Re: [bolger] Re: Tortoise for fishing
- On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 4:11 PM, Scot McPherson <scot.mcpherson@...> wrote:
>Keep it simple. The two short oars shown on the drawing work great.
> The smaller, lighter boat IS the purpose. I wish my young children to be
> able to manage putting it away, which may include hoisting it into a tree to
> keep it off the ground.
> I may fashion a yuloh for it instead of oars. We'll see.
Yuloh's require some lateral plan (lacking in a Tortoise) to work.
If you want fancy, go ahead with the sailing rig on the drawings. I
simply love sailing around in my Tortoise, it is a lot of fun!
I have a shortened (6') Tortoise, which is very handy for ponds, canals, etc. It rows easily but slowly, but it does not scull well; it just wiggles back and forth. Instead of the tree, consider 4 posts in the ground and 2 cross-beams on top of them (think 2 very low hitching rails). The boat is stable upside down, there's little lifting involved, can be tied down for strong winds. Two PT landscape timbers, 1 or 2 2x4's and 4 galvanized lag screws will do it. Mine is 10 years old and was been through 2 hurricanes.
----- Original Message -----
From: Scot McPherson <scot.mcpherson@...>
Sent: Sun, 05 Aug 2012 10:47:09 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: [bolger] Tortoise for fishing
Do you think the Tortoise would be a good fishing platform for a largish pond? Guessing maybe 30 acres of pond.
I am planning on building one for me and my kids to get something in the water quickly.
I'd prefer a light dory, but I think that's a project to get started in the fall more for next year's season. Plus it weighs a lot more and I want my kids to be able to manage to put it away properly without shipping rain water when it's not in use.
I was thinking the tortoise is light enough that I could hoist into a tree and keep it off the ground so it doesn't rot. The ground here is always wet where I live.
Scot McPherson, PMP CISSP MCSA
Old Lyme, CT
Le Claire, IA
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