Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pelican Raider Boat Stabilizer

Got a comment from Mel over at Blog Cabin Angler about the post I did on the Pelican Raider Boat. He wanted to know how the boat handled in the wind. I forgot to mention in the Pelican Raider post that there are some problems with the boat as far as wind is concerned. I was having problems last year keeping the back of the boat straight and parallel with the bank on windy days. Of course I could control the front of the boat because of the trolling motor. So I started to think about a way I could control the back of the boat, and came up with what I call my stabilizer. By utilizing an old trolling motor mount minus the motor, I solved the wind problem.
I attached a 12 gauge piece of sheet metal at the base of the shaft of the trolling motor mount. I used my band saw and made a cut l ft. up on the shaft and inserted the piece of sheet metal up through the slit and secured the metal with two 1/4" bolts----enter the finished stabilizer which now holds the boat straight in line and parallel with the bank. Surprising what a little ingenuity can do for you.

8 comments:

Jay said...

I think that's what they call a rudder on a big ship. Only kidding, very nicely done.

Shoreman said...

They say, necessity is the mother of invention. Guess they were right.

Mark

Bill Trussell said...

Jay
I changed the name for this little boat. Rudder sounds toooo heavy for this little rig.

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
It was either the necessity or cuss the wind and the boat. The temps here Monday is going to be mid 60's ---guess where I am going to be???/

Mel said...

Thank you, Bill, for your prompt response to my question. Looks like your "Will" to fish from the boat took over and you were able to develop the Stabilizer. I don't think it is quite fair you are in to (60) degree weather and I am out scraping ice and shoveling snow. Looking forward to a fish story!

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
The only time I would not want to live where you are is now. I will take the South this time of year. I hope to go Monday and Wednesday of next week--Keep a check for the post. Thanks for the comment

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Bill Trussell said...

Skybird
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed the blog