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Ft. Collins, CO
About Me:
I'm not a framed boat guy, hope nobody stones me...

Since I can remember my favorite thing to do when visiting family in Seattle, was to visit the marina and look at boats, particularly the wood ones. Now I'm not religious, but when I bought my first house a year and a half ago, it had to have a shop, and it was like God told me to build a wood boat. I didn't really feel I had a choice. Now (1-10-09) I'm about 80% done with my 17' double ended Briggs Dory. Can't wait for spring runoff!

I've been rowing western rivers for 10 years in rafts.
Boats I own:
Briggs Dory, 16' Avon Pro raft

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NOT too far gone!!

Got'er done...she even handled some class II-III this weekend on the first annual Colorado Wooden Boat and Beer Float at Pumphouse on the Colorado (thanks Mark)...I've still got plenty of finishing touches to keep me busy for a while, but they're just details (rear bench, floorboards, casting deck, bottle openers, etc...)...


I got rid of the outside chine guard and rubstrip, filled/patched the dings, and glassed the outside, scarfed in some new gunnel material (never even…


Posted on August 14, 2011 at 8:43pm — 4 Comments

Too Far Gone?

It kills me that someone would leave a woodie sitting right-side-up in the dirt, uncovered for five years, totally neglected...but people do that kind of thing, and that is how I ended up with this beauty.  It was not quite free on Craigslist.  The good news is that all the varnish peeled ITSELF!  its already bare wood, all I have to do is brush the crap off and vacuum it up!  Then the real work begins though…


The bow is obviously a disaster, as is the transom.  There are a…


Posted on February 5, 2011 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

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At 9:18pm on March 27, 2011, Terry E Walsh said…


That is the Big Horn River in Wyoming!

At 8:58pm on March 1, 2011, Mike Crouch said…
Jeff- just saw your question.  Yes, I have owned the Cactus Rose for 12 years now.  Last had it on Deso in 2006.  It was built by Dennis, Greg and others from Down River equipment. Late 70s early 80s vintage.  Fun boat.  Probably for sale later this spring. Mike
At 2:22pm on June 13, 2010, Rob Glatthaar said…
Jeff- I had to work this weekend so that is Drue and Jocelyn in the boat on an overnighter on the Iron Canyon section of the lower Sac. This picture was taken with my buddies I phone and texted to me. They are still floating as I type. Crazy technology.
At 6:25pm on February 13, 2010, Brad Dimock said…
The story of the Hyde replica doesn't belong on this site. It's not a boat!
At 10:44am on October 5, 2009, Joe Dengler said…
Hi Jeff, I just got a comment back from Roger F. re: making the Briggs into a double ender. I've just finished building the frames 1-10. How much modifcation did you need to do to keep the same length of boat? Thanks, Joe Dengler
At 5:08am on August 3, 2009, Jim Rubino said…
Well then your luck is good and hopefully you'll have a chance to get down there with the dory next summer. It's a better time for wood hulls anyway since the water's higher. I know you've had contact with Mike Bengston who's a friend of mine and maybe something will surface. Stay in touch, Jim
At 6:18am on August 2, 2009, Jim Rubino said…
Mornin Jeff, turns out I didn't float in the Grand in July due some family health issues. Those have all been cleared up now, and have now been invited on an October 9th Grand. It seems they have some more room, would you be available to then? It's a 21 day trip to Diamond, probably lower water levels but I've been down at those flows before with the dory and can show you the best way through all the big stuff. Let me know what works, Jim
At 7:19am on May 2, 2009, Jim Rubino said…
not a tease, an actual invite if I get a cancellation. took a look at pablo, nice looking craft you built there mate.

At 7:05am on May 2, 2009, Jim Rubino said…
I just wrote you something but think I deleted it. anyway I'll say it again, if you're going to go over to ruby/horsethief, you might consider going a bit farther and running the Moab "dailies". My brother took that McKenzie red boat I just finished over there and said there's some actual whitewater there, and you would have a better idea of performance. In any event, I don't think you have anything to worry about, looks like you've got maximum stability in the design. When I looked at Roger's plans off the book, it looked identical to the plans I used from Andy, except I used construction similar to you - stitch and glue. Anyway, if I get a participant cancellation on the July Grand, come with us and let's give it a test run on some big water. Talk soon, Jim
At 6:26am on May 2, 2009, Jim Rubino said…
ll it doesn't look like it's really much flatter than the Briggs design I built from. Mine has about a 5 foot flat section in the middle, like all GC dories, and then moderate rocker fore and aft. that differs from the McKenzie boat I just finished with a continuous curve. What plans did you build from, and what length "flat" spot does the bottom have?

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