Thank you in advance!!

3 months into my restoration project. I have searched a ton of photos, plans, etc. on this site and others. I like to know the history of all things, my boat has baffled me. Probably because I'm a novice at this. Any help identifying which plans this was built from would be a huge help!

What I do know, the boat was built in the 1980s by a cabinetmaker in AR. It's a frame built boat and a true double-ender. My closest guess so far is a Tatman. But it has some characteristics of a Hindman, fly line deck and framing. But I guess a lot of them have this.

Some of dimensions are:
Length: 16'.
Beam: 6'
Bottom width: 4'
Height at oar locks: 24"

Any my thoughts would be appreciated! I would hope this is not a stupid question, but I sure would like to get a semi-definitive answer.

Photos attached.

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My Hindman thoughts come from Roger Fletcher's book...

I am far from being a knowledgable source, but the first profile picture reminds me of a Don Hill boat.  His designs had a distinct rise in the bow that was higher than others.  Since many of the boats were kits or plans, the remaining details were chosen by the builder.

The interior photos don't click on any prior photos for me.

Thanks for the photos.  The collective memory from this site has a better opportunity to comment with the photos.


Thanks Ants! Really appreciate your help!!

I see what you mean about the bow. My thought as well was, it had probably been customized.

At one point I was trying to understand why the Don Hill bow was higher.  It seems Hill widened frames to get more flotation for bow end passengers.  Since both sides are cut from a 4 foot width of plywood, the frames change and profile changes.

It seems Roger Fletcher and lots of others builders understand this.  I need to spend time with scissors and paper to have it make sense to me.


Very interesting!! Logically, that would make sense.

Is that a stitch and glue boat? The interior seems similar to the Spira designs like this


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