Sunday, June 8, 2008

Weight consideration: you're killing us!

So many of our fishermen are bringing excessive weight that I wonder if our asking them to "use their head and only bring what is necessary" on our website was written in Swahili.
Our boat that we use to bring people the 20 miles to and from camp can only carry so much weight. We expect to take 9 passengers and their gear and have scheduled our pickup times in Red Lake accordingly. Each round trip takes 1.5 hours.
When some people bring excessive baggage it means other people cannot get on the boat. This means they must wait while we take the heavyweights out to camp. This means delays in some people going fishing. This means they are angry at the heavyweights. This also means much higher transportation costs and time expenditure for us. We will have no choice but to pass these higher costs on to you, our customers, next year.
Housekeepers are the worst offenders. We are seeing many of them bring 100 pounds of food and drink per person per week! That's 15 pounds per person per day! It isn't humanly possible to consume this.
On loading the boat to camp in Red Lake they all say they won't have this much weight at the end of the week. But of course they do because as we just pointed out, it isn't humanly possible to consume this.
Besides food and drink, the next biggest weight problem is fishing gear. Many of you are bringing multiple lead-heavy tackle boxes PLUS totes stuffed with batteries, etc.
It's a real drag.
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Phil Maher said...

Fair help us understand what to bring to lighten up the load. Maybe even create a guide to help people pack all the stuff they want to bring and fit within weight limitations.

Anonymous said...

1. Food & Beverage Our "housekeeper" group consumed all food and beverage supplies, except 11 eggs. Excellent Planning!
2. Clothing
No excess clothing was brought to camp. With temperatures ranging from 38F to 75F - multiple layers were needed & daily underwear change.
3. Fishing Gear
Guilty as charged. Will attempt to reduce weight in this area.
4. Summary - B+

Vetteman said...

Bow Narrows offers an excellent value with a first-class facility and services. I am sure no one wants to see the equation changed by escalating costs.
It is human nature to overpack for that just in case situation. With all of the camps experience perhaps you could publish a housekeepers weekly sample list of food and condiments. A typical size group could be used as a guide.
The comment on batteries hit home as I use a Humminbird fish finder that "eats" 6 volt lantern batts. Perhaps if the camp stocked and sold these batts. guests might not lug extra units. Just a thought!