Kickboat - flyfishing

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by ThomD, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. ThomD
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    Anyone see a decent design or plans for one of these? I am thinking of the raftlike catamarans that are used in rivers and lakes a fishing platforms. They tend to be powered by either swimfins, or oars. I am not interested in the ones carved from foam blocks, they aren't durable enough for the sort of use I have in mind where little bits of foam drifting off the boat would be offensive, possibly illegal.

    Typically they are made of inflatible hulls, but I would probably prefer to make something like a very light ply structure, or a skin on frame, or glassed over blue foam.

    This is a multihull topic I guess, but in 30 years of multihulling nobody has brought up the subject of fishing boats, so I thought I would try a general place like this.
     
  2. Cobra1
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    if you build one you will loose your a$$. just go to cabelas and by one.
     
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    No cabelas around here, and I am not sure what you mean they run 500-1000 or more, one could save lots of money, and make a product that was better in a lot of ways.
     
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  6. ThomD
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    US is different than around here, wood is what we do and consumer goods are what we tax into ablivion.

    Funny Steve, I saw that boat on Youtube (if yu can call the 56K experience seeing), and thought it was much bigger than I guess it is. I am thinking of using 1/8" ply in a tortured format, and would have the seat quite a bit lower, but I will check his design out in any case.

    I have had a design for a boat like a driftboat, except one sits on it like a bike, in mind for a while, but I am not really convinced about it quite yet.
     
  7. Chris Ostlind

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    Those hulls might work for a rowed cat, but as a kick boat, the wind will use you like a gal from the Mustang Ranch. Too long, too tall, too pretty much everything for the flipper users.

    They do look to be nice for a whole lot of utility applications beyond the specifics of float fishing with fins, though.... something like a calm day in the reeds, as you stand-up fish from the deck. I'd seriously consider hull wells for the tackle box and cooler, as it would be pretty easy to boot stuff like that over the side.
     

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    I was at BassPro, and the best dimensions for a non-inflatible design, borrowed from an inflatible, where 8' overall length, beam of float 18", Depth of float 12", with a lot of rocker, more than necesarry really. That yielded a displacement of 375#, claimed. A ply hull could be narrowed since the square section displaces about 30% more water, and volume could be carried to the ends more effectively.

    There were provisions for wading, rowing, finning, and a motor. I have the capability to bend and machine the tubbing, but not to weld aluminum, at the moment. A bonded structure would be easier but the overall boat is a little big without some demount system.

    I think the whole thing could come out of 2 sheets of 1/8" ply, and a gallon of non-premium epoxy, plus wood that is probably lying around. which is about 100-200 depending on sourcing.
     
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