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PostPosted: July 17th, 2019, 11:14 am 

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Splake wrote:
Good or bad I have a bigger need for a pontoon boat to haul materials and people the 100 metres from shore to our island cottage than I do for another canoe these days.

That comment from Splake got me thinking about folks using two canoes (close to equal in depth and length) with a platform across the top and a motor to haul materials. I remember as a child seeing people doing that with a lashed pair of Grummans, hauling cabin building materials out to islands they had leased on the Susquehanna. Repeatedly, it took a bunch of weekends to haul it out and build it.

Plenty of double canoes rigged that way go down the Green River, albeit sans motor. (Also no thanks, while it seems to work well I’m not going down the Green with 3 companions in close proximity unless they are all mutes)

Anyone have any experience with double canoe platforms as motorized material haulers? Platform dimensions and distance, crossbar attachment method, capacity?

PostPosted: July 17th, 2019, 2:22 pm 

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I've only rafted canoes for pleasure. Here's a good vid that makes work look pleasurable.

PostPosted: July 17th, 2019, 7:09 pm 
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Not motorized but in New Brunswick this is how its done.....Good look at 1:16

PostPosted: July 19th, 2019, 9:17 am 

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I have lashed two canoes together many times. Watch your weight and realize they are top heavy. Even in a light chop the hulls will tend to plunge through waves instead of going up and over. Lash the boats around 7 feet apart.

I have often thought of lashing three canoes together and pushing them on a big lake with a small outboard. We would build a deck, have a mast, and room to move around. Floating Man. My choice would be the Upper Columbia R behind Grand Coulee Dam. 186 miles.

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