"I agree with Mike and David, definitely not a Keith Steele boat. In addition to the differences already mentioned, Keith's limber holes were on the right side of the boat, his oarlocks were flush with the gunnels, and the transom was more…"
"I use Coat-It and am very pleased with it. I think it would last indefinitely if not scraped up. I fish on the Sandy and Wilson Rivers in Oregon where the the bottom gets a lot of abuse, so I re-coat about every 4 or 5 years. I get…"
I live in NE Portland and have a wooden drift boat similar to yours. I have used various storage methods over the years and have kept the original bottom intact without the need for a shoe or skid plate.
I would be glad to look at your…"
"The most important thing is to keep it under cover when not in use. A garage is best, second best would be a carport or other cover (I once kept mine in an airport hanger). Avoid constant exposure to the…"
Keith Steele build my boat for me in the spring of 1966, so that's how I know its age. Boats manufactured after 11/1/72 had to have capacity plates and since yours does not, you know that it was built before that. …"
"The wooden dowel is not attached to the seat, but is held in place by tension, just as you surmised. The rope has to be the right length for this to come out right, so be sure to save the old rope to measure against. Sounds like your…"
"Attached are three pictures of the seat on my old (1966) Keith Steele boat.
The seat originally had baling wire where you now see chains.
Let me know if you have questions or want more pictures.
"Back in the 1960's, most of the drift boats on the McKenzie were painted the same green color used by the U of O. Besides being true to Oregon, green also provided some camouflage when duck hunting.
Keith Steele build a boat for…"
My boat is 14 ft. at the centerline, 16 ft. around the gunwales. It was built by Keith Steele years ago. I believe they are still being built by son Steve Steele in Lebanon, Oregon.
The motor is a 4 hp. long-shaft Yamaha and has…"
I just put one coat on the first time (10 or 12 years ago). Since then, I've sanded and re-coated it twice.
The re-coats were needed because I fish the Sandy River at Troutdale and drag the bottom a lot (the Sandy can…"