Bill Kirkpatrick
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  • Portland, OR
  • United States
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Bill Kirkpatrick replied to John Squire's discussion KEITH STEELE BOAT ?
"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…"
Aug 14, 2017
Bill Kirkpatrick replied to Mark Heskett's discussion Coat-it bottom
"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…"
May 5, 2017
Bill Kirkpatrick replied to CWarmouth's discussion Boat Cart or Wagon-like Tote
"How about three strong friends and a six pack of beer?"
Mar 14, 2017
Bill Kirkpatrick replied to Jeff Harris's discussion Look what someone gave me!! Now what??
"Jeff: 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…"
Mar 2, 2017
Bill Kirkpatrick replied to Gregg Maddock's discussion Yeti cooler as seat.
"I am also interested. Found this on line: http://www.go2marine.com/product/198664F/swingback-seat-cooler-insulated-un-insulated.html Not very pretty, but might be OK for a power boat. I'm thinking of a cooler suspended on runners like a…"
Aug 31, 2016
Bill Kirkpatrick replied to Adam Beam's discussion maintenance of a wooden drift boat?
"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…"
Jul 26, 2016
Bill Kirkpatrick shared Matt Garbe's discussion on Facebook
Apr 17, 2016
Bill Kirkpatrick replied to CWarmouth's discussion Drift Boat Project #3
"Carl: The chine logs on my 1966 Keith Steele boat are mahogany (picture attached). I bet that Jayson is right and the strip of plywood is from an old dry rot repair. Bill"
Aug 31, 2015
Bill Kirkpatrick replied to CWarmouth's discussion Rub Strip Removal
"Carl: 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. …"
Aug 12, 2015
Bill Kirkpatrick replied to CWarmouth's discussion Rub Strip Removal
"Attached is a picture of the how the rub strip nails are spaced on my 1966 Keith Steele boat.  No sign of glue, but could still be there. Bill K"
Aug 11, 2015
Bill Kirkpatrick replied to CWarmouth's discussion Drift Boat Project #3
"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…"
Aug 4, 2015
Bill Kirkpatrick replied to CWarmouth's discussion Drift Boat Project #3
"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. Bill K"
Aug 3, 2015
Bill Kirkpatrick replied to CWarmouth's discussion Drift Boat Project #3
"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…"
Jul 23, 2015
Bill Kirkpatrick replied to Terry Knight's discussion Bow mount anchor question
"Terry: 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…"
Apr 9, 2015
Bill Kirkpatrick replied to Dustin Adams's discussion bottom protection.
"Dustin: 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…"
Feb 24, 2015
Bill Kirkpatrick replied to Dustin Adams's discussion bottom protection.
"Dustin: I've had good luck with Coat-It epoxy applied to the bottom of my old boat without glass cloth. http://www.tapplastics.com/product/fiberglass/epoxy_resins/coat_it_epoxy_sealer_with_kevlar/30 Its available at Bi-Mart."
Feb 23, 2015

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Hometown:
Eugene, Oregon
About Me:
I sold my old Keith Steele boat in 2018 and am now fishing from a Rapid Robert kit boat from Ray's River Dories.
Boats I own:
2003 Rapid Robert from Ray's River Dories.

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