Jerry Sweat
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Launch assist device on trailer
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Years ago, I saw a launch assist device advertised (I think it was Clackacraft) on their trailers.  When you were ready to get the boat off the trailer, you would stomp down on a foot pedal, which…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jerry Sweat Mar 25, 2023.

Wooden Boat Festival 2014
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I don't see an "event" listed about the Wooden Boat Festival 2014.  Is it scheduled?  Will there be a new poster?  Just wondering.Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Newman Feb 21, 2014.


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Jerry Sweat replied to Jerry Sweat's discussion Launch assist device on trailer
"Yup.  There are some trailers out there so equipped.  I think it's a great idea and I wish they still offered it.  I contacted Clackacraft and they said they discontinued the design.  His quote - "We couldn’t find…"
Mar 25, 2023
Jim Hill replied to Jerry Sweat's discussion Launch assist device on trailer
"I saw one of those years ago on the Sol Duc river and have never forgotten it. "
Mar 25, 2023
Jerry Sweat replied to Jerry Sweat's discussion Launch assist device on trailer
"Thanks Bennett.  I've been thinking up several designs to retrofit my trailer.  I think it would be worth the effort."
Mar 7, 2023
Jerry Sweat commented on Jerry Sweat's blog post Mold
"Thanks Rick for your insight.  I'll go knock on a few doors!"
Nov 16, 2019
Rick Newman commented on Jerry Sweat's blog post Mold
"Clorox and elbow grease will help with the removal, however, if you show a neighborhood kit the Karate Kid movie maybe you can get it done with less of your labor! Rick N"
Nov 14, 2019

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La Pine, Oregon
About Me:
Built my Tatman with a boat partner in 1986. Fished til the early '90's then just stored it in the garage out of the sun. Bought out my partner, now Looking to replace the UHMW bottom with the new (to me) triaxial glass.
Boats I own:
17 1/2 X 54 Guide model Tatman Drift boat.

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Finishing up!

Ribs are finially done.  Sanding, sanding, sanding some more.  Now adding false keel, deck supports, deck and deck cap, coaming, gunwales, floorboards. thwarts, and a finish coat.  Took longer than I thought!…


Posted on April 2, 2023 at 9:48am

Walking the plank.

As I continue with planks, I am also working on thwarts, paddles, and floorboards.  Oops.  Messed up the floorboards.  Had to disassemble and redo.  Now starting on ribs.  Who dosen't love ribs.  …


Posted on March 18, 2023 at 11:28am

I've always wanted to build a cedar strip canoe.

It's the first of February and snow is on the ground outside so I'll stay inside and start my canoe.  The first step is to build a strongback.  Then, lay up a bottom plank with both stems attached.  I can then begin adding planks by alternating sides.  Pretty slow going.  I can only get 4 planks a day glued on.  But I will press on.  I have nothing else to do.…


Posted on March 12, 2023 at 10:30am


Noooo!  Had to store the boat outside for 1 1/2 years.  Tightly tarped to protect it but somehow water got inside.  Now I have mold from stem to stern.  Bought one of those "cloth" garages so it is protected but somewhat "open".  Looking to move soon.  Hopefully will find a place with a shop so I can work on it.

Posted on October 10, 2019 at 4:53pm — 2 Comments

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At 8:41pm on March 16, 2013, Richard Korte said…

I had the Out West boat at that show in 2008 after meeting and talking with Roger Fletcher at a fly fishing show in Seattle.  Every other boat that year was a vintage drift boat or a new, traditional McKenzie style boat, and I really felt out of place. I think they were looking for traditional examples, so I haven't been back. We have taken it to Depoe Bay one year and to the Wooden Boat Show at Port Townsend twice. I appreciate your kind comments!  Rich

At 4:46pm on March 16, 2013, Richard Korte said…

? What show?

At 10:33pm on July 6, 2010, Dennis Liden said…
Hi Jerry,
Send me your private e-mail and I will be happy to reply with the information you are asking about.
My personal e-mail is ( and my phone is 253-884-4910.
Be prepared for a lengthy process as the wood has to be completely dry before installing repair plugs and fiberglass.
Dennis Liden
At 1:25pm on July 6, 2010, Dennis Liden said…
Welcome Jerry,
Thanks for the invite to your friends list. If you are ever in need of a trailer or trailer parts, check out my web site
( Enjoy the site.

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