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Offline Bothwell Voyageur

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New Toboggan for the Mrs
« on: December 17, 2017, 06:02:12 PM »
Selena decided she wanted to haul more of the gear on our trips this winter (who am I to complain!) so I built her a new toboggan

I used 4mm sheet instead of the usual 6mm (1/4 inch) stuff. Not only is this a third lighter but the extra flexibility makes it easier to roll into our Forester, useful when there are two of us plus dog plus gear. I used maple for the cross pieces treated with Tried and True varnish oil. Putting the front grab loop through a piece of tube makes it much easier to grab while wearing mittens



I did have to comprise my usual design slightly. Most times I only fit a minimum of cross pieces, the 6mm sheet is thick enough to lay flat without more than bow and stern pieces to hold the running lines, but the 4mm needs more to hold everything flat. Countersinking with #8 screws was fine though and absolutely strong enough. I used through bolts on the piece where the haul lines attach, five screws on the other pieces



I thought I would post some pictures of the finished item plus show the lashing system based on the one I have been using for several years now.



Instead of rings for the lashings I use Black Diamond Jivewire carabiners tied in to prussik loops. Although these are plastic they have proved 100% reliable. The bonus is that instead of having to thread the webbing through each individual ring it can be simply clipped through each gate.



A Fixlock cam buckle at one end can be released to quickly pull the webbing back through for unloading. The buckle end stays fixed to the toboggan with a simple spring hook and there is an adjuster buckle at the other end of the lashing.
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Re: New Toboggan for the Mrs
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2017, 07:17:59 PM »
Nice looking Ride. Makes me wonder if I need a new Missus.  ;D

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Re: New Toboggan for the Mrs
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2017, 01:57:06 PM »
Really like the lashing setup....KISS
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Re: New Toboggan for the Mrs
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2017, 08:04:45 PM »
Nice work

No better time spent with the one you love, and sharing the load is great too
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Re: New Toboggan for the Mrs
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2017, 08:34:41 PM »
That looks great!  Love the blue bags too. 

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Re: New Toboggan for the Mrs
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2017, 09:51:53 PM »
Nice looking Ride. Makes me wonder if I need a new Missus.  ;D

I think you may need to try another website for that one...
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Re: New Toboggan for the Mrs
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2017, 10:44:41 PM »
Nice looking Ride. Makes me wonder if I need a new Missus.  ;D

I think you may need to try another website for that one...
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Re: New Toboggan for the Mrs
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2017, 09:09:21 AM »
Nice sled and better looking tanks. Where did you source the 4 MM material from?

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Re: New Toboggan for the Mrs
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2017, 10:45:10 AM »
@Bothwell Voyageur, I was wondering how you attach your tank design to your toboggan. Do you pass the running lines through the loops at the bottom of your tanks (which would make it hard to remove) or do you clip it on somehow?

I am looking for the best solution to attach my tank to my toboggan. Thanks!

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Re: New Toboggan for the Mrs
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2017, 12:08:49 PM »
I tend not bother attaching them as we like to bring the whole thing into the tent for packing. The tank is just dumped fully loaded on to the toboggan. Others do like to fix them on first usually with some short lengths of paracord tied into the corner webbing and then tied with a bow into the running lines. I was never great at tying the bow in the cold so gave up!

This is good if you have a longer tank, I have made them up to 10ft long, and then each person packs a smaller duffle that gets packed into the tank. Good for school or outfitter groups.

Once loaded it is the webbing straps tightly cris-crossed over the top that holds the tank in place.
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Re: New Toboggan for the Mrs
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2017, 12:11:43 PM »
Where did you source the 4 MM material from?

I bought a couple of sheets from Johnston Plastics in Winnipeg. I do have some spare 16" by 10ft pieces left, works out at $110 shipped in Canada.
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Re: New Toboggan for the Mrs
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2017, 02:55:40 PM »
I tend not bother attaching them as we like to bring the whole thing into the tent for packing. The tank is just dumped fully loaded on to the toboggan. Others do like to fix them on first usually with some short lengths of paracord tied into the corner webbing and then tied with a bow into the running lines. I was never great at tying the bow in the cold so gave up!

This is good if you have a longer tank, I have made them up to 10ft long, and then each person packs a smaller duffle that gets packed into the tank. Good for school or outfitter groups.

Once loaded it is the webbing straps tightly cris-crossed over the top that holds the tank in place.

Thanks for responding.  I like your idea of just using the webbing to hold everything in place so you can take the tank on/off easily.   

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Re: New Toboggan for the Mrs
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2017, 04:02:20 PM »
I know some folks use the straps they use for holding the canoe on the car.

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Re: New Toboggan for the Mrs
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2017, 01:26:48 AM »
Great pics.  Love the caribiner addition. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: New Toboggan for the Mrs
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2017, 10:45:17 AM »
Thanks for sharing BV. The tubing on the grab rope is a great idea!

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