Andy Hutchinson
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Salida, Colorado
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My apprentice River was the Arkansas, learning to Kayak and row commercial trips in rafts , mainly on Brown's Canyon of Ark. around 1978. I've built "stitch/glue" dories since 1989, and rowed dories commercially in Grand Canyon since 1991. My business, "High Desert Dories" has been in existence since 1993, building mainly Colorado River Style, White water (decked) dories, fashioned after Jerry Briggs, modified Rogue River Special Boats, (designed and built for Martin Litton's Fleet used in Grand Canyon since the 60's. ) Along w/ custom boat orders, I offer kits and shaped hulls for folks to finish, repairs and restorations.
Wooden boats, specifically dories have "shaped" my life, and I wouldn't have it any other way!
Boats I own:
1981-Jerry Briggs-built Colo. River Dory. Several, "old school", fiberglass Kayaks.

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At 6:51am on August 1, 2011, Jim Rubino said…

thanks pard.  I'll try to put some paint back on that got rubbed off on the Grand, give it a shot.  Yep, hope to at least see you out there someday.


be well, Jim

At 4:56am on August 1, 2011, Jim Rubino said…

Hey Andy: another quick question, I have a Deso launch on Sept. 8, you're welcome to come but I think you'll be on the Grand then.  But how low could the water go before you'd jettison the wood for rubber in your opinion?


any info appreciated, best, Jim

At 8:52am on July 31, 2011, Jim Rubino said…

Outstanding.  Hope the rest of your summer goes well, looks like eventually they'll shut the water down, bet you'll be missing the big flow.


be safe, Jim

At 4:41pm on July 30, 2011, Jim Rubino said…
Great info.  I may just have to look at a photo sometime though, not sure I can get it from the description, although the idea of alum channel with a door type weatherstripping is pretty descriptive.  Got more trips yet this year?
At 9:58am on July 30, 2011, Jim Rubino said…

Hey Andy:  back from the grand trip, great fun on big water, Lava nearly did me in but we managed.  Thanks for the great heads up on the others.


Had a question on the hatches designed on the GC Exp. boats you're rowing now - they look like a definite upgrade over the old briggs hatch design I've got from 10 years ago.  Would you have any close-up schematics where I could get a better look?


best, Jim

At 11:15am on June 30, 2011, Jim Rubino said…

thanks, great stuff Andy.  Brad also mentioned that Upset was a "minor" rapid at this level - are you running left there?


best, Jim

At 7:14am on June 30, 2011, Jim Rubino said…

Hey Andy:  thanks for the info, kind of remember a far left sneak at Specter at about these flows back in the mid '90's, wondered if you noticed that.  Is the entry in Granite still just off the right wall or are you entering closer to the middle of the river?


best, Jim

At 7:15am on June 21, 2011, Jim Rubino said…

Hi Andy:  was getting ready for another July run this summer, looks like we'll have steady flows of 24,000 or so, was wondering if you had any advice for wood boats at that flow - all my dory runs there have been at much lower water.


any info much appreciated, best, Jim

At 3:31pm on December 27, 2010, Hal Jaeke said…

Andy, Thanks for the reply. Yea, I think I got a keeper! (and for less than 800 w/ the trailer,and 2 spares!) The interior is the most in need of sanding down to the first coat. The hull exterior I'll knock down a little and treat it like a primer coat like you suggested. The glass is all in good shape except where it has de-laminated in places at the top of the hull (along the rail). Can I put some epoxy in there and clamp it down, or should I take a strip of fiberglass and "cap"off the top edge of the hull when I have the rail off for replacement? It seems to me ,the way it was built allows moisture to penetrate the top edge of the plywood, and should at least get a good epoxy coat, if not the full glass treatment before painting.

  I'd definitely be down with getting the info on ordering the materials for both the rails and the chine.

  You really have some beautiful boat pics....esp. Ol Woody! As you can see, I'm partial to the fair boat!14%27%20Wood%20duck%20019.JPG

At 6:25am on December 27, 2010, Hal Jaeke said…

Hi Andy,

 I bought the Briggs boat on Sunday. Here are some pics.She seems sound thru-out,but the rail is dried and cracked a bit, and the chine rail needs to be replaced. Any suggestions on the type of wood Jerry would of used originally, and a good source for buying rails and such? Also,is sandblasting a possibility to knock a few coats of paint off.... or am I better off just doing it by hand? HalBriggs%20Dory%20009.JPGBriggs%20Dory%20012.JPGBriggs%20Dory%20013.JPGBriggs%20Dory%20010.JPG


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