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Watch out for potential email phishing scam from Stella Abud
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Greg Tatman again ownes Tatman Boats
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Randy Dersham Oct 22, 2018.


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Bodacious Jack replied to Randy Dersham's discussion Watch out for potential email phishing scam from Stella Abud
"Pretty much anyone that contacts you who is not covered in resin and sawdust is trying to scam you.  I have a public number for work and I get 2-3 scam attempts per day via e-mail/phone/text  etc...  be careful "
Mar 4, 2022

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Vida, OR on the Mckenzie River
About Me:
I'm hooked on helping people build their own wooden boat for white water. I live at Eagle Rock Lodge bed and breakfast on the McKenzie River which is run by my beautiful wife Debbie. I also co-own Tatman Wooden Boats with my son Sanderson.

My day job is as an executive in the computer games industry helping great games get made by very talented people.
Boats I own:
Five or six wooden drift boats

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McKenzie Wooden Boat Show makes local radio station!

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At 8:48am on May 16, 2018, Andy Pruitt Heisler said…
In Randy, what screws are the best for assembling a drift boat? Thank you
At 4:47pm on March 5, 2018, Douglas D Rickard said…

Hi Randy!  I built an historical reproduction of a boat designed and built by Moulty Fulmer for his trip through the Grand Canyon in 1956. He took a McKenzie dory bottom and put a cataract boat deck on it. I took it through the Grand Canyon last July and it was phenomenal! I'd love to pull it up to the Pacific Northwest and run some of your rivers, can you give me some sources for information?  Thanks!  Doug Rickard

At 4:21pm on March 5, 2018, Bryan Tooley said…
Two things: i’m seeing two different dates: 4/28 and 5/5. And...can I come if I have a foam core composite dory that I built last winter?
At 8:10pm on April 19, 2016, Craig said…


My name is Craig Jacobsen and I am about to do another restoration on my 16x48 tatman. 

First of all it has a plastic shield on the bottom which I want to replace with the graphite/mesh method that I have seen others on this site use.  Where do I find it? At your shop in Nimrod?

Second I may end up breaking my white oak chine caps and mahogany rub rails while removing them to add some epoxy to some of the stress cracks in the plywood.  I purchased these from Sanderson back in 2009 I believe.  Finally I will repaint with Toplac.

Basically do you guys still sell chine caps, rub rails and the graphite/mesh bottom coating system that I am referring to.  I live in Eugene and have no problem swinging by when I'm floating Blue River to Finn Rock or Finn Rock to Silver Creek. Or just drive up to chat.

Thank You for all that you have provided for me every time I feel my boat has taken too much punishment and I need it to look sharp again.

Craig W Jacobsen

Eugene, Oregon



Feel free to call or text or email.

At 9:18pm on January 15, 2015, Chao-ying Wu said…

Hi, thanks for this forum.  It's been quite helpful as my friend and I build our boat.  Not sure where to post this question but will try here.  If we tend to be careful people who treat our boats well, would it still be unwise to go with a very simple bottom, like Coat-it over epoxy finished 1/2 inch meranti?   I wonder if lighter weight and careful rowing might be as good as more structural reinforcment?  Thanks for your thoughts.

At 10:40am on November 14, 2014, Hilary Hawken said…

Thanks Randy.  I've been trying to contact you to see if I could buy some uhmw from you.  I need 3- 10' pieces for chines and a 2'x2' piece for my stern area, are you selling any of it?  Best, Hil Hawken

At 10:50pm on March 11, 2013, Brian King said…

While I was up in the woods cutting fire wood with a friend this very big young guy dress up like a policemen drove up in his Chevy pickup and started checking us out to make sure we were legal. Everything was going along great until I said that I could have been home working on my driftboat. That changed the whole tone of things. I said driftboat, he said driftboat? I said yes and the talk was on. You have a very nice son, very big nice son. He wouldn't even help us pack out those big pieces of wood, said something about having to go arrest someone for cutting wood without a permit. You came up in the conversation and the thing is I had just watch your YouTube video. Small world.

At 10:08pm on May 3, 2012, Jerry Sweat said…

Took this of you at the 2012 festival!

At 8:46pm on January 7, 2012, Stewart Cross said…

Thanks Randy for the welcome and the advice. The boat is done and I will post some pics as soon as I can.  

At 6:53am on August 3, 2011, Chris Shadrick said…

Thanks for the welcome Randy!


I have been watching this forum for a while and thought it was time to join. It has already helped me out greatly. I just recently purchased a Don Hill Drifter and have been working toward restoring it.



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