View Full Version : Okay, time to laugh at me for sure, especially Kokomo Joe
07-17-2002, 06:58 PM
This is our high tech rig for the Pirogue and Norm's six hour canoe. This is not a fancy file but this is our duck hunting set up for sneaking through the marsh without a sound. I thought of posting this after the nice dingy of Joes. Welcome Joe to our world. Many configurations will work.
07-17-2002, 07:04 PM
That'll fool those ducks. ;) Better keep your head down, they have no mercy.
But seriously, let us know how it works.
07-17-2002, 07:15 PM
It works very well. I have put off posting till Joe and his rig posting today. It will be used this weekend. The advantage to this rig os that when it blows really hard, it will collapse so as not to turn you over.
07-17-2002, 07:44 PM
Oyster,, good looking rig. Do you have a rudder or just use the padle? Does the wind blow there when your normally out hunting ducks?? Usually foggy and or very calm here. I like the six hour canoe.
07-17-2002, 07:48 PM
Our winds in the winter blows ne 15 to 20. This rig is really great down wind and beam . We use a small leeboard in deeper water.
07-17-2002, 07:55 PM
Now you just need a complete outfit of helium ballons!! That way you can REALLY sneak up on 'em. :D
07-17-2002, 08:05 PM
You may have missed the post with the marsh shot so I will share it here. No ballons because I think Norm is the best navigator with hot air propulsion. :D
Was at a local 'outfitter' the other day and saw a rig very similar (exact really) and it twas $400 or so...Looks good on the canoe though!!
07-17-2002, 08:11 PM
$5.00 plus ripped up tarp from winter storage leftovers.
07-17-2002, 08:30 PM
And you can use the shotgun reef!!!
Joe ( Cold Spring on Hudson )
07-17-2002, 08:45 PM
LOL Oyster I'm liking ya more and more. OK ill slip ya a little secrete. I carry a big ass golf umbrella between my legs in my sea kayak. When the wind on the Hudson is blowing and the tide is an agents me (remember the Hudson is not a true river by me its a tidal estuary with over a 4 knot current at times ), I pull out the umbrella and pouf I'm sailing back to the launch. It's amazing how well it works, and equally amazing is how ridiculous I look.
On a canoe trip down the Kennebec with my ten year old son, I rigged up a sail using a folded aluminum chair, a fishpole and a beach towel. I don't think it worked at all but at least it looked stupid!
07-17-2002, 10:51 PM
Messeage understood, JMAC. :D But it is just like ugly women in my fool harded days, Built for duty not beauty. :D
07-17-2002, 11:28 PM
Nifty rig, oyster. I like it!
What are the spars made of?
Is your canoe water-ballasted? (If not, what's the hose for?) Looks like a couple of inches of water ballast in the bottom of her. tongue.gif
Speaking of unconventional sails, a few years ago I was fishing standing up in my skiff on the river in a pretty stiff breeze. It was blowing straight downstream, the direction the bow was pointed. It was like trolling, so I let it be and kept fishing. Pretty soon, I realized that I was speeding along enough to make a pretty significant wake. And I'm just a skinny little guy! ;) Maybe this is how our ancestors discovered sailing. :D
07-17-2002, 11:34 PM
Wear a poncho and just stand and reach up .
07-18-2002, 12:49 AM
Out at christmas gone a guy paddled past in a laser. He was in a reclining deck chair, paddling with double paddle, and with a fishing rod sticking out of the mast step. Laughed so hard I nearly spilt my rum. I hope he doesn't find out about the umbrella trick. People could die laughing.
07-18-2002, 05:23 AM
1/2" PVC with removable fittings at the end. WE just put it together for a proto type and it needs refining but weight issue was a concern. It ain't fancy but works till fall season and we can prefect it. The boat stays at a hunting camp most of the time so finish wasn't high on the priority list. We had to scrub it down and figured the water would cover up the scratches for the pictures. tongue.gif
07-18-2002, 05:46 AM
Has a certain "crab claw" look doesnt it. Did you base it on that? Great stuff Mike :cool:
Take it easy
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