Starting in on a Chugger

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  1. Bike and a boat
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    Well, after months of plotting, scheming, and other cajoling of the Dark Arts, (with all apologies to Harry Potter!) last week Sunday I started in on Steve Lewis's Chugger design!

    I posted a thread a few weeks back asking for input about putting wheels on the boat, I am still mulling this over, but in the meantime, it occurred to me that with out some sort of boat to actually ATTACH to the wheels, the whole idea wasn't gonna get very far!

    I am uploading a few pics of my efforts so far, my thanks again to Mr. Lewis on his easy, fluid design. One of the pics is me hauling my tools with one of my bike trailers, as I do just about everything via bicycle. (I live in Chicago)
     

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  3. Outlaw45
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    so whats up with chugger?

    Outlaw
     
  4. Bike and a boat
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    Thanks for asking! Chugger is about three weeks away from launching, I Hope! My "real" life had me busy this last month, but I will soon post a link to a video I made last week. The interior is about done, I passed on a built in wheels, and I have a removable tandem axle wheel cradle that will store on the roof when underway. This is so I can still pull it to the water with my bike. The camper pop top is ready to go, and I am down to painting and installing windows!
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  5. Liighthead
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    :D got any pics of it atm?
     
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    Read his blog which he linked. :)
     
  7. Liighthead
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    Oh thanks :D missed the link
    Looking good btw :)
     
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    Congrats and I am looking forward to seeing the video and more pics on your blog. You are joining an elite group of non conformists.
    You are looking at having Hull #11 if nobody pops up with a completed one before the launch.
     
  9. Bike and a boat
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    Just posted a video on the blog here ....http://whereaboatgoes.blogspot.com/2012/07/update-and-such.html

    Forgive the horrid look of the windows, after my original "trapezoidal" shapes, I decided that I hated them, so I glassed in some patches, so to speak. The two hatches, foredeck and cabin roof, will have plexiglass on them for light.


    Thanks for the good words all, the heat and humidity have finally broken here, perfect weather to finish some fiberglass and to enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the soon to be completed cockpit!
     
  10. Liighthead
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    looking good :)
    how big is it btw? :) be different seeing someone towing a boat, behind a bike =D
     
  11. Bike and a boat
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    15 feet long, 4 wide, 4 tall except for the pop top camper part, which is the midsection, about three feet, folds down for transport. Thanks for the good words!
     
  12. Bike and a boat
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    I suppose, Liighthead, that towing a 15 foot boat behind a bicycle is perhaps stretching the known boundaries a bit, but being an avid biker and bike business owner, I like to see what one can do on a bike! The actual towing is less than a mile as my boatshop is that close to the water where I will launch.
     
  13. Liighthead
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    :) will be a good work out, as long as ur in a low ish gear when u start, and make sure ur brakes work :p
    Should be alright :)
    as u own a bike shop ect im sure u have decent bike :p not just some cheapie from the tip ect :)

    Have u thought about how ur going to mount the wheels?
     
  14. Bike and a boat
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    I will admit that I have a small 49cc engine on a Motobecane bike frame that i am going to use for towing the boat, I like to cover my bases! As to the wheels, the boat will ride on a cradle that is the width of the boat and fits between each of the bottom skegs. The wheels are quick release so the four wheels will come off and stow away and the cradle fits on the pop up camper roof. The cradle weighs about 40 lbs, and should handle the weight ok.
     

  15. Liighthead
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    That will also work :p
    Again make sure u got brakes haha
    Also wondering with ur bike / trailer have u thought bout making it fit inside the boat?
    My plan was to have a normal bike ( motor would be handy ) with trailer that can be packed up in the boat ( simple design ect )
     
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