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plans for building planer boards

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i recently began using planer boards (the yellow "off shore" type) and realized that the type you use with a mast seems far superior - but more expensive.

Does anyone have (and is willing to share) a set of building plans for making your own planer boards?

many thanks,

andre

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2 more questions. How far from the boat do you run them? I do not have masts, Can I tie them off to a cleat midship, or I have a ladder type T top, could tie them off to the upper supports. Appericate your advice.

Dan

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Dan, I run the board approx. 50-60' from each side of the boat, depending on traffic, I will run longer.

The idea of the mast is to keep the planer line up high out of the water so you can attach your fishing line to it and it will slide down the planer line to whatever distance from the board you want it.

The planer line MUST be kept out of the water so the boards run to the sides instead of in back of the boat.

Try to keep the mast or whatever as far to the front of the boat as possible.

I let out my fishing line anywhere from 40-120' back, then I use shower hooks and rubber bands to attach my fishing line to the planer line. The shower hooks will then slide down the planer line.

When the fish hits, the rubber band will break and it's FISH ON (hopefully)

Hope this helps.

PS: If you don't want to fart around with this, you can always use inline boards. :)

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I used these plans several years ago and they worked great

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I made a set as well they work great till the wood starts to get waterlogged after a few years. Then mine sat way low in water. If you figure out a way of drying them out (kiln dry level dry) over the winter and they will last a long time.

 

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What is the reasoning for the 27 degree angle on the front of the boards? I would think the more lower edge in the water the harder they would pull. My in lines are not angled and I move the weights forward to keep the leading edge in the water and pulling. My boat came with a mast and boards that I have not yet used but I will after I get a set of collapsible boards.The plans indicate the tow point is just above center with 3 different positions. What is the effect of moving this forward and back?

If anyone had plans for collapsible boards I would appreciate seeing them.

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On 1/28/2018 at 9:03 AM, horsehunter said:

What is the reasoning for the 27 degree angle on the front of the boards? I would think the more lower edge in the water the harder they would pull. My in lines are not angled and I move the weights forward to keep the leading edge in the water and pulling. My boat came with a mast and boards that I have not yet used but I will after I get a set of collapsible boards.The plans indicate the tow point is just above center with 3 different positions. What is the effect of moving this forward and back?

If anyone had plans for collapsible boards I would appreciate seeing them.

Bringing this back to the top in hopes of your thoughts and especially finding plans for collapsing boards

Thanks in advance

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