JC Smith
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Rear seat casting brace8434781
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I am thinking about using my new found spare time to build a casting brace for a fisherperson seated in the rear of my wood frame DB. I see Greg Maddock and Paul Chiasson used what looks like a plank…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shawn Baker Apr 15.

Boat cover
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Hello all, I am traveling from New York to Montana/Idaho this summer with the boat I built with big help from Kurt at Wood River Drift Boats. A cover for my boat seems a smart move since I am looking…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by JC Smith Jul 1, 2019.

Trailer springs
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I had a trailer frame made at a local shop for my still new Wood River DB. The owner fitted the trailer with 1750 lb leaf springs. Wondering if I should swap those out for 1000 lb  springs. I will…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by JC Smith Feb 15, 2019.

Graphite for bottom
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Hello all, I have applied my third layer of epoxy and 6 oz cloth to the bottom of my drift boat project. I am looking for information on the amount of graphite powder to add to my epoxy mix as I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jayson Hayes Nov 7, 2018.

 

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"Nice to see some folks who frequent this forum have been to visit the Finger Lakes Boating Museum in Hammondsport New York. Did you see the Pat II? That is the 40-ft launch that museum volunteers have been working on over the last 5 years. We missed…"
Sep 5
JC Smith replied to Gregg Maddock's discussion Drift boating in New England
"I'm in the Finger Lakes in New York. Lots and lots of drift boats on the Salmon River at the east end of Lake Ontario, and on the Delaware River on the south side of the Catskills. Both rivers see too much traffic for my tastes. there's a…"
May 26
Shawn Baker replied to JC Smith's discussion Rear seat casting brace8434781
"That was the input I needed, thanks. A couple bolts into the bulkhead would brace it all. I don't claim to be a fly fisherman, but just built a wooden boat and seemed like time to buy a fly rod."
Apr 15
Kirk Miller replied to JC Smith's discussion Rear seat casting brace8434781
"Trouble is if you lean over to the side, will your weight go off floor and the entire thing tumbles into the drink. Or hold it down with a really heavy cooler of beer. "
Apr 15
Shawn Baker replied to JC Smith's discussion Rear seat casting brace8434781
"That's cool Kirk.I have been thinking of removeable thigh brace options for my whitewater dory. Would be great to have it serve a "2nd life" as a fishing craft, albeit a heavy one.  I wonder how well that would work if mounted to…"
Apr 15
JC Smith replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
""Soft maple..." ? You are a North country - Adirondack guy for sure!  :)"
Mar 26
Kirk Miller replied to JC Smith's discussion Rear seat casting brace8434781
"I first did a gunwale to gunwale steam bent piece with a curved brace mounted to it, but after two seasons found it cumbersome because its hard to move people between the rear seat and the rowers seat without going to shore.  Also it got in the…"
Mar 24
JC Smith replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
"Don, I use a shuttle service, Bill Cross, 607.237.3078. Recommended to me by a fly shop and friends. Same plan worked great when I took the boat out west last summer for 3 weeks. I text the shuttle service when I am preparing to launch, and need to…"
Dec 21, 2019
JC Smith replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
"Don, if my experience is correct, you are not missing much. The throat on my oars took shape simply as a function of what it took to transition from the final diameter of the oar shaft into the flat shape of the blade. I think you will automatically…"
Dec 21, 2019
JC Smith replied to Don Tyson's discussion I have a Ply/Epoxy boat but am curious
"Don, my impression is that it is not common to glue or epoxy the sides to the frames. Frames making building without lots of glass and epoxy practical. There is an upside to that, which is subject to (unresolvable??!!) debate. Both techniques have…"
Dec 21, 2019
JC Smith replied to Don Tyson's discussion I have a Ply/Epoxy boat but am curious
"Don, Okay, some one else better informed may likely step in here with a better answer as I am a first timer with the boat I built. In rough, or maybe even specific terms, I think the Oracle for diy stitch and glue drift boats is Sandy Pittendrigh at…"
Dec 20, 2019
JC Smith replied to Don Tyson's discussion I have a Ply/Epoxy boat but am curious
"The bottom of my boat, following the instruction that came with my (excellent!) Wood River Boat Works kit, was what I followed. The bottom is screwed and glued with 3M 5200 adhesive caulk to the bottom of the frames and the sides are simply screwed.…"
Dec 20, 2019
JC Smith replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
"To answer your question, I started with two planks each planed down to 1 1/8 inch so when I glue them togeher I will have at least 2 1/4 inches in one dimension for the square tops of the oar looms. I draw my oar profile out on the "blank"…"
Dec 20, 2019
JC Smith replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
"Shawn, Tulip poplar is not related to the cottonwood/aspen/poplars. Its closest relative is magnolia. My forestry and field biology courses said tulip poplar is pretty much all alone as a species in North America, without other family or genus…"
Dec 20, 2019
JC Smith replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
Sep 5, 2019
JC Smith replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
"Shawn, to get bulk I tied one turks head with light cord, then a larger one over the top using parachute cord. How many leads and bights? I have no idea. I painted the final product with epoxy thinned with denatured alcohol. So far those knots are…"
Sep 5, 2019

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