Mike Balch
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Hi everyone,I am thinking about making some oars.  There seems to not be a whole lot of information online about it so I thought it would be good to start a thread about my plans and ask for…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Balch Dec 10, 2013.


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At 3:44pm on May 3, 2013, Mike Collier said…

I found the pully's at Ace Hardware BTW

At 3:43pm on May 3, 2013, Mike Collier said…

Mike, you can make them out of pocket door pully's.

see attached pics of the ones I built.

these are not all of them but it will give you a idea of how to make them.

I found some smaller plastic/teflon ones and then I found some bigger brass ones. They both have somewhat of a sealed bearing and the brass ones I used for the anchor rope pully's I mounted in the floor to redirect the rope around the seat instead of having the rope and cleat between my feet etc.

At 10:18am on April 25, 2013, Josh Wieschowski said…

Hey Mike, Im sure if you emailed Jason he would tell you where to get the pullys. He has answered my emails regarding latches from SouthCo and some other technical questions.

I am building the Freestone guide but I have modified everything. Its actually going to be more like a smaller Kingfisher Recurve. I think most hardware stores would carry a variety of pullys and Im pretty sure most quality ones would work. Thats what I plan to do when I make the anchor arm. Im modeling the dierks anchor arm made from wood and pullys, then Im running the tube underneath the floors and pedestals where the rope will meet up with a simple pinch cleat rather than the floor pedal.


At 5:54am on April 25, 2013, Jonathan Clarke said…


First, thank you for the friend request.  Second, good luck with your boat.  I like to see more drift boats in the Midwest.  As to your question, if you are referring to photos of a deep red Montana Boatbuilders Kingfisher, that boat belongs to a friend.  It was factory built and my friend took delivery of it in 2002.  At the time, Jason Cajune, the boatbuilder, was using a lot of bronze that he designed and had custom cast.  As you probably know, Jason is now running a much smaller operation that he calls Jason Cajune Boats.  I don't think he's using quite such elegant hardware now, but he may be.  You might try contacting him.  My boat is the green framed boat.  It has a Bo's anchor system, which I really, really like.  Hope this helps.



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