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SailorDon

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Towing a rowboat
« on: April 02, 2014, 08:48:13 PM »
When planning road trips with my travel trailer, I like to include rowing my rowboat.
That means campgrounds with launching ramps nearby.
I'm working on a rack system for carrying my 17' rowboat on top of my pickup truck.
Until then I have been limiting my trips to states that allow double trailers.
You can see my towing setup behind my travel trailer as well as displaying my boat at the Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival and me rowing my boat in the attached photos.
Sailor Don
Lake Livingston, TX

kjansen

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Re: Towing a rowboat
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2014, 09:12:37 PM »
Stay away from Minnesota.  You can only tow the 2nd trailer if the 1st one is a 5er.
Keven Jansen
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'02 Montana Big Sky
Alexandria, Mn

Jim Godward

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Re: Towing a rowboat
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2014, 09:18:16 PM »
Stay away from Minnesota.  You can only tow the 2nd trailer if the 1st one is a 5er.

This is the usual requirement.  Some states like California require a commercial CDL with a double endorsement.

Be sure to check with the proper authority in each state you plan to visit.
Jim
Jim & Pat Godward
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Hillsboro, Oregon

Punomatic

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Re: Towing a rowboat
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2014, 11:27:25 AM »
What a wonderful boat. I have wanted to build such a craft for some time, but alas, I have neither the time nor the space for the project. I envy you. "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolute nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats..." (The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame)
2016 Riverside White Water Retro 195
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DW and me and Pogo (the neurotic terrier-gone to the rainbow bridge) and Lulu (the Moxie with moxie)

SailorDon

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Re: Towing a rowboat
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2014, 05:28:05 AM »
Stay away from Minnesota.  You can only tow the 2nd trailer if the 1st one is a 5er.
Correct!  My rig is illegal in 27 states.  Right now I'm limiting my traveling (with boat) to Texas and Louisiana, so I'm OK that way.
I'm planning a trip to New Jersey, but all east coast states are "off limits" for double towing.  That's why I'm working on a rack system for the rowboat.
Attached is a photoshop concept of how it's going to work.
The boat weighs 120 pounds, and I'm hoping I will be able to lift it onto the racks by myself.
Sailor Don
Lake Livingston, TX

SailorDon

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Re: Towing a rowboat
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2014, 06:48:06 AM »
What a wonderful boat. I have wanted to build such a craft for some time, but alas, I have neither the time nor the space for the project. I envy you. "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolute nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats..." (The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame)
Thank you for the compliment on my wooden rowboat.  I did not build the boat.  I do not have the boat building skill required to build a boat like that.
I bought my boat from the builder who is a retired cabinet maker who builds wooden boats and canoes as a hobby.  My boat is his 8th build.

I downloaded a reading of "The Wind in the Willows" and listened to it on my MP3 player while rowing on Lake Livingston, TX (my home port).  Ratty and Mole sure had some good adventures with Mr. Toad, including Toad's caravan.  Just like our travel trailers.   :)

Rowboat Details:
Design is a Selway-Fisher Mandarin 17 
           Reduced scale version of a Thames Rowing Skiff from the 1800's.  Sort of a like a "replicar" only this is a "repliboat".   :D
Built in 2011 in Sugarland, Texas
Hull is 4mm Okume Lloyds BS-1088 inspected planks, lapstrake design
Keel is oak
Seat, ribs, transom are African mahogany
Floorboards are sinker cypress
Oars are 8 ft curved blade white pine with cherry wood inlays.  (made by Shaw & Tenney)
The boat has won awards for best in class at 3 different wooden boat shows.
I have rowed my boat over 800 miles in the year that I have owned it.  (purchased April 5, 2013)

I have posted several video clips of me rowing my boat on youTube under the user name SailorDon01
Sample:
http://youtu.be/9-RVC47R4dw
http://youtu.be/XSbR3qtXLgY
« Last Edit: April 04, 2014, 06:50:28 AM by SailorDon »
Sailor Don
Lake Livingston, TX

Punomatic

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Re: Towing a rowboat
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2014, 09:51:37 AM »
Thanks for the details and the links to the videos of the boat in action. I owned many boats of different sizes and varieties for many years. Currently, I am a reluctant landlubber, looking for something I can throw on top of the truck camper.
2016 Riverside White Water Retro 195
2014 Nissan Titan SL Crew Cab
DW and me and Pogo (the neurotic terrier-gone to the rainbow bridge) and Lulu (the Moxie with moxie)

 

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