Jim Schnepel
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Rehabbing an old drift boat - how to fix the exterior?
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I just bought an older drift boat.  3/8" plywood, covered inside and out with fiberglass and epoxy.  I need to cut out and patch some soft spots on the sides, and cover some holes, and fix quite a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Schnepel May 8, 2016.

Free UHMW shoe
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I pulled a black UHMW (I'm pretty sure that's what it is) shoe off a drift boat I restored.  It looks like the prior owner only ran it down a river once or twice, and the shoe is in good condition,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Schnepel Sep 23, 2015.

Utah - decked over boat?
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Does anyone have a decked-over boat in Utah that I could come look at?  I'd like to see on in person to get a better idea about what I'd do if I convert my drift boat.JimContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by lhedrick Oct 26, 2014.

Convert to whitewater dory?
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Since my first trip down the Grand Canyon in 1997 I've wanted a whitewater dory.  However, money and time have delayed the dream until now.Recently, I picked up a drift boat and trailer for $600 from…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jacob McKissick Nov 2, 2018.


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Jacob McKissick replied to Jim Schnepel's discussion Convert to whitewater dory?
"Hey Chris,  Do you have pictures of what your boat looks like with cooler or dry boxes in.  I am planning on decking the back and front and put metal dry boxes and coolers in the middle. I also thought about making tight fitting…"
Nov 2, 2018
Jim Schnepel replied to Roger Goth's discussion Turning my Driftboat into a Whitewater Dory
"In order to fit a largish (75 quart?) cooler I had to move the oarsman's seat back, and the oarlocks back about 8" from their original placement.  I was worried about it, but after a few trips think it works fine. I recall getting a…"
May 23, 2018
Jim Schnepel replied to Roger Goth's discussion Turning my Driftboat into a Whitewater Dory
"Go for it!  About 3 years ago I bought a 16' Don Hill High Sides that needed some restoration.  I restored the outside and then decked it over.  Ran it down Westwater last fall at about 5k, and down Cat last weekend at about…"
May 23, 2018
Jim Schnepel commented on Jim Schnepel's blog post 19' Drift boat to be decked over...
"We (I somehow roped a friend into helping and into using his garage) started working on this project, finally.  There's a lot more rot in the lower parts of the sides and floor than I had hoped, so the plan is to frame some bulk heads and…"
May 23, 2018

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19' Drift boat to be decked over...

If a sucker is born every minute, I must have been born more than once... 

I picked this boat up over the weekend.  It was rougher in person than I expected (hoped) from the pictures, but I liked the size and its history -- it was built 35 years ago to run the Grand to support a bunch of kayakers.  I can't imagine taking it down there with no compartments and about 10 scuppers (covered now by the small pieces of wood on the gunwales) cut-in at floor level to encourage self bailing.…


Posted on May 4, 2016 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

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