Just dreaming folks....
Well no doubt that got your attention anyway
I was intrigued by the TI3 that NOHUHU and friends built - no doubt some others have done something similar too - I seem to recall someone making some s/steel akas. I have had similar thoughts about the wasted real estate on a TI since I recently bought one. Last weekend I put trampolines and the new Hobie hiking stick on the TI and that really emphasized the point for me as I was sitting in rear seat and only my forward passenger had access to the Tramps and hiking stick ! ) unless I awkwardly climbed forward and over to the trampoline ) I realized that the TI can only really be sailed from the front seat if I want to take advantage of balancing weight on the tramps even if sailing alone.
That stirred up the creative juices in me (they come and guy like hot flashes so I have to grab them when they come along) - I quickly visualized the TI with an extra standard Hobie Aka set behind the rear seat - looks like it could be mounted there OK . I remembered that NOHUHU and friends had used what appeared to be a clever canti-lever system to support a set of tramps at the rear of the TI and my mind went a slightly different direction. What if I could find a way to put a longer SUPER AMA on the TI that enabled the 3rd set of akas to connect into? That would be cool and my guess would be that it would add a measure of flotation to the TI at the same time which would also be good. It may even strengthen the boat and improve the safety factor. Additional weight of aka and ama would be countered acted by the increased flotation. It may also help reduce the submerging of the stern when loaded up. Can't see Hobie doing this anytime soon so I'm thinking I would have to construct my own out of marine ply or similar. It would need to be at least 15ft (maybe 16ft) long (compared to current amas of 13.5ft). But is still less than the kayak length so transporting and storing should be doable and maybe even folding would be too. Years ago I built a 16ft canoe using ply stitch and glue method and that would seem the route to go.
Cons would seem to be weight, storage, aesthetics, not to mention the cost and time to build.
Another possibility might be to get hold of an old used pair of TI amas and then cut and join ( by plastic welding and s/steel braces perhaps) the two amas to form one SUPER AMA . I just felt some gasps from the forum members that I would even consider doing that to a perfectly good ama
Don't worry I'm not about to get out the saw.......
Before I allow my creative mind any further room to ponder this idea - has anyone built what I call a SUPER AMA for their TI? I would love to hear about that and any other suggestions to enable trampoline sailing from the rear seat of the TI ......
Life is the Journey - not the Destination