Dave Z
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Rogue River Trip
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jayson Hayes Oct 30, 2017.

New Boat- The Pennsylvania Drifter- True Double Ender Design
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Started this discussion. Last reply by CWarmouth Jul 8, 2017.

Solo Slider

Started Apr 7, 2017


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Jayson Hayes replied to Dave Z's discussion Rogue River Trip
"Great trip! We loved having you along Dave and hope you can come join us again sometime. Thanks for the fellowship and the great pictures! ~Jayson"
Oct 30, 2017
David Jensen replied to Dave Z's discussion Rogue River Trip
"I just took out this stretch 10/19.  Great pumpkin hatch thru the canyon.  Great group you were with."
Oct 25, 2017
Dave Z commented on Mark's photo


"love it.  i want one like that!"
Oct 24, 2017
Dave Z commented on Robb Grubb's photo


"Whoa.  this is awesome Robb. "
Oct 24, 2017
Dave Z commented on Blake Docter's photo

First day on the water!

"love it.  stay off my other river. haha"
Oct 24, 2017
Dave Z commented on Rick Finnell's photo


"I think I need one.  Might be the build I do next."
Oct 24, 2017
Dave Z replied to Robert Puckett's discussion anchor winch plates
"Man that looks great!!! you did really nice work on the Pram and total justice to the design with the motor mount!  Love it! "
Oct 24, 2017

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Owner and Operator of Down Home Boatworks. Flyfisher and boat designer.
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At 10:17pm on January 8, 2015, Joel Williams said…

Happy New Year!  I'll second the desire for plans for the your Pram 2.0.  We traded emails early last year and you recommended a bigger boat for what I described to you.  I've been scrounging up materials, finishing projects and setting up a shop space just in time for winter!

Thanks a ton,  Joel Williams


At 5:55pm on August 26, 2014, Tom McLaughlin said…
Do you sel plans for you new Driftboat Pram 2.0? I looks like a fun build and should be a great boat to fish out of here in Minnesota.

Thanks for any information you can provide.
At 11:43am on July 7, 2014, Bill Prall said…

As I compared the three options, that seemed to be the one that made sense.  I'd like to think I'd be ready to build soon, but the reality of the situation is that I'm probably looking at next spring/summer.  I could start making some of the components in my basement shop this fall/winter.  So I guess I'm not in that much of a hurry.  If I could get plans by the end of summer or beginning of fall that would be great.  Thanks for the response.  Really like the boats you build. 

At 5:56am on July 7, 2014, Bill Prall said…
Hi Dave. Looking for some advice on a smaller boat design that will handle a decent amount of weight on northern michigan streams. Manistee, AuSable, etc. not a lot of rocker required, but I'm 6'4" and weigh about 240lbs. My fishing partners range in size, but could be equally as heavy. I really like your pram, but am concerned the weight limit/recommendation might be exceeded. Also like the trapper in the book, but it may be designed for a little heavier water than I'll face. Any thoughts? Do you have plans for the 13 footer you built? Thx. Bill
At 11:47am on October 21, 2013, John Weston said…

Dave, thanks. you can e-mail me at:


looking forward to hearing from you and what you have to say about the little pram. I hope it is good. I really like it and would like to build it. thanks


At 12:34pm on July 11, 2012, John Homer said…

Beautiful boats Dave, well done

At 8:18am on February 22, 2010, M Quinlan said…
Dave nice work on your boats, you are quite skilled. I had a question for you, I found about a 10 inch plane and a old old block plane in my basement. Will the 10 inch plane work to make my scarf joints for my side and bottom panels(56")? Or do i need to buy a 22 inch plane? If I use my 10 inch plane , it was my Great Grandfathers and hasn't been sharpener/used since he used them . I have very limited knowledge or experience with planes. I remember you mentioning there was an art to sharpening planes? Any Help is appreciated. I love the barbies in the model you built. I have two daughters myself , who are 9 and 11 years old. They will get a kick out of those pictures for sure!
At 7:13am on May 6, 2009, Rick Newman said…
Dave, this is Rick Newman from Spokane. We have never spoken, but I have folowed your boats progress both on here and at Happy Trout Chronicles. Neat boat and great job as a father sharing your activities with your kids! I admire your accomplishments.

I know that you follow events here quite closely and wanted to see more pictures of the Wooden Boat Festival. I took quite a few and have three files of pictures that I sent to both Randy and Greg Hatten. The total file size is 356 Mb so it overwhelms most mailing methods. I use a service called Pando that is free and works relatively well. If you would like me to send you the pictures I would be happy to.

I have pictures from the Boat Parade, pictures of the overall boats and where appropriate pictures of boat construction details. Lastly I had pictures of "Boat People" and the overall event.

Anyway if you are interested let me know an email address and I wil send them.

Tight Lines,

Rick Newman
At 7:40pm on April 22, 2009, Greg Hatten said…
Evidence to the contrary... your priorities are just right!! Rain-check on Oregon... "literally". One of these days we'll float a river - here or there...
At 1:01pm on April 22, 2009, Greg Hatten said…
Hey - Happy Trout... Great "post" - boat progress is coming right along!! Wish you were able to make it out here for the wooden boat weekend... it's right up your alley - you'd have a great time!!
Keep up the good work...

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