Kurt Selisch
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Wood boats on the Middle Fork Salmon
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Some pictures of boats built for Aaron Helfrich and Kyle Buschelman on Idaho's Middle Fork Salmon. 100 miles of amazing river through the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho. Aaron…Continue

Tags: launch, Creek, Boundary

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kirk Miller Aug 21, 2017.

Free Plascore
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Hi Wooden Boat folks. I was given 4 sheets of 3/4 marine Plascore by a guy who started a Jason Cajune boat, but could not finish it due to being transferred away for work. I really have no use for…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Patterson Dec 6, 2016.

Keith Steele boat for sale - Pocatello Idaho

Hi Everyone, saw this on craigslist and thought I would post. I know nothing about this boat. Supposedly a Keith Steele with trailer for $1600. Here is the link…Continue

Started Sep 28, 2016

Finished Build
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Kurt Selisch Jun 6, 2016.


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Kurt Selisch replied to Thomas Hood's discussion Boot Holes
"Sit on the oarsman seat with your knees slightly bent. Mark where your heals are. That should be the spot."
Apr 10
Kurt Selisch replied to Paul Koehn's discussion Serious damage to my boat
"Hi Paul, looks to me like the bottom will need to come off. Since the chine log on one side has been totally removed, it will be virtually impossible to replace it without removing the old bottom. The other chine log has rot also at the transom and…"
Feb 20
Kurt Selisch replied to Paul Koehn's discussion Greg Tatum boat
"Some pictures of the dry rot areas would be good in order to help. In the reply screen at the top is an "image" tab, you can upload pictures and post in the reply. I would imagine there are knowledgeable wooden boat folks in the Port…"
Jul 27, 2018
Kurt Selisch replied to Andy Pruitt Heisler's discussion Inside sheer rail repair
"Hate to butt in here, but in case David is away from the computer awhile. White oak is the typical material. I might also recommend installing transom wedge blocks that fit between the hull panel and inside handrail or inwhale. This will support the…"
Jul 26, 2018
Kurt Selisch replied to Randy Dersham's discussion Greg Tatman again ownes Tatman Boats
"Thank you Randy for organizing the Wooden Boat Festival, what a great event. Nice to meet you as well. Interesting to hear Greg is back in the business."
May 2, 2018
Kurt Selisch replied to Kirk Miller's discussion Looking for proper sized oar stoppers
"Nice to meet you at the Wooden Boat Festival. Good job on the oars, they look great."
May 2, 2018
Kurt Selisch replied to Kirk Miller's discussion Looking for proper sized oar stoppers
"Kirk, here is an article about Frank's custom oars, third picture down shows Frank seating an oar stop. Necessity is the father of invention..... http://oregonflyfishingblog.com/2009/04/17/buying-locally-franks-custom-oars/"
Apr 17, 2018
Kurt Selisch replied to Kirk Miller's discussion Looking for proper sized oar stoppers
"I have always found it easier to roll them on. Put them in a pot of hot water like Dave Z suggests which will make them very flexible. Slide them on the oar as far as you can, then with palm of you hands on the very outside of the stop, pull down…"
Apr 16, 2018
Kurt Selisch replied to Gregg Maddock's discussion New 17' Don Hill with some modification.
"Dusty, check out Duralux Marine Enamel. Carried by Home Depot and about half the price at $18 a qt. I just put the Aquamarine color on a boat I am restoring and it is very true to the color sample on line. They offer a wide selection of colors. It…"
Mar 10, 2018
Kurt Selisch replied to Kirk Miller's discussion Keith steele boat oars
"I think Smokers were traditionally ash."
Mar 8, 2018
Kurt Selisch replied to Thomas Hood's discussion Sliding Front Seat
"Hi Thomas, on frame #8, measure from the top of horizontal frame up the vertical frame piece 9-1/2 inches. Make a mark in the center of the frame on both sides at that height. Measure distance between these marks and that will be the distance…"
Feb 3, 2018
Kurt Selisch replied to Randy Dersham's discussion New URL and getting back on track
"Thanks for the update Randy and your continuing efforts to keep this site ongoing!"
Jan 13, 2018
Kurt Selisch replied to Bennett Yarbrough's discussion Baker 17x54 build
"Beautiful boat, nice work Bennett!"
Oct 6, 2017
Kurt Selisch commented on Kirk Miller's photo

On the Big Blackfoot River, Montana

"You did an awesome job on restoring that boat"
Sep 23, 2017
Kurt Selisch replied to Kirk Miller's discussion Smoker Oar restoration
"We always put linseed oil on the handles. Rope wrap looks good and if you can't feel any soft spots probably should just leave as is. Cool you have the original oars for the boat Kirk!"
Sep 22, 2017
Kurt Selisch replied to erik heiden's discussion A restoration project that came with a trailer
"Hey Erik, we met a couple years ago with Brett Williams. Give me a call and I would be interested in looking at this boat. Might be able to help you with the bottom scarf.....Kurt 208-720-9609"
Sep 21, 2017

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Hailey Idaho
About Me:
Grew up in Bend Oregon and went to college at Southern Oregon State in Ashland Oregon. Did a day trip on the Rogue with the college outdoor program and got hooked on running white water. Bought a Campways Miwok and floated private trips on most of the Oregon rivers in the late 70's. Started guiding on the Main and Middle Fork Salmon in Idaho in 1982. Became a Middle Fork Salmon outfitter in 1986. My wife and I sold our Middle Fork company in 2010. I am now building drift boats and providing drift boat kits and accessories. My business is Wood River Boat Works.
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Drift Boat Accessories and Kits

Hello Wooden Boat Peeps, I wanted to let everyone know that I can supply accessories and kits. Accessories include UHMW oar lock blocks, white oak kneelock horns with drink holders, Dierks double bow eyes with 1/4-20 all thread for bolting through bow stem, Dierks anchor systems, and UHMW transom bang plates for anchor swing. Also available are kits, anywhere from alaskan yellow cedar frame kits with AYC bow stem, transom trim, and frame spacing dimensions, to full kits where everything is…


Posted on June 10, 2018 at 4:47pm

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At 10:33pm on August 17, 2015, Bryan Sohl said…

Kurt, Bryan Sohl  here.  Thinking about you and your family a lot.  My old drift boat, 22-23 years old now has a ton of dry rot, because I used it so much and left it outside during fishing season.  A carpenter buddy of mine was going to take it on as a "remodel project" , but we could just stick a screwdriver through the wood in so many places.  So I have gotten, with much sadness given the sentimental value of the old boat, a new boat, that is a Don Hill (much like a Taman, 17 1/2 x 54" , that I found nearly done on Craigs list , for $2000 .  It is very good quality, not quite the same as the old boat.  Interestingly , the boat looks a lot like this boat, that I can't believe I found had your name attached.  I have a question.  The guy who build it put a hole 2/3 of the way up the transom , like this,  http://www.woodenboatpeople.com/photo/img-1382-1?context=latest   ,  what do you think of that type of anchor system?  Hope you and family are well.  Have a hard time getting Rector to go fishing given his young kids, but I fish a lot with Gary Shelton who just moved to Jackson Hole.  Take Care, Bryan 

At 6:49pm on August 17, 2012, Doug Knee said…

Thank you but I think I will pass on this one, really prefer a 14 footer, you don't happen to have any plans for the 14 footer do you?

Thanks again


At 11:44am on August 15, 2012, Doug Knee said…

Does it come with a trailer? If U don't sell it maybe we could meet half way  Thxs Doug

At 6:52pm on August 14, 2012, Doug Knee said…

Does that include a trailer? Do you realize I live in Arizona, albeit northern Arizona.




At 9:37pm on July 15, 2012, Randy Eyre said…

Thanks, appreciate that, seems to row nicely,  hope to get it on the Salmon soon.

At 9:09am on July 10, 2012, John Homer said…

Thanks Kurt...Like the drift boat as well. Did you build it yourself?


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