Fishing solo in Gheenoe (problem)

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Fishing solo in Gheenoe (problem)

Post by Iluv2hunt » Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:00 am

So yesterday I took the gheenoe out by myself for the first time. Had a little bit of an issue. Basically, too much weight in the back/not enough in the front...
At full throttle I could only get to 7.5mph. I've checked it before with my son in the front and with a buddy who weighs about 160, and I maxed out at 12MPH(which is fine)

I did some reading, and from what I found, regardless of length of the Gheenoe, the water should break under the front seat while at cruising speed. The bow was up so high the water was breaking under the middle seat, so I was just plowing water and not planing out
You can see here the water break
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Here is a shot of how it's set up. Basically all the weight is aft. Motor and gas can, plus battery is behind me (trolling motor clamps on the port side directly behind me)
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I'm basically looking at 1 of 2 options...
1) Build a bracket on the front nose cap for the troll motor. Mount it up front and put the battery in the front. That will add approx 100 pounds to the bow and should balance me out some. The down side...I will have to move from bow to stern seats every time I move the boat, which is not really safe.

2) Add a grab bar to the middle seat and a tiller extension handle to the motor. That way I can stand up a bit forward and balance the weight a bit. I did notice when I leaned forward while moving, the bow did get down some, but I can't reach the motor handle. Downside is I am worried about the grab bar being in the way when sitting in the rear seat and casting

I'm probably answering my own questions...but am I missing anything??
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Re: Fishing solo in Gheenoe (problem)

Post by Iluv2hunt » Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:03 am

Photobucket cut the pic off. Here is the full picture

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Re: Fishing solo in Gheenoe (problem)

Post by FLQuacker » Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:08 am

Is there any adjustment left on the motor bracket to change the angle of attack. Motor may be kicked up too high.

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Post by renegade » Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:40 am

3 bags of corn, sand bags (or something like that)....... you need to get some weight in the front. My friend put blocks in his

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Post by Iluv2hunt » Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:58 am

I'd prefer a bikini clad female in the front, but my wife may have somethin to say about it
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Re: Fishing solo in Gheenoe (problem)

Post by Triple Creek Reaper » Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:03 am

Big cooler full of beer???? ofcourse as the day goes on and the beers start to disappear the problem comes back
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Re: Fishing solo in Gheenoe (problem)

Post by Iluv2hunt » Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:08 am

FLQuacker wrote:Is there any adjustment left on the motor bracket to change the angle of attack. Motor may be kicked up too high.
Yes. It has the standard 4 position pin that is on all small motors. However, it would require me to get out of the boat to adjust it.
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Re: Fishing solo in Gheenoe (problem)

Post by FLQuacker » Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:45 am

A smart guy would adjust it before he dropped it off the trailer into the water.....drop it another hole towards the transom and see what it does.

One of the cavitation plate extensions..like a Stingray could help also.
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Re: Fishing solo in Gheenoe (problem)

Post by swissk31 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:46 am

Triple Creek Reaper wrote:Big cooler full of beer???? ofcourse as the day goes on and the beers start to disappear the problem comes back
not really a problem after that many beers, no one should go more then 5 mph after that much. LOL

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Re: Fishing solo in Gheenoe (problem)

Post by DONY1 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:33 pm

I've got the battery and trolling motor forward in mine. Fuel tank still in the back. Still wants to porpoise on me but I must have a lot more motor cause I'm way above your speed. Put a cooler up front for a casting deck also and you'll be good. You'll get used to moving up front to fish.

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Fishing solo in Gheenoe (problem)

Post by trouttouter » Wed Dec 25, 2013 6:43 am

Many of my friends drive with a grab bar and tiller extension. Leave the boat the way you like it and add the grab bar. Problem solved.


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Fishing solo in Gheenoe (problem)

Post by Cr0ck1 » Wed Dec 25, 2013 8:23 am

You can have me in the front!

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Post by Iluv2hunt » Wed Dec 25, 2013 8:49 am

Cr0ck1 wrote:You can have me in the front!
I had chuck in the front and I "bow-plowed" ..lmao
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Post by Cr0ck1 » Wed Dec 25, 2013 9:48 am

Lol


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Re: Fishing solo in Gheenoe (problem)

Post by davedirt » Wed Dec 25, 2013 11:10 am

Install a stick steer and set in front seat :)
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