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 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
Kurt Selisch replied to Kirk Miller's discussion Keith steele boat oars
"I think Smokers were traditionally ash."
Mar 8
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
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
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
Kurt Selisch replied to Bennett Yarbrough's discussion Totalboat
"Not sold on the Total Boat line. Although Jamestown Dist. is awesome, I tried their Total Boat Lust varnish. It dried quickly as advertised allowing a number of coats applied in a day. However I noticed a weird sheen to it when dry. So back to…"
Sep 4, 2017
Kurt Selisch replied to Bennett Yarbrough's discussion Baker 17x54 build
"Hi Bennett, emory cloth works well also for sanding those corners and frame tops. It's pretty tough and I use about 1 inch widths. If the corner burns are really deep, a small round file, like a chain saw chain file takes them out, then finish…"
Sep 4, 2017
Kirk Miller replied to Kurt Selisch's discussion Wood boats on the Middle Fork Salmon
"Beautiful. A bucket list item to get my wooden drift boat on the Middle Fork and be smart enough to make it out in one piece! It did the trip with a previous owner a few times and has a couple patches from Powerhouse to show for it."
Aug 21, 2017
Kurt Selisch replied to CWarmouth's discussion Drift Boat Project #3
"Looking good CW. Very cool you are replicating how Keith built the boat. So the rubber pond liner, do you also use bedding compound underneath it? Or does the rubber seal well enough on it's own? Using Trex type decking material on a boat is…"
Jul 30, 2017
Kurt Selisch replied to CWarmouth's discussion Drift Boat Project #3
"White oak is very hard and does not absorb epoxy especially well. I agree with Jason, the longer the scarf joint, the better. If you don't want re-do your scarf joints, as you install the chine cap,  sink a couple screws through the joint…"
Jul 24, 2017
Kurt Selisch replied to Dave Z's discussion New Boat- The Pennsylvania Drifter- True Double Ender Design
Jul 3, 2017
Kurt Selisch replied to Pete Weisbeck's discussion I finally finished my boat....and it floats!
"Beautiful boat Pete! Great job and cheers to the maiden float. "
Jun 14, 2017
Kurt Selisch replied to Pete Weisbeck's discussion Rookie here...wondering height of front seat and level?
"Hey Pete, nice looking boat and congrats on starting your build! Passenger seat in the traditional boats are relatively low, not only for the oarsman to see over the passengers, but also to keep the center of gravity low. The boats were designed to…"
Apr 9, 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 have built 4 Tatman kit drift boats and am hoping to build a boat from scratch this summer (now that I have time in the summer!).
Boats I own:
16X51 Standard McKenzie DB

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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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