How to Mount a Johnny Bar on a Kayak

How to Mount a Johnny Bar on a Kayak
At one point or another, every kayaker has wished for a little extra space somewhere on his kayak. The answer to this problem lies in an accessory unique to kayaks known as the Johnny Bar. It attaches quickly and easily across the deck of the average kayak and can be used to mount such items as fishing rod holder, outriggers, lighting and GPS units. The adjustable Johnny Bar is 27 ¾ inches long and fits almost any kayak.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Flathead screwdriver
Step 1
Determine whether you want to mount the Johnny Bar to the bow or stern of your kayak. Choosing the bow, or front, of the kayak allows for easier reach to Johnny Bar items. A stern location can be ideal for rod holders or to anchor a paddle float or outrigger. If choosing the stern, Johnny Bars should be mounted 10 to 15 inches behind the seat to give you plenty of room to slide in and out of the kayak. In either instance, the Johnny Bar should be mounted so that it does not interfere with your kayak stroke.
Step 2
Move the foot on the bar to far left slot of the Johnny Bar. To move the foot, use a flathead screwdriver to remove the top bolt holding the foot in place. Install the foot in the far left slot on the bar, and reinstall the bolt.
Step 3
Adjust the bar width to suit your mounting point. Start by placing the left foot on the bow or stern of the boat at the spot you have chosen. Adjust the right foot to match the width of the kayak. The right foot adjusts in the same way as the left foot: remove the bolt, slide the foot into its proper slot and reinstall the bolt.
Step 4
Fix the bar in place. If mounting the Johnny Bar atop the kayak deck, stern or bow, hook the Johnny Bar straps to the deck pad eyes. These deck pads are already in place and serve as anchor points for the deck bungees. Attach the Johnny Bar straps to the deck pads rather than the deck bungees, which may not be secure enough.

Article Written By Matthew Ferguson

Matthew Ferguson is a writer living in Savannah, Ga. He has been writing for over 10 years and his work has appeared on various online publications. A collection of his short stories was published in spring 2010. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University.

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