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“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”

-Henry David Thoreau, Walden

The sun is my biggest enemy most times while I'm on the water in my Ascend 128T kayak. I tried using umbrellas, beach umbrellas, and other odds and ends in attempts to shield myself from the sun, and sometimes rain, with minimal success. Now? I think I've solved the problem with some old tent poles, pvc pipe, and an emergency blanket. Here's my version of a DIY kayak canopy presented over my Ascend 128T.

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About the Ascend 128T Kayak

Equipped with Yak-Power®, the Ascend® 128T Sit-on-Top Kayak takes the hybrid fishing platform design to a whole new level. This unique fishing kayak combines stand-up paddleboard characteristics with a sit-on-top kayak fishing platform to provide excellent stability whether you're standing, fishing, or paddling. The Ascend 128T Sit-on-Top Kayak adds to its innovative design with open-deck access and customization options unlike any other stand-up kayak on the market.

Recessed bow and stern open storage areas with flush-mounted bungees provide endless accessorizing options, while the Yak-Power system brings a wiring harness, master controller, and 3 strategically placed power plugs. A removable rod tip protector/paddle stowage with threaded insert accepts additional accessories, and the 4 flush-mounted rod holders with rod leash eyelets (leash not included) let you create a personalized fishing setup. A deluxe seating system allows all-day comfort with a removable design to go from on-water to onshore in seconds.

The flat casting deck with non-skid foam mat and pull-up assist strap, midship and aft watertight storage, port and starboard accessory-mounting rails, and 8 scupper drains with plugs round out this adventurous Ascend kayak to bring the best all-around on-water experience Ascend has offered to date.

Ascend 128T Kayak Specs

  • Size: 12'8"
  • Approximate weight: 96 lbs
  • Maximum weight capacity: 350 lbs
  • Made in USA.
  • Rotomolded, custom-crafted tunnel hull
  • Wide transom and flared bow sections
  • Exceptional durability, standing-and-fishing stability, and tracking
  • Yak-Power system with wiring harness, master controller, and 3 strategically placed power plugs
  • Removable rod tip protector/paddle stowage with threaded insert for attaching accessories
  • Recessed bow and stern open storage areas with flush-mounted bungees
  • 4 flush-mounted rod holders with rod leash eyelets (leash not included)
  • Flat casting deck with non-skid foam mat and pull-up assist strap
  • Midship and aft weathertight storage
  • Port and starboard accessory-mounting rails
  • Deluxe removable, adjustable seating system with 3-position seat landings and adjustable foot braces
  • 8 scupper drains throughout with 8 plugs
  • Bow and stern carrying handles