one man fisher

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  1. rusty_lee2003
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    rusty_lee2003 New Member

    Hi all, nice site you have here.
    I'm looking to build a one-man fishing platform to be powered by a trolling motor. I'm thinking 4x8 skiff but I don't know if it will be stable enough. Any help would be appreciated.
    :)
     
  2. SailDesign
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    SailDesign Old Phart! Stay upwind..

    Rusty,
    I may be working with a friend to draw just such a beast for sale as a kit. Nothing is definite yet, but we have currently a designer (me), a builder (the friend) and a professional fly-fishing type.
    I'm hoping that since none of us seem tohave an over-riding ego, we'll come up with something approaching a horse here, instead of the usual camel.
    But I digress - point is that if you can't find anything immediately, let me know, coz something may well be coming down the oike soon-ish.
    Steve saildesign@aol.com
     
  3. badges65
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    badges65 Junior Member

    HI,
    build and IVB it will out perform most things and easily driven, and very stable.
    my 3.5M hull can be driven by the weedamotor as posted earlier.
    so no problems with an 8' one.
    don
     
  4. Doug Carlson
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    Doug Carlson Senior Member

    Just my idea of a one man fishing boat using salvaged pwc components. The idea would be that it would partially submerge at rest to provide a stabilized platform.
     

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  5. Doug Carlson
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    Doug Carlson Senior Member

    That worked so here's another view.
     

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    Doug,

    Interesting concept and very nice model. Looks like it might be a bit of a teeter-totter.

    Gary :D
     
  7. Doug Carlson
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    Gary,

    Thanks. My solids modelling experience far excedes my boat designing experience.

    I realize that putting the weight in the ends is normally a bad idea. My goal here was to put the single fisherman over unobstructed water. The bow seemed like the best place to do it. Also this would work well with a bow mounted trolling motor. The partial submersion was my attempt to dampen the resultant pitching (also rolling) at rest.

    Doug
     
  8. Pointyendfwd
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    Pointyendfwd Junior Member

    Hi,

    We're busy building a low-tech approach which will end up doing very much the same thing.

    It is a marine ply, sit-on-top surfski.

    Fishing ski's over here in South Africa are normally used to troll behind the breakerline for gamefish, and they're extremely productive.

    You get some exercise, and occasionally a decent fighting fish as well.

    Haven't done it before, will try to put a pic on as well.

    .....................................

    nope, seems I can't do it..........
     
  9. Doug Carlson
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    Doug Carlson Senior Member

    Pointyendfwd,

    I would be very interested in seeing the picture. I hope you'll give it another try. If you use the "normal reply screen" as opposed to the "quick reply" there is a fairly broad list of accepted attachment formats.
     
  10. Pointyendfwd
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    Pointyendfwd Junior Member

    Thanks Doug
     

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  11. Doug Carlson
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    Doug Carlson Senior Member

    That looks like a good time!

    Does the clipped bow work to lift the front end in surf or is it just to simplify costruction?

    Do you use stitch and glue construction?

    I assume you use a kayak style (double ended) paddle.

    Do you mount the rod holder ahead of you so that you can keep an eye on it?

    Are the fish ever large enough that you wind up going with them for a while?
     
  12. Pointyendfwd
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    Pointyendfwd Junior Member

    The flat bows is to help when exiting in surf, to keep the nose out.
    The construction is straightforward stitch and glue.
    The seat is a fiberglass molding bonded onto the deck, so it becomes sit on top.
    The rods are mounted on the gunwale behind the paddler, there are two of them. The lures have some drag, so this prevents yawing of the boat. It also doubles the probability of a strike.....
    Some large stuff is routinely caught off ski's, so some towing does happen. I haven't been that lucky myself yet, but just watch me next summer ( we're in the middle of a gruelling +20Degree Celcius winter down here :cool:
     

  13. BCBoater
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    Doug, there's two big problems with your semi submersable platform.... well three actually...

    It only has room for one. He can't sprawl out comfortably for when they aren't biting. And worst of all I don't see room for the beer cooler!!!!! Which is just as well because the operator would probably fall off the "pulpit" after a few.... :D

    Otherwise it's an interesting concept.
     
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