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Old 11-10-2020, 02:43 PM   #1
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nobody's made a raft.

it's very easy, by firelight, to sew up some of the clothing, backpack, life-vest, etc, into pontoons, stuff them with debris, seal the seams with the duct tape and be out on that water, using that netting PROPERLY, and later, push it ahead of you (inverted, to protect the pontoons) on the thin ice, when you first start icefishing,

for the raft, you need a 6 logs, 4" OD and 2 that are 6" OD. 4 of the 4" logs need to be 6 ft long, and 2 need to be 8 ft long. The 6ft long logs form the outriggers and the cross-ties. The 8 ft long poles are the body of the raft. The outriggers are dovetailed and tied to the cross ties, with notches holding the cordage and wire wraps. All intersections of the logs should be notched a bit, to increase stability.

The 6" OD, 7 ft long logs are the diagonal braces for the outriggers. Because they have to be notched where they cross in the middle, they have to be larger OD. than the other logs. It's the pontoons that give you the flotation. If you've known to waterproof spray that clothing before you launch, the pontoons are going to serve very well. It wont matter if the logs dont' float well.

You can do all the work of making this raft at camp, by fire light. Then take it, in pieces, to the shoreline, assemble the logs, go back and get the pontoons, lash them to the framework. Set up the life-saving fire, tarp, hot rocks, hot coals in the ashes, the spare clothing, be in just the tarp "clothing" and debris, Set the thing out into the water, anchor it and just let it sit there for an hour. Check the pontoons for leaks. Then paddle it alongside the shore for an hour, checking for leaks and any sort of instability.

You might need to move one or more of the pontoons around for better stability. THEN you can go out into deeper water for a big more testing. Before trusting it to use setting your nets. Stay in water that's not over your head. The gillnets wont be any wider than 6 ft anyway, so there's no reason to be in dangerous water.
 
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Old 11-10-2020, 05:53 PM   #2
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If you had been paying attention through all the seasons you would have seen at least 2 of them you blind git!
 
Old 11-11-2020, 07:31 AM   #3
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no, I wouldn't Nobody's known to use pontoons made of clothing, so that they could make a raft in a day, that one man can pick up and carry. theres been a couple of clumsy attempt's to utiize found items as rafts. Neither one amounted to a ****. Mike had one and so has Kielyn. Both starved out, cause they couldn't make netting, Mike starved out early, cause he wasted a month on his shelter, blamed his wussing-out on missing his wife. When you make a poncho and leggings, and pottery, you dont need the outer shell of clothing, or one set of clothing. So that's 4 pontoons, each of which the US Navy says will float a man. Add the backpack and and life preserver. Stuff debris into a set of tarp "water wings" for yourself. I'd add a sealed tape and tarp bag sealed with debris and put the cameras inside of it. and take the camera case. It would be an excellent flotation device. You'd want an anchor, made of a big stone or a net bag full of small stones, if you can't find a big one. You'd want a sea anchor, too, to drag behind you in the water. No need to dive overboard and abandon everything if you can just call for help, given a rogue wave carrying you away from shore.

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Old 11-11-2020, 07:51 AM   #4
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Do you even have a clue what you are babbling about?
 
Old 11-11-2020, 08:17 AM   #5
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Melvin, if you had 1 centimeter of unbaked brain cells from the chemicals you use, you would realize as previously mentioned, that this TV show is for entertainment purposes ONLY. In real life people wouldn't just sit still and starve for 30, 40, 50, etc days.
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