Rick Newman
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Drift Boat refinish
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Newman Jan 4.

Staying Alive at Home
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Bennett Yarbrough Jul 9, 2020.

Test Discussion
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Rick Newman replied to Bodacious Jack's discussion New Dory on the Water
"Wonderful looking boat! Good luck on your upcoming float. Rick Newman"
Rick Newman replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"In my older Tatman the frame/ribs have aged and moved away from the side panels. Ring shank nails and glue? what kind I don't remember. So my point is the structure is made up of skin, frame members, inner chine, gunwale and tension between the…"
Rick Newman replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Can you plane it to fit better? It almost looks twisted which won't be good long term. Rick Newman"
Rick Newman replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"It is going to be a fine boat! Rick N"
Jan 12
Rick Newman replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"Looking great! The energy of youth! Rick Newman"
Jan 11
Rick Newman replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"Looking good!"
Jan 8
Rick Newman replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"Absolutely! I really like floating the Main Salmon. We did a 13 day trip one summer.It was a wonderful experience. Not like the Grand Canyon but still wonderful! In March of that year another group and I floated the Lower Main to Heller Bar. Another…"
Jan 5
Rick Newman replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"My instant reaction is; are you going to be boating in technical whitewater where higher sides will help keep waves out or will you bee in more mellow, placid water? I think that your boat is going to be such a kick to row that it will lead you to…"
Jan 4
Rick Newman replied to Rick Newman's discussion Drift Boat refinish
"More photos to come when the sun is out. I appreciate your kind comments! I would love to see your boat rebuilding operation some time in the future. I hope to once again travel to the desert Southwest next fall, perhaps then. Visit my page here on…"
Jan 4
Guy Fredrickson replied to Rick Newman's discussion Drift Boat refinish
"Hi Rick. Looks beautiful. And what an awesome story. "
Jan 4
Rick Newman replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"Guy, are you also changing the type of wood for your frames in the front? It looks like some nice, fine grained wood that should provide a lot of strngth. Rick"
Jan 2
Rick Newman commented on Tobin Kelley's blog post Anchor Pulley Fix
"A heat gun will loosen up the epoxy so you can remove the screws. If they lasted this long then you could redo them again with epoxy. Rick Newman"
Jan 1
Rick Newman replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"I think you are on to something. I would enjoy rowing that boat down a river if I had a chance. While they can be wonderful to look at the real joy is in the opportunities they provide to get on the river! Rick"
Dec 31, 2020
Rick Newman replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"Good stuff, you are going to have a good boat when you are done. Rick"
Dec 31, 2020
Rick Newman replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"The water is where it is! After many years of whitewater a very close friend of mine introduced me to the waters off Vancouver Island. He was into fiberglass and made limited numbers. They have been used in many waters and enjoyed by many. My first…"
Dec 31, 2020
Rick Newman replied to Rick Newman's discussion Drift Boat refinish
"Thank you! It was a labor of love. Many, many hours of preparation! Rick"
Dec 31, 2020

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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 12:53pm on June 2, 2018, Greg Tatman said…


Thanks for your comments. I think wood slivers get under one's skin and never seem to come out! 


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"...


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