BDS 1 first try
Here are two PVC decking cranks, and the original in the middle.
I'm posting them because I just copied the original as closely as I could, float tested them to make sure the balance was good, and fished them. They work!
Beginner's luck, dumb luck, whatever you want to call it, I didn't have to add ballast to get them right. The .072X7/8" screw eyes I used for the line tie and the hook hangers, plus the plano divider bill, worked out just right.
The copies don't ride as high as the original, but I was able to bounce them off some brush, just like the original.
I am going to shave down the one with the longer bill. It rolls at high speeds, but the other one doesn't, it dives to 3'+, and hunts when I burn it.
The AZEK decking is not as buoyant as balsa, but it's plenty bouyant for these, I guess.
I didn't prime the PVC, and didn't recess the eyes, like I normally do, to save time.
I got the bug to make them Friday afternoon, they only got two coats of SC9000 Friday night, and I fished them Saturday morning.
The trebles and split rings are a little bigger than the originals, #4 hooks and #5 split rings, and that probably helped with the ballasting.
But I'm really happy with how quick and easy it was to make them.
I cut the lip slot on the band saw while they were rectangular blanks, after I'd traced the outline and the lip angle onto them.
I'm still amazed at how easy making lures is with PVC. Waterproof, buoyant, no priming, strong, hard. I know that's sacrilige for a carpenter, but why did I ever try and use wood?