Re: [bolger] Breakdown Sweet Pea Advise sought
> removable "hinge pins". This way I could portage two lighter halves andI would be afraid that when adding the parts and complexity to make a
folding sweat pea, that extra weight would be required for the two
mid-transoms, and the hinges would make the whole thing heavier.
The way to make a boat lighter is to leave heavy things off.
I my experience, (and for a similar wish-list), I built the double
ender 'Cartoon 5' aka (Ultra-light row boat for homebuilders). It
achieves lightness and the ability to be portaged by using a minimum
of materials. Also, 'Cartoon 5' is easy to portage because it
balances just right, upside down, with the middle seat resting on my
shoulders. I routinely portage this boat single handed, and it can be
carried very far. (Easier when it is not a windy day.)
I think that double ended rowboats like Cartoon 5 and SweetPea are
well suited for rough water rowing, but you certainly should be a
prudent seaman considering the risks, especially if it is cold water.