15' 0" Freedom

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McFLY
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Yoke instead of thwart?

Post by McFLY » Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:02 pm

Hey all,

I'm building a Freedom 15' and I'm at the point where I'm shaping the inside of the hull. This has got me thinking about seats, thwarts, decks, and all the other fun stuff coming up. I'd like a portage yoke on my boat, as I've enjoyed paddling the Boundary Waters and places like that in the past. Do you see any problems using a shaped hardwood yoke in place of the thwart on the Freedom? My primary worries are if swapping the traditional thwart for a yoke will affect strength, or if placing the yoke where the thwart is on the plans will affect the balance when portaging.

What are your thoughts?

Thanks!

Brian

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Post by Patricks Dad » Tue Nov 03, 2009 6:06 pm

You won't have any strength problems with a yoke. Put it on the hull where it balances best for portaging. I built the following yoke for my Freedom-15 a couple years ago...

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McFLY
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Post by McFLY » Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:06 pm

That looks great, Randy. Thanks for the advice!

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