As kayak anglers, we’re at a disadvantage when it comes to being seen and staying safe on the water. One of the easiest ways to prevent collisions and make sure you’re seen by other boaters is to equip your kayak with a DIY light pole. This easy project only takes a few minutes in your garage, but it could keep you safe every time you go out on the water.
How To Make a DIY Kayak Light Pole
DIY Light Pole Materials
- 1” PVC pipe
- 1” coupling
- ¾” coupling
- Frosted plastic spray bottle
- Harbor Freight flashlight or similar
- Electrical tape
- Reflective tape
DIY Light Pole Instructions
Cut 1” PVC pipe to desired height for light pole.
Use electrical tape to tape the ¾” coupling to the front of the flashlight.
Remove the top of the spray bottle. Tape the bottle to the other end of the coupling.
Slip the 1” coupling over the flashlight and over the ¾” coupling.
Attach the 1” coupling onto the 1” PVC pipe.
Wrap the PVC pipe in reflective tape for added visibility.
When you are ready to use the light just pull the 1” coupling off the top of the pole and press the power button on the bottom of the flashlight. Put the coupling back on top of the pole.
You can also add a flag to this pole for added visibility during the day.
A homemade light pole can help keep you safe in your fishing kayak. | Feature photo: James Chappel