John Squire
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KEITH STEELE BOAT ?
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Hi Folks,I got this Drift Boat last Summer in Idaho and I think it is a Keith Steele Boat, with serial numbers on it.  As far as I can tell K Steele Drift Boats seem to have rectangle shaped drain…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Squire Aug 19, 2017.

How much fiberglass on the bottom of a decked 16X48
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Hello.I am working on my floor and applied 18.5 triaxial on the inside floor and filled the weave and 2 layers of 6 oz and 3 coats of epoxy to fill the weave on the outside....My questions are :Do…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Squire Oct 29, 2016.

EZ Fillet and Epoxy
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Hi All,I'm working on my outside Bottom and removed the plastic skid plate ....filled the screw holes with EZ Fillet its tack free and smooth.Can I glass and epoxy the bottom without waiting over…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Squire Oct 16, 2016.

Transforming a 16X48 Drift Boat into a Decked selfbailing Whitewater Dory...
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Hi Folks....I am working on a 16X48 Drift Boat and transforming  it into a Decked self bailing Dory.Does anyone out there know any of the history of this boat or who could have designed or built it…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Squire Oct 10, 2016.

 

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John Squire replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"Dorf, I watched a guy make a wooden wagon wheel .... he steamed the rim in a long pipe with water welded closed at one end and heated it with a torch and it curved around his jig like spaghetti.   The other thought I had is to laminate…"
Dec 12, 2017
John Squire replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"I had a repair similar to your project on a 4 panel Alder door that a renters dog gnawed on. I patched reconstructed the area with bondo.. Got the surface sanded smooth put a coat or 2 of finish on the patched area... Then I matched the grain, color…"
Dec 11, 2017
John Squire replied to John Squire's discussion KEITH STEELE BOAT ?
"Thanks for the input everyone. I wasn't sure who made this boat. The passenger seat adjustment is different than other boats I have seen, this one has oak rails with notches. Thanks again....."
Aug 19, 2017
Bill Kirkpatrick replied to John Squire's discussion KEITH STEELE BOAT ?
"I agree with Mike and David, definitely not a Keith Steele boat.  In addition to the differences already mentioned, Keith's limber holes were on the right side of the boat, his oarlocks were flush with the gunnels, and the transom was more…"
Aug 14, 2017
John Squire replied to John Squire's discussion KEITH STEELE BOAT ?
"Thanks Guys ..... I was wondering if it was a Steele and the year it was made because I think it is an old one from the patina on it . I just got more epoxy and fiberglass to put more on the bottom and hull and then on to the decking..."
Aug 13, 2017
David Jensen replied to John Squire's discussion KEITH STEELE BOAT ?
"It is not a Keith Steele (I have two that Keith built for me).  Mike Baker is correct in his distinctions.  Line deck, floor boards, and seats different also.  It does look like a good boat."
Aug 13, 2017
Mike Baker replied to John Squire's discussion KEITH STEELE BOAT ?
"Doesn't look like a Steele to me. True he used rectangular limber holes but he also had a metal brace where the inner gunnels meet the stem as well as a metal Coast Guard ID. on the stem. Where the inner gunnels terminate at the stern of the…"
Aug 12, 2017
John Squire replied to John Squire's discussion How much fiberglass on the bottom of a decked 16X48
"The more I thought about it I figure it may still expand and contract at different rates and fracture the epoxy over time."
Oct 29, 2016
tungsten replied to John Squire's discussion How much fiberglass on the bottom of a decked 16X48
"The uhmw is a solid it wont absorb resin it will just float.Youll end up with a sandpaper type finish is my guess."
Oct 29, 2016
John Squire replied to Brian Grenier's discussion First Build Advice
"Mine is called a 16 ft. but that's measured along the gunnels... because they used to have 16ft long plywood sheets. Now u need to scarf 2 pieces which take up 4 inches. So when I measure my "16ft.X 48 boat" it is really 15…"
Oct 27, 2016
John Squire replied to John Squire's discussion How much fiberglass on the bottom of a decked 16X48
"Thanks for the feed back. The UHDMW shoe I took off the bottom sure was slick but all deformed , wavy, buckled and pulling screws. Now I'm wondering how the bottom would be if I ground up the UHDMW (really fine} and added it to the epoxy…"
Oct 27, 2016
tungsten replied to John Squire's discussion How much fiberglass on the bottom of a decked 16X48
"ya most don't worry about UV,boat sits on a trailer.If you go up the sides with the graphite you could rattle can on some clear for that area to get a little UV protection. I had a look in my epoxy drawer and its 404 by west its a high…"
Oct 27, 2016
John Squire replied to Brian Grenier's discussion First Build Advice
"My boat was designed as a drift boat and had an adjustable front passenger seat to get the trim balanced on the water. I also feel that the oar locks are located off center   of the boat towards the stern .... I am at the point now to put…"
Oct 26, 2016
John Squire replied to Brian Grenier's discussion First Build Advice
"When I first got my boat I took it below Nav. Dam to see how it handles. I live in Durango and am working on decking it  and reinforcing the hull ...if you would like to check it out"
Oct 26, 2016
Mike Thomas replied to John Squire's discussion How much fiberglass on the bottom of a decked 16X48
"hopefully the bottom wont see sun!!! I didnt worry about and uv on the bottom. If it chalks a litle over a few years no problem. It will be ready for a touch up by then anyway."
Oct 25, 2016
John Squire replied to John Squire's discussion How much fiberglass on the bottom of a decked 16X48
"I thought graphite may have had more positive quality's than just being black.... What do you use for a UV protective coating on the bottom ?"
Oct 24, 2016

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Hometown:
Durango Colorado
About Me:
I have been a River Outfitter for 30 yrs, Landscape Painter, Beekeeper and Ukulele player
Boats I own:
Dory, 2 whitewater Canoes, 10ft, 13 ft, and 14ft rafts

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