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Installation Instructions

The Swivel Stick must be installed above the waterline of your kayak, canoe, boat and/or vessel. Prior to any measurement or installation find out FIRST where the waterline is on your kayak, canoe, boat and/or vessel.

Placing the kayak, canoe,boat and/or vessel in the water with full gear allows you to see where the waterline comes up to. You may then mark the level. To be certain of your markings you can always contact your local dealer or manufacture of the vessel.

1. Place the kayak on a steady surface to work on.

2. Apply the blue tape along the side of the kayak starting from behind the kayak seat to about three feet towards the front of the kayak. This will give you a straight guide line and platform to work from.

3. Placement of the swivel.

Placement of the swivel is designed to work best around the hipline of your body. We define this area as the backside of your shoulder to a quarter of the way down your thigh in a seated position. The placement can be anywhere in this area that is comfortable for you. Place the swivel along the blue tape where you would like the swivel to be placed. Once you find the area make sure to mark the area with a pencil or marker. Place the swivel using the double sided tape in the place where you marked. The swivel should be placed with the locking pin on the bottom. (*Remember when placing the swivel that it is placed above the water line of your kayak.) Place the anchor pole in the swivel holder. With the pin in the unlocked position grab the anchor pole gently and move the pole up and down to make sure it is comfortable for you. Now you need to check that the pole is deploying straight down. This means that the pole shouldn’t be pitching in to or away from the inside of the kayak. It should be as straight as possible.

4. Placement of the pole holder.

Placement of the pole holder should be along the same line of the swivel and between 12-24 inches in front of the swivel. The pole should be placed with the butt of the pole holder towards the bottom of the kayak. The bungee should be easy to reach while in the seated position. *Note: Moving the pole holder forward and/or backwards along the side of the kayak (depending on the curvature of the kayak) will move the pole away or towards the kayak. Make sure to note the line of the pole to see which best fits your kayak and does not interfere with your paddling style. Once you have the placement you desire mark the blue tape with the marker. Place the pole holder with the double sided tape on the blue tape.

5. Check your alignment.

Once the pole holder and swivel are in the position of your desired location, place the straight edge on both the swivel and pole holder. The straight edge should lay flat over the top of both the swivel and pole holder at the same time. This is necessary for the locking plunger (locking pin) to move up and down freely. If the straight edge does not lay flat on both the swivel and pole holder at the same time, then reposition the swivel and/or the pole holder until it does.

6. Check to make sure the Swivel Stick is working properly.

After this is done, place the anchor pole back into the swivel holder and let it rest in the pole holder. Now make sure the locking pin is easy to pull out and it goes back in to the locked position easily on its own. If it does not, make any micro adjustments with the pole holder: up, down, forward, or backward until the locking pin moves freely. (*Before you start drilling, check your drill spots located behind the swivel and pole holder. Make sure there is nothing in the way on the inside of the kayak that could get damaged. If there is, reposition the swivel and pole holder accordingly.)(If this happens then you may have to realign all the components). Once this is established you can drill the swivel into place.

7. Install the swivel.

Install the swivel first, prior to the pole holder. When installing the swivel, drill holes using a 15/64 drill bit. Drill one hole at a time and place the bolt into the hole before making the next hole. You will have to use a 3/16th Allen key to do this. You will be tapping into the plastic using the bolt. This will ensure that the position of the swivel remains in place.

8. Install the pole holder.

Before you start drilling the holes for the pole holder, recheck your alignment with the straight edge. Then insert the pole into the swivel and make sure everything is still lining up correctly. Once you have made sure the alignment is correct start drilling by using a 15/64 drill bit. Drill one hole at a time and place the bolts in one at a time.(*Note: after you drill the first hole for the pole holder, we recommend you place the anchor pole into the swivel holder and make sure everything is working correctly and the locking pin is moving freely. If not, you can still make micro adjustments to the pole holder to correct the alignment at this time. For example: tilt the pole holder slightly upward or downward.)

9. Installation of the backing plates

Now you are ready to install the backing plates to the swivel and pole holder. (*Before doing so, you must remove everything from the kayak.) Remove all the blue tape from the kayak and the double sided tape thoroughly from the swivel and pole holder. Apply anti-seize on all the screws for the swivel and pole holder.

a. Place the swivel in the position where you drilled the holes. Put the screws into the holes one at a time far enough so the screws are sticking out of the inside of the kayak (this will make it easy to find when it comes time to put the backing plates on). Make sure the locking plunger is on the bottom. Follow the same procedure for the pole holder, also making sure the knob to the pole holder is on the bottom.

b. When installing the backing plates, match up the holes from the backing plates to the screws on the swivel and pole holder to ensure the proper alignment before trying to install (double sided tape should be applied to the side of the backing plates that will be touching the kayak. This will keep the backing plates in their proper position if you need to remove the swivel or pole holder for any reason). Then reach around to the inside of the kayak and screw in the backing plate. Hand-tighten each screw and go back and forth from bolt to bolt to make sure the backing plates screw in evenly and to ensure a proper seal.

c. Once this Swivel Stick is installed, place the anchor pole in the pole holder and do a final check to make sure the locking plunger is working properly and the swivel moves freely.

Take kayak out for a test run and enjoy yourself as you OWN THE WATER!

*Important: the blue tape on the kayak and the double sided tape on the back side of the swivel and pole holder were only used for marking the placement of the swivel and pole holder. Failure to remove the tape will cause the Swivel Stick to function improperly and not form a water tight seal!


Wash with soap and water after every use. Make sure to rotate swivel and work locking plugger in and out during washing of the swivel to insure salt or debris is removed. The set screws will loosen with normal usage. Inspect set screws periodically, tighten set screws as needed (make sure not to over tighten.)

Limited 1 Year Warranty

L&M Designs,Inc. warranties that for a period of one year from the date of purchase this product will be free from defects in material and workmanship. L&M Designs,Inc at its discression, will repair or replace this product or any component of the product found to be defective during the warranty period. Replacement will be made with a new or remanufactured product or component. This is your exclusive warranty.

This warranty is valid for the original retail purchaser from the original date of initial retail purchase and is not transferable. Keep the original sales receipt. Proof of purchase is required to obtain warranty performance. Retail stores selling L&M Designs,Inc products do not have the right to alter, modify or any way change the terms and conditions of this warranty.

The warranty does not cover normal wear of parts or damage from any of the following: negligent use or misuse of the product, use contrary to the operating instructions, disassembly, repair or alteration by anyone other than L&M Designs,Inc. Furthermore the warranty does not cover: Acts of God, such as but not limited to fire, flood, hurricanes and tornadoes.

*L&M Designs, Inc. is not responsible for any damages to your kayak, canoe, boat or vessel during the installation or use of the Swivel Stick. L&M Designs, Inc. is not responsible for any injuries to your person during the installation or use of the Swivel Stick.

Do not exceed 700 lb. weight limitation.