My first glimpse of a drift boat was on the Cal Salmon as a kayaker in the late 70s - i was intrigued by the way the boat rode through the wave trains and could handle the water. I got a better look a bit later on a couple of Rogue trips, watching them through Blossom Bar... I thought I'd like to try that. The idea of building one was cemented a few years ago after a visit to Andy Hutchinson's shop and seeing his build of a decked boat in sapele - what a beautiful boat. So as a start, I got Roger's book and built a model, getting an idea of how things went together and where the challenges might be. This spring, I traveled to Flagstaff to attend Brad Dimock's class, where I met an incredible variety of skilled folks, all interested in building - not to mention a shop to die for. Then it was off to Oregon and the wooden boat festival. I stopped in Bend, where I picked up a trailer and a bunch of great information from Mike Baker - now I had a trailer, and needed a boat. Materials were a bit of a challenge - I originally wanted Port Orford Cedar for the frames - in Bend, there's a reliable supply from Orepac, but in Victor, where I live, no such luck. I ended up with Alaskan Yellow Cedar for about $7/bf. Hydrotek was next on the list. McBeath lists it on their web page, but there was a 2 month wait, so I ended up getting mine from Edensaw. Following Brad's lead, I'm using epoxy from Resin Research. Now for the fun stuff...
Baker Trailer tabs. On my Baker Trailer those tabs are welded and the padded portion is up, not down. Looks like someone screwed them in incorrectly.
OK, based on the info (and a bit of prodding) from the folks on the site, I dealt with my wimpy bow eye install. First, I drilled and tapped two more holes
and added two more pieces of 1/4" allthread
installed it with a liberal dose of Life Calk, and backed it up with a !/8" aluminum plate.
Dorf would be proud.
I've visited the Wilson show for the last 2 years getting ideas - this year I'm planning to bring the boat over. Your project sounds pretty amazing - it would be great to get in touch.
That is quite a cover David. What I would like to know is how is your boat supported on that trailer. Looks like its sitting on the roller in the back, whats on the frt? And is there anything between the roller and the frt cross member? (Like in the axle area), thanks
Has anyone out there had experience using a small Tohatsu outboard motor with a 16x48 hull? I'm wondering if the long shaft is long enough - Roger's plans show the top of the transom 28" above baseline. I'm also curious about the amount of tilt available - my transom is raked about 30 degrees off plumb.
I looked at this motor a year ago and decided against it as their long shaft in the 2.5, 3.5, 4 and 5 hp motors are for a 20" transom. Therefore you'll have to make an external bracket to mount it to the DB out in the rear or cut the transom down to 20" and I think you'll still have a problem as the rocker in the rear is going to bite you in the butt.
Just my $0.02 worth,
I tried the motor on the boat in the parking lot, and the water intakes are right at the bottom of my transom - which is normally out of the water. What did you end up doing for a motor?