Converting canoe to rowing craft.
Posted by: old_user on Aug-20-06 3:18 PM (EST)
My canoe sits wasting away in the back yard since I got into kayak fishing. Its a fiberglas Mohawk 17 foot tandem. I never cared for fishing from it because even sitting in the bow seat when paddling solo, it rode too high in the front, too low in the rear, caught too much wind, and was a general pain in the rear. I have no desire to load up the 70 or so pounds of water or weights that may help that, though may do so when I start taking out my grandson next spring.
I'm now thinking about setting it up for rowing. Will I need to take out the center twhart? I've heard that Old Town makes a good set of oar locks for canoes, any other suggestions? Would love to install a sliding seat, but probably not in the budget, so plan on going with a regualar web strap seat. What's the best placement for it? Even better, is there somewhere on the net that I can find good instructions for converting to rowing?
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Posted by: Big_D on Aug-20-06 3:46 PM (EST)
I'm working out these issues through trial and error on a 16' Scanoe. I could just put a trolling motor on it (and probably will for fishing from it). However, I want the rowing station for the same reason you do. I want to take my girls out, let them paddle the boat, and have a way to fix anything they do before it becomes a problem. The water I'll be taking them onto doesn't have anything over a class I, but still, it's a Daddy's (or Grand-daddy's) perogative to be cautious.
Foward rowing souds good. I'm thinking|
Posted by: old_user on Aug-20-06 4:18 PM (EST)
that the rowing option may also good for my drift fishing. When there's not wind, it appears to be easier to maintain a steady drift with oars than a kayak paddle, Also, could carry one, even two 54 quart igloos to keep the fish I catch on ice. Its a good size tandem. I've always liked the way it paddles and its atability. Sharp entry into the water, but broad, not too broad though, of beam. Don't remember the model, its over 20 years old. Been patched and painted...big tree branch fell on it in a windstorm. Bent the gunwale (aluminum) and broke a small bit of glass.
Big D, I looked at some of those|
Posted by: old_user on Aug-20-06 8:46 PM (EST)
forward rowing options on the internet, I'd be better off saving my money and getting a Hobie peddle system those things were expensive, nice, but expensive.
Not planning to use a contraption|
Posted by: Big_D on Aug-21-06 11:26 AM (EST)
I'm planning to sit in a seat and push the oars instead of pull them. Low tech all the way.
Posted by: old_user on Aug-21-06 3:26 PM (EST)
The limitation with a canoe rowing set up is where/How to get the oars out away from the gunnels so you can develop enough swing and power from the oars. Most rec canoes are up to 36" wide that does not give you enough width. Think maybe about a Jon boat for that type of float fishing. You would still be in the center and have enough room for the girls. Most jon boats also have floatation built in the seats.
Good advice. Slight problem for me.|
Posted by: Big_D on Aug-21-06 3:38 PM (EST)
Seems like the same problem that Jerlfletcher has.
I've had a jon boat. Even though mine|
Posted by: old_user on Aug-23-06 1:20 AM (EST)
was a deep and wide, it scared me to death everytime the wind kicked up and the waves white capped on the lakes I fished, even though I stayed within a couple of hundred feet of shore. And, a jon boat, with or without oar locks, is a pain in the rear to paddle. Something about all that squareness creating a lot of drag on the water. If I wanted to buy a rowing boat, I'd get a V bottom designed to row. But, I can't afford that, so its the canoe that gets looked at.
Posted by: old_user on Aug-21-06 7:06 PM (EST)
I recently put a center seat in my 16' Penobscot. The difference it makes in handling the canoe solo in the wind is outstanding. No more lugging extra weight to try and trim the canoe out. It now tracks much straighter and no more fighting headwinds or tailwinds as I did when paddling from the bow seat "backwards." I enjoy it enough that I may have change my screenname to Canoeangler.
Posted by: FrankNC on Aug-21-06 10:33 PM (EST)
Great link. I really like that clamp on outrigger for a quick canoe to rowboat conversion!
Posted by: Big_D on Sep-08-06 8:53 AM (EST)
I may try to build a variant of this idea that will raise the oars up a little and put them out to the side a bit more.
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Posted by: SuperTroll on Sep-01-06 9:41 AM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Sep-08-06 5:56 AM (EST)
another variation. . .|
Posted by: old_user on Sep-11-06 10:57 PM (EST)
This might be your answer|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-15-07 8:09 PM (EST)
Hi, you have a similar need to me.
While that is a neat invention, it|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-15-07 11:19 PM (EST)
doesn't look too good for fishing, to much to get in the way.
Canoe Rowing Conversion|
Posted by: old_user on Dec-02-07 12:12 PM (EST)
You may want to check out the following site:
Posted by: old_user on Mar-31-09 3:44 PM (EST)
Hi! I would like to convert our 17-ft Chestnut canoe (wood/canvas) or 16 ft Old Town to a rowboat. Any ideas? Thanks!
rowing 17' canoes|
Posted by: old_user on Nov-06-09 6:00 PM (EST)
Get yourself a rigid back stadium chair. Mount a two by four to the front underside. Attach an axil to it and the back and four six inch diameter lawn mower wheels. Now you have a rolling chair tilted slightly back.
conversion of canoes|
Posted by: old_user on Apr-18-09 8:00 AM (EST)
rowing 17' canoes|
Posted by: old_user on Nov-06-09 6:07 PM (EST)
get a rigid back stadium chair. Mount a two by four to the front under side. Then mount two axils and four six inch diameter lawn mower whells to the axils. The rolling seat faces the stern with center thwart removed and re-mouted behind bow seat. Place feet against stern seat and bend legs. Place 7' oars on gunnels. Mount oar locks on outside of gunnels in best place for pulling. Seat rolls, low center of gravity and turns around for sailing, using oars as tillers. This works good.
rowing a canoe|
Posted by: old_user on Sep-12-11 4:39 PM (EST)
I have had a Coleman Ram-X 15 ft. equipped with their factory center seat and oar locks since appx. 1975. It is easy to row either forwards or backwards. I can thus stand in the center and fish and even adjust direction etc. while in an upright position. I highly recommend the addition.