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Old 08-23-2005, 08:18 AM
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Default mother boat? carrying kayak, canoe, etc. on the big boat?

Does anyone use their boat as a "mother ship" for backwater fishing? I have an interest in carrying a few kayaks on my boat to get into some really out of the way backwaters that sees relatively little fishing pressure. Can kayaks be carried on a t-top? They certainly look strong enough to support the likes of a kayak. Anyone own or use the inflatable pontoon type boats? they look real stable and easier to stow but also look like the wind would blow them all over the place. How about an old fashioned canoe? Any thoughts? Belly boat isn't even out of the question. Hmm.. That might be like a donut with a creme filling to a bull shark.. Arlon
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Yes, I take along a 16'canoe when I venture upriver. I anchor up and go with the canoe for the shallow water hotspots. I have seen people use kayaks from a larger boat, but never saw one lashed to a T-top. I keep my canoe on deck laying on its side. I bungee cord it to the gunnel so it doesn't shift when I am underway.
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It looks like in your boat you should be able to throw a couple inside the boat.
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Arlon contact Sally Mofit in Rockport she Guides and transports her Yaks in her boat she will gladly assist you ...

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Also trying to decide what might be the best type of small craft to carry if I get that far..
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Old 08-23-2005, 10:27 AM
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I've been kicking around this same idea for a while. My stepson brought his kayak down from Seattle and we took it to Puerto Penasco, Mexico. We just stowed it between the console and side, worked, but made it difficult getting around. Had a ball though! My thought was to mount the same kayak carrier for his car, a Yakima if I remember, onto a T-top or boat hardtop, in a way duplicating what the "motherships" do out of San Felipe. Sort of a wakeboard setup on steroids. It would allow you to fish or explore hard to reach areas without the fear of tearing up a prop or bottom. It would also give you a "life raft" should the worst happen.
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Old 08-23-2005, 10:33 AM
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Just drag it behind (a yak that is)... you may have to experiment a little with the length and tying method, but I've seen it done before. Hit the "sweet spot" and it'll drag behind you like it's not even there.

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I have a small infaltable that I inflate once over to Catalina Island and then strap to the T-top when not in use. I also sometimes strap surf boards to the top. Works well and keeps the decks clean.

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The plastic kayaks are the best small craft for your application as very little effort is needed to make them go or manuever.

I would think that you could use the a couple of rod holders to accept a carrier on each side of the hull to hang them on their side on the OUTSIDE of each gunwhale to keep your decks clear, or attach the carrier on the bow to heave a center aisle between them to access your front boxes.

I doubt if your ttop has backing plates under the floor, and would not risk a $4000 ttop and console to carry a pair of $300 Ks.
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A may just rig a rack for my current backwater boat, but I do like the idea of a more modern plastic kayak..

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We keep an 8' inflatable on the hardtop and an inflatable kayak stored in the v berth. Just be careful with the hooks!
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A may just rig a rack for my current backwater boat, but I do like the idea of a more modern plastic kayak..

Nice Cat there Arlon.
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bull, cat rig.. I was thinking about repowering it with a 28lb "great white". Whadda think!

If you see something you like in the design, feel free to use it in your upcoming project!

Darn thing got me a ticket, didn't have my TX numbers properly displayed on a power boat.. Arlon
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bullship has the right idea...
i bring two fiberglass pirogues out to the camp for duck hinting with my boat
i tie them off to the gunwales on the outside of the boat...as long as there's one on each side the boat rides fine

i be scared about swamping them if i towed them
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in the everglades (boats) brochure there is a 24'r with a sweet wooden yak sitting in some wooden cradles that fit into the gunnel rod holders - looks like a sweet set up. call them for a brochure. I wouldn't recoment putting yaks on the t-top unless it is true-bolted to the deck..
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Double check your local reg's. Around here an anchorred boat has to be attended. It doesnt seem to be taken seriously by anyone including the MP's though.
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Looking for ways to carry 3/4 kayaks on my boat

Does anyone have any help, photos or ideas that will work ??

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Looking for ways to carry 3/4 kayaks on my boat

Does anyone have any help, photos or ideas that will work ??

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You can tie them off the stern and just use a "daisy chain" approach, so that they are in series not parallel. As a previous poster mentioned, you'll need to experiment with the distance from the stern to find the sweet spot. Make sure they are unloaded and the gear (and paddlers!) is on the mothership and not the yak.
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For the guys that want to take one kayak, I put a towel on each side of the gunwale and bungee strap the kayak to cleats each side, keeping the towels under the kayak. I carry one across 9 miles of open choppy sound all the time and don't have any issues.
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