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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Missouri River White Cliffs Trip
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Rick Newman replied to Charles Schelin's discussion I am looking for a light wood to make oars.
"Over the years there have been many posts concerning making oars and wood for oars. I think it has been discussed quite well. To further investigate use the Search function at the top of the main page of this site. Asking a question like, "What…"
Rick Newman replied to Patrick Hayes's discussion Rod storage help.
"You might check out the photo pages that illustrate boats from some of the Wooden Boat Festivals from several years ago. Check out the 11 albums attached to Rick Newman. I took a variety of pictures, I believe that there are several with rod…"
Jun 4
Rick Newman replied to Donnie Clinton's discussion Books / DVDs'???????
"That is great news. Did you take any pictures to share with the rest of the wooden boat community? I for one, would like to see the pictures! Rick"
May 29
Rick Newman replied to Donnie Clinton's discussion Books / DVDs'???????
"If you go back to the nearly the start of Wooden Boat People you can find a series of posts concerning replacing sections of plywood in an older drift boat. AJ DeRosa, a very compotent old hand that has been around from almost the beginning of…"
May 24
Rick Newman replied to David Jensen's discussion Wooden Boat Festival
"I look forward to seeing a few pictures, and anticpateattending next year. Rick Newman"
May 1
Rick Newman replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"I hope it help out. When I place the screws I cover the threaded portion with BoatLife Boat Caulk a polysulfide material that seals and remains soft. http://www.boatlife.com/boat-caulk-sealants/ is the link to the companies web site. I have had…"
Mar 10
Rick Newman replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"My white oak chine caps are fatenedwith stainless steel for eight years and I have not seen any evidence of staining yet. Iron or perhaps more correctly steel fastenings can cause "iron sickness", black stains running down the sides of…"
Mar 9
Rick Newman replied to David Jensen's discussion Woodies on the Rogue
"Thanks for the link, I really want to watch this up here insnowyWahington! Rick Newman"
Mar 4
Rick Newman replied to Paul Koehn's discussion Serious damage to my boat
"All of the damage pictured of this boat can be repaired. Will it be "easy", perhaps not. Is it all doable? Yes. Having helped a friend do somewhat similar repairs to his boat I know what it takes to do all of the repairs. I will suggest…"
Feb 20
Rick Newman replied to JC Smith's discussion Trailer springs
"In my trailer hauling experience the closer the spring rate matches the load the less shock transmitted to the load. Here is a spring rate calculator that might help you modify your springs to work correctly. https://www.suspensionmaxx.com I found…"
Feb 10
Rick Newman replied to Lucas Rietmann's discussion Grand Canyon Dory Question
"Lucas, you have just recieved great, knowledgeable information from Tom Martin. Tom has paid his dues in both inflatable and wooden boats traversing the Grand Canyon. He is both informative and very pleasant to deal with. Good luck with your…"
Dec 3, 2018
Rick Newman replied to greg myett's discussion Where do I start?
"As a very long-term member of this site I am going to suggest that there is a wonderful body of knowledge contained within the pages of Wooden Boat People. Using a sentence to ask a question provides the best results and returns much more…"
Nov 16, 2018
Rick Newman replied to Shawn Baker's discussion Fir vs Meranti dory floor
"Absolutely agree, the greater the distance between the laminations the greater the strength of the structure by the distance squared. In other words twice as thick is four times as strong. Rick N"
Nov 5, 2018
Rick Newman replied to Shawn Baker's discussion Fir vs Meranti dory floor
"I used 17 ounce triaxial on both the inside and outside. On the inside I laminated it and then fastened down the floor. After I got the floor fastened down and screwed it on then I glassed it. I am only familiar with wooden chine caps such as found…"
Nov 2, 2018
Rick Newman replied to Shawn Baker's discussion Fir vs Meranti dory floor
"The fiberglass on the inside will contribute greatly to the resistance to bending. Dependent upon the weave, the type of resin and the number of layers of reinforcing glass you can dial in the stiffness and strength. I used 18 or was it 17 ounce…"
Nov 1, 2018
Rick Newman replied to Gregg Maddock's discussion Does anyone know the owner of this boat?
"Gregg, I spoke to the owner of the dirftboat you recently worked on. I have known Gordon for 30 + years but didn't realize you had been working on his boat. I glad you located him and that he got his boat back. I hope your recent move results…"
Oct 10, 2018

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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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