pontoon footpegs

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by SpeySpaz, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. Cataraft fishing

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    I'll give it a try. I'll be solo in a few weeks out on the Sol Duc (if it's in shape- if not I'll try another river). I'll give a report.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Jerry Daschofsky

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    I thought I'd post this up anyways. You can see two of my old boats. The one on the left is an original steelheader. Bought that years ago. Internet was brand spanking new back then. Do believe this photo was taken circa 1998. The steelheader was a couple years old then. If you look, you can see where I put a strap. That was my footpeg. With that one, my girlfriend at the time wanted to try rowing, so I cinched that strap tight (she had short legs). I took my kids on my big cataraft on the right. But you get the idea better with the picture. Worked great. Especially if you had longer legs, you would have strap a little longer, where it would dangle to the floor. So made it easier to get in and out of, and have something to hold on to if you were walking a slot.

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    I hope its okay to highjack this thread to ask questions. If it's not, just let me know.

    Jerry, did you say you had a custom frame on the two seater? It's great. The placement of the box next to the rowing seat is smart. The forward part, with the bike, is the way I want to modify my second frame for my dog, maybe put some outdoor carpet on the wood.

    So the strap runs around twice then back to itself. I have two extra six's. I'll use one, keep the other for emergency river repairs.

    The only 'clever' modifications I've managed are after-product items. I use a 'boat step on a rope' hooked behind the rower to help me board in deeper water. So I don't look like an idiot climbing over a pontoon. They're cheap at the boating stores. I use a kayaker's deck bag as my emergency/first aid kit. Everything from shelters to patch kits fits inside and is kept waterproof.

    I can't find a pic of the step, but here's the bag. The 2nd seat is on a pedestal, which allows great visibility for the fisherman and ease in standing and sitting.

    Posting an image appears to be too much for me. I can only provide the link.

    www.truthtrek.com/lky/images/boatbag.JPG
     
  4. Jerry Daschofsky

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    Ok, that boat you see to the right isn't a Steelheader. It's my old Aire Ocelot 16' Cataraft that was my primary whitewater boat when I did it professionally. Yes, that's a custom frame I had built. Just when I whitewatered, the rowers frame went in front of the cargo frame you see. I did a quick conversion of the frame so I could use it for fishing. That module you see with the bike and piece of wood is a cargo module. Held two large dry boxes. I simply put a piece of wood on the top for a seat and a piece of wood on the floor to make a standing platform. I did have a custom frame built for it, it was a machine. Miss it actually. Had to sell it when I was off hurt. I kept the frame you see, and that rowers module actually sits on my Steelheader guide model. But yes, when I designed it I had it made to put the two rubbermaid locking bins for supplies, repair kits, quick food and water, etc when I was running whitewater. Works great for fishing, because I can use those bins to again put those things in it, plus extra fishing lures/flies, misc gear. I'm going to actually make a plate to bolt to the back of the rowers seat to put a real anchor rest.

    But here's the frame I had custom built for the 16' cataraft. Could fish 3-4 out of it (usually only 3 max). I put sliders up front so I could take out or put in seats. Usually would do 4 people only if I put my kids in it. So they'd go up front while the other person fished in back. I put the rear person on a pedestal to give them a bit more of a vantage point. I made my rowers seat the cooler for storage, fish box, etc.

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    If memory serves me right, I maxed out my tubes. Frame was 4' wide inside the tubes and 12' long. Since the rower barely fishes, I designed standing platforms just to stand up and scout. But left the floor open so in case you hit a low stretch you could drop down and give that extra lift and hopefully make it through the slot.

    Once I move into my next house, I'm going to design another boat and have it built. Already have the design in my head. A little more versatile then the one above. At the time, I was fishing guys constantly. Then it went down to only getting one guy a trip to go. So would have a rear seat always empty (and this was a one piece frame). Will go back to a two or three piece frame. Like maybe a rowers and front passenger one piece frame. Then an add on rear seat. But this was a great boat.
     
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    Will go back to a two or three piece frame.
    The modular frames are the way to go. I always enjoy the solo trips and the way the rowing compares. Seems very little effort shoots you where you want to go. But taking a friend along means more fishing for me.:)

    I like your sliding seats. My Gude is too narrow for it, but we're looking into a wider 3 man raft. Your forward seating makes sense for the lighter passengers.
     
  6. Jerry Daschofsky

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    Well, I've always had multi piece frames. Hence the two piece you see above. But after a couple years on constant fishing pressure to bring friends with, I just opted for a big one piecer. Figuring I'd always have the seats filled. Once I built it, the pressure to hop a ride went down. Bastards. LOL. Luckily, I rarely ever went with just two people, normally had all three seats filled. But there were times I had that rear seat open up to the very last minute.

    Actually, if I had a smaller frame built that two man up front setup works great. Just like having a driftboat. I actually ran it this way, just slid that frame as far back as I could to balance it out. Was almost to the tips of the rear of the toons. Worked great. When I figured "Damned, if I could've only taken the rear module out". So when I buy another 16' set of tubes, have my new frame ready to be built to my specs. In theory, that was an awesome boat. Worked great. Just not as functional to break down and change as I was used to in my whitewatering. The frame at the top with the steelheader in the pic actually had two different cargo module frames that I sold off. Kept the basic setup, since it was the one I used most of the time.
     
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    Spent a few days floating the Bogie and tried the strap idea. Worked great! I'm sold. Another nice feature the strap offered was a handle to tow by. The water was the lowest ever seen by most residents. I had a few sandbars to tug my raft over.


    Didn't see any fish, but learned a new river and had a great time.
     
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    Thanks for posting your report. It's such a simple idea, and most people scoff at it at first. But once they try it, they like it. Glad it worked for you. And you're right, I thought I had mentioned that you could use it to tow around as well. And if your frame is short enough, you have enough loop that once you slide off the standing platform (or if you don't have one too) you have something that surrounds you. So you can walk downriver and cast while your boat is around you with no worries of it floating away.