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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Jan from Finland, Nov 12, 2005.
FOAF - the ultimate authority - strikes again. There is no gainsaying the FOAF.
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I'm in Texas in February, meet you there, less distance for you to go to get a beating.
That's creative ingenuity for sure, but if they were going to go to all that trouble (welding barrels together to make a pontoon boat) why not just pick up a couple of outboards? Or the KTM dude could have run extra long water hoses and bypassed his radiators. That would have run cold river water through his block to keep it cool like an outboard. It'll take some doing to top that. I'll be busy making sketches for the next few hours.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o>
I remember from the late 80s a couple (German I believe) on XT500s who built a similar raft and paddlewheeler and went down the Yukon river.
After a trip to Inuvik on my KLR, I met a buddy in Whitehorse, and we built our raft out of ten plastic barrels, a blue tarp for a sail, and PVC pipe for a mast. We travelled 700km from Whitehorse to Dawson City in 2004. That included sailing 55km across Lake Laberge.
I built a keel for this thing, so in the morning when the wind was high we were tacking 45 degrees to the wind at 5km/h. Downwind we hit 8km/h. It was definitely pretty exciting! If it came apart, we were dead. You'd only last ten minutes in water that cold. But everything worked great. We crossed the lake in 15 hours, and made it to Dawson in 10 days - one less than when we took kayaks in 2000.
Shoot, I can't figure out how to post a pic of our raft on the lake. (First time here). I'm going to check into how to do that...
Yes, the first paragraph of the Bike mentions Klaus Schubert and Claudia
Mezt. They did sail on Yukon and Amazon rivers on boats powered by bikes.
Here are some pictures of their rafts:
They did write a book named 'Abgefahren' about their RTW trip.
More pics can be seen at: http://www.abgefahren.info/DIASHOW.htm
You can post a pic of your raft if you first have it available somewhere
on the internet. Then just write the address between
at your message.
Thanks for that link Jan, some great images on their site.