Boat – Sailing Canoe Story Overall Sailing Canoe Narrative
Category: Sailing canoe, canoe, cruiser, outrigger, Old Town Tripper, sail
Problem: In this case, the problem is really the overall vision. I had sold my other sailboats but had acquired a 17’ -2” Old Town Tripper canoe that I used at Stone Mountain Lake with my boys. One day I happened to think, wouldn’t it be interesting if I created a day cruiser out of the canoe that would have sail power, of course could be paddled, or powered by an electric motor. To make it stable and sort of seaworthy, I would add an outrigger, leeboards and a rudder that would keep the boat fairly stable. That was about 20 years ago or more. While the overall vision hasn’t changed, the configuration of the canoe rigging has evolved over the years. I also wanted this to be trailerable. As part of the vision, I wanted to have all the accessories basically attach to the canoe without modifying the canoe, or at best, have only minimal modifications such as drilling some holes for attaching hardware. Each of these accessories could be quickly removed, either all or in part, depending on the functionality desired. Action: In addition to taking the canoe to Stone Mountain Lake, we also wanted to take it on the Chattahoochee River drift fishing for rainbow trout. The first thing I did was add the outriggers and buy a bracket to mount the motor on the canoe. (see Outrigger …….) That was the beginning of various accessories I added to the basic canoe hull to create this cruiser. The sequence of the accessory addition and modifications is shown in the list below.
Result: Each time I added or modified the functionality, it improved the usefulness of the overall rig as it moved closer to a well-functioning vessel. For instance, adding the outrigger and the electric motor meant that we could motor up the Chattahoochee, drift down, and with three of us in the canoe, be casting fishing lines without as much concern for the canoe tipping us into the rushing ice cold water. You can go out to YouTube video ———- that I shot this summer while I was out zipping along in the canoe, couple of times having the outrigger, which is weighted, lift off the water.
When idea was conceived:
How much time it took to develop: A lifetime – it’s been an obsession.
How much money it took to develop: less than $1,000
Current status: Sold the boat
Since it was originally done: See the list