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post #1 of 12 Old 03-04-2010, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Carrying Curt's Canoe

Weestrom05 wants to ferry his canoe from home to a waterway and back, a short
distance over roads with little traffic, and he suggested doing it with his DL-650.

To that end, I scavenged two buggies. I reckon that Curt can probably use one or both of these,
and add some lumber or metal and produce a trailer that he can use to haul his canoe.

The first started life as a stroller for two children. I discarded the canvas and straps that made up seats and an awning, and here is the resulting frame:



The tires are not wonderful, but I think the inner tubes hold air.
In any event, the material is steel, and the structure is sound.
There is some rust, but the bearings are good and the rivets
and pivots are pretty good. Here are more views of this buggy:





This buggy collapses. Here is what it looks like partly collapsed:



Here is what it looks like fully collapsed:





... to be continued

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post #2 of 12 Old 03-04-2010, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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The other buggy.

As I say, I found two buggies. The other started life as a spreader of grass seed or fertilizer, etc.

I know Captain Picard would have advised me to repair it.
Captain Picard would have certainly said, "Make it sow!"

But I do not have any need to spread seed, and I spread fertilizer well enough
with this keyboard, as those who read my messages know pretty well.

This buggy is made of stainless steel, and the wheel bearings need replacement or repair.
The axle is rigidly fastened to one of the wheels, because the axle drove the spreading mechanism.

Here it is:







Whaddaya think? Can Curt make a contraption to haul his canoe?

I think these buggies are reasonable starting points.

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Keith, have you seen the 'real deal'? They might give you an idea of how feasible your idea is. e.g.

MEC Wheelez cart

There's lot of others. The guys up in Algonquin Park that bring in small motorboats to the lakes where they're permitted use homebuilt carts with bicycle wheels. (They usually piss me off when they pass me as I'm carrying my own boat on my shoulders).

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Continuous structure seems safer to me.

I wondered if the canoe could be part of the structure of the trailer, but I think that notion is the wrong way to go. If a cart is built to carry the canoe's weight, near the center of gravity, then something else must be built to attach the front of the canoe to the bike. Each must be very securely strapped to the canoe.

If a genuine trailer is built instead, with a strong attachment to, for example, the bike's luggage rack, then the canoe is just a passenger instead of part of the structure, and bungee cords will be sufficient to keep the canoe aboard. The canoe could even be carried upright, so the paddles and beer and rods and beer and bait and beer could be chucked inside, along with the beer.

I am thinking that the stroller, shorn of its front wheel, could carry the canoe with little added structure. After all, two brats weigh more than a typical canoe, provided the beer is limited. A long 2x3 (Curt has plenty of lumber but not plenty of money) could extend to the bike, with perhaps an added goose-neck to reach up to the luggage carrier. I think the carpentry would be easy, and the hitch could simply be a couple of eye-bolts. It would be jerky and a bit noisy, but I think the distance is short and speed would be 15-20 MPH, no more.

We'll see what Curt says when he discovers this thread ...
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I am taking video's of the entire event! Oh ya I can't wait!
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It's going to take forever to get to Daytona with that on the back of Curt's bike. :mrgreen:

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Keith; Set your camera to 3 meg max. I don't have a week to download them.

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canoe

veddy intrestink, I might work go from my house to the Hillsborough River or possibly to Lake Thonotosassa, both less than 2 miles but I dont think Im ready for I4 with this rig. Keiths idea of using the boat as structure possibly a good one though. Prodigal will go to Daytona in the normal way. Curt
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Roger!

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Keith; Set your camera to 3 meg max. I don't have a week to download them.
I substituted smaller images; each 25% of the originals in size ... and therefore load-time. I have asked honest bob if these are OK.

Curt, you are prudent to avoid I-4. I chatted with a fellow in Venice who pulled a canoe behind his CB750. He was doing 75 on I-75 when the wind decided that the canoe would stop following the bike and instead direct where the wreck would occur. The resting place for all three vehicles was the grass waaa-aaay to the right of the pavement. The bike and rider were OK, but the canoe was a total loss.

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Thanks a bunch Keith; Looking at the buggy, the only thing I could see would be to swap out the wheels for 20-24" bike wheels or even taller cart wheels. The tall wheels roll so much better on uneven/rough surfaces there would be less strain on everything.

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