Lowe 2070 Roughneck modified with pods

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  1. twaskom

    twaskom Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Finally went to visit my Tig welder today to get my Beavertail pods installed.

    I have had them for several months now but Roger the welder has been busy and I have been being especially careful with the virus around.

    Anyway my Lowe 2070 Roughneck tiller model was a little heavy in the caboose. I have always blamed that on the motor and three batteries. I have gained a little but I am still below 200lbs.

    So I am adding the Large Beavertail pods which happen to counter balance 200#. So it will be like me not being in the boat.

    I will have to do some experimenting to see if I leave the Whale tale on the motor or take it off now.


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    Paint will come later.
     
  2. typer181

    typer181 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I would think the pods will raise the rear up quite a bit. Look forward to hearing the results!
     
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  3. mooseman75

    mooseman75 Well-Known Member

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    Tom I understand that paint will come later but those are nice looking. Looks very well worth the wait.
     
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  4. ramon06

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    Those pods look great Thomas. I've been considering pods myself on my 168 Polar Kraft. When I walk to the back it dips but not too bad. Now when myself and someone else are baiting up, casting or fighting multiple fish the rear dips pretty low. Not enough to fear sinking but more than I want or are comfortable with. I have considered adding the whale tail first to see if it makes a difference, I just don't want to waste my time. I keep hoping that the whale tail would be enough because I'd hate to have to reposition the transducers and have to worry about trying to maneuver fish around/avoiding them while fighting. You can see what I mean about the the rear dipping by how much water comes into the splash area in these pictures. This is me (205lbs), my wife (116lbs) and a triple (48, 46 and roughly a 3-5lb cat) 20190830_141119.jpeg 20190830_140700.jpeg 20190830_141329.jpeg 20190830_142013.jpeg 20190830_142102.jpeg
     
  5. Thunder head

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    Sweet,
    Look forward to the results.
     
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  6. Jbuck

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    Roger does pretty work. Looks good and I suspect it will give the results you desire.
     
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  7. twaskom

    twaskom Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks all. Riger repairs aircraft for a living. When not at work, he works out of his own shop behind his house.

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    This is his personal shop behind his house. When I call, Roger sets up a time. When I show up he starts work. I can assist or watch. Cost is $50 an hour. And he has a good supply of materials in stock should you need anything. For someone wanting to get things done right and be there while it is being done to get it just right, you can't beat it.

    Today I am getting a small rod rack added to my 14 footer.

    It is a tiller model. I want it so I can pop two pins and the rack will rotate forward for easy access fishing OR backwards so it is out of the way for running the tiller. Without having to remove the rods.

    We shall see how that works out.
     
  8. Jbuck

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    I envy folks who have a talent, if I have one I haven't found it yet. I can weld, carpenter, mechanic and a few other things but I don't have a talent for any of them. The rod rack sounds interesting.
     
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  9. jumpmaster

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    I am interested if it has an effect on speed or handling, keep us informed on how it does.
     
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    That’s a nice clean shop. Looks like the guy really takes pride in his equipment and that most likely means he takes pride in his work.
    $50 an hour is very reasonable for someone who knows what he’s doing.

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  11. crcanter

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    Winston, I was thinking the same thing. That’s the shop of a craftsman, not someone who’s just going to slop it together! I wish I could get my students to keep my school shop in that kind of condition.

    Tom, I’m curious about the effect those pods have on performance as well. I’m sure you’ll give us an update once you get it on the water.
     
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  12. Big Sam

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    Yeah those are excellent Welds.. very good choice Tom
     
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  13. Tommy Dean

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    That is a great looking installation. Glad your tramsom worked out with the correct angle where you did not have to space it at the top. Believe you will love them.
     
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    Looking good Tom! Let us know when you hit the water and gives the desired outcome. That’s a shop of a man who takes pride in his work
     
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    wow what a weld job you very fortunate to have that kind of talent at that price.
     
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  16. twaskom

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    Yes Roger does really good work. And I have had him work on three of my boats now and I have absolutely no complaints about the price. What I really like is being able to take it over on a scheduled appointment and the job I brought is the only thing going on and I can be right there telling him what I want and why I want it that way. he does custom work while you wait so to speak.

    I had my 14 footer there today getting a rod rack put on it. Both yesterday and today, no breaks no lunch just, get-er-done. He had a friend come oner yesterday to drop off a radiator to be repaired. They chatted a few minutes and Roger made sure he mentioned that the chat was not going to be on my dime. He not only does custom work, keeps an maculate shop but makes sure you only pay for what you get.

    Today I wanted a rod rack on my Lowe 1448. It is just a tiller model with a 9.9hp mercy on it.

    Just the bench for the tiller with no middle bench so wide open floor just like my 2070 tiller. What I wanted to do was to have the rods in the holders and the rack angled back to make the tiller easy to operate. Then then I stop to fish, I pull two pins and the rack shifts toward the front where I pin it in the new position. The small river I fish has a rapid current and I do not want to have to step up on the bench seat to get a rod. This way the rod will be held right at the front of the bench seat and I will be in my reclining lawn chair snoozing/fishing.

    Wife has a bunch of medical procedures at Indy Hospital tomorrow early but I will post some pictures in a day or two. Also it has been raining. Pictured coming though with a better explanation on what I wanted.

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  17. SCUBACATFISHMAN

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    Nice pods Tom.... wish Roger lived closer to me... that is a BEAUTIFUL SHOP...WOW
     
  18. twaskom

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    He does like things orderly. When he opens a tool drawer for a wrench, they are all lined up nicely like for inspection. Unlike my wrench drawer which has wrenches tossed in three layers think.

    Still my main thing was not having to drop the boat off and they would get to it sometime in the next four weeks. When you show up, he starts and works till it is done.
     
  19. ferdthe4

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    Roger the pods look nice you'll be happy with them. I welded on a custom set of pods I had made for my boat from templates I made out of card board. I did this a couple years ago. Was well worth it. I wouldn't have figured your boat being so long and wide would really need pods with only a 60hp on the back. I added them to my boat cause I have 70hp hanging on the back of a 1554. It's an outboard jet so it's really like 40-50hp at the jet. Jets just aren't as efficient as a prop transferring the power to the water. If you had the pods put on right so the bottom is angling up from the back of the boat some they shouldn't hurt your top speed at all, and should help you plane out quicker. I was really happy with mine made my boat draft a few inches less, planes out quicker than it did, and my top speed didn't drop at all.

    I welded mine on myself, but had a custom aluminum boat maker build the pods. What he charged me to make the pods wasn't worth it for me to go and buy the sheet aluminum, cut it, and weld it all together. I have to admit your friends shop is nice, I have a nice shop, but it's seldom that clean. Seems every time I clean mine up some, it then becomes a mess just as quickly from whatever I'm working on next. A few pics of when I put my pods on and painted my old outboard green to match the boat since I duck hunt from my boat a lot too. I did a full write up on up on my install on different forum dedicated to aluminum boats I can post the link if anyone would like to see it.
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  20. twaskom

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    I am looking forward to trying it out but promised myself I would change the oil and filter before I took it out. Disciplining ones self if tough but it is a good way to get important stuff done. Thanks for your thoughts and results. Even though I only have a 60, the 4 strikes are still pretty heavy and with the tiller model I set pretty close to the back. I put a whale tail on it because I was getting some porpoising and with the tail I can tilt the engine some.

    I did ensure the back of the pod was a little higher then the front so I could pick the nose up some.

    tight lines.