Hello Everyone,


My name is Guy and this is my first post in this forum.  I am here because I want to build a wooden drift boat and, undoubtedly, I will occasionally need advice of the pool of experts and experienced drift boat builders on this forum.


In preparation for this project I have read and studied three books: Drift Boats and River Dories by R. L. Fletcher, Boatbuilding with Plywood by G. L. Witt, and Covering Wooden Boats with Fiberglass by A. H. Vaitses.  I have also developed my own set of construction plans based off of the "Original McKenzie Double-Ender with Transom" in Fletcher's book.  I used and MS Excel spreadsheet to calculate all of the dimensions, cut angles, compound angles, and bevel angles of all frame components and I used Pilot3D software to calculate the as-cut dimensions of the plywood sides and bottom.  At this point I am pretty comfortable with the mechanics of construction and I think that I am just about ready to start purchasing lumber.


Presently, I plan to use Meranti Hydro-Tek plywood; 1/4-in. on the sides and 1/2-in. on the bottom.  I found plenty of places to purchase these materials, but they are all far away from Idaho Falls, Idaho, and as a result shipping costs more than the materials.  Are any of you aware of a business within a few hundred miles of Idaho Falls that sells this plywood?  I have a few requests in to the local lumber companies, but I have yet to talk with someone who has heard of this material before.


I also plan to use Port Orford Cedar (CVG) for the straight frame sections and White Oak (quater sawn) for the bent frame sections (chine logs and sheer rails).


Thank you, Guy

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The boat cover was made by Dan Brunson in Idaho Falls, ID.  His number is 208-681-6458.  I asked for and received his permission to post that information.  He does quality work!

The "Guytanic" on display at the Wooden Boat Show in Wilson, WY, on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Thanks A.J. and Dutch for organizing the event. It was a wonderful day.

Guy, how have you been doing? How has "Guytanic" holding up and working? I have often wondered how things are going for you. Many folks are online for a while and then disappear. I am glad to see you return, hope you stick around.

Rick Newman

Hi Rick,

I'm doing well. Thank you for asking. I stop by once and awhile to read the new posts. It's always interesting and educational.

The Guytanic is also doing well. It doesn't see much river time. On average I get out maybe two or three times during the summer. So far always around Swan Valley, Challis, and Salmon, ID. And half of those trips are just to take some friends out on the water for a tour.

How are you and your boat doing?


I have been fishing more this year than I have for quite a long time. I have been enjoying my time in the boat and bringing trout to the net. I have been working on refinishing the frames and interior woodwork as time and outdoor covered storage have removed some of the finish. I also floated on the McKenzie River at the annual wooden boat festival and enjoyed seeing the Oregon guys and AJ. I have been enjoying freedom from the pain I have been dealing with for way too long. Getting out and spending time with friends is wonderful. It's good to see your boat on these pages.

Rick Newman


Good to see your still around.  Lots of new faces and a few diehards.  Boat still looks great.


Hi Phillip!

Thanks. And how is your beautiful boat doing? I saw the repair pictures awhile back. As a result, I started packing two roles of wide duct-tape onboard my boat! : )



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