Setting up 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.
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., and also a fair amount of stuff about rigging small boats for offshore fishing (see our reference post).
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.
But for now, let’s start with:
What We Wanted to Put Into 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 scratch 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)
- Sonar capable of reaching 300 – 400 feet in salt water
- VHF radio (25 watt)
- Dual battery system, both batteries charged by engine
- On-board battery charger
Additional Safety Equipment (beyond Coast Guard requirements)
- Inflatable life vests
- Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
- 2-3 scoop livewell
- Horizontal rod racks for 16+ rods (May seem like a lot, but with two people who fish both conventional and fly gear, this actually is not enough)
- Gunwhale rod holders for 4 rods
In addition to the above, we needed to be able to carry the usual array of necessities & junk:
- Spare prop
- CG required safety kit
- First aid kit, tools and spare parts
- Manual bilge pump
- 2-3 large tackle boxes
- Camera case
- Foul weather gear
- Fenders and mooring lines
- Food and drink
- And of course, some fish!
Wow…that seems like a lot of stuff, doesn’t it? Well, it all fits into the boat, in one way or another.
In the follow-up posts we’ll be talking about:
We’ll also have posts on:
- What Toy Boat 2 looked like at first launch
- SLAGIATT (Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time)
- Where we are now
- Some ideas for the future