March 19, 2014 at 11:37 pm #720AnonymousInactive
This was my Kayak back east. Unfortunately crossing the frozen Yukon with it on top my jeep wasn’t an option at the time, so I didn’t bring it with me.
Its was a “Patriot by Mainstream”. I converted the piss out of it from its original, barren, off the shelf configuration. Its a flat bottom “touring” kayak.I could do 25 miles a day in it. I could cross open water or take in to 4inches of water fully loaded..
From the top picture going down was the steps of progression as I got out with it and it morphed into what I needed..
If you have access to the water, I highly recommend utilizing its benefits.
BergmannMarch 20, 2014 at 12:03 am #731
I have a old Folbot Super that I rebuilt.
In my area of Florida there is much use for watercraft.
Possibilities?March 20, 2014 at 12:04 am #732AnonymousInactive
Gators in your area?
BergmannMarch 20, 2014 at 12:14 am #733
Lots of Gators, excellent source lean meat!
Seldom a problem though, have been known to go for dogs and such riding with kayakers.
What I like about swamps and mangrove areas is they are very spooky to the uninitiated, plenty of water, lots of food, and hard to navigate. Perfect for low key existence.March 20, 2014 at 12:24 am #735AnonymousInactive
Those are many of the same reason i went to the kayak. Like you say food and water were plentiful. Water seems to escape ppl planning for some reason, at least I dont hear a lot bout it. Those deep endless marshes and swamp in the Mid-Atlantic were devoid of humans. No one could get back there or wanted to. Most tourist kayaks stayed on water trails. . I think Ill take Grizzly over the gators. Lots of snakes and sharks when id go out but that about it..and asshole fishing boats that dont watch where they go… gators freak me out..
One cant appreciate how stealth and mobility a kayak is until you glide past a fishing boat full of fisherman and they dont even know you were there, or slide under a pier full of ppl and they are clueless and disappear into a shallow marsh…
and you slept in that hammock over the water? Balls man, balls. I slept in my Kayak a few times but there weren’t any gators…
BergmannMarch 20, 2014 at 12:52 am #736
That picture with the hammock I found on the web, however I have used that configuration many times.
Folbot Super are Skin on Frame boats:
17 1/2′ Long
700 plus pound payload
The extra width makes it very stable, seat backs are hinged so you can turn horizontal to sit higher canoe style. that stability helps getting in and out of hammocks. Bow and stern connections help both to spread rain fly and keep boat centered underneath you.
Mine is lighter because when I rebuilt it I used modern Skin vice the original Naugahyde double skin.
It’s funny what you get used to, for me Grizzlies are scarier.
I need to do a photo op next time I go out to demonstrate how flexible there use can be.
They can be rigged for sail and I wouldn’t have a problem doing a crossing to the Bahamas in one, although I would add outriggers.March 20, 2014 at 5:24 pm #811MaxKeymaster
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Some years ago we used the Kleppers, which are awesome. Awesomely expensive, too.
A smaller kayak towed behind would do supply duty and provide some redundancy for travel.
You can google Rhodesian SAS kayak ops or somesuch and find a lot of stuff. Studying the Rhodesian wars of the ’70s will give you lots of insight on how to fight on a shoestring budget.
A lot of the European countries have robust kayak programs as well.March 20, 2014 at 8:09 pm #829
These two links are videos:
Klepper makes the Aerius Expedition II+ 545 which is a great boat.
Long Haul Folding Kayaks makes the Commando which is the current U.S. Military model.
Folbot makes the Greenland II.
All of the above are folding models.
The best deals are on the used market and if you are good with tools there are many project boats out there.
My 1972 Fobot Super was purchased for $150 and was usable as is, of course for serious work a 40 year old boat needed a overhaul. It took me about 3 weeks and around $200 to complete.May 9, 2016 at 8:04 pm #27109
The idea is a canoe that could be built by an average person quickly at reasonable cost.
Quick Canoe E-plans $30
Quick Canoe Electric E-plans $30
Michael Storer has many other plans from simple to elaborate, I highly recommend his work.May 9, 2016 at 10:02 pm #27113AndrewParticipant
I won a Sportspal canoe years ago. 14 footer that wouldn’t tip unless you really, really worked at it. Would carry 650 lbs. I have wished many times I had it back, the thing only weighed like 58 lbs.May 9, 2016 at 10:25 pm #27115
I have wished many times I had it back…
I like the wide beam, that’s what I like about mu Folbot, very stable.March 16, 2017 at 3:52 pm #42407
Time for another look.March 16, 2017 at 4:25 pm #42409AndrewParticipant
Funny, as in strange, no ha ha, that this is being resurrected today. I’ve been seriously considering buying one instead of another gun, G-34 specifically, but I’d still have to pay an extra 6-700 over the price of the G-34.March 16, 2017 at 4:32 pm #42411
I’ve been seriously considering buying one instead of another gun…
Well, I am not going to try and talk you out of it.
It’s much more versatile than a G34!
YMMVApril 5, 2018 at 8:34 pm #57515
A bump for the many possibilities if bodies of water exist in your AO
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