One man river boat

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One man river boat

Post by jbo_c » Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:59 pm

OK. I thought I'd invented this boat. I've been doodling designs since I started my cheap canoe and realized I could build my own. I couldn't get anyone to agree it would work. Certainly nobody had seen anything like it.

Yesterday my son and I were out on the river and saw this one, almost exactly my doodle design. I took pictures, but no one knows anything about it. No Manufacturers plate or anything, but it is almost certainly not home made.

Can anyone ID it or tell me anything about it? I'd love to get my hands on plans for one and so would several of the guys I work with(who agreed it looks just like what I was doodling to show them what I wanted).

It's only about 6.5 feet long and 30 or so inches wide. I think it looks tippy with the seat that high. I would either lower it or just put a pad on the flooring.

Surely it wouldn't be that hard to build. I don't know where the house was (by road) or I'd go knocking on the door. If you look close you can even see 'panel' shapes.

I'd appreciate any help.

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Post by jbo_c » Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:03 pm

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Sorry, I'm apparently not smart enough to put the picture in.

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Post by Cracker Larry » Tue Sep 04, 2007 11:37 pm

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Post by Cracker Larry » Tue Sep 04, 2007 11:42 pm

Similar boats are used around here in the freshwater swamps, with a much lower seat and foot steered electric motor.That boat may be factory built, but I 'd bet the factory didn't install the seat. Tippy! :doh:
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Post by TomW » Tue Sep 04, 2007 11:55 pm

The last I saw of those was down in the swamps below Tamiami, many many years ago. He just put a fancy seat on the wood seat shouldn't affect stability much.

They could fly with a small motor and do some really skinny water.

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Post by jbo_c » Wed Sep 05, 2007 5:50 am

Thanks for help with the pics CL.

Any ideas on plans or manufacturers? I live in S. GA and have lived in LA as well. Never saw one.

Do you know what the bottom of the hull looks like? Is it a vee all the way back? stepped like a RiverHawk? flat and like a mirror of the top shape?

Thanks.

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Post by jbo_c » Wed Sep 05, 2007 5:51 am

I was thinking it would be easy to rig with a foot controlled trolling motor.

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Post by kjackson » Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:40 am

That looks a lot like some of the one-man duck boats...try duckhunters.net (I think that's the site). They may have links to designers with plans.

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Post by TomW » Wed Sep 05, 2007 3:29 pm

kjackson, I think you hit the nail on the head. I too have seen them there, they are light weight and can fold up or can be made solid. Anyway very shallow draft and very quick.

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