Mark Heskett
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Mark Heskett commented on Kevin Reiten's blog post Old wooden 16 foot drifter
"Hello Kevin, I live here on the Rogue and I have been in the process of restoring a 1971 Rogue River Boat Shop drift boat that was built here in Grants Pass in Jerry Briggs shop. I hear it was the only Mackenzie style boat out of that shop. Hoping…"
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Fly fisher, builder of cane fly rods,struggling spey caster and steelhead bum

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Posted on October 13, 2014 at 7:26pm

Interior getting there

Well finally got a chance to get back to the drifter. 43 years of paint removed, now just sanding and a tsp scrub. looking for interior suggestions. I'm thinking on epoxy finish on the ribs, a line X type of finish on the bottom and either oil or varnish on the plywood sides.…


Posted on October 13, 2014 at 7:22pm

Drift Boat Restoration

After a few years of chasing down a wooden drift boat here in southern Oregon I found my diamond in the rough. I have looked at Prichetts, Briggs, Steeles and others. Never could find the right one or Iwas always a day late. But that is another story. The one I found is a Rouge River Boat Shop mckenzie style drifter. The shop was owned by Jerry Briggs and I bought the boat from the original owner. It was built in 1971 and I'm glad I will be able to put it back floating the Rogue and other…


Posted on March 16, 2013 at 7:45pm — 3 Comments

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At 5:37pm on March 18, 2009, Den said…
Could I ask how much money the owner was asking for the rogue river boat and what where the issues? I'm building my dory primarily as an affordable way to get on the water with a dory. I am building mine with the cheapest materials. Den
At 3:18pm on March 10, 2009, Den said…
I live in New Hampshire, Portsmouth and I'm starting to build a 17 foot Rogue River dory without the reverse sheer.

I'd love to talk to anyone on the phone - I'll call them back on my dime- to pick their brain.

Is the beautiful crimson colored boat a Rogue River Dory? I got my plans out of the new book

All call welcome - lonely Dory in the Northeast! Den 603-431-7957
At 7:40pm on January 29, 2009, Randy Dersham said…
We would be happy to help you out with a kit Mark. There are many different sizes and a few different shapes so you can customize the boat for what ever water you want to be on most often.j

Lots of help choosing here too, just ask questions.
At 8:42pm on January 12, 2009, Greg Hatten said…
I'm a little nuts - but man that was fun. We were very prepared and as careful as you can be on a very dangerous river.
At 6:30pm on January 12, 2009, Greg Hatten said…
I studied a bunch of options before I built my Tatman... I've been very happy with it. Great boat for the Rogue... I'm a fan!!
At 4:34pm on January 12, 2009, Greg Hatten said…
Hey Mark. Was on the Rogue this fall - in October. Love it down there!! Building cane rods is on my "list of things to-do"... might have to ask you a few questions about that one of these days.
Welcome to the site - hope you enjoy all the boat "chatter"...
At 9:22am on January 12, 2009, Randy Dersham said…
Hello Mark, I'm glad you found the site. Shoot me a question if you have any on the site. I envy you living right there next to the Rogue. GREAT water.

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