Don Hanson
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Nice Ray kit boat FS in Maupin, Or
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  Saw it yesterday, looks to be correctly put together and in almost perfect shape with trailer included.  $1700 asking...its painted and oil finish inside..Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Hanson May 23, 2016.

Interesting dory project
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    Here's a boat that came to me for some work just recently.  I know, it isn't a wooden drift boat but it IS an historic dory that may be of interest to some who visit this site.  This boat was…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Hanson May 3, 2015.

Possible Gucci plywood source

  Don't have any experience with this company but the product looks interesting on their website...  The name *could* be a reference to the price of it...grin.…Continue

Started Apr 11, 2015

The romance of wooden boat work (slight tongue in cheek)
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  I don't think I've posted a link to a fairly extensive restoration on a Don Hill boat that I did a few years back.   It may be instructive to some who are interested.   The damage and deterioration…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by AJ DeRosa Aug 19, 2014.


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My Don Hill boatowner is quite pleased

  He came up yesterday and got his "new" boat.  A very happy and somewhat amazed (by the boat's transformation) fellow.   He insisted I take a small bonus payment for my work, which I did not turn down.  With the bonus, I made just about minimum wage..almost.  Other than the sanding, re-working the old Woodie was really quite fun.

  We put almost $1000 in materials and supplies into the job.  I had over 100 hrs of labor as well. 

In our original discussions and my quick…


Posted on May 24, 2011 at 7:29am — 2 Comments

Finished her up..15 May

  As promised to the owner, his boat is ready.  Before official summer..Memorial Day. 

Doing this restoration was enjoyable and I think the customer got good value.  He now has a very serviceable boat that is also a genuine piece of history.…


Posted on May 17, 2011 at 11:15am — 1 Comment

Moving right along with this one

  A progress report on the refurbishment of the Don Hill boat: 


  I've finished with the bottom, the rock shoe install, the chine and a new stem.  Finished up the sides while it was upside down, too.

  Flipped it over and...sighed.  More, a lot more... basic sanding, staring me right in the face. 

  I put three coat of Dura Tuff clear coat finish on the outside.  This is the finish that Don Hill used.  I called the fellow who bought out Don Hill's patterns and…


Posted on May 8, 2011 at 8:04pm

R&R on a Don Hill boat being done now (late April, '11)


  I have not figured out how to post pics here yet.  For now, I will reference you to my Picasa web album(s) with about 20 pics of this project as it's progressed 'till now.

  I was commissioned to bring this boat back to life late last fall.  It was soaking wet, full of ice and leaves, a forlorn sight as the client pulled up to my shop with it.  He's a recreational floater, wanted the boat saved, if possible, so he could float it this summer.   He seems to be OK with…


Posted on April 30, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

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At 5:27am on September 14, 2012, Tom Anderson said…

Hi there Don.  That is you.  We actually know each other . . . been to your place once before . . . registered a KTM for you from my address in Oregon way back when I lived over there.  Funny to meet you here again.  I certainly will come down and visit.  I've adopted a drift boat project that I think I will tackle before building the new one I'd like to build.  I'll call you at some point and come on down.


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