Originally Posted by Nani Kai
Thanks Montanan for the detailed response. You raised issues I hadn't yet considered. My wife and I really enjoy paddling (we both paddled for a racing canoe club in Hawaii) and would love to find a way to take one or more paddle powered boats along. Not easy to do satisfactorily on our compact Cat. Thanks for your insight.
Big boat, littler boat, each has its best uses and enjoyment. We have a Hobie Tandem Island Adventure trimaran
for use in trailering to Alpine lakes when we aren't on our bigger sailboats. With the Hobie, one can sail, paddle and / or use the Mirage drive pedal powering, three methods of propulsion
in one boat. But it would be a challenge to lift
and place on the deck
of our largest sailboat being 18 feet long in the center hull
and the two amas plus the 19 foot mast
to contend with and it is quite heavy, too much for two to portage anything but a few feet.
If you mount on the stanchions be sure the stanchions have adequate strength of tubing and of their base mounting. You may wish to change over from flimsy lifeline to tubular bars tying the individual stanchions together as a single
unit and perhaps add a diagonal bracing to provide lengthwise sheer strengthening. Albeit the athwartship strength will be the limiting factor. Are you mast
shrouds mounted outside your hull
, if so perhaps you could further attach to those tensioned supports to make for more athwartship capabilities.