Bennett Yarbrough
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Spray bottle oiling technique

After a wet Georgia summer I had some mildew on my boat. I got around to scrubbing it with peroxide last week and so needed to re oil all the ply and a few ribs. Before I'd use a rag and scrub…Continue

Started Dec 15, 2018

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, 2018.

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, 2018.


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Bennett Yarbrough replied to Don Tyson's discussion I have a Ply/Epoxy boat but am curious
"Don I think it’d be best to buy the book “drift boats and river dories” by Roger fletcher. It walks you through the history as well as the construction of the Mackenzie dory as well as other ply on frame boats and includes plans…"
Dec 22, 2019
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"What if you did a 1/4 inch ply, 12-18 ounce triax, 1/4 inch ply sandwhich? Don’t think it would be as strong as glass on 1/2 inch but may be a bendable happy medium?"
Dec 12, 2019
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
"I’ve got spruce oars from Barkley Sound Oar and Paddle. They’re a pleasure to row"
Aug 19, 2019
Bennett Yarbrough replied to J. Snider's discussion Geometry
"I bought the extended regal oarlocks to have some adjustability. Are these used in the whitewater world? I assume having them extended could lead to failure but didn’t know if they aren’t the weakest link in the chain.  I keep mine…"
Aug 12, 2019
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Tom Anderson's discussion Trailer Drawings
"Youre right Phil. I was really overthinking that haha"
Jul 13, 2019
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Tom Anderson's discussion Trailer Drawings
"Hey guys I’m finally getting guide rollers welded on. I’m wondering what length roller y’all think would work, 6 inches? 9 inches? I’m copying this design"
Jul 12, 2019
Bennett Yarbrough replied to JC Smith's discussion Boat cover
Jun 26, 2019
Bennett Yarbrough replied to erik heiden's discussion how long for epoxy cure before floating?
"Hell worst case just throw a couple space heaters in the shop and keep it in the 80s. My boat in a warehouse in the Georgia summer would kick off slow Raka in no time. It’d be hard as a rock in a few hours in 85-95 degree temps"
Jun 5, 2019
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Patrick Hayes's discussion Rod storage help.
"It doesn’t really help if you’ve got a finished boat but when I first started building I pictured doing flats boat style rod tubes in the number 9 frame and tucking them up under the deck. I think it’d be possible with 1 inch…"
Jun 5, 2019
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Adam Mendel's discussion Help Restoring 1996 Homebuilt
"Makes sense.  Maybe first replace the gunnels with something a little more substantial.  Add in spacer blocks to set the inner gunnel inboard a little to create a truss around the shear like Mckenzies and most whitewater dories do. …"
May 15, 2019
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Adam Mendel's discussion Help Restoring 1996 Homebuilt
"why not just clean up the bottom and laminate a piece of 1/4 inch ply to it? Layer of biax over that and call it good?"
May 13, 2019
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Kirk Miller's discussion To knot the end of your anchor rope or not to knot. That is the question.
"I don’t have more than 80 bucks in an anchor and rope. I’d rather burn that 80 bucks then lose my boat or anyone’s life.  I had to ditch an anchor once just because I simply couldn’t get it back. That cut the fishing…"
May 11, 2019
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Thomas Hood's discussion Boot Holes
"I didn’t do any cut outs but my floor boards stop at the 6 frame. I’m 6 feet tall and put my feet on the 6 frame when getting after it. Seat is higher than recommended at 16 3/4. I have the tall regal oarlocks with the spacers"
Apr 10, 2019

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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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