Jonboat Jerry wrote:
Conduit is seriously heavy, if one side was extended without the other side extended
the weight offset would tip the boat over. Try holding a 18' piece of conduit by one end
and you will get the idea. How big is your boat?
I would recommend aluminum, either the painters poles or a telescoping pool/floor squeegee.
They could be mounted in the oar locks and locked down when extended as well....Jerry
Ridgid conduit is heavy, however, EMT is not. The boat is a 1652 john. I can bass fish 2 guys off one side with very little list to the boat. I understand the weight would be further out acting more efficiently as a lever, but overall weight would be less than >10lb per side.
I disagree about the weight of conduit. If one uses EMT thinwall, in the size(s) he's suggesting, there really isn't that much weight to it. I might suggest you wrap that 3/4" EMT with a pool noodle. Not excessive weight, and the noodle will give you a reasonable amount of flotation to your outriggers.
I built a set out of 4" pvc as the actual outrigger and connected to 1 1/2 and 1 sleeves of pvc and using a reducer on one side then drilled holes into the pcs so it was adjustable. I used this system on a canoe for a few years.
Wrong kind of outriggers fellas. What I am talking about holds lines out away from the boat, not something to add any stability.
Captain Ahab wrote:
I do like the rod riggers, but there are 2 problems. 1) I have nowhere to mount the rocket launcher style holders that rod riggers need. 2) I have 7' rods that I can position almost anywhere anyway I want, as I already have 6 of these style rod holders mounted (2 on the bow deck, 2 midship, and 2 on transom gusset).
What I am looking for would be something that mounts in the oarlocks with a simple release at the ends so my midship lines can be run wide, covering the most "ground" possible.
I am leaving mid next week for a vacation of wiper and river cat fishing, but I will put something together when I get back and get a picture or two thrown up.