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Post  J Robinson on Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:54 pm

I'm going to be building a 12x6ft floating pontoon/fishing boat platform later in the week as the Highland loch I used to pike fish on is still available should I want to fish it. The distance from put in to where all the fish are is only about 100m, so there is no need for a normal boat, but you do need to be out on the water.

I recently sold my 13ft boat, which was great for me, but a bit too small for two. I'm a little more sociable these days and need something where two can fish. The plan is to build something along the lines of this:



If you were building a pike boat from scratch, what would you add? Has anyone build one like it and has any tips?

I've priced the whole build up at just under 250 including 6 rod holders. I'm buying the plywood, barrels, fixings, but the timber is free as I have a sawmill.

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Post  Tigi113 on Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:37 pm

My tip would be get a good life jacket Idea What do you do if your pond gets abit choppy while 100 metres from land Question
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Post  piketastic on Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:27 pm

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Post  J Robinson on Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:08 pm

My design sits lower in the water - the image there was the closest approximation I could find on Google.

It's only a dinky loch, I never go out in rough weather (I hate the wind) and fetch on the loch is less than 200m, so the waves never really pick up. I have lifejackets, but having spent so long sat on the same spot in years past, I no longer use them. I'm a strong swimmer too.

Anyway, I picked up all the materials I needed today so it will be built on Thursday. I've opted to use new 25l water containers (the type you'd get if you were buying large amounts of engine oil, but being new they are uncontaminated) for floatation. 28 x 25l containers gives me 700kg of buoyancy, which with a 200kg boat weight means I have a 500kg capacity. I'm just over 100kg, my fishing partners not quite so heavy, so I doubt we'll over put more than 250kg on it.

I'll take plenty of photos as I built it.

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Post  Tigi113 on Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:18 am

Do you need to go out 100m on a platform it will be winter soon, thers plenty of ways of getting your bait out there.
Knock one of these up, but don;t use gas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-KxVRs6dPA
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Post  admandino on Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:50 am

Wow, just Wow!!
Sides on it would be good! Good luck, I would be interested to see the build.
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Post  J Robinson on Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:52 pm

Well the raft is complete. I think it looks very good, if I do say so myself! Cool 5 hours and just over 200 well spent, but I do still have to paint and or varnish it.










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Post  J Robinson on Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:53 pm









And the obligatory artistic shot! Laughing



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Post  J Robinson on Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:54 pm

Seem to have lost the right side of some of those photos for some reason but you get the idea.

If it seems a little smaller than 12ft x 6ft please keep in mind I'm 6ft 8" and everything looks tiny with me stood on it or next to it.

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Post  admandino on Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:58 pm

If you stood right in the corner how low in the water would it go? Every container adds to the overall buoyancy but what if you stood in effect over one? How high are the edges??
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Post  J Robinson on Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:06 pm

admandino wrote:If you stood right in the corner how low in the water would it go? Every container adds to the overall buoyancy but what if you stood in effect over one? How high are the edges??

That remains to be seen when it gets it's 'sea trials' next week. The containers are 25 litres and there are 28 of them, so I have 700kg of buoyancy. The raft weighs around 160kg (need to run it over the weigh bridge next door for accurate measurement) so I can load 540kg to it if evenly spread before I have issues. That being said, I haven't properly calculated the buoyancy, and obviously the further the drums are pushed into the water, the more the water pushes back. Ordinarily it will have two people fishing on it, so including all gear about 220kg max. Sometimes there might be three of us, in which case we're up to about 330kg max, but then I still have a couple hundred kilos of redundant buoyancy. Plus the timber frame is buoyant.

It needs to be tested obviously, and I've no real idea what it will be like on the water. With it being a catamaran, it should be much more stable than a normal boat, but it remains to be seen.

I do like daft little projects like this. Also, given the option of buying a half decent boat for 600 or more, or spending a few hours building a raft for a third of the price, I opted to build the raft. I'm going to keep the deck completely clear so that I can put my normal chair on the boat and on a calm day, even the rod pod assuming I can get a good anchor hold.

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Post  J Robinson on Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:08 pm

Forgot to add that the sides are 31.5cm high.

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Post  admandino on Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:40 pm

Cool. Good luck. Keep us updated with pics!!
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Post  J Robinson on Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:35 pm

First coat of paint. Many more to come, and varnish too.


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Post  J Robinson on Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:14 pm

Got a couple of mud weights ordered from the local smithy (20 each, for about 25kg, painted and with rings for attaching anchor line) which should be done next week.

I'm probably going to get an electric outboard again. I'll see how I get on without one on the 18th and if it's a massive PITA I'll order the motor.

I'm really excited to get out on it. I'm not going to treat it like a boat at all. I'll have my mud weights down and hopefully will be static enough to use the rod pod and alarms (or if it's breezy, floats). Big comfortable fishing chair and space to spread out. Even with two people fishing it will be spacious.

I've a lot more painting to do first, and will take it to the canal for 'sea trials' next week.

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Post  J Robinson on Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:27 pm

Sea trials went really well. 4 adults and 2 kids on the boat (deliberately more weight than I'd be taking out when fishing) and super stable. Outboard (electric) comes mid week and I've got the mud weights now too (made by the local smithy for a bargain 20 each - they are 21-22kg a piece).








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Post  J Robinson on Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:20 pm

Getting ready for a weekend on the water:


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Post  psion on Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:26 pm

Looking good

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