I will admit, there are a lot of kayak stakeout pole DIY videos on the internet. These videos usually involve PBC pipe, old ski poles, or other DIY fishing equipment, but I wanted to focus on the idea of 3D printing! There are numerous places where you can find 3D printed materials at a low cost, including local libraries and Makerspace, as well as friends or family that could help you with your 3D printing needs.
I found this piece that was rounded with a relatively small hole that needs some supports but otherwise prints well. For this design, I made it much more square-shaped to both add strength and make it easier to print when laid flat on the build plate.
I also added a much larger attachment point so I would be able to attach a carabiner with ease. These tools can be popped on or off relatively quickly and are easier to deal with altogether.
The next step is optional but I painted and primed the kayak handle, and later added some two-part epoxy. I glued it up but placing some in the holes and a bit on the stick, making sure to wait for it to set up.
While waiting, I recommend tying your bungee up, which I was able to do with two carabiners on either side rather than an actual knot. In my Hobie Outback, I have paddle holders which I was able to connect to the back behind the seat.
In terms of materials, I printed this using a basic plastic called PLA, though if you are looking for more strength you can use PETG. And as always, if it breaks you can always print another!
If you’re interested in looking at the handle I created, I have uploaded it to Thingiverse for just about 90 cents! Combining the handle and the pole, it should cost less than $8 and is likely the cheapest but the highest quality product you can find anywhere online. As always, like and subscribe to my channel if you enjoy content like this!