisher, then you know how stressful it can be to try to find space for watersports equipment. As the owners of Manta Racks, we ran into a similar issue. We loved spending time outdoors, but felt the boat was too crowded to bring along wakeboards, waterskies, and kneeboards. That’s when we decided that we could create racks that would allow for the best of both worlds.  

Check out www.mantaracks.com today and see what wakeboard accessories you can find! If you have any questions about our racks, gear, installation directions, deliveries, or accessories, contact our team at 1-888-622-0225 today! We can’t wait to help you get the gear you’ll need to have the time of your life! You’ll wonder how you ever managed without a Manta Rack attached to your boat!  

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Top Ten Florida Kayaking Spots to Visit This Summer!

Whether you’re a Florida native or just visiting this summer to soak in the rays, kayaking is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the sunshine state! Getting up close and personal with nature through our beautiful mangroves and waterways lets you experience Florida in a way you just can’t get at Disney World or on South Beach. If your adventurous side is calling to you, check out these 5 Florida kayaking spots you have to visit this summer! And don’t forget your Manta Racks kayak rack to safely transport your kayak.

The Florida Keys

Whether you’re a Florida native or just visiting this summer to soak in the rays, kayaking is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the sunshine state! Getting up close and personal with nature through our beautiful mangroves and waterways lets you experience Florida in a way you just can’t get at Disney World or on South Beach. If your adventurous side is calling to you, check out these 5 Florida kayaking spots you have to visit this summer! And don’t forget your Manta Racks kayak rack to safely transport your kayak.

The Florida Keys

We’re not picking a specific spot in the Florida Keys because there’s dozens of great places to launch from or dock, but the Florida Keys are a definite must see for kayakers young and old! Also, as the Southernmost part of the United States, why not start from the bottom and work your way up?

St. Lucie River, Stuart, FL

Less popular than the kayaking spots in the Keys, Stuart’s St. Lucie River a stunning path away from the crowds. With gorgeous live oaks draped in air plants and Spanish moss, the scenery is perfect for a romantic couple’s kayaking trip. Paddle far enough (for about two hours) and you can even find a secluded area for picnicking and hiking.

West Lake Park, Hollywood, FL

This one is a two for one! You can kayak and get an up-close look at native plants and foliage, then walk the park’s trails or take advantage of their athletics facility. Play basketball, racquetball, or volleyball while your kayaks stay safely secured with Manta Racks kayak accessories. West Lake Park is also connected to the intercoastal if you want to take to deeper waters for a full day out on the boat.

Oleta River State Park, Miami, FL

A hidden oasis in the middle of Miami’s chaos, Oleta River State Park is a great spot for the weekday adventurer who just needs a few hours on the water to recharge. Kayaking through this state park feels like an island get away without the hefty price tag. Explore mangrove tunnels or head over to Sandspur Island for a chance to see dolphins or manatees! Oleta River State Park also features 14 cabins for rent if you want to camp out for the night.

Loxahatchee River, Jupiter, FL

With over seven miles of wild and scenic kayaking route to explore, the Loxahatchee River is great for an all-day excursion. Offering a variety of wildlife and beautiful scenery to appreciate, this Florida kayaking spot is frequented by birds, turtles, and the occasional alligator. From winding river to mangrove estuary, Loxahatchee River encapsulates Florida’s natural beauty in one convenient place.

Whether you’re an experienced kayaker or just learning the ropes, taking advantage of the easy access to kayaking spots Florida offers is a must for the summer. With a Manta Racks kayak rack, it’s easier than ever to go out and discover what our state has to offer.

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SUP and Kayak Carrying Systems for Boaters

Six ways to bring a SUP or kayak aboard your boat

You need look no further than the local lake, bay or harbor to confirm the popularity of stand-up paddle boards and kayaks. In fact, on some days, human-powered craft are so numerous, they can pose a navigation challenge to traditional boaters.

But everyone has a right to enjoy the water in whichever way they desire, right? Why not do both? Maybe you want to raft up at the sandbar next weekend and break out the SUP to mingle with the crowd. Or you might cruise to a secluded bay, get out your board and enjoy some solitude. There are also some remote wilderness no-motor zones in the Florida Everglades and elsewhere that restrict entry to paddle­craft only. You can anchor outside and then paddle in. Really ­adventurous boaters take their paddlecraft to the Bahamas to fish the flats where bonefish and permit feed in mere inches of water.

That all sounds great, but carrying boards and ’yaks on a mothership can be a hassle. Where do you stow them? How do you secure them? If you decide to tie them to the bow or stuff them in the cockpit, eventually they’re going to get in the way. You can stack them on the swim platform, but many SUPs and kayaks are longer than the width of some boat transoms. The Bote Flood board, for instance, is 12 feet long. The Hobie ­Revolution 16 kayak is, well, 16 feet long. You also lose access to the swim platform when it’s packed with your toys.

It’s no longer awkward or cumbersome to bring paddlecraft aboard your boat thanks to creative ways to get into the board game. A number of systems let you easily and quickly stow and deploy SUPs and kayaks, as well as surfboards and kiteboards, from virtually any kind of boat.

Here are six easy solutions:

 

“Most boaters won’t buy a new boat just to have dedicated stowage for boards, though it’s a great feature to consider if you’re in the market.”  _Tim Barker/Manta Racks

Rail Way

Most boaters won’t buy a new boat just to have dedicated stowage for boards (as ­described on page 90), though it’s a great feature to consider if you’re in the market. But if your current boat has a high-profile bow rail that extends aft to about midship, you can get a rack that lets you easily stow and deploy your SUPs and kayaks.

Magma Products, best known for its line of marine barbecues, offers the Removable Kayak/SUP Rack ($229.98, magmaproducts.com), which includes two arms that clamp to vertical or diagonal bow-rail stanchions ranging from 7/8 to 11/2 inches in diameter. ­Constructed from polished stainless steel with ­UV-resistant padding to protect your paddle­craft while cradled in the ­1-inch-diameter arms, each rack will hold two SUPs or one kayak. Tie-down points on each arm let you secure boards and ’yaks with straps.

Magma’s exclusive quick-release knob system allows each arm to be instantly removed or rotated inward when not in use, or swung in tighter to the bow rail to fit smaller/narrower kayaks or boards.

The SurfStow Suprax ($249.99, storeyourboat.com) is another example of a system that clamps to a bow rail. Constructed from aluminum, the rack arms will hold one SUP and have EVA foam ­linings to protect your board. A built-in bungee cord ­secures the board. The universal clamp system swivels to attach to virtually any vertical or horizontal rail ranging from 7/8 to 11/4 inches in diameter. There’s also an add-on accessory arm that increases the capacity to a pair of SUPs ($99, westmarine.com).

SurfStow also offers the Yakrax ($299.99, overtons.com) rack for kayaks. It uses the same clamp system as the Suprax, but the padded aluminum arms accept the hull depth of a kayak.

SUP and Kayak Carrying Systems for Boaters

Top Idea

The proliferation of hardtops aboard today’s boats has a benefit besides shade and shelter. Hardtops create new surfaces for attaching accessories such as racks for SUPs and kayaks, akin to roof racks on automobiles.

At Largo, Florida-based Intrepid Powerboats, for example, models such as the 400 Cuddy are often built with custom-ordered hardtop racks for SUPs and surfboards, says Joe Brenna, vice president of customer service. “Racks are installed as part of the build, as per the buyer’s specifications,” Brenna says.

It’s one thing to customize a boat to carry boards, it’s quite another to offer a model designed for SUPs and kayaks. Yet that’s what the Tiara Q44 is all about. Tiara calls it the Adventure Yacht. The Q44 is available with a hardtop toy-storage system that lets ­owners secure boards and kayaks on a top-mounted rack. The hardtop was designed to prevent marine accessories such as VHF antennas from interfering with board stowage. The walkaround layout of the Q44 facilitates loading and unloading paddlecraft from the rack.

SUP and Kayak Carrying Systems for Boaters

’Toon Tote

Many pontoon boat owners love to take their toys with them, including SUPs and kayaks. What better way to enjoy a summer day on the water than to anchor up in a quiet cove and get in some paddle time? Or maybe you want anchor out and explore or fish a remote creek that’s too narrow or shallow for your pontoon boat.

While big pontoon models offer lots of space to carry boards, why not clear the deck and the seats with racks designed to fit the square railings of the panels that surround the interior? Enter the Toon Racker ($369.99, storeyourboard.com).

A pair of J-shaped arms fit the railings of most pontoon boats, and each rack will ­accommodate one kayak or two SUPs. Integral padding offers plenty of protection from scratching or chafing, and built-in bungee cords keep boards and ’yaks secure while underway.

You can also get the SurfStow Suprax ($254.99, discountramps.com), which features a pair of ­padded ­aluminum arms with ­specialized clamps to conform to square railings. ­SurfStow also offers the Yakrax kayak rack ($230.35, walmart.com) for pontoons.

 

SUP and Kayak Carrying Systems for Boaters

 

SUP Safety

The popularity of paddleboarding is skyrocketing, says Tim Wilhelm, owner of Manta Racks, which offers stowage systems for SUPs. “My business has doubled in the last year,” he points out as evidence of the trend.

Unfortunately, this rising tide has also led to an increase in incidents involving paddlecraft. While recreational boating accidents and fatalities steadily declined from 2012 to 2015, last year saw a spike in fatalities, says Capt. F. Thomas Boross, chief director of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

“During July and August 2016, the United States had the highest number of fatalities in five years, most of which were attributed to paddlecraft accidents,” Boross said in a speech to auxiliary members in St. Louis, Missouri, in January.

With this in mind, the Coast Guard has expanded its Vessel Safety Check (VSC) program to include canoes, kayaks and SUPs, says Harry Jacobs, 37-year member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and an approved vessel examiner and immediate past national director of public affairs for the auxiliary. Jacobs currently serves with the District II Public Affairs Detachment in Southern California.

“We need to bring paddlecraft enthusiasts into the boater-education community,” Jacobs says. Examiners are now conducting VSCs for paddlecraft and issuing decals for canoes, kayaks and SUPs meeting requirements that include a sound-making device, life jacket, white navigation light, visual distress signals and more.

Stand-Up Paddleboards

O’Brien Eclipse
Slingshot Crossbreed AirTech (inflatable)
O’Brien Vapor (inflatable)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source:  www.boatingmag.com

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Paddleboard Fishing Part 3

Paddleboard Fishing

Those of you who paddleboard or kayak understand the serenity of being out by yourself or with a friend. Although, most paddlers are restrained by distance knowing that they will need to return under their own power. There is so much more to explore with paddle sports, especially further away from shore…places where boats and even skiffs can’t get due to shallow depth or too narrow of a path.  Using your boat to transport your kayak or paddleboard opens up a whole new adventure to where fish are not pressured. Paddleboards are becoming the choice of paddlers, because of the site advantage of standing.

Coastal states have hundreds of miles of coastlines, which can be fished with the right watercraft.  Some of these areas are designated as No Motor Zones, therefore you must use a paddleboard or kayak to fish them.  All of these areas are quiet habitats for redfish, speckled-trout, snook, tarpon, and black-drum.  No pressure from boaters means a great likelihood of multiple hook-ups.  Imagine hooking up on a large snook or a giant red while on a paddleboard.  It is an experience that will keep you wanting more.  These monsters will pull you around until you are able to bring them in.

If you live in and plan to fish Florida on a paddleboard or kayak, read the article “Portage to Paradise” by Matt Arnholt in the Florida Sport Fishing Magazine.  Matt does a great job outlining and describing Florida’s No Motor Zones, such as in the Everglades and along the Space Coast.

Florida has hundreds of miles of coastline which can be reached by boats, but must be fished by paddling due to the remoteness.  Places like Wacassassa, near Suwannee, FL you can fish for hours on end and never see another person.  So, you can imagine the fish haven’t either.

Being able to bring paddleboards or kayaks with you on your boat opens up fishing opportunities.  If you have a bay boat or a deep V, but want to shallow water or flats fish, now you can do so without buying a flats boat or skiff.

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Paddleboard Fishing Part 2

PaddleBoard Fishing

When you go Paddleboard Fishing and take your paddleboard with you on your boat using Manta Racks, you can get to remote places where the fish are not pressured. Using the boat as a base or mothership, you won’t have to bring all your lures, fishing rods, and other accessories with you on the paddleboard, just what you need to hunt for a couple of hours.

The type of paddleboard or stand up paddleboard (SUP) you bring is key. It should be stable, have enough room to bring along some important items and be designed for paddleboard fishing. The fin(s) should be for shallow water, 4” to 6” long at most. Fish, such as redfish, are in very shallow water to feed and you don’t want your board to be stuck because of the length of the fins. Some paddleboards are wide enough to carry a small cooler for refreshments, a snack, and your catch. Bring along a stringer, just in case your catch is too large to fit in your cooler. With a stringer, you will be able to tow your catch back to your boat. If you have a board that can handle a cooler, place in the middle of the board, so that it can be used as a seat.

Bringing at least 2 to 3 fishing poles allows you flexibility of having different presentations without having to tie on different lures. Whether you break a line (which you will) or to have different lures on each rod for different scenarios, you will have a backup and options.

For safety, wear some type of water shoes just in case you have to step off your board. Wear a life jacket, use a leash, and carry a communication device such as a cell phone or hand-held VHF. You will be in some remote areas and may need to contact someone.

PaddleBoard Fishing

Paddleboard Fishing

To recap, the items you must bring for paddleboard fishing are a stringer, something to measure with, net, rope or stick pole for an anchor, polarized glasses, a drink holder, extra bait/lures, and 2 or 3 fishing rods with different presentations or baited ready to cast. Safety items include some sort of life jacket, water shoes, board leash, and a communication device. Consider a belly bag or fanny pack to carry some of these things.

Remember, plan minimal but take the essentials; your boat won’t be too far away so you can go back to it should you forget something.

Peter Hinck, AKA: Palm Beach Pete has a good paddleboard fishing safety video on YouTube.

Check out his other tips