The self bailing setup works with a raised floor up front. The rowers foot well floor is above the passengers front floor. The rowers area drains into the front area with through hull fittings and a hose. The water then just goes out the drain holes on the side. When my boat is trim, the water line goes from the base of the stem to the base of the stern. I just worked off that line and put the floor above it. It works well except for the water flow through the hose which empties the rower foot box. The flow is not high enough and it takes too long to drain. I have some modifications to make on that one.
I am currently working on a 16 foot fishing platform which I plan to sell. I also plan to sell the boat in the images. That way I can keep building more. It's like an addiction. While I like running them down river I think I like building them a bit more. When ever I complete one there is a let down and the only fix it to start another. Could be worse, I could be building planes.
Thanks for the comment. I was banging around on the web and happened into this site. Way Cool! Its nice to be able to share a passion like this. I had no idea this site was available.
You've got more experience than me - I just started running rivers when I finished my boat three years ago... and then got a little "obsessive". I probably wasn't entirely ready for the Wild & Scenic, but I was with some real "river rats" that helped me with the line and with lots of "pointers".
My home waters are the McKenzie and the Willamette. I've been to the Boat Festival the last two years and I'm going again this April. As you can probably see from the pictures, about 45 or 50 boats come in by trailers and another 5 to 10 boats float down the river and pull in for lunch to have a beer and talk "boats". I enjoy it a lot - mostly because of the history, the wide variety of boats on display, and the information and ideas exchanged. Both years, I got some new ideas for my boat and advice on running some of the rivers around here.
You can get a good feel for it on Randy's site - McKenzie River Drift Boats. It's also one of those things you can wait til the last minute to decide on - it wouldn't be so much fun if the weather is bad - which hasn't happened yet, but is very likely (I'd fish in the rain any day of the week, but I wouldn't get wet just to talk boats).
For your New Years gig on the Rogue... sounds like you run with a pretty "salty" crowd - I wouldn't want to slow you down... I should take a rain check & do a few more IV's before we hook up.
Thanks for the info... I always wondered about the differences - wood is all I've ever rowed and I get the question all the time about weight difference and maneuverability. My obsession moved from fly fishing to drift boats and is about to morph into Spey Casting (just bought a 13' rod on ebay - so I'll have "both" hands full this winter learning to cast).
After running the Rogue and catching the half pounders on a very agreeable weekend... I'm hooked. Absolutely love that river - would like to fish more of it - above and below the Wild & Scenic.
See you on the river.
Mike - welcome to the site and WOW - what a nice boat. I have a Tatman as well - love it. How much lighter is your Tatman vs your Willie and do you find the wood boat easier to manage and more buoyant??