View Full Version : New to me Gheenoe

05-21-2015, 02:06 PM
Hopes and expectations are high, finally found a Gheenoe (used) within a reasonable driving distance. Ran over to coastal NC yesterday evening after work. 300 miles and 6 hours later I was back home with a boat, wife standing on the back deck with her hands on her hips shaking her head!!http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/images/icons/icon10.gif

Anyhoo, I've got a long weekend now to check it out and get accustomed to it. I'm thinking of hunting for some Bream beds tomorrow if these showers clear out.

Interesting tidbit on the boat, the guy was telling me about fishing down in Florida, and he said he was talking with Flip Pallot (founder of the ****'s Bay Boat Co.) one morning when Flip told him he'd never been in a Gheenoe, the two ended up fishing together that day in this boat. I talked to Dan over at the shop a while ago and couldn't think of Flip's name to save me when I tried to tell him the story.

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05-21-2015, 02:19 PM
Looks like the perfect setup for rivers, tailwaters, lakes and anything in between, congrats!:biggrin:

05-21-2015, 03:11 PM
Nice rig Bran!

05-21-2015, 06:10 PM
Thanks guys. Gary, I can pull it out in June and let you borrow it if you want.

05-21-2015, 11:29 PM
Sweet ride I used to live watching flip pallot on espn2 Saturday mornings

05-22-2015, 10:37 AM
Bran, It looks like a pretty new boat and you won't have to do a lot of mods to it. Maybe a front casting deck and rod storage. I would definetly add an anchor system to the bow that you can operate from the rear. I use mine all the time in my jon boat and the canoe.

I miss the old Walkers Cay Chronicles also. Flip was such a story teller in the way his show presented itself. Much better than anything out there now.
He did a show a few years ago on "Fords Fishing Frontiers". I kept the episodes he made at the King Fishers Society lake on my DVR for two years. I liked to watch it every few months. My daughter deleted it to make room for her shows though. probably some vampire diary or something along those lines!

05-22-2015, 10:50 AM
Yeah, I went to Walmart yesterday and would you believe those goobers didn't have a coated anchor?

05-22-2015, 11:08 AM
get you a bicycle inner tube from wally world , and then go to lowes or HD and get 2- 2 ft lengths of heavy logging chain. put the chain into the tube and zip tie on. The log chain works well and is quiet. you can add or subtract weight as needed that way. works well if you want to drift through an area slowly by just dropping the chain down enough so it is barely touching the bottom. keeps the boat straight and I have rarely ever had it snag.
I had to cut away my mushroom anchor a few weeks ago . those things get caught so easily in rivers.

05-26-2015, 11:15 AM
Already starting to modify some, I removed the poling platform first. I tried it Friday and it's much better just standing on the seat. Second, it was impossible to reach the F-N-R handle on the outboard, and the only kill switch was the safety button. I used 1/2 PVC and CPVC to rig up my shifter, works great! I extended another T-handle and rope from the pull start on the outboard, and I got in series with the kill switch and ran wiring inside the gunwhale channel up to the rear seat. I'll stop at Lowe's today and pick up a blank box to mount the toggle switch in.

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05-26-2015, 07:47 PM
Good looking boat.

05-27-2015, 12:14 PM
GREAT looking boat Bran, Looks like you have the same TFO multi-piece pushpole that I have. Excited to see what else you do to it.

05-27-2015, 05:09 PM
Looks like someone is going to have lots more fun canoeing now. lol

05-28-2015, 07:22 AM
Really nice looking outfit.. I like the idea of putting the drag. chain inside tire innertube. One thing I did to further prevent the chain from snagging was to attach a funnel at the head of the chain to deflect it from obstacles.

05-28-2015, 08:48 AM
Yeah, I like that idea too. I'm going to try that, I've been dragging a chain for years when floating but never thought about the tube. I took it out yesterday to try the mods, also added a camo swivel seat yesterday. I was really pleased with it, I changed the trim stop position a little just playing around for performance. Found a few minutes at dark to wet a line and catch a few Bream on the 5 wt.http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/images/icons/icon10.gif

05-28-2015, 08:54 AM
Dan, that pole is a Strongarm, same as the tiller extension and the poling platform but they probably just re-labeled someone else's pole. Somebody told me that Strongarm was kind of in a decline b/c the owner had health problems? Not sure. Anyway, I think I'm going to order the trolling motor mount like yours, I could use one in a lot of places I fish. I started/ stopped the OB 30 times yesterday just adjusting for casting distance.

05-28-2015, 04:42 PM
Certainly a nice looking rig! Good find. congrats

05-28-2015, 08:45 PM
Bran, Very nice setup!! Can't wait to see your fishing reports.


06-23-2015, 09:57 AM
bran-I have owned 3 gheenoes--I presently have a 16 ft super---I think you will really like yours--is it a 15-2---I had one similar to yours--they are easy to load and unload--they trailer great--and are very stable in the water--yours look like new--used gheenoes are next to impossible to find--especially good ones--consider yourself lucky---have you taken it out yet?...........Riverhawk is a boat similar to a gheenoe--they are made in Georgia and look to be good ones.

06-23-2015, 12:40 PM
Thank you very much! Yes sir, I have taken it out a couple of times but I'm still waiting on title paperwork from the state. They only allow you a couple weeks to use it with a BOS then I'm illegal until I get the number assignment and title. Trouble now is with budget cuts they're taking 4-6 weeks to process!! I'll be using it more this Fall as the Smallies turn on in my local river hopefully so I should have everything straight by then.
It was just like new, I've put 2-3 scratches on the bow in my 2 trips already! Almost hated to see that but oh well, I'm going to fish in rocks and such and that gel coat is pretty soft.

06-25-2015, 04:06 PM
how did you think it handled and I thought the 8hp was just right

06-26-2015, 08:07 AM
You know the 8 would be a little better, the 6 will push it along at 14 mph with just me. It handled great, turns on a dime and good ride. I probably need to look into some sand bags and fuel hose extension for running it alone to get that prop a little higher in the shallow water. I've seen some with the stick steering up front and that would be nice one day down the road.