AJ DeRosa
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16th Annual Snake River Wooden Boat Show
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Started this discussion. Last reply by chris towles May 26, 2016.

14th Annual Snake River Wooden Boat Show
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Started this discussion. Last reply by chris towles May 27, 2014.

13th Annual Snake River Wooden Boat Show
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AJ DeRosa replied to Dan Burr's discussion Rear knee brace
"I solved that problem by never allowing anyone in the back of my boat."
Apr 29, 2019
AJ DeRosa replied to MIKE PALMER's discussion Towing on the water.
"I towed Gregg Hatten and his Obsession three miles across Lewis Lake with my Rapid Robert and a 15 hp outboard. We towed it backwards with Gregg sitting in the front seat with both oars in the water to stabilize it from swinging. It worked ok. Would…"
Apr 29, 2019

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Chicago, IL
About Me:
Owner/ Operator Wooden Boat River Tours Since 1978
Boats I own:
Ray Heater 17x54, Ray Heater 20x69, 1995 Ray Heater Rapid Robert, 1963 John Ostrem 14x46, 1953 Woodir Hindman 16x48

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Banks Dories in Jackson Hole

A few months ago a friend told me that the kids in the high school wood shop were building boats for this years project.  Kevin and I stopped in to visit with shop teacher Todd Taylor and see what the kids were doing.  To our delight we were treated to the sight… Continue

Posted on February 21, 2011 at 7:49pm — 30 Comments

In place plywood scarf. For Rick


I think this will help you on the repair you are working on. When ply wood that is in place needs to be scarfed it can be done with a lap scarf. Not as neat and clean as a tapered scarf but it works. Basically you need to cut the mating surfaces in half to fit into each other. This can be done with a hand held router and a chisel. Set your router at 1/8" when working on a 1/4"panel and cut a checker board pattern. Use a chisel to clean it up.… Continue

Posted on March 22, 2009 at 7:39am — 2 Comments

Ed's boat is back on the water.

Those folks who attended last year's McKenzie River Wooden Boat Festival might remember an old green boat that was missing a transom that sat atop an old open wheeled trailer. LeRoy Pruitt recognized the boat as having belonged to his friend Edsel Chase. The boat was built in 1953.

On Thursday March 19th 2009 Ed's boat splashed into the Snake River. Floating the river in a wooden boat doesn't usually happen at this time of year in Jackson Hole but the day was right and Ed's boat was… Continue

Posted on March 20, 2009 at 9:01pm — 12 Comments

9th Annual Snake River Wooden Boat Show

On Saturday May 23rd Wooden Boat River Tours will present the 9th Annual Snake River Wooden Boat Show. The Show will take place from 10am until 3pm at the Wilson Bridge boat access on Hwy 22 one mile east of the town of Wilson, WY. The show is open to anyone who would like to show their wooden driftboat.

Events. On the day of the show a boat parade will commence at 3pm. We will float a 7 1/2 mile stretch from the Wilson Bridge to Wooden Boat River Tours' riverside Tipi Camp for a… Continue

Posted on January 24, 2009 at 7:41am — 3 Comments

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At 7:16am on May 12, 2011, Jesse Bauer said…
I am in Mr. Taylors boat building class and i was wondering if it is better to fill cracks in the wood or where boards meet with wood glue or wood putty? Thanks
At 7:01pm on May 11, 2011, Braedon Beesley said…
I'm in Mr. Taylors boat bulding class and our boat is way far behind is there any ways that we could get it finished in under 25 days left when were only in the class for 50 minutes a day?
At 2:57pm on May 2, 2010, Jesse Ronnow said…

You are a true gem. I do not feel picked on, so do not worry about that. I just want to learn. You've have certainly helped me do that and again I thank you. Here is another question for you. When a boat builder uses glass on the bottom, do you not come up over the chine cap? I was under the impression that you came up and over. That's why I was a little confused as to why the bed liner was a bad idea. If you do come up over the cap with glass it would seem as though that would make removing the chine cap just as hard with glass at it would be with a bed liner.

If you did not come up and over the chine cap, just covering the bottom of the boat, then it would seem to me that the bed liner would be as good from a protection stand point as the glass. The one big advantage to glass being it's slickness.

I did not have any major leaks in my boat at the time I put the bed liner on, however, I will freely admit that I did put it on to prevent any from occurring in the future. I viewed it as a much longer lasting, tougher, alternative to glass. However, based on your answer to the question above, I may have missed the point all together.

Thanks again for the information, you truly are a great resource. I am planning on coming to the show. I took some of your advice last year on the issues I was struggling with on trim and would love to have your input. Also, I am planning on building a new boat and am excited to look over some of the construction methods.

Thanks again,

At 9:27pm on May 1, 2010, Jesse Ronnow said…

I am "the guy" who left the post on using the truck bed liner for the old leaky framed boat. In that same post I mentioned several reasons I thought that the truck bed liner was a bad idea. In an effort to learn, was I on point with the reasons not to use the truck bed liner? If not what else am I missing? Other than not being able to access the chines, or the bottom for repair what are the other downfalls in using a truck bed liner on a framed boat.

I am going to venture a guess that you don't remember me from your show last year. You gave me some very helpful tips on the restore I was doing at the time. I don't know if I ever thanked you, so thank you. The insight was very helpful. I look forward at another opportunity to learn.

Jesse Ronnow
At 2:36pm on March 4, 2010, Jason Knight said…
My girl Christine is going to be staying at the Spring Creek ranch this weekend. Is that near where you are? Anyways she is in town for Hockey Game fundraiser. Just thought I would give you a shout to see if you were near there.

At 4:57pm on October 5, 2009, Jim Rubino said…
I will do that, and thanks so much. Good luck fishing.
At 7:46am on October 5, 2009, Jim Rubino said…
Hello There, my family and I were planning on bringing our wooden drift boat to Jackson the weekend of Oct. 16th, was wondering if you could recommend a scenic float around the Wilson area, my oldest son will probably fly-fish as well.

thanks for any information you can give.

At 9:08am on April 29, 2009, Rick Newman said…
AJ, it was great to meet you and your crew! Glad you guys could make it to the show. Thanks for all your assistance here on Wooden Boat People. I'm hoping to make your get together but it will be unlikely. Thanks again.

Rick Newman
At 5:58pm on January 25, 2009, Greg Hatten said…
Thanks for the info AJ... sounds great. I'll try to "craft" a plan to come over...
At 4:52pm on January 24, 2009, Greg Hatten said…
AJ - Your Boat Show looks very cool. How's the fishing over there in May?? I'm thinking about "fishing" my way over and back...
How many boats do you expect to have??

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