These are a few of my summer projects to help cut the cost of expensive gear and fill some free time between work and the river. I built a 3 bay frame out of top-rail fencing pipe, and speed rail fittings from frontierplay.com. I spec’ed the frame as large as possible to my 13’ Hyside, to mainly haul gear on multi-days because I would much rather run a paddle boat otherwise. The frame came out to cost something around $300, which is relatively cheap compared to buying a frame.
My next project was a Table/Seat/Backboard. The table/seat I built is made from pine with cross lap joints underneath for strength and warp prevention. For the legs I used ½ inch galvanized steel plumbers pipe that are attached to the table with flanges. The legs are stored underneath the table when it is on the frame. Finally the entire table is coated with spar urethane to waterproof the wood.
The last small project I did was with scrap wood from the table, it is what I guess I would call a frame caddy for convenience and “beer down” prevention on long flat water days. The Caddy has a small compartment underneath the base for sunglasses, lighters, and other goodies and still needs a cup holder and ashtray on top of the base. The caddy sits on the side rail in between the oar mounts and seat.
Home build gear is cheap and is fun to make. These projects took me quite a long time to complete, with hours waiting for UPS and FedEx, handfuls of trips to home depot and local river shops, lots of measuring and re-measuring, and most importantly reading pages and pages of this forum for instruction and ideas. Without the buzz I would have struggled through this rig, and that is why I’m posting this.
P.S.-I’m sorry of the Pictures are all really big I’m still trying figure it out.