anyone used a strap for portaging "yoke"?

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anyone used a strap for portaging "yoke"?

Post by LesForgue » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:36 pm

Building JEM Trapper 15-38 with no center thwart.
I've heard of removable center thwarts / yokes for portage
But wondering about a strap tied abeam instead.
Anyone done that? Shoulder or tump? Please comment if so.
Thanks.

Btw I started this build in 2014 A.D. EDITED : No It was 2012, over six years ago!
expect to have it on the water next month.
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Re: anyone used a strap for portaging "yoke"?

Post by jem » Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:32 am

I've seen straps used to portage. But the yolk is a structural part of the canoe and should not b omitted.
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Re: anyone used a strap for portaging "yoke"?

Post by LesForgue » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:02 am

Double posted my reply. So I erased what was in this space.
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Re: anyone used a strap for portaging "yoke"?

Post by LesForgue » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:06 am

Matt I do have the two thwarts you specify in the Trapper 15-38 documents. They are even somewhat wider & taller than your minimum 2" x 1", plus a big wooden cleat underneath. So I haven't omitted anything from the plans. The decks also exceed their specified minimum and they have cleats underneath too. It's just that neither thwart is close to midship so I'll be McGyvering (as my daughter calls it) a portaging aid. Since it will be easily removable I can experiment to find which type will be comfortable for me. I don't know what does my Trapper weigh but I do know it is heavier than I had hoped for. My next build probly will turn out much lighter since I won't be an epoxy rookie. Ah well an old guy needs his exercise. 😊
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