This post is going to be moved to the pictures forum by TD. I fugured that all the work that I have put into three tubes and my toon this year is worthy of a spot (so does TD) on the board so here are the pictures of what I have done with an explanation. Made a tube cart (dolly) after the first wheel attachment failed on my toon and watched my son for a week run around the camp with it. Works great for round tubes and mamatrout FC4. The dolly also is made to come apart in three parts for easy transport and storage. Both kids can easily move their tubes around with little effort. My toon didn't have a motor mount so I made one using another manufacturers mount and 1" PVC. Bolting the mount to if with Sch 20 holding the mount and sch 40 for the rack. I also made it able to hold 6 rods, the rod tubes are Sch 20 as well. I picked up a oven rack or grill rack at the local thrift shop and xiptied that to the rack to hold the battery box in place. I use a bungee chord to hold the battery on the rack when out on the water. I placed 1/2" PVC as a railing on the rack that is removable. Great for holding a life jacket on the rack within easy reach. I then played with a tool rack idea. I eneded up using saddle clamps for a net holder on one side then made a tool rack for the otherside attaching it to the frame with a saddle clamp as well. I used another saddleclamp near the front of the frame for a rod holder to place active rods. Future mod will be to add a spot for a fish finder when I upgrade from the fishin buddy that I use now. Mamatrouts FC4 was next. I made a rod rack that holds four rods and attached it to the D rings using quick clips through 1/2" PVC The other side has a tool rack with active rod holder and net holder. Have added a sail to it. She wanted a bimini so I found a seat shade online and picked one up for her. Works well. Also added a plastic chair to the seat for a little more back support. It is held to the seat by bungee chord. Next was the two minnows 16" caddis tubes. I built a rod rack/tool rack combo for each one. They can carry up to two rods, a pair of pliers, and have an active rod being held all at the same time. Attached these with the quick clips as well. The two 16" tubes are red and green. I spray painted all racks and holders with paint to match the tubes. The pliers I drilled a small hole in the handle and placed a keychain that I found at Honks Dollar to them The keychains are stretchy with a quick clip hook at one end. I attached the quick clip to an eye screw that I screwed into the tool racks for mamatrout and the kids so that they do not lose them. The last tube that I have is a caddis 20". The problem I am having is there is only one D ring on either side on the outside of the boat so stability is a factor when designing. I am still in design stage with this boat and it may take me all winter to figure it out. A current idea is to use the pocket behind the seat (top of the backrest) where I will place a 1/2" pvc frame inside with 1" on the outside to hold at least two rods. I will post a pic of the 20" tube so you can get an idea of what I am dealing with.
After dark always have a light to keep from getting run over by the power squadron. Whether a lamp to hold up or a light on the hat or the clamp on. I believe it falls under row boat.
What law? They are pontoons. We don't need a bucket either. Now whistle and a tow rope is smart.
Oh the light is a silly clamp on style. It also takes care of the marker light boat law.
The light works, it runs off of two D cell batteries like a flashlight. I decided to put it on when I was fishing after dark one night and realized a small flashlight attached to the head is ok but a running light will save my butt and provide enough light for tying flies. I don't always carry six rods with me. Only done it a couple of times. If I happen to carry lots the shorter rods can go on the side that I cast from (left). When I go to places where I only fly fish like Mirror Lake, then I only carry two fly rods. The spinning rods usually get left at home. The picture is set just to show what I can get on there. Doesn't mean I try to carry everything even though I can.
When it is on I have been able to have everything centered and it works fine. At first I thought that there was a problem but after two people told me all is level when I sit in it, no problem.
I am assuming this was for Albino. There is no way my toon can be back heavy...LOL Good point though, no battery on in picture and boat isn't in the water. It does appear as the frame is slid forward. My question, with all those poles and rod, how do you cast a fly rod? And the light? do you use it and if so, does it use allot of battery?
I don't know how your toon sets up but I could not place my frame far enough forward to keep it from poping wheelies if that rod holder/ motor mount and motor was on mine. Are you sure that much weight that far back will work? Ron
Who doesn't! LOL
Enough to know that I prefer driving up to the side of the lake if at all possible.
WOW!!!! How much does that Pontoon weigh now? You have been busy!
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