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Old 05-13-2014   #11
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I row a bucket boat so I have plenty of buckets available when we hit the slow water. I've used a couple of buckets on the bow line on the flat stretch of Westwater a few times. Works sort of, and as ironmanbldr says, the oars down in the water works too.


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Old 05-14-2014   #12
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Originally Posted by buckmanriver View Post
The most common method for river sailing is a bucket system. Typically, one ties a chain of buckets to a bow line and drop them into the river current.
I did this on the Missouri a couple of years ago. Worked Great. Made a steady 2.5 MPH into a brutal headwind that had the canoers pulling over. I just sat with my feet up holding a PBR in one hand and my hat in the other and shouted HEADWINDS A BITCH at all the grumpy people on shore.

"You're gonna be doin a lot of doobie rolling when youre LIVIN IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER"
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Old 05-14-2014   #13
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Thank you all for your input so far.

I think I am going to make one to test out, play with it on the upperC before testing on the GC.

probably out of some cordura and webbing, to be attached to bow or stern, with a pull rope to rower bay to get it out of the water when i need to, since i'll be solo'ing. also prob play with a bucket.

Man, i can't wait for all this snow to really start melting,

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