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

Started Jul 17, 2016

Missouri River White Cliffs Trip
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Rick Newman replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"It looks like it actually is in great shape. I have frequently attended the annual wooden boat show held on the docks at the Coeur d' Alene resort with completed restorations. It is a ton of work to achieve the quality of jobs that I have…"
10 hours ago
Rick Newman replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"Fair enough, half the fun of having a wooden drift boat is building it. My boat is in pieces awaiting a refinish of the interior. A week-long trip on the Missouri River in the wet season introduced a great deal of Montana Gumbo into on and all over…"
10 hours ago
Rick Newman replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"Look's like a fun project. Are you in the area now? How much have you used your drift boat? Rick Newman"
10 hours ago
Rick Newman replied to Peter Honsberger's discussion Wooden Drift Boat Restoration/Presevation (New Member)
"Peter, use the search function located at the top right-hand corner of the main page. Ask a question like "what kind of varnish should I use? " and How should I prepare my boat for varnishing?" The questions have been asked and…"
Jan 29
Rick Newman replied to Don Tyson's discussion Down-East Rod Holder
"It might scratch your Bristol Finish! (high-end varnish jobs found on expensive boats)! Rick Newman"
Jan 7
Rick Newman replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Dependent upon the amount of fiberglass and its' weight the greater or lesser the ability for it to bend. I laminated at least one layer of 18 tri-directional glass on the inside of my floor as did Gregg. I had to use multiple ratchet straps,…"
Dec 10, 2019
Rick Newman commented on Jerry Sweat's blog post Mold
"Clorox and elbow grease will help with the removal, however, if you show a neighborhood kit the Karate Kid movie maybe you can get it done with less of your labor! Rick N"
Nov 14, 2019
Rick Newman replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"ABS pipe with a slit cut in them. Rick N"
Nov 6, 2019
Rick Newman replied to Dave Z's discussion Dave's River Whip
"That is a nice looking boat, you always have had a good eye for a boats lines. Keep up the good work! Rick Newman"
Oct 30, 2019
Rick Newman replied to Brian Wilson's discussion Chine logs
"What thickness is your chine log? 7/8 of an inch is common if I remember correctly. I will later check out a chunk I have left from my chine log that came as part of a Tatmen kit many years ago. Rick Newman"
Oct 20, 2019
Rick Newman replied to Charles S Lilley's discussion Strip or sand
"Is the paint still bonded to the wood? If so, it would seem that roughing up the paint enough to provide a somewhat fresh and abraded surface would allow new paint to stick. Once you start sanding you can spend lots of money, time, and effort to…"
Oct 1, 2019
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…"
Aug 19, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
Rick Newman replied to Kirk Miller's discussion To knot the end of your anchor rope or not to knot. That is the question.
"When I guided in Montana I was taught to leave the anchor rope free of knots, fortunately I have never stuck an anchor nor had to deal with the issue. I can point out the spot on the Snake River in Idaho where we lost an outobard motor that…"
May 17, 2019

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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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