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Portage yoke for 14.5

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#1 Schmoe



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Posted 16 May 2017 - 05:31 PM

Does anybody have any ideas/pictures for a portage yoke for the ultimate 14.5? I'm headed to BWCA in June and I really like fishing from my kayak (And, it'll save me $47/day in rental costs!). I've seen the cart designs here but I don't think they'll work on those rocky portage trails.

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 06:46 PM

Welcome to the forum. Haven't seen someone fabricate a yoke for the Ultimate yet but imagine hauling it on your shoulders for much of a distance wouldn't be too enjoyable, at 69 lbs. I have toted the discontinued 36 lb Tegris one mile before and that was OK but carting would be preferable in my opinion.

A few factors that may help decide is length of portage, gear weight, and how often you think you'd need a cart?

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Posted 26 May 2017 - 02:42 PM

Found out that carts are forbidden in the BWCA. I'm building one anyway as it will be nice to have. I'm working out a portage yoke using pvc and will post pics if it works. Again, I'd welcome ideas/pictures from the group here, thanks

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 10:04 PM

Would love to see it if you are done with it?

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 10:00 AM

I used a yoke on my old 14.5 a half dozen years back with no issues. 69 pounds is totally do-able especially considering that most plastic canoes weigh a good bit more and all have a wooden thwart yoke. What I did for mine was to find the center balance point and actually mounted the wooden thwart slightly forward of that point so it would be a bit heavier in the back. That way it is easier to manage the weight with it wanting to fall back instead of forward and a single hand in front on the gunnel will allow you to adjust the angle of the hull as you walk. This also allows you to use the other hand on a walking staff. You can buy portage yokes at most shops. I backed my yoke using some small lengths of aluminum and used bolts with wing nuts to quickly take the yoke on and off; drilling a single hole through the gunnel on each side .

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