David Witton
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Anchor rope
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I've been using some pretty sub-par three strand rope for both an anchor rope and bow line, and it's time for a replacement. One good thing about the current rope is the thimble in an eye splice at…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by JC Smith Apr 19.

Plans for rope seat?
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I'd like to add a front seat option to my boat, similar to …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bennett Yarbrough Jun 5, 2018.

Varnish over epoxy
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I'm looking for advise on how long I need to let the final coat of epoxy cure before starting to varnish...Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Baker Aug 20, 2016.

Website issues?
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For the last several days, I've been having problems with this site - it won't load using Chrome on Windows 7 and it's painfully slow on my Mac. Are others having issues, or is it just my luck?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Newman Apr 14, 2016.


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David Witton replied to erik heiden's discussion Anchor release arm question
"Holding power relates to anchor scope. The higher the rope leaves the boat, the more line needs to be out to achieve the same scope. My anchor line exits about half way up the transom -  if your anchor arm is mounted at the top of the transom,…"
David Witton replied to JC Smith's discussion Boat cover
"JC The cool thing about the Montana Canvas cover referenced in Bennett's link is that it's made from long haul truck cover material - designed to spend a lifetime at freeway speeds. Whatever you choose, be sure it's a full coverage…"
Jul 1
David Witton replied to Patrick Hayes's discussion Rod storage help.
"I've been thinking of adding a couple of lengths of 1 1/4" PVC and slipping the rods in there. "
Jun 5
David Witton replied to Kirk Miller's discussion To knot the end of your anchor rope or not to knot. That is the question.
"I was reading an older thread on this site recently where none other than AJ DeRosa suggested tying an overhand slip know with a long tail at the end of the anchor rope. That way if the line ran out to the know and you needed to dump the anchor rig,…"
May 28
JC Smith replied to David Witton's discussion Anchor rope
"Isnt that a woven type rope you can eye splice? There are quite a few diy tutorials for splicing woven rope on you tube, marine supply websites and the like."
Apr 19
David Witton commented on colorado_mtndrift's photo

Homemade Anchor!

"Patrick -  Take a look at this site - they may have what you're looking for https://www.willieboats.com/product-category/drift-boat-parts-accessories/"
Apr 8
David Witton replied to Shawn Baker's discussion Fir vs Meranti dory floor
"One trick to bending the 1/2" bottom is to deliberately leave extra length at the stern. Start fastening midships and then forward to the bow. Now you can use clamps or weights on the overhang you've left at the stern to bring it tight to…"
Nov 6, 2018
David Witton replied to Dan Poole's discussion Wood boat covers?
"Dan I'm really happy with the cover I got from Montana Canvas a couple of years ago. It's great for storage, but also for trips down gravel roads to the put in, where pebbles get kicked up from the truck tires and can chip the finish coat…"
Oct 1, 2018
David Witton replied to Andy Pruitt Heisler's discussion Inside sheer rail repair
"Gunwale (pronounced "gunnel") is defined as "the upper edge of a boat's side". It defines the sheer line of the boat, and on dories consists of an inwale and and outwale. So yes, sheer rail and gunwale describe the same…"
Aug 1, 2018
David Witton replied to Andy Pruitt Heisler's discussion Inside sheer rail repair
"White oak or ash. Kurt's suggestion is right on (as usual) and will add a bit of strength to that area. I'd add blocks to both sides. "
Jul 28, 2018
David Witton replied to Andy Pruitt Heisler's discussion Inside sheer rail repair
"Seems like to do a decent job, you'd want to scarf the missing piece on - that means removing the existing piece. At that point, it might be simpler to install a new inwale (inner gunwale)"
Jul 25, 2018
Bennett Yarbrough replied to David Witton's discussion Plans for rope seat?
"David, I sent you a message."
Jun 5, 2018
David Witton replied to Bennett Yarbrough's discussion 12 x 48 build?
"Sandy Pittendrigh showed up last year at the Wilson show with a boat he called a dyak - dory/kayak - just big enough for one person, and kinda like a sit-on-top kayak. He'd be a good person to talk to."
Jun 5, 2018
David Witton replied to Andy Pruitt Heisler's discussion Strongback and instructions
"I'd recommend getting a copy of Roger Fletcher's book "Drift Boats and River Dories". There are also several good, detailed assembly blogs on this site. One is here."
May 21, 2018
David Witton replied to JC Smith's discussion Estimating resin qualtities
"When I was building my boat, I was told that for 10 oz of cloth, I'd need 10 oz of resin. So if the bottom of a 16' boat uses 4 yards of 22 oz cloth - total 88 oz - I'd need 88 oz of resin+hardener. Hope that helps. "
Apr 3, 2018
David Witton replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"You're right - the frames (side and bottom) are all cut from 3/4" stock. The disparity you mention is just a quirk of the plans you're using. "
Feb 26, 2018

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At 7:42pm on January 3, 2016, dreu patterson said…

This is how I tied the chine in with the cap. I am much further along now.This is a first try at sending a pic on this site.Please let me know you got it.Thankyou-Dreu

At 7:37pm on January 3, 2016, dreu patterson said…

At 6:43pm on January 3, 2016, dreu patterson said…

David, nice of you to reach out to me.This is my 1st build (from scratch) and am hoping to get it done in time for summer here in colorado.I have the bottom and sides on and will be glassing this weekend.In the meantime I added a used oil burner to my shop stove to get some steady free heat.Pictures to follow when I get time to load them as I don't spend alot of time writing e mails.I look foward to hearing from you-Dreu

At 9:12am on September 1, 2015, Jeremy Christensen said…

Hey David, I'll have to see if I can find the original video. Feel free to email me at doryladd@gmail.com


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