Phillip Westendorf
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Frame Strength Comparisons
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I have been meaning to post this information for some time now.  I just re-discovered the pictures on my computer and decided to share this information.  I might be of interest to some of you…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bennett Yarbrough Feb 19, 2019.

Varnish Issue
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HELP! I have made a new pair of 8 ft. Oars and after finish maching them I added two coats of neat epoxy with 6 oz. glass on the edges of the blades (25" long section). This is the third pair of oars…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Phillip Westendorf Mar 16, 2017.

Framing Design Variabiles
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This subject has been around in recent posts, so I am adding this to help folks here better understand how the different construction methods compare.When I decided to build a drift boat back in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Thomas Aug 15, 2015.

Bottom Coating for Wooden Boats.
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Hey folks I just was reading another forum's posting on alternate sealants and coatings and it struck me that this may be another option for a Drift Boat Bottom Coating.  There has been prior…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Hanson Jul 25, 2015.

 

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Phillip Westendorf replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"Guy, I get it, sounds like this boat is going to be around a long time."
Tuesday
Phillip Westendorf replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"Guy, Curious as to why you are using gorilla glue for toothpicks as opposed to epoxy? Boats going to be a beauty when your done."
Tuesday
craig curtis replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"I'll have to add them as picture in my album."
May 13
Phillip Westendorf replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"Thanks Craig"
May 13
craig curtis replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"Sure can, it's a plate that is sits behind my anchor bracket and goes out to the corner of the transom. Then I put wood on it to make easier to clamp the motor. I started with a 30ft lb motor with an extended mast. Picture coming tomorrow."
May 12
Phillip Westendorf replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"Craig,  Any chance you can post a picture of the bracket you have.  I have just spent the last few hrs trying to come up with a drawing for a bracket.  Big question is the height of the motor mount to the transom height to get the…"
May 12
Bill Craig replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"The guy at Don Hill boat plans told me about this. He has a small outboard on his boat with the Hydrofoil. He also said you don't need to get on a plane. Because of the shape of these boats, it doesn't need much speed to move easily. That…"
May 12
craig curtis replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"I tried a 10 hp but db's aren't planing boats,especially a rapid Robert which has had the last section rounded to the transom. I currently use a 100ft-lb electric off of a bracket that I can remove from the transom. Not fast but stealthy,…"
May 12
Jacob P replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"I have a 14' rapid roberts that has a 9.9hp Johnson with a longshaft. Took it down the Wisconsin once and trying to get back up was quite a lot of work and hit a lot of rocks. But I really need to tune it to actually get on plane. Might try a…"
May 12
Bill Craig replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"BTW he used one of these Hydrofoil plates to reduce cavitation"
May 12
David Witton replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"I use a 3.5 HP long shaft Tohatsu on my drift boat - it fits on a wooden bracket that I needed to use to get the the cooling water intake low enough. 1/4 throttle gets the boat up to hull speed. "
May 12
Phillip Westendorf replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"Bill, that’s exactly what I want to do. Without the motor if you hook one either you take your chances or pull anchor to go after it and then It’s a long haul down to High Bridge. Thanks for your input."
May 12
Bill Craig replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"Phil...I was fishing near the dam on the Manistee and saw a guide with two angles across the river in one of these boats. He had a small outboard on the back and when they hooked a fish he would pull the anchor and follow the fish downstream using…"
May 12
Phillip Westendorf replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"Ok, Been a while since I’ve posted here but have been lurking at other’s posts.  Am looking for your opinions on a subject that may be a bit touchy for some.  I am considering adding a small (5 hp) motor to my DB.  The…"
May 11
Phillip Westendorf replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Dusty, FYI, late November 2017 I was fishing Steelhead on the Lower AuSable in Michigan.  As I was drifting downstream I went to pour a cup of coffee.  Before I Had a chance to finish that I hit an unseen deadhead.  The picture tells…"
Dec 6, 2019
Phillip Westendorf replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Dusty, Your going to want to glass the inside too. The bottom will the be totally encapsulated and give you maximum protection. You need to use some heavier glass on the bottom side. I have two full layers of 6 oz cloth and a third in the front 1/3…"
Dec 4, 2019

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Hometown:
Saginaw. MI
About Me:
Hobbies: Wood Carver, Woodworker, Fishing.
Boats I own:
1969 SS-170 Slickcraft, 16 ft. Peterborough Cedar Strip Canoe, 16 Ft. Wooden Drift Boat, Launched in 2014

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2016 Mid-West Wooden Boat Float and Outing

Last year there was some discussion about having a Wooden Boat Outing somewhere in the East.  I have had discussions with some folks here and on other forums about having one here in the Mid-West, possibly Michigan.

If the is anyone interested in participating or to help put one together please add you comments here. We'll see what interest there is and go from there.  Don't be shy!

Dorf

Posted on December 10, 2015 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

DB Motor......

I've never been a proponent of a motor on a drift boat, but....  After a few times down the local rivers here in Michigan I am thinking it might be better to drop in at a location and then fish the river either Upstream or downstream then motor back to the drop-in point (Increases time fishing vs. rowing).  I end up fishing just a small portion of the rivers.  The spotting fees here are reasonable, money isn't the primary issue, it's the time spent rowing Frog Water to the take out point is…

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Posted on November 13, 2015 at 5:48pm — 7 Comments

DB Trailer Roller

I just went through this exercise and thought it maybe helpful to others.  My goal was to build a roller with as much material readily available and minimize high cost materials and specialty skills.

The drawing is a sketch I made recently to plan the roller, bearing mounting and mounting.  My roller is 54" Long.

 

Here's close up of the bracket. …

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Posted on May 18, 2013 at 7:46pm — 2 Comments

Scarfing Jig Design.

I have been asked to share this information with one of the members of this site and am posting it here so others who may be interested in this can benefit. 

I made this jig several years ago (2006) while building a cedar strip canoe.  As I have begun to build my Drift Boat, I made changes to accomodate the different pieces the boat requires.  Also I have updated the clamps.  The drawing below has been updated to reflect the revisions.  The pictures shown below is of the current…

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Posted on January 4, 2013 at 9:08am — 3 Comments

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At 12:56pm on May 2, 2014, Arnold a. Koch said…

Hi Phillip,

I found the web page for the catch and release nets that you were asking about the other day.

http://www.jannsnetcraft.com/replacement-nets/934160.aspx

Sorry I did not answer your all your questions the other day.

Arnie

At 6:24am on September 23, 2013, Chris Patterson said…

Thanks Phillip, I got your note.  I have already got the drain plug though.

At 1:57pm on March 16, 2013, Josh Wieschowski said…

Yeah Phillip, that is a good idea. It seems to me that making some oars is quite mysterious? Its hard to find info or get definate answers. We should exchange ideas soon! Talk to you later!

At 4:17pm on March 13, 2012, Jason Knight said…

Hey Phillip,

Just wanted to say hello, I see you are from Saginaw.

I live downstate in the Ferndale/Royal Oak area, but spend a lot of time up on the rivers chasing fish. Talk to you later!

Jason

 
 
 

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