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My new toy
|Published: Tuesday April 6th 2010 (4 years ago)|
Updated: Tuesday April 6th 2010, 4:20PM
by Martin Joergensen
Sailing, we are saaailing....! I just bought a cool pontoon boat.
I just unpacked a large package that arrived today. My new toy: a pontoon boat in a one man size. As some of you know I have had trouble wading lately due to health problems, and it's my plan that this will make my fishing life easier.
These are not cheap, but on the other hand the least expensive way to get afloat next to a float tube. The tube is out of the question in my case, since it's my legs that tend to fail me, and I need oars. So I decided a pontoon boat would be it.
As I said: it was delivered this morning, and I of course shed all work and other chores and immediately started unpacking it. Not much to it: the frame in several parts, the seat, two pontoons, oars and a few extras. Pumps, both manual and battery driven to hook up to the car battery.
It doesn't take up much room uninflated, and I expect to be able to keep it in a large ice hockey gear bag that I bought when in Canada many years ago. That bag should be big enough.
It took me a while to get all the dots connected, but once inflated and put together it's a mighty vessel indeed! Much larger and much more confident looking than any float tube I have seen. It looks large enough to be pretty stable and sea worthy, even though I don't expect to go far beyond wading depth in it. I consider it as a kind of wheel chair on water. I have seen people use small outboards on these boats and pack them with all kinds of gizmos and gadgets, but I will start out much more moderate than that. I have a small anchor from my kayak era, and I will bring that so that I can avoid drifting in the wind, but apart from the anchor I will save myself the trouble of too much gear.
The first set up took a little while. You have to do things in the right sequence, and there's a smart and many not so smart ways to do this. And there are a lot of little things to attend to – like closing the valves before you pump up a pontoon. These are large valves and air leaves the chamber very fast if it isn't closed!
But now it rests on my living room floor. The oars have been adjusted, the foot rests are in place and all looks dandy. I will deflate it later and see how compact it packs. It will no doubt fit in the boot of a car, but the question is whether my Canadian hockey bag is large enough.
More to come...