I would like to be able to motor around lakes and rivers here in Western Australia at anything between a crawl and flat out run...love the excersise paddling gives but yearn for hands free too so i can concentrate on actually getting the shot!...any ideas?
So far i'm thinking canoe/kayak/electric motor (nice and quiet) with some rudder pedals,or a small aluminium punt with tiny 4 stroke motor...as i need to be able to launch and use it by myself.Any suggestions about that or related items is most welcome:)
Another solution would be a 'sneak boat' as used by the commercial duck hunters of yore; low freeboard, but beamy, plenty of storage space, though it would require a motor (or oars, which aren't very stealthy).
A stealthier, low-tech solution would be an ordinary canoe (or kayak, I presume), with a one-handed paddle, as used by North American indian hunters of yore. The paddle has a bracket or sleeve about halfway up the forearm, so by gripping it at the neck, just above the blade, the paddle, and canoe, can be controlled with one arm; and by sculling (keeping the paddle in the water, without lifting it out for distinct strokes), a good canoist can manoever quite well, and stealthily, in calm water; and, at the last minute, releasing the paddle (which will stay attached to the forearm) and use the extra hand for the camera. (Keep a conventional two-handed paddle, or a small outboard--square stern quite unnecessary--in the canoe for travelling to or from home waters).