I know you were.I was joking.
I'm not an expert canoer by any stretch, but I did spend a lot of time in them as a kid and feel very comfortable in them, so I'm sure I'm biased.
Tom:I also bought a used kayak (Coleman) that is way to heavy to lift on my own - and my wife's back won't let her help - so I built a canoe loader, based on a youtube video, that uses "stairs" and carrier on top of our van. I just roll it off of the cart onto the lowest plastic pegs then, going back and forth, walk it to the top. When the center of gravity passes the pivot point, the stairs rotate up and I just push it to the center of the carrier and remove the stairs. I also built outriggers that make it so stable I can stand to cast. The system works great!
Ok, you got it loaded, did you get it to the water?Tom:
Thanks again for the tip.
Got to try my DIY ladders on my DIY rack.
It went pretty good. I had the ladders pinned to the rack and I spaced my steps at 12” but I think I will change that to 6” tomorrow. I got it up there no damage to car or boat or me.View attachment 25625View attachment 25626View attachment 25627
Not yet. I did drive around and scope out some nice inland fishing spots.Ok, you got it loaded, did you get it to the water?
Find a donor out of a junk yard with low miles and swap it over. Sounds like a timing belt failed. Interference engines don't like being out of time.Not yet. I did drive around and scope out some nice inland fishing spots.
We got thrown a curve ball a couple days ago. Her car died in the city and we towed it to a nearby farm garage they use with the farm. That guy had it a couple days and he normally works on trucks and farm equipment and said it was out of his pay grade. So we towed it to my local garage he had it a few days and tells us it went out of time the pistons clobbered the valves bent them and the engine is toast. About 2000 bucks to fix a car worth 4-5k and we spent the last couple days car shopping. Last night I towed her car back home so now I have more lawn art.
Needless to say we are down to one car and my fishing takes a back seat to her going to work.
On a good note I have been finding how hard it is to find a kayak for her locally. I ordered her a Old Town Trip 10 Deluxe Kayak and it should be here in a couple weeks. So her new car might just need to have a good roof rack as well.
I'm looking into it. The trouble with Honda products is there is no such thing as low miles. A really good find is 100-150 k. Then there is the re-manufactured engines that cost a bit more but at least you have an idea of what you are getting. The engine swap comes out the bottom so that rules out most of the shade tree mechanics around here and the people that do it charge between 1000-1500 and a decent engine will be at least 1000.Find a donor out of a junk yard with low miles and swap it over. Sounds like a timing belt failed. Interference engines don't like being out of time.