fishing from boat

PLASTIC BOATS, ADVANTAGES, DISADVANTAGES, ADVICE

Fiberglass boat (plastic boat) is the product of today, the result of the achievements of the chemical industry. The product is formed by layering several layers of fiberglass impregnated with composite resins into a special, hardened shape which is subsequently removed. it is commonly used in the manufacture of fishing boats. Because this technology is cheaper, manufacturers making the best cheap fishing kayaks from it. So we get a lightweight, durable and durable reinforced plastic product from Kielish-like liquid and soft fiberglass. The boat is not painted, it is colored by the so-called Gelcoat, a pigmented composite resin that is first laid in a mold and blends into a subsequent laminate.

The most commonly used boat designs – a single hull shell with multiple buoyancy pontoons or two molded boat parts – the outer and inner hulls are glued to each other, resulting in a double bowl effect, and the inner void serves as a pontoon function. A combination of these two methods is often used. In rolls, closed cavities can be filled with foam to increase security or stiffness, and veneer can be laminated in areas where increased strength is required.

The product also uses stainless or galvanized steel parts. Although the materials are advanced, the production of ships and boats is little mechanized, manual molding is the most commonly used. It is a common phenomenon that boat and boat manufacturers from developed countries, where labor is expensive as usual, produce their products elsewhere. Well-known companies are producing boats, yachts, and boats, there are global chemical concern factories producing the necessary materials and the production of various components and accessories.

Benefits

This type of plastic is temperature-stable, retains its shape and aesthetic appearance for many years, is free of fiberglass, micro-organisms, water-repellent, and is a clear and straightforward technology when needed for repair. Boats are made of this material in a variety of shapes, are relatively lightweight and usually have good buoyancy and stability ratios, which do not require special maintenance – these are the main advantages.

Weaknesses

Although products made from this material have a very long life, they are not eternal, as is sometimes said. Over the years, the boat becomes less rigid as a result of the weather, as it was new – plastic softens slightly, and this type of plastic is susceptible to abrasion. Leaving a better boat on the coast is a threat of theft.

Tips for choosing

The most common type of boat is fiberglass, a material where the fiberglass filaments are wound in different directions and formed to the appropriate thickness. Woven fiberglass material can also be used. The use of matting gives the boat hull more rigidity, woven fiberglass provides more elasticity, impact resistance. A combination of felt and woven fiberglass is good. It is technologically difficult to use woven fiberglass, if the boat has many curved lines, ribs, etc., then only felt is used. The quality of the laminate, and therefore the boat, is determined by the technology used, the amount of material used (the size of the boat will always be in doubt), the resin/fiberglass ratio (too high or too low a resin-to-fabric ratio) Whether the risk points are sufficiently reinforced (eg, oars, benches, engine mounting locations), the qualifications of the laminator are crucial.

Single-layered boats are a bit behind the double-look (more visible while new), but the construction is simple and reliable, easier to repair, more freedom to attach various attachments (fishing rod holders, cleats, fish finder, etc.), I think less picture. In order to achieve sufficient hull rigidity, in the case of single shell boats, the laminate is usually made of more layers of fiberglass than in double-shell boats. Our single hull boats have between 2 and 6 insulated pontoons. Dual hull boats have a better aesthetic appearance and greater stiffness of the entire hull.

The size and model of the boat I recommend will be based on the type of boat they are most commonly used for.

If the boat is constantly used in one place, kept on the shore of a body of water, it is useful to choose a larger one. Because your home is near the water, you are likely to be visited by people you know and want to have fun on the water. On a larger boat, you will feel safer and more comfortable fishing or just spending time in nature. Larger rowing boats are often easier to navigate than smaller rowing boats (the latter are wider, less sleek due to sufficient lifting capacity and stability).

I have a preference that the boat is not too big (here I am talking about the ones we offer and are mostly used in lakes). If you focus more on practicality, less on maintenance, opt for a single hull boat. If you need more aesthetics and the boat becomes another visible highlight of your homestead, opt for a more attractive, double-hulled boat. There are occasions when the boat has to be transported every time by wheelchair or otherwise to the water and back to the storage place when the storage space is small, and then the situation is already being handled.

Quite a few fishing enthusiasts choose boats that can be transported on the roof of a car. In this case, you need the best ratio of weight to boatload capacity. The boat, weighing about 110 lb, will be lifted on the roof by two people without special measures, one will not be able to do it, however light it may be. If you have any intentions of bringing it up, i.e. pushing one on the roof of a car will require a special trunk that can look similar to these photos. Using this method, I think there will be no big difference in how much the boat weighs, 60 or 110 lbs.

Which type of boat to choose?

There are conditions under which this choice is usually out of the question, and will not be suitable for offshore or other large bodies of water, as well as for a larger ship as the main engine.

When is an Electric Motor Enough? Based on my experience, I think that an electric motor is enough for a water body of about 500 ha, even if the favorite fishing spot (or for recreational and recreational purposes) will have to travel that longest route (in this case, source, see “which electric motor to choose”). For example, in a large lake, you will want to swim at maximum speed to a location within 10 km (which I think is uncommon) with an internal combustion engine of 2.5 or 5 hp (I can still supply electricity to this petrol as an alternative). from 40 min up to 1 hour With an electric motor, you will walk this distance in about 1.5 hours, which I think is not a significant difference. Electricity will still be flowing back. But there is another nuance, if you want to check a few fishing spots far away from each other or just “drip” and use maximum speed, the power will last for 2-3 hours.

What model and power do I choose?

Power. The first observation is that half the power output would be sufficient than what is currently offered. At the moment, you can find 9 12W Minn Kota engines of different power and 10 different powers. This “diversity” is already difficult to justify technically. For example, the Minn Kota 32 lbs Proclaimeded to be 10 percent. more powerful than its competitors, intriguing the buyer. It is just slightly more powerful at 30lbs and so. All intermediate powers that we do not find on the Minn Kota official website are custom made. For the supplier it’s part of the marketing, for the buyer more freedom in choice – maybe you have an extra ten or a hundred and you buy a more powerful engine or other benefits. If your boat is small today and you do not swim much, you may want to get bigger tomorrow or visit other bodies of water.

So what power to choose? I would regard the information provided on engine power and vessel parameters as more theoretical. Let’s imagine a boat of half a ton total weight and over four meters with a crew and items in an open water body, with strong winds and surges with 30 lbs of power – you can sail not where you need to but in the wind. For thirty, I would entrust a boat with a crew of up to 250 kg (boat and two adults) in normal weather conditions to medium and smaller water bodies in Lithuania. It is not uncommon for me to buy and buy a larger propeller after buying a 30 lbs engine and gaining the experience of “I can’t get home against the wind”, although I would not recommend doing so (I did feel overheated by electrical connections and engine). In my opinion, choosing the engine power should be split in half the officially recommended boat parameters. I would advise buying a step-up engine, instead of just enough.

Some people think that buying a weak motor will save you electricity – and you will probably find yourself more likely to turn on the fifth, highest current speed. For a more powerful engine, you can set a lower speed, save power and have a spare. There are also people with unreasonable expectations who want to hook the most powerful electric motor on a small and lightweight boat, apparently for faster swimming. Let’s say the 5 hp petrol engine is about 3 km / h faster than 2.5 hp, and the 12V electric motor has all the power options up to 1 hp – there will be no more difference and no fast passing (max. 6 km / h electric motor), you will spend more money and carry a heavier engine and battery, and travel will be shortened by the extra electricity costs, and emphasis should be on power and efficiency. I would choose something like this (this is just my opinion and it is understandable that there may be reservations for a particular situation):

30 – 32 lbs – kayak, canoe, small boat up to 3.5 m, used in small and medium water bodies, crew 2 – 3 people, weight about 250 kg;

36 -40 lbs – rowing boat up to 4.5 m, crew 4-5 people, weight about 400 kg;

46 – 55 lbs – Motorboat of 3.6 m and up, boat, the crew of 3 and more, weigh about 500 kg, plus larger boat or yacht.

Model. Did we discuss what model to choose? With the right choice of engine power, power source, and no abuse of higher speeds, we are usually satisfied with the Endura Series. If you want a cost-effective engine or do not have the ability to charge the battery (say two days in the wild), you can spend the extra money and buy a motor with the Maximizer system. Battery-powered LED indicators are always useful, and you have control over your electricity, swimming time, and mode with the Maxxum, Traxxis, Vector Series motors – making your journey more predictable. Whether your boat has such a design feature, whether you are sitting comfortably in need of a longer or shorter steering handle, or you need to steer while standing – take note of this when choosing an engine.

The most commonly available Endura and Traxxis series engines include a telescopic steering handle if not enough, additional extensions can help in such situations. Most of the boats we use to have (and even too much) standard engine leg lengths, endura 30 and 32 lbs leg lengths from 30 inches to 760 mm (the only power with the shortest and most comfortable leg length), other models can have a short leg – 36 inches – 910mm or long leg – 42 inches – 1070mm. An engine with a long leg will fit on a yacht, a larger catamaran or on a floating platform – a catamaran.

I also mentioned that Traxxis SC is a serious competitor to Endura engines. Purchasing Traxxis SC 55 lbs will cost you between $ 50 and $ 100 (depending on where you buy) more than the 55 lbs Endura, but with design convenience and innovation, a battery charge indication. Worth paying.

Tips for choosing a boat battery

A common question is what battery to choose for a particular engine. All 12V motors are suitable for all 12V batteries, deep discharge, multi-cycle recommended. Another question is what kind of sailing conditions are envisaged, what weight is right for you to carry.

Manufacturer

Buying Minn Kota branded US Trojan batteries, we acquire the product of a global leader specializing in traction batteries. Even though their cost is higher (apparently due to their ocean voyage), we are confident that this battery will work best for its purpose. We can also choose cheaper batteries from other manufacturers and in my opinion, the price paid corresponds to the quality obtained. We do our best to select batteries that have been tested and have favorable reviews.

Type

Choose deep discharge multi-cycle batteries. They are not harmed by multiple discharges, while starter batteries are designed for short-term higher discharge and constant power generation by the generator. The availability of an alkaline battery is often asked. As far as interest is concerned – this is an expensive and specific rarity, alkaline batteries are elementary household batteries. The most common are acid batteries (electrolyte-filled, as in conventional cars) or more expensive – gel-based. Gels are more durable in life, are not afraid to rotate, are resistant to shocks and are not serviceable.

Power

One day, most are satisfied with a 100 Ah battery, and many fishermen boasted that they had two. But if the boat is larger or has a sleek, predictable long distance, you may not always be able to recharge the battery, it is worth thinking about more Ah.

Advice

The lower the speed you use, the longer your battery will last. The current used at the first speed from 5 A to the fifth speed up to 50 A, depending on the power you use. Even more power loss will be achieved by using an unreliable motor cable and battery connection.