HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by bigyellowtractor » Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:02 pm

Eric1 wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:16 am
Wow, What a beautiful stretch of canal by the willows! 8)
Yes indeed.

Jaysen wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:07 am
One of the things I really appreciated about England (that’s the extent of my Europe travels) was the hard stop between city and country. It felt like a line divided the two.
Many years ago, large areas of land were disignated “Green Belt” as a way of preventing towns sprawling out and becoming connected to others nearby. There is big pressure to build thousands of houses though and some of these areas are now being swallowed up.
Jaysen wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:07 am
A plastic hull would look just as bad. The difference is that the damage is hidden a bit better to fool the casual glance. Other than that there’s no advantage. And certainly none of the well earned pride. :)
True, I suppose it just makes me cringe a bit to see a big gouge or skuff in something that I made. I perhaps wouldn't care so much about an off-the-shelf boat.

Jeff wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:41 am
Beautiful area!! Really nice canals to explore!! Jeff
Most of the waterways in England were engineered into navigations for freight transport before the railways took over and normally, where there are locks or flights, there'll be a weir and a few miles of original river. The officially navigable bits get really busy in the summer but the back-waters and tributaries are tranquil escapes. I doubt I'll ever run out of places to discover.

narfi wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:35 pm
Looks like fun!
It was, but I felt really quite knackered last night, and have got some muscles I didn't know I had, today. :-)



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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by bigyellowtractor » Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:06 am

Look, there's an old, bald bloke in a homemade canoe.

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Oh, wait a minute, it's me
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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by Eric1 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:14 am

:D

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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by terrulian » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:06 am

True, I suppose it just makes me cringe a bit to see a big gouge or skuff in something that I made. I perhaps wouldn't care so much about an off-the-shelf boat.
I had the same sinking feeling when, as a kid, I laid down my brand new motorcycle for the first time. I didn't make that.

Boats are going to get dinged and dirty. A long time ago when I still had my Ericson 39 and my neighbor in the next slip had a Catalina 36, his looked pristine and mine was a little tired. He was down there every week cleaning and varnishing and polishing. The bright work on my boat needed help, and she could have used a paint job. But everything worked, I made sure of that, and I sailed her a lot. When we returned from our circumnavigation, he was still there, on his boat on weekends, cleaning and polishing. My boat looked like it had been through hell. But everything worked. Different strokes.
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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by bigyellowtractor » Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:25 pm

Tony,

My bikes are the same. They look like old shitters but are nicely set up and well maintained :-)

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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by bigyellowtractor » Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:37 pm

Poets day yesterday so got a couple of hours paddling in.
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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by Eric1 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:46 pm

Beautiful! :D

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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by bigyellowtractor » Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:37 am

Last weekend I decided to get the little boat out before the world was waking up.

I got going a bit later than I wanted to because it took longer to scrape the ice of the van and get my sh1t together than I had thought, so there was already a fair bit of light in the sky and the sun was just about to show itself.

I put in next to Ash Vale boathouse and quietly paddled across the flash, upstream(sic) towards Aldershot.

It was beautifully crisp and still so I just dawdled along as quietly and calmly as possible with my new Grey Owl, Guide paddle. I turned round at the aqueduct and switched to a kayak paddle to sprint back and get some heat going.

When I got back to the flash, I crept around the edge, picking my way through the fallen trees and flooded scrub watching the wildlife. I saw a Kingfisher but was too busy watching to take a photo.

Near the sunken barges, I noticed a large gul standing on something an inch or so under the water. I assumed it would be a post or tree so noted it's position so as not to hit it. As I got closer it looked like a bit of half submerged plywood but was actually the roof of a small sunken cabin-cruiser.

Two hours on the water and back in time to take Mrs BYT a cuppa in bed and warm my cold toes.
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A few notes on the boat. You might notice the portage yoke is removed temporarily; in the centre of the boat, it's totally in the way of a sitting, solo paddler. The boat doesn't have enough depth for there to be clearance under to sit comfortably if you stretch your legs out unless you sit on the floor.

The description for this boat needs changing I think. Set up as a conventional open canoe, it's probably a “couple of kids” boat. It works great with me and my three year old grandaughter but not with the seats where they are given in the plans. You need to get the weight nearer the middle of the boat; there just isn't enough buoyancy at the ends.

For a solo adult paddler (200lb), it needs setting up like a kayak; with the small of your back not much more than a foot to the rear of the centre of the boat. I have fitted a new yoke about 8” off centre and extended the seat so I can sit in about the right place to trim the boat if I'm carrying some day stuff; munchies, drink, change of clothes, etc. This yoke can be used as a kneeling thwart if I turn round in the boat.

If I was building this again, I would fit an in-whale and maybe a couple of skinny glassed foam frames or ribs so that there was no need for fixed seats or thwarts. Then either drill for conventional webbing canoe seats suspended on spacers that could be moved about to suit the program or have some foam blocks that could be fixed to Velcro tabs. A portage yoke could be fitted when needed or for short carries, just hook the in-whale over your shoulder.

This boat would work well with just a foam mat in the floor and all single-paddle paddling done kneeling or a simple seat pad and a double paddle.

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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by Fair WX Pilot » Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:43 am

Fantastic pictures. I have lots of great memories fishing some of the waters around there with my Dad. Your boat looks great, what a fantastic way to spend a quiet morning.
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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by terrulian » Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:59 am

I hope the second guessing about the design won't impede your enjoyment of the boat too much. Perhaps there is a workaround that will come to you.
Your photos are wonderful and I enjoy the posts on your outings as I can relate...except for the ice bit. I normally am alone and the serenity of the times on the water are not quite like anything else I've done in boating.
Unlike you, however, I can't see where I'm going. :? :D
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