This project is the result of compiling the best features of many other designs from within the paddle sports industry as well as other industries, merging them and creating the best paddle/fishing rod holder in the industry.
One of the other "behind the scenes" experiments we tried and now manufacture with is "family molding". We saw an opportunity to mold multiple parts in the same tool at the same time. This saves money and time for several reasons.
1. Fewer tools means less up front cost and fewer set-ups, eliminating X number of set-up charges. Think "plastic models" of old. Remember the plastic car or plane models you built as a kid; same concept. Mold the parts with a common tree, eject them together and simply snap off multiple parts during the assembly process.
2. Designing with this mindset, promotes similar materials across not only parts in this assembly but also across the different brands. Simply put, buying in bulk saves money.
3. Family molding also focuses your design into a simpler form. Complex tooling in family molding is expensive. While we certainly have some complexities that were overridden by aesthetic preference, we compromised and the tools require no hydraulic actuation outside of "line of draw".
Marching orders are as follows:
1. Make it indestructible and look the part.
6. Have fun!
UPDATE as of 07.29.2014
System patent is pending...
SKETCHING OUT THE CONCEPT
MODELING THE PARTS
SPECIAL THANKS GOES TO:
Shane Benedict, Sam Spear, Wes Cobb, The Smithson Family, James, Joe, and the rest of the Skyline Plastics team.
Thanks to the whole Legacy Paddle sports team for letting me take control and do something weird.
Thanks to ACK for the great demo video and to the industry for your support.
Thanks to my wife and kids for putting up with the long hours; I love you! You're all awesome!
A final thanks to whom ever invented the long-neck beer bottle. Without you, there would have been no inspiration for the "Tool Belt" and "No-spill Beer Helmet"! COMING SOON!