Rigging a small boat for ocean use requires some careful planning. Materials, products and tools can be critical for long-term reliability; the Internet has made shopping both a treat and a chore.
This article discusses what we learned in rigging Toy Boat 2, and how it has evolved into a philosophy that guides us when working on the boat: The Tao of Rigging.
The guts of an AP12R Autopilot
Just so we’re clear – this is NOT a general guide to rigging your boat. There are lots of places to go to find information about tools, types of wiring, procedures for drilling gel-coated fiberglass, cutting thru-hulls, etc., etc.
This article is a tongue-in-cheek review of some of the highlights and lowlights of rigging our project boat. This includes tips, products we found useful, problems we encountered & their solutions, and other miscellaneous comments.
What we describe may not be the best solution to a problem – if you have suggestions for a better way to do things, by all means, let us know, either by e-mail or on our Facebook page.
We’re in the process of putting together a gallery of Toy Boat 2 photos when she first launched 15 years ago, and a comparison gallery of her current configuration. We’ll also spend some time discussing the various changes we made along the way.
Lenco trim tabs in the starboard stern corner
What We Wanted to Install In Toy Boat 2
Here is our original “wish-list”:
- Keel protector (we occasionally go freshwater fishing, wanted to be able to put the boat up on the beach without scratching the keel too much)
- Trim tabs
- Raw water washdown (to wash dirt, blood off the decks)
- Permanent horn
- A good primary anchor, 300+ feet of rode
- A secondary anchor
- Sea anchor (for drift fishing as well as a safety item)
- Lots on galvanized chain
Propulsion (in addition to the gas motor)
- Tilt indicator
- Water pressure gauge
- Fuel flow meter
- Salt water electric motor (24V) (secondary propulsion, slow trolling, freshwater bass fishing)
Furuno and Lowrance monochrome sonar units
A ditch bag with some gear
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