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 Post subject: Re: SS@G Northwind
PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:39 pm 
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I believe I lite a fire under my buddy :lol: :lol: :lol:
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 Post subject: Re: SS@G Northwind
PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:16 pm 
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Did a little rigging on the NW today ,
Jacked the seat up to 8 inches

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I will try that height out tomorrow .
Drilled holes for my rod holders and trolling holders

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Trolling or drifting they will be in this position.

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Transporting like this

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I like the rods in front of me so I can see if they snag on anything.
Ron


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 Post subject: Re: SS@G Northwind
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:33 am 
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Took the NW for another stroll a couple days ago , slimed her a little more .
The 8 inch seat height is still as stable as a rock and super comfortable.
The rod holders worked great.
It was very windy ,lake white capping and she just plowed on through ,no hull slap and the wind didnt seem to bother her much.
If someone tells you that you need a short boat to fish creeks , dont believe them I ran up in a creek a long ways and turned her around , creek was about 18 ft wide ,no problem.
I am still a happy camper with this boat.
Ron


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 Post subject: Re: SS@G Northwind
PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 1:57 pm 
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Did about ten miles in the NW today ,just a paddle and playing with her.
Stock in this boat just keeps going up.
I paddled up a section of the Brazos that I normally have to get out and walk in two places, shallow and rocky and a fast current. I never stepped out of the boat, the round shape sure helps in that kind of water.
When I turned around and started back down ,I was grinning from ear to ear
with a good steady stroke I was covering some miles quick. The NW is very deceptive ,she is so stable and smooth you dont think your moving all that fast until you look at the bank
and it is rapidly slipping bye ,
I LIKE HERRRRRRRRR
Ron


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 Post subject: Re: SS@G Northwind
PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 8:16 pm 
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The Lady bug is gone so it is time to start finishing up the Northwind.
I tried a seat but it was to low ,so I built another base , front of the seat is at 11 inches ,that gives me a pretty good size box under the front for sponges and etc.
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Also built a place in back of seat for drinks and etc

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I have been ask a couple times just how I mount my seats so I am going to go through the processed

I cut two strips , these are 5/8 eide by 2 inches tall ,space them
and drill holes on 6 inch centers, then glass to the floor and bulkheads
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I normally use a 2+4 standing on edge ,cut my groove with a table saw and cut the nothes for adding the seat support. You can see the shape in this pic
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This seat is pretty tall but you just have to find the height you need and adapt it for your boat

I use two pins and a bunji to hold them in place

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I like this set up ,it braces the floor I am able to remove the seat or secure it with a lot of adjustment for different loads.
Ron
Got to go paddle it tomorrow so I can see if I am to high.


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 Post subject: Re: SS@G Northwind
PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 5:10 am 
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I like that idea Ron

I have some seats to mount in my Wadefish & am looking for a way to do it.


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 Post subject: Re: SS@G Northwind
PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 12:09 pm 
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Pete I have it in a couple boats ,it seems to work well.
Ron


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 Post subject: Re: SS@G Northwind
PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 11:42 am 
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The 11 inch high seat worked great ,still plenty stable and super comfortable.
The only problem I had was when my grand daughter and I were paddling tandem ,we both were paddling in time and when we both got a good bite with the paddle on the same side it made the boat a little squirely

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If paddled tandem I would drop the seat 2 inches, oh with 2 paddlers she will flyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Ron


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 Post subject: Re: SS@G Northwind
PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:49 pm 
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lol.... now you know why they call tandems "divorce boats". It takes some cooperation to get it right but when you do... look out!

Kruger Canoes has a 18' x 36" version of their Sea Wind (Kruger Cruiser). Maybe one day I'll draw up a version. But for short day trips, it look like you got it right! :D

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 Post subject: Re: SS@G Northwind
PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:56 pm 
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Matt
This boat has full 5 ft decks , I bet you could shorten them to 3 ft and leave most of the front deck open on the bottom for the front paddlers feet. That would give you an 11 ft cockpit . I bet that would be a sweet tandem.
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