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Author Topic: Sundolphin Sportsman upgrades  (Read 2151 times)

The Rooster

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Re: Sundolphin Sportsman upgrades
« Reply #25 on: July 01, 2019, 09:40:08 PM »

Below is a pic of how I fasten the rope to the bow for launch. Simple lashing around the cleats is all it takes. No knot tying. Using 1/4" nylon rope tied to a snap hook, I make sure to keep the spring loaded snap centered, then I wrap each cleat one time each, then snap the rope into the hook. The rope is centered on the bow so I can pull and direct it as shown in an earlier post as I launched it.

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Re: Sundolphin Sportsman upgrades
« Reply #26 on: July 31, 2019, 10:30:15 AM »

Love this, looking at getting a similar boat.  Can you describe your idea for a rolling cart for launching?
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Re: Sundolphin Sportsman upgrades
« Reply #27 on: July 31, 2019, 02:07:39 PM »

I cut a piece of long plywood to go on top of a kayak C-Tug cart that I had for a year or so, and I cut slits for the strap of a tie down to go through. I thread that strap through the boat handles, cinch it down and carry it where I need it to go.
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Re: Sundolphin Sportsman upgrades
« Reply #28 on: August 01, 2019, 06:13:20 AM »

Love this, looking at getting a similar boat.  Can you describe your idea for a rolling cart for launching?

Since my boat is relatively heavy I feel that keeping the center of gravity low would be best. I intend to build a shallow H shaped frame to span the boat width. Wheels will be on the bottom legs of the H and a strap will run across the boat on the top arms of the H to hold it secure. Set the cart on the ground and place the boat between the arms. Find the balance point so that you can push down on it from one end to balance it on the wheels and allow it to be pushed. I would like to do this with all the gear, motor, and battery on board so I can make just one trip to the water before returning to the truck to stow the cart there until after I'm done fishing.

Of course this is all theory for now, and could go through many design changes before I settle on a build. I have an idea of using pneumatic wheels to allow rolling over sand and rocks, and potentially using the cart with a rope to allow launching without needing to lift the boat and place it in the water, but this would depend on the shoreline always being a certain depth and angle, as well as the terrain itself, so it may not be doable.
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