YakAttack Surface Mount Retractors

By Jarrod McGehee

I've lost too many tools over the years, pliers and snips. When YakAttack recently introduced a series of deck-mounted retractors, I knew it was the solution to my problem.

The packaging comes with the retractor and two mounting screws. Before drilling any holes, I chose an installation spot that wouldn't clutter the deck of my boat. I wanted it out of the way but still close at hand. I ride a Jackson Kayak Cuda 14 and found the best spot for me to be right in front of the seat well.

For the installation you will need the following:

  • A drill
  • 1/8" drill bit
  • Phillips drill driver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Permanent marker
  • Marine grade silicone sealant
  • An awl, center punch or a nail (not pictured)


YakAttack Surface Mount Retractors

Once you've found your own installation spot, use a sharp awl to mark the screw hole locations, then dab the spots with a marker. Next, drill. Note that you don't want to use too large of a bit because the screws provided are meant to self-thread into the plastic of your boat.

Next, put a dab of Marine Goop sealant on the holes in the deck and on the product, then thread the screws. Doing so creates a more watertight seal than just a screw alone.

YakAttack Surface Mount Retractors

Once the sealant is on the holes, use an electric drill with a Phillips driver to drive the screws snug. Slow speed will prevent errors. Tighten the screws using a handheld screwdriver so as not to over-tighten and strip the plastic threads.

YakAttack Surface Mount Retractors

That's it – a quick 15 minutes is all it takes. The best part, no more lost pliers or bait knives.

Jarrod McGehee is a Jackson Kayak fishing pro staffer based on Southern California. When he isn't suffering from yellowtail or white seabass fever, he builds brewing systems for beer lovers. In comparison, kayak rigging is kid stuff.