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04-13-2019 09:14 PM
Nickp Nice...many happy hours fishing...
04-13-2019 09:10 PM
Duane Bledsoe Pics of that rudder in action. It works like a champ!



04-07-2019 06:53 PM
Nickp
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Originally Posted by Duane Bledsoe View Post
These small boats are notorious for rotation. They say adding a rudder will help this, so I did it. My experience has been when fishing a shoreline and just letting the boat float or drift, the rear end of the boat tries to spin around and leaves the guy in back no way to cast towards shore. I have to constantly correct it with the motor. I figured this rudder will act the same as having a paddle in the water and resist the rotational turn the boat tries to do. All I'm doing with it is creating a drag when it tries to move or spin sideways, but not hamper forward movement, or reverse, which is why I built it to be retractable when in reverse. It won't get in the way when backing in close to shore, and it won't affect the steering either, if it is retracted. The motor does all the moving and steering. All the rudder has to do is keep the boat tracking in a straight line.

gotcha...thanks...
04-07-2019 06:26 PM
Duane Bledsoe
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Gotcha...but now you have me wondering - if you are drifting, basically standing still in water, how does a rudder work for you when there might not be enough movement for steerageway...? Are you concerned more what wind will do to the boat when fishing a shoreline...? Not criticizing your work or idea, just personal wondering...
These small boats are notorious for rotation. They say adding a rudder will help this, so I did it. My experience has been when fishing a shoreline and just letting the boat float or drift, the rear end of the boat tries to spin around and leaves the guy in back no way to cast towards shore. I have to constantly correct it with the motor. I figured this rudder will act the same as having a paddle in the water and resist the rotational turn the boat tries to do. All I'm doing with it is creating a drag when it tries to move or spin sideways, but not hamper forward movement, or reverse, which is why I built it to be retractable when in reverse. It won't get in the way when backing in close to shore, and it won't affect the steering either, if it is retracted. The motor does all the moving and steering. All the rudder has to do is keep the boat tracking in a straight line.
04-07-2019 03:44 PM
MT Stringer I like the boat. At one time, I loathed over a similar set up I saw at a store near our local reservoir. A guy had it all rigged up for bass fishing. I have some of the same rods and reels (or close to it). That would make a good stable platform for flats fishing in and around Galveston west end/marshes. Probably use the same bait!

Not trying to hijack, but here is my kayak from years ago (late 90's). The Stringermobile!
04-07-2019 02:15 PM
Nickp Gotcha...but now you have me wondering - if you are drifting, basically standing still in water, how does a rudder work for you when there might not be enough movement for steerageway...? Are you concerned more what wind will do to the boat when fishing a shoreline...? Not criticizing your work or idea, just personal wondering...
04-07-2019 01:53 PM
Duane Bledsoe
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Duane...it would be very helpful for steering if you had some of the rudder (about 10% to 15%) sticking through the shaft. This will allow the forward motion to help steer when you turn the rudder. If you didn't glue it to the shaft, just drill new holes further back...
I only built it to control rotation when adrift. It's hard to fish a shore when the boat twists around. I use the motor for steering.
04-07-2019 01:49 PM
Duane Bledsoe
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Originally Posted by RickKr View Post
WOW! Eight rod holders for up to two people <a href="http://www.routerforums.com/images/RouterForums_2015/smilies/tango_face_surprise.png" border="0" alt="" title="EEK! Surprise!" >:-)</a>

Attached is an image for a table saw sled for holding bamboo for cutting a full-length, straight slot, as the first step in bandsawing strips for further processing into bamboo fly rods. The bamboo is held down by elastic bands. I think this may be similar to some of the suggestions you've received. This one is kinda fancy, but I'm sure you could build something more utilitarian and specific to your needs.

I have one of these, but have not used it yet. I only recently bought a table saw, so I could not have used the sled previously. My activities in making bamboo rods are "in remission" until my daughter/granddaughter move out, freeing up space in my shop/garage.

Rick
The idea is each person brings 3 rods. One in your hand and two stowed behind you. This uses one 4 rod rack and leaves the other empty, and that is the side you fish from. When you switch sides, move the rods to the other rack.
04-07-2019 01:46 PM
Nickp Duane...it would be very helpful for steering if you had some of the rudder (about 10% to 15%) sticking through the shaft. This will allow the forward motion to help steer when you turn the rudder. If you didn't glue it to the shaft, just drill new holes further back...
04-07-2019 01:37 PM
Duane Bledsoe
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Originally Posted by harrysin View Post
Nice boat and nice photographs but what happened to the shots of the rudder?
I posted them and the build process above the post of the boat itself in a separate post.
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