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Happy 4th of July!
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Was wondering if any of you took your boats out this weekend? If so could you post a few pictures?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ronald R Rupert Jul 5, 2016.

Walnut oar lock blocks and knee braces.
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Just stacked a bunch of kiln dried walnut gun stock blank scraps; all different grades. Most have small imperfections and or voids in them, make beautiful oar lock blocks and knee braces. I am…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by chris towles Aug 1, 2014.

started work on double ender.
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Have started working on my friends double ender; hope to bring it to the show in April! Put a few pictures in the photo section. Boat will be black with varnished trim. It has been…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by JAY STRUGNELL Nov 8, 2013.

Where is everyone?
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Is everyone out fishing in there finished wood boats, and if so could we get some pictures of those trips? I have not been able to get out on the river,but have been working on drift boat trailers,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by stephen ludwig Oct 9, 2013.



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At 6:50pm on March 20, 2013, Brian King said…

Jay I just thought of something that I did to my drift boat. Once I had the boat on the trailer I welded  weld-on eye bolts to the trailer frame directly below the oar locks. Then when you strap your boat down for the trip there or home you are going thru the oar locks and not over the hand rails where the straps will wear down the finish. Just remembered this.

At 11:57pm on January 28, 2013, Brian King said…

Believe it or not I have a 1972 Don Hill 16 FT. High Side Guide model boat that I am going to put together. I bought it from my daughter-in-law's Uncle who bought it in 1972 and never assembled it. The only thing I have had to buy is the assembly manual and screws, nut, bolts, and a piece of 1\4" plywood for the flyline deck. I got the boat kit, Smoker White water oars, Bo's anchor release, UHMW kit all for $500. What a find!

At 6:36pm on January 26, 2013, Brian King said…

The only thing that I would have done to the trailer is put a step platform behind the fender. As for the size of the wheels they are 13" ones and you can buy the whole tire and rim at the local sporting goods store for about $79. I need to make a spare tire stand and get the spare as I would not want to get a flat one the way up the Kalama River which is only about 6 or 7 miles from my house. I just burnt the old drift boat that was on the trailer today as it was really rotted out, I was hoping to get a couple of trips down the river before I did what I did today. This just means that I have to start on the new 16 footer sooner then I planned. Dang the bad luck LOL

At 11:37am on January 8, 2012, Stewart Cross said…

Thank you Jay, it was a real pleasure to build and I got to learn a lot from a good friend and found out what an amazing resource this website is. We'll get the shine knocked off the boat this spring and summer and see what next winter brings.

At 3:23pm on December 30, 2011, Ed Crays said…

Jay I have no numbers I lost them with phone years ago now. shot me an email at crayzys@aol.com with phone number. Ed

At 3:55pm on December 5, 2011, Rob Perkin said…

Thanks for the Welcome Jay. The oars are 10' in length, I believe they are Spruce but I'm not positive. Very keen eye regarding the river, that is the Nestucca. Picture was taken a month ago, it's a picture of my friends Tatman kit we built over 15 years ago.

At 8:02am on November 16, 2011, Kevin Kay said…

Hi Jay, you are correct that is the Posse Grounds boat launch. I pretty much fish between there and Anderson. Fishing has been pretty good lately. I bought my boat about 5 years ago in Southern Oregon. The data plate says it was built in 1970. I am not sure of the builder. I added the rear seat (Tatman), the rear knee brace (Boulder Boat Works), and a few other goodies but it is otherwise as it was built. Shortly I will post some more detailed pictures in the forum looking for information on the builder.

At 11:03am on November 8, 2011, Adam "Dutch" Gottschling said…


Thanks for the comment. I didn't want to "over restore" the Rapid Robert. The outside had very old varnish on it. I scraped what was left of it off and put a very light sand on it. I wanted to keep the 60 years of patina in tacked. The nicks and scratches, old nail heads, and the storys never told are still there. I wanted to make the boat look like a 60 year old drift boat. Which she is.




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