Rick Newman
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Test Discussion
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Bennett Yarbrough Nov 22, 2016.

Great Thumb Clone

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Rick Newman replied to Mike Baker's discussion Boat Festival Camping
"Hello Campers, I am interested to see who is coming camping for the Festival. I am refinishing the interior of my boat and I hope to camp with a bunch of "Woodies". Past festivals and accompanying camping trips have been wonderful events.…"
Rick Newman replied to Thomas Hood's discussion Project finally finished
"Here's some directions on how to post your pictures: To post a picture I first locate the file so you could find it on your computer.  Click on the small icon above the box where I am currently typing. It is just to the right of the small…"
Rick Newman replied to Mike Baker's discussion Boat Festival Camping
"Thanks I will stay in touch."
Rick Newman replied to Mike Baker's discussion Boat Festival Camping
"Thank you David, I am going to wait and see where folks camp then go along with them."
Rick Newman replied to Mike Baker's discussion Boat Festival Camping
"I pllan on going where you and Robb are going. Randy Dersham said folks have been camping at Blue River. Isn't that the common spot. I plan on leaving next Thursday. Rick"
Rick Newman replied to Randy's discussion Selling my Ostrm built boat
"Gregg built it. He is a great craftsman. I believe it is in Wallace, Idaho. Ask Gregg. I have seen the boat and liked its' construction and quality of build! Rick N"
Rick Newman replied to Randy's discussion Selling my Ostrm built boat
"It is a beautifully built, solid boat."
Rick Newman replied to JC Smith's discussion Estimating resin qualtities
"Then you should be very happy with this. Sometimes when I was pouring small quantities of epoxy, 20 or 30 grams for example it was easy to add a gram or two too much. Then I found it handy to have the corresponding amount of epoxy figured out so I…"
Apr 2
Rick Newman replied to JC Smith's discussion Estimating resin qualtities
"Here is a method from Epoxyworks: https://epoxyworks.com/index.php/estimating-epoxy-amounts/ Basically you need to figure out how many cubic inches of epoxy is required. When you mix up epoxy you can also figure out the cubic inches for that piece…"
Apr 2
Rick Newman replied to Gregg Maddock's discussion Wallace Drift Boats
"Gregg, a nicely composed and edited video. Much like your boats, well done! Rick Newman"
Apr 2
Rick Newman replied to Robb Grubb's discussion FREE DRIFT BOAT ROWING LESSON !
"Me too, here's my hat entering the Electronic Hat! Rick Newman"
Mar 24
Rick Newman replied to Neal Cordial's discussion Baker 17 x 54 - First Boat Build
"Neal, you have taken many important first steps. I applaud your enthusiasm for the project with the cleaning of the workspace! You will have many opportunities to do so again. It is really great to find your tools after they have tried to escape…"
Mar 8
Rick Newman replied to Kirk Miller's discussion Keith steele boat oars
"Kirk, I too purchased a pair of light Sawyer oars for $50. The only issue with the ash oars was the rotted wood that started under the tip protectors that had been installed and trapped water. Here is the posting on the rebuild…"
Mar 8
Rick Newman replied to Joe Pruiett's discussion Fiberglass question
"What do you think the temperature was during the entire curing time? There is the possibility that it hasn't cured fully. A paint job, whether it is done with a clear finish like varnish or a solid finish like paint will telegraph the condition…"
Mar 5
Rick Newman replied to Randy Sorensen's discussion I'm in over my head
"Indeed he is. He is very responsible for the development of the S&G drift boats. He has donated a lot of time and effort to the continuation of this species of boat. Respectfully, Rick Newman"
Feb 27
Rick Newman replied to Randy Sorensen's discussion I'm in over my head
"The stem is actually fine. The construction is correct for a S&G boat. The place that your and all drift boats suffers the greatest damage in overall use is the sides of the boat at the waterline. That is where you will unfortunately hit rocks…"
Feb 26

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Ellensburg, WA
About Me:
I spent years of guiding and running 2000 lb rafts on Lower Main Salmon, also white water kayaking, solo whitewater canoes,
Boats I own:
Wenonah 18.5 Odessey Kevlar canoe, Bronco XL Pontoon Boat, Framed style 14' unknown manufacter wood boat, 16' 6" Tatman kit.

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Thanks for taking us along!

Tom, thanks for the photos! I continue to enjoy your photos and the sharing of the story of GEM 1. Your boat looks great and the photo of when you were smiling after an hour on the water said it all! Keep up the good work.

Rick Newman

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 6:31am

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At 6:26pm on December 27, 2015, Chester Larsen said…
Hey Rick having little trouble navigating this site from my phone. But to answer your questions is it is canvas my father inlaw bought it new in the forties I believe he has had it in a garage the whole time have the original oars and seats it's great little boat but want to repaint it and get rid of the cracks I assume come from hot to cold it's fre work is oak that's what he told me. I've had it for two years now and want to get it ready to fish out of and hunt this next fall thanks for your help
At 7:36am on November 25, 2015, William Blackadar said…

Yes, Walt was my grandfather. Bob is my father.

At 12:30pm on March 13, 2015, Rodolfo Miguel Serra said…

Estimado Mr. Rick Newman: Ante todo quiero aclararle que si bien he remado por muchos ríos de mi país, Argentina, pescando en varios puntos del río Parana en busca del Dorado, pez muy combativo, no poseo un bote todavía pero quedé maravillado con el de Mr. David Payne !   Actualmente estoy viviendo en Joao Pessoa, Paraíba, Brasil y quedé fascinado con Wooden Boat People, la cual descubrí por pura casualidad y en ella he encontrado el modelo que me agradaría construír, casualmente parecido al que tiene Mr. David Payne.  Mr. Rick Newman, hermoso ejemplar de pez tiene su foto! Mis felicitaciones y lamento no poder escribir en su lengua, pue mi inglés deja mucho que desear. Ha sido un placer recibir este mensaje de bienvenida. Muchas gracias y hasta otro momento.

Rodolfo M. Serra

At 10:35am on February 1, 2015, Bill Craig said…

Hi Rick:

I saw the post on Project Healing Waters about your four vets from different conflicts. I am the Program Lead at Daytona PHW in the Winter and then head for Michigan and my drift boat  in the summer. Thanks for being a part of PHW and helping the vets.

Bill Craig

At 8:51am on April 9, 2013, Josh Bizzle said…
Thanks for excepting me on this forum. Yes I live in Lynn Haven Florida and bought the plans from Don Hill for my 16' standard. I've read a lot, watched a lot of video's and talked to a lot of people on wood boat building in general. I'm a carpenter by trade and always wanted to build my own boat and the McKenzie River Drift Boat is a boat with a very nice look and usability for this area. I have two sons almost grown and my wife and I wanted a boat with no loud motor and I knew this boat was the one I wanted. I'm almost finished and am at the stage of glassing. If I can figure out how to post pics on this site I'll do so. Thanks again.
At 8:57pm on November 10, 2012, Paul Price said…

Thanks Rick for the welcome.  I look forward to participating in future events.

At 1:26pm on July 10, 2012, John Homer said…

Thank you Rick, I was taught my a great craftsman in upstate NY. I owe him many thanks for passing his experiance on to me. As for the ribs I used spruce for those. The boat I am doing currently I am using Port Orford Ceder. The over lap for the ribs is how the original boats were built and works very well.

I hope your recovery is speedy and your back on the water soon. I would like to see your progress on your next drift boat. I am thinking of building one myself. Maybe we can go from a row sometime.

At 9:42am on July 10, 2012, John Homer said…

Thanks Rick for your comments. As for the boat, It took about 6 months to build not sure how many hours.  I built that one in 2009, it weighs about 70 pounds without the oars, yoke and middle seat. Its based on a design from a builder in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. The design originated in the 1840s and was used by hunting/fishing guides to take the "sport" to get game. A great web site to tell you more about them is at www.guideboats.com/construction/ . These boats were originally planked with beveled laps and clinched with copper tacks. It normally takes about 500 hours to build one. I am currently working on building a 12 foot guideboat that will weigh about 45 lbs. I build 12/14/16 foot boats. If your interested on taking one for a test drive let me know.

At 10:00am on June 3, 2012, Pavel Filin said…

Dear Rick! Thank you for the invitation! It will be great to visit your country and I love fishing!

It's funny but the last time I had great fishing was in the USA! Two years ago I've participated in the expedition on the footsteps of Russian traveler Lavrenty Zagoskin in Alaska who described the life of Eskimo and Athabaskan peoples in mid 1800s when Alaska was Russian territory. We navigated the Yukon river from Tanana to the mouth and then to St. Michael on our kayaks. It was great adventure for about 800 miles and one month. Great great wilderness and amazing traditions of peoples in small villages impressed me! It was very interesting to find lots of Russian impacts on the lifestyle of the locals, lots of rus words, Orthodox traditions, log houses of siberian types etc... Fishing was very specific. Yukon is very muddy and it's impossible to catch something in it. But practically every small river which falls into Yukon is pure clean. It forms the line of clean water in muddy Yukon and this line is the Mekka for fishing!!! Lots of big sheefish, pikes and salmon! I used twisters lures. Several minutes was enough to feel our menu with delicacy. You can look for some photos here http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.172038159479986.45378.100000214092408&type=3 This expedition was the part of the project on creating the Russian America museum in Russia in the home estate of Zagoskin http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=172038576146611&set=a.172038159479986.45378.100000214092408&type=3&theater who lived in Ryazan city 100 miles from Moscow. The project is in progress...

As for the Franc Josef Land I'm the member of the science commetee of the National Park "Russian Arctic" and FJL is the part of the the Park. But to tell you the truth I've never been there... Hope I'll visit it sometime. It'll be interesting to watch the film you've mentioned sometime. Thank you for the info on Tegethoff replica - It's very interesting for me! Do you have their contacts by chance? 

There's some problems with the e-mail you've provided me... "Comcast block for spam"...

At 3:48pm on June 2, 2012, Pavel Filin said…

Dear Rick! Nice to hear some Russian! Hope your visit to Russia hasn't been a struggle...

You're wellcome to Saint-Petersburg! I'm working for the museum Icebreaker "Krassin" which is one of the most honored Arctic ships in the World and you're wellcome on board of "Krassin"!

As for the boat on the photo I'll be thankful if you post it on another blog! Send me the link when you post it please.

I think the boat is from Finland as well. This boat was used by the Tzar family.


Best regards,



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