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Trailer spring weight
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The trailer I had made for my boat came with 3500 lbs springs.  I knew this was wayyyy too stiff and this week I put on some 2000 lbs springs. For some reason I kept shopping and found 1000 lbs…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Phillip Westendorf Aug 21.

12 x 48 build?
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So even though my own boat is still incomplete but very fishable, I've been dreaming of maybe building a play boat.  I was thinking of something small, one manned, and decked over.  Tatman boats had…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Loudenslager Jun 10.

Barkley Sound Oars
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Was all excited to order my oars from fisheries supply yesterday.  Upon checkout I noticed that they would charge me 200 dollars in surcharges to get them to my door.  So I looked up Barkley sounds…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robb Grubb Feb 27.


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Bennett Yarbrough replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"You can just mask the plywood off and run a bead of thickened epoxy where the frame goes. To keep things tidy I would run neat epoxy on the edge of each frame and let dry in advance.  I did wet on wet there and was glad I masked everything.…"
Nov 22
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Shawn Baker's discussion Fir vs Meranti dory floor
"Brad dimock put rubber chine caps on one of his dories. I remember seeing it on his blog."
Nov 4
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Kevin's discussion LOOKING FOR USED DRIFT BOAT TO BUY
"If youre in the southeast search around on Knoxville, Asheville, and Chattanooga craigslist. theres typically a wood boat or two kicking around on there."
Nov 1
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Randy Dersham's discussion Greg Tatman again ownes Tatman Boats
"Hey Randy I wanted to bump this up and see if you or anyone else has a phone number to contact Greg?"
Oct 22
Bennett Yarbrough replied to JC Smith's discussion Graphite for bottom
"Hey Jc, I ended up having to do something like 8 fill coats on my 20 oz triaxial bottom because I was putting it on way too thin. I can't remember the figure, but I put way more powder in the mix than was recommended simply because it…"
Oct 9
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Dan Poole's discussion Wood boat covers?
"Hey Dan. David Witton posted about his cover here As as far as moisture goes I've wondered if a plug in gun safe dehumidifier…"
Sep 30
Bennett Yarbrough replied to CWarmouth's discussion Sticky Oil
"Hey Carl the oil obviously wont soak into the epoxied areas.  Thus leaving you with a nasty sticky oil residue.  Depending on their size and location you may be fine with leaving them bare.  I would worry about UV breakdown though if…"
Sep 10
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"dwarf I kinda like it.  If anyone asks just tell them you embraced the hit and decide to showcase it.  Its kind of like the Jeeps around North Georgia with dented fenders and plenty of rock rash.  When they're next to a shiny…"
Aug 22
Phillip Westendorf replied to Bennett Yarbrough's discussion Trailer spring weight
"I took mine out this week and paid better attention to how it rode on the highway and was pleased it rode smooth at 50-55 MPH, just like you described.  I have two ratchet straps holding it down and they keep it nicely secure to the carpeted…"
Aug 21
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Bennett Yarbrough's discussion Trailer spring weight
"Update, got some 1000 lb springs, on clearance no less!  Now going down the road I get no feedback from the trailer, when you look in the mirror the tires bounce up and down but the trailer stays still.  I cant imagine how much of a…"
Aug 21
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Bennett Yarbrough's discussion Trailer spring weight
"Thanks Phil. After writing this I talked myself into the 1000lbers. My boat weighs a little over 300 and there's no way my trailer is over 700. I guess I had to write it out to convince myself."
Aug 9
Phillip Westendorf replied to Bennett Yarbrough's discussion Trailer spring weight
"BY,  I went with 1000 lb springs when i built my trailer.  They didn't have anything lighter.  They work really nice.  At 70 MPH on x-way you can't feel the boat there.  I think the trailer actually out weighs the…"
Aug 9
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Wil Bake's discussion Best 18x54 kit?
"Mike Bakers website shows he does an 18 x 60 as well"
Jun 13
Eric Loudenslager replied to Bennett Yarbrough's discussion 12 x 48 build?
"For class III and IV, a decked boat isn't really necessary.  Roger Fletcher's book has designs used by the early runners of the Middle Fork Salmon using double enders....and even the Rapid Robert.  Roger's book has off sets…"
Jun 10
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Bennett Yarbrough's discussion 12 x 48 build?
"I agree, but that would require both epoxy and epoxy work.  I'm thinking yellow pine frames and deck screw fasteners.  Basically a boat that I cant be too sad about destroying on boney class III/IV water."
Jun 6
tungsten replied to Bennett Yarbrough's discussion 12 x 48 build?
"I would do it stitch and glue,much easier and lighter.I took the plans from Jasons skiff and shortened it.It ended up around 130 lbs."
Jun 6

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At 10:38am on January 4, 2017, Mel Buchanan said…
Hey here's my cell 256-343-6908
At 5:10pm on August 4, 2016, Mike Baker said…

Hey Bennett,

Either call 541-410-1048 (not after 7 pm pacific please) or email

At 7:02am on May 12, 2016, Mark Stuberr said…


Sorry this took a while. If you are marking centerline its best to use a string line. I don't snap it I carefully mark under the line then connect the marks with a strait edge. If I am feeling really lazy I borrow the 12' strait edge from my friends upholstery shop and put it on that way. Marking a strait centerline on all four sides of the blank is critical. Have fun and I can't wait to see the finished product!


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