James Prepura
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  • Homer Glen, IL
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oar length and anchor weight
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Hi guys Im building a 16 ft. drift boat and am now wondering what length oars are best the width is 72 inches were the oar locks will be mounted, and I will mainly float the Michigan waters like the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Thomas Apr 19, 2017.

painting the sides of my drift boat
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Hi GuysIm starting back on my build of a Don Hill 16' drift boat I'm thinking of painting the sides black since Im not liking the color after i had applied West systems Epoxy on them I think it would…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Phillip Westendorf Apr 11, 2017.

cutting sides on a Don Hill 16 D.B.

ok two mistakes (sort of ) that you might not want to make.1) when you cut the sides on your drift boat cut the long line that divides the two halves and face the same sides together before you cut…Continue

Started Sep 13, 2016

staining tricks ???
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Hello again all,I need your expertise . Has anyone used water base stain and then epoxied ??Also does anybody have a trick up there sleeve on how to scarf a joint that is going to be stained this is…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Thomas Aug 24, 2016.


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James Prepura replied to David Harbor's discussion Where to get a trailer out east?
"Hi Dave  Theres a Stealthceaft drift boat dealer in Baldwin Michigan they have new and used drift boat trailers they've been very helpful with my buddys needs in the past, don't know if it to far out of your way but I believe they…"
Apr 15, 2018
James Prepura replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"I agree with Phillip it takes a lot of time to resharpen a planing blade. So if your looking for speed and are daring i put a dado cutting bit in my router and adjusted it to a zero tolerance on top of my table saw and locked everything down and put…"
Jan 13, 2018
James Prepura replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"lol I did the same thing by dropping it a few words came out of my mouth that I can't type but I learned to clamp a piece of plywood the width of the piece and about six inches longer than the scarf that way I could move it around and not worry…"
Jan 7, 2018
James Prepura replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"I apologize Dusty if I came off the wrong way with my scarf joint wasn't trying to show off I myself tried a couple of times to get mine to remotely look like your but failed. I live four hours round trip to the closest lumber yard that carries…"
Jan 7, 2018
James Prepura replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"not bad a couple of guys on this sight I believe it was said they used a piece of ply on top and bottom as waste pieces they would sandwich the good piece in between and then start there scarf which would keep the scarf edeges clean and crisp…"
Jan 1, 2018
James Prepura replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Hi Dusty, I cheated with my scarf joints and found someone online selling a West Systems 875 scarfing jig works out very well bolt onto you circular "
Dec 31, 2017

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At 3:13pm on April 15, 2017, Phillip Westendorf said…
Just post some pics on your progress on making the oars. Recently I posted some specs for Mike Rossi on them. Can't remember the post but it was recent. My 16 dbl ended with transom is 16 ft and my oars are 103 5/8 long.
Looking forward to follow your progress,
Phil W
At 6:03pm on April 7, 2017, Phillip Westendorf said…


I'll send out the plans tomorrow via USPS.  The length is your call.  My ash oars are 8 1/2 ft long, overall length.  The Doug Fir were 8 ft.  They were for a friends rowing skiff.     Let me know if you need help, just post and I'll answer there or Mike will.         



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