Rick Newman
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Staying Alive at Home
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Bennett Yarbrough Jul 9.

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

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Rick Newman replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"What finish are you putting on your ribs? I could joke and say it looks like BBQ sauce on your ribs! You are doing quite a thorough job. Rick N"
Rick Newman replied to Jon Stagnitti's discussion Newbie
"Hope it helps! Rick Newman"
Rick Newman replied to Steve Jay's discussion Bo's anchor system starting to slip
"How did the new rope work? Is your anchor release now working? Hope you are enjoying the summer! Rick Newman"
Aug 7
Rick Newman replied to Jon Stagnitti's discussion Newbie
"Here is some further info. 1. Check all the wood in the boat to be sure it is sound. Poke around with a knife or screw driver in search of soft spots that my be dry rot. If you find these types of soft spots they should be attended to by scarfing in…"
Aug 7
Rick Newman replied to Jon Stagnitti's discussion Newbie
"Apparently your boat was stored where water could collect. It also appears that it has dried out since that occurred. I have been hanging around this site since 2009. Anyway, back in the day one of the other old timers did some repair in the chine…"
Aug 7
Rick Newman replied to Jon Stagnitti's discussion Newbie
"Good luck and welcome aboard! Rick Newman"
Aug 6
Rick Newman replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"You have been busy! Looking good! Rick N"
Aug 3
Rick Newman replied to CWarmouth's discussion Drift Boat Project #3
"I allowed moisture to get under the two tarps I had covering my boat. One of my Corona Virus tasks is to clean out my garage enough to actually store my boat indoors! The wood formed mold on on it. lots of sanding to remove the mold and to remove…"
Jul 30
Rick Newman replied to CWarmouth's discussion Drift Boat Project #3
"CW, I like your boat, your beard and the fine video you shared! I am currently working on refinishing the interior of my boat that I finished in 2011. Moisture and poor outdoor storage conditions have left a mark on my boat, nothing that 50 hours of…"
Jul 28
Rick Newman replied to Steve Jay's discussion Bo's anchor system starting to slip
"I think you will find much better service from you unit with this rope! Rick N"
Jul 17
Rick Newman replied to Steve Jay's discussion Bo's anchor system starting to slip
"1. I got the unit without rope so I continue to use what was original to me. I want to suggest 1/2" rope is often used. I suggest that the simplest test to confirm proper operation is to purchase several diameters of rope with different…"
Jul 14
Rick Newman replied to Steve Jay's discussion Bo's anchor system starting to slip
"I have used a wooden frame to hold a metal release with no issues. Something to consider is the diameter and condition of your anchor rope. The more worn and reduced in diameter the less able the braking system will be able to stop your boat. I…"
Jul 13
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Rick Newman's discussion Staying Alive at Home
"What I did over quarantine Lucked into a free motor from a guy who thought the choke plate was screwed and the starter didnt work.  Choke wouldn't quite open up right but a few minutes with a screwdriver and she was good to go.  A few…"
Jul 9
Guy Fredrickson replied to Rick Newman's discussion Staying Alive at Home
" Very interesting. Thanks for sharing. I haven’t seen that done before. "
Jul 2
Rick Newman replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"Are things working better? I haven't heard from you or Randy. Rick N"
Jun 16
Rick Newman replied to Rick Newman's discussion Staying Alive at Home
"The lab is my wife's yellow lab guide dog. Straight from Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, California where they breed them. Azure is about fivr years old if I remember correctly. She was born at the Guide Dogs facility, then raised by…"
Jun 11

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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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