Big Boy Cataraft

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by Ed Call, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    OHJoe, I don't sleep much. I don't get to fish much. I like to tinker. I'll try to get some photos posted late tonight (you should be sleeping by then) or tomorrow. I find this kind of project relaxing and fun. I can tell you that I have received a tremendous amount of help, suggestions and deserved ribbing here in the watercraft forum and have asked many of the same type of questions you have asked. You said you are going out on the lakes with your son, who would not like to chip in to make that more rewarding? Awesome plan!
  2. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Well, I got the platforms mounted and put a few more things together. I also set my soft side cooler and two boat bags behind my seat to see how it all fits. Seems to fit pretty nice. Still unsure about the rods but I mounted an inexpensive Berkley foam clip type mount on one side. Each angler area has enough deck space to stand and cast easily. Each one also has a gear bag for some storage. I'm thining it needs a test run but with the Hoh Down so close and so many things to do I likely won't get a chance to get it wet unless it is raining in the driveway.

    The first three photos show the front platform, the next three show the rear platform and the last one is a frontal view of the whole boat with lots of stuff to see how well things fit in places on the craft. Taking Mark and Kirk's advice about chafing I put some foam pipe insulation around the edges where it touches the tubes. Very nice fit. Thanks guys.
  3. Mark Walker Active Member

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    Perfecto!:thumb:
  4. OHJoe New Member

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    Very Nice!
  5. Michael Nelson Old And In The Way

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    Nice job! Where are you going to put the casino?
  6. David Loy Senior Moment

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    Thought I had a decent boat but now I feel exposed.
    That's a professional craft Ed. Good job.
  7. Kirk Singleton Capt Kirk

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    it isnt a boat unless it has a casino, bar and the movies!
  8. OHJoe New Member

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    Wheres the livewell? That is seriously some very nice work and many thanks for sharing the progress! I am taping my two toons together as we speak:rofl: Just curious what the weight capacity is?
  9. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Thanks all. No casino. No live well. There is a bar though, right now it is located behind my seat so that it is within easy reach. It also has two cupholders on each of the angler seats and my gear bags in the rower's pod has cupholders on the ends. No one would ever drink and boat though. Not sure what to do with this thing tonight? There must be something.
  10. Rob Ast Active Member

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    Now That looks like a plush ride for the Hoh Down :thumb:
  11. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    There is a bit of wiggle in your seat Rob, will be working that out tonight or tomorrow. Hope to toss it in a lake to check out the weight distribution. Any body out there got time to serve as a live counterbalance?
  12. veilside180sx Member

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    Well....what's your thoughts...after the Hoh Down?
  13. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Awesome! The first day I was not balanced as well as I'd like but only had Rob up front. I got us in a bit of trouble but the boat handled it all very well. Day two was a short run, Rob and Matt on board and the day was fantastic. Day three was the longest, not the most technical but held many choices of lines through various boulder fields and past strainers. Every line the three of us decided looked best were pulled off very well. The boat is awesome. Everyone should have one or have a friend with one for sure. Many thanks to all who chimed in with suggestions that helped this big boy cataraft take shape, especially Riverman for wanting to down size frames via a trade and Freestone who's been my unofficial pen pal via PM on ideas and thoughs from her vast experience. Did I say this thing is awesome yet? Well, it is awesome.
  14. Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

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    Glad it worked out so well Ed; it's a sweet looking boat. When do I get to test drive it???
  15. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    You tell me when Freestone. We should get that worked out! Thank you for your ongoing, almost daily review of my ideas and your suggestions.
  16. Chris Scoones Administrator

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    Ed, that raft is great! The photos don't do it justice at all. You've got me stuck currently between a super puma and tubes.
  17. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Chris, thank you. Just tell me when and you and your family can come pick it up for a river row. It sits in its utility trailer unless I'm using the trailer for yard projects. I'm sure there are great benefits to a raft, but I've never had one. Maybe we'll take it out on the Yakima soon.
  18. Riverman Member

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    I knew that would be a nice rig, with the big frame and maxxon tubes.
  19. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Two problems surfaced on the Hoh as I got this bad boy wet for the first time. The first was the lack of somewhere to step to get in and out (we were stepping on the frame tubes and/or pontoons or having to straddle it all to get inside. The second was that my rod holder, although great for holding rods, was exposed along the top of the frame and tubes. This made it tough to get around them and of course I managed to break my friend Rob's spey rod as I pinned us in some nasty large woody debris.

    Tonight I mounted side boards made of PVC lumber, a bit lighter than the composite deck material that I've been considering. They are only strapped in place right now so I can test them out. They are also only 5 1/2" wide. They fit perfectly between the frame connections and the front angler's U shaped thigh bar. I might later opt to double that width making cut outs of the frame connectors and around that front U shaped thigh bar if the narrow 5 1/2" is not enough.

    Beneath the frrame tubing and to the outside of the drop down rails (and just inside the pontoons) I slid some of the grey electrical PVC conduit to serve as rod tubes. I realize that getting rods in and out will require pulling over, but if the front angler has his/her rod in hand and the rear angler has his/her rod in hand pulling over to swap should not be that big of a deal. Right now they are just sitting there at 10' in length. I plan on extending them to accomodate switch/spey rods too and will router/dremel out notches to hold the reels. As my friend Freestone says, dremel the notch, sand it well, add a velcro strap around to hold the reel in place and presto, safe transport. Thanks Freestone!
  20. Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

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    OMG Ed, that looks awesome! You are going to have the best outfitted boat on the river! Here's a pic of the notch in the conduit that he's going to make:

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