Jump to content

Another use for suitcase weights..


Recommended Posts

Went on a solo canoe trip this evening. Water is out and I thought I’d see what things looked like. Went down the normally shallow creek and headed back. Taking a break now. Lots of crops gone... Needed a good counterweight up front for a solo run. 

0A8B9909-69B9-4646-BF86-CB0BC062230E.jpeg

333DF51A-EC8D-4AA7-87F9-57CB26903792.jpeg

  • Like 9
Link to comment
Share on other sites

man what a drag, our water has receded so back to dragging implement vs boat wont know teh full extent till harvest praying for the best with you 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 minutes ago, TN Hillbilly said:

Whatever you do, don't hang them off the front of your canoe or you'll break the front axle!

I wondered when that would come up...?

I just wanted a little adventure. Wife and boy had plans. I’ve been part way down this creek but never this far. Too bad I didn’t start this morning. Had to many real jobs that needed done. Back to work tomorrow.

Back in December of 2019 I had the canoe on this creek to get a friends trail camera out with water rising fast. It was roaring that day. He had very little experience and rolled us. We got swept down stream 75yds or so into a sweeper log. That wasn’t much fun in 40-45° water. Had to get someone with a boat to come get us. Found the canoe 2 weeks later....

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Didn’t take long...

Looks like it has exceeded its banks, nice peaceful day, great idea on the weights 

  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

46 minutes ago, TN Hillbilly said:

Whatever you do, don't hang them off the front of your canoe or you'll break the front axle!

that is the funniest Thing I’ve read all week!! 
What a ????!!!!

  • Haha 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Around here those weights could be part of an investment portfolio if you watch what they bring at auctions

  • Like 1
  • Haha 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

5 minutes ago, bitty said:

Around here those weights could be part of an investment portfolio if you watch what they bring at auctions

I used one of the “Rowe Foundry” 100lb units.  I needed something or it would have been like riding a wheelie down the creek. Normally riding solo in a canoe you can just spin it around and sit in the front seat but the supports don’t allow it on this one. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 minute ago, Wes806 said:

When I read the title and then seen canoe thought oh no he's trying to submerge it.

Yep , nobody tried to claim Sledge was very swift. He took his last canoe on a trip with a few weights and all the guns he used to have and he lost them all in a boating accident ..... 

;)

 

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 minute ago, bitty said:

all the guns he used to have and he lost them all in a boating accident ..... 

All mine fell off of mower or tractor while bush hogging and got chopped up.

  • Haha 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

17 minutes ago, Wes806 said:

When I read the title and then seen canoe thought oh no he's trying to submerge it.

No no no. Been there, done that, no thank you ?

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

15 minutes ago, bitty said:

Yep , nobody tried to claim Sledge was very swift. He took his last canoe on a trip with a few weights and all the guns he used to have and he lost them all in a boating accident ..... 

;)

 

And then the gar ate them I’m pretty sure....

  • Like 1
  • Haha 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 minute ago, vtfireman85 said:

Better tie that in ! 

I'd suggest that and a life jacket for the weight 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

40 minutes ago, bitty said:

Around here those weights could be part of an investment portfolio if you watch what they bring at auctions

I told Todd that cinder blocks are cheaper, that way if he tips, Nash isn’t out part of his inheritance!! lol ? 

  • Haha 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

10 hours ago, Sledgehammer said:

I wondered when that would come up...?

I just wanted a little adventure. Wife and boy had plans. I’ve been part way down this creek but never this far. Too bad I didn’t start this morning. Had to many real jobs that needed done. Back to work tomorrow.

Back in December of 2019 I had the canoe on this creek to get a friends trail camera out with water rising fast. It was roaring that day. He had very little experience and rolled us. We got swept down stream 75yds or so into a sweeper log. That wasn’t much fun in 40-45° water. Had to get someone with a boat to come get us. Found the canoe 2 weeks later....

Glad you survived that. Been more than one in similar circumstances that didn't. Water that cold doesn't play around.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

10 minutes ago, yellowrosefarm said:

Glad you survived that. Been more than one in similar circumstances that didn't. Water that cold doesn't play around.

Yeah. You could normally find spots in that creek to walk across and bot get wet. The canoe is 14’ long and pivoted on end under me when we washed into the sweeper log. I grabbed it when it popped up on the other side but couldn’t hold that and myself. Decided I didn’t want to drown and tossed the canoe. Water ripped off one boot. I climbed up on the log (buddy got on there before me) and then the spiders came out of the log....   If we didn’t have 5000 spiders on us we didn’t have 2. Phones still worked so we called and had a mud boat come get us. Boat got there in 27 minutes. All told I walked in the house and had been wet for probably 1.5hrs. I never got cold until I was at my buddy’s house waiting for him to get out of the shower to see he was ok before I went home. After that I was cold for two days. Adrenaline kept me from sleeping much either. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 minutes ago, Sledgehammer said:

Yeah. You could normally find spots in that creek to walk across and bot get wet. The canoe is 14’ long and pivoted on end under me when we washed into the sweeper log. I grabbed it when it popped up on the other side but couldn’t hold that and myself. Decided I didn’t want to drown and tossed the canoe. Water ripped off one boot. I climbed up on the log (buddy got on there before me) and then the spiders came out of the log....   If we didn’t have 5000 spiders on us we didn’t have 2. Phones still worked so we called and had a mud boat come get us. Boat got there in 27 minutes. All told I walked in the house and had been wet for probably 1.5hrs. I never got cold until I was at my buddy’s house waiting for him to get out of the shower to see he was ok before I went home. After that I was cold for two days. Adrenaline kept me from sleeping much either. 

Going to have to call you Indianahammerjones after this?  Just glad you made it, that's some scary stuff right there.

  • Haha 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, yellowrosefarm said:

Going to have to call you Indianahammerjones after this?  Just glad you made it, that's some scary stuff right there.

We actually made a plan on how to get across and weren’t messing around or anything. I just didn’t expect the other guy to do what he did. I hear him say “Oh S—t!” about the time my head went underwater. Gave me a new respect for what I was doing which never hurts. That day between the adrenaline and all I just got mad and told myself as long as I stayed mad I wouldn’t get cold. Kept moving, and stayed mad. I walked almost a 1/4 mile with one boot on in water over my knees to get to the pickup. Movement builds heat and heat fights cold so just keep moving at an angry pace. (Best I could come up with at the time) ?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I used to deal with a cast iron foundry that's major money-maker was their "boat anchor", all the castings they made for me had so much porosity, voids, internal shrink, etc. I  have to wonder how good their private label anchors were, they HAD to float!

  • Haha 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...