Rick Newman
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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 CWarmouth's discussion Determining Inner Gunwale Length
"I second that opinion! Rick N"
Rick Newman replied to Warren Gibbs's discussion Fly Rod holder
"Warren, please visit my picture pages. I have taken pictures at many of the Wooden Boat Festivals and shared the pictures there. I haven't looked through them for some time so I don't remember all the variations that people had built into…"
Jul 17
Rick Newman replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"You are absolutely right about pain sucking. My pain med and the ARNP (Advanced Registration Nurse Practioner) that suggested it have both changed my life, I can fish, work and more. Life is good again. Thanks for the good wishes! Rick Newman"
Jul 5
Rick Newman replied to Wil Bake's discussion Best 18x54 kit?
"Mike Baker's boats are tough to beat. Quality of materials, quality of instructions, his helpful ness with after the sale help are all top notch. He is also a squared away guy with a good reputation for his kits! Greg Tatman just returned to…"
Jun 14
Greg Tatman left a comment for Rick Newman
"Rick, Thanks for your comments. I think wood slivers get under one's skin and never seem to come out!  Greg"
Jun 2
Rick Newman replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"I have been fishing more this year than I have for quite a long time. I have been enjoying my time in the boat and bringing trout to the net. I have been working on refinishing the frames and interior woodwork as time and outdoor covered storage…"
May 28
Rick Newman replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"Guy, how have you been doing? How has "Guytanic" holding up and working? I have often wondered how things are going for you. Many folks are online for a while and then disappear. I am glad to see you return, hope you stick around. Rick…"
May 27
Rick Newman replied to MIKE PALMER's discussion Towing on the water.
"If it tows like it moves when under power it will be quite a series of zig zags. How far do you have to two it? Why tow it? Are you going to organize a towing bridle that will distribute the pulling forces on more than one point on the hull? Perhaps…"
May 18
Rick Newman replied to Mike Baker's discussion Boat Festival Camping
"Looks like I too will camp there tonight. I have never refinished the inside of a drift boat. Once again I have learned another lesson. It takes more than five partial days to do so. I will bring my floatable boat prtially restored and share what it…"
Apr 27
Rick Newman replied to Robb Grubb's discussion FREE DRIFT BOAT ROWING LESSON !
"I am sad that I did not win. However I am headed towards Vida in a couple of hours. If not tonight I will see you guys tomorrow at the put-in. From there I will head down to the lodge to help with parking starting at 8 AM. Then we float!!!!! Rick…"
Apr 27
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.…"
Apr 23
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…"
Apr 23
Rick Newman replied to Mike Baker's discussion Boat Festival Camping
"Thanks I will stay in touch."
Apr 20
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."
Apr 20
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"
Apr 20
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"
Apr 19

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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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