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Dallas, OR
About Me:
Drift boat aficionado and historian, husband, parent and grandpa, author, artist, riverlover.
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Two original McKenzie double-enders and 12 McKenzie and Rogue River models for iddy-biddy fly fishers.

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Holiday Event at the Oregon State Capital to Feature the book

I and my book, Drift Boats and River Dories, will be one of the features at the Holiday Open House at the Oregon State Capital the evening of December 3, Wednesday. The event begins at 4:00 p.m. and concludes at 7:00. Other authors will include the likes of former Governor Betty Roberts (With Grit and by Grace), Steve Arndt (Roads Less Traveled), Gerry Frank (Where to Buy It, Find It, Eat It in New York) and Jerry McGee (A Long Way to Oregon). It… Continue

Posted on November 10, 2008 at 5:13pm

Nice job

Good job with the Wooden Boat People, Randy. I think that when this gets up and running it will be a very nice complement to what's already out there.

Posted on September 17, 2008 at 6:50am — 1 Comment

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At 10:09pm on February 8, 2011, Ben Kittell said…



I am just about to start condtruction on a Pritchett Classic Rouge River Dory using the plans in your book. I am concerned about what to do with the bottom pannel. With scarfing two 1/2"x4x8 pannels my board will be 15'6". Will this be long enough to cover the bottom?


Great book my the way. Every time I look at it I learn something new.

At 9:28am on April 26, 2009, Greg Hatten said…
No worries Roger - it was a busy day!! The new "bar" got a nice little work-out in the parade and is a welcomed addition.
That was such a fun day - great bunch of folks and incredible collection of boats!!
At 8:18pm on April 21, 2009, Greg Hatten said…
Hey there Roger... no problemo! You take care and I look forward to see you in the afternoon. Maybe we could meet for a beer at the "bar in my boat"??
We'll have a good float - but won't be the same without you...
At 10:58am on April 21, 2009, Greg Hatten said…
Hi Roger...
Are you still up for the "float" in the parade on Saturday. Might be a little drop of rain - but I'll bring an umbrella. Randy asked me to take care of a reporter from KLCC (Jess Burns) who wants to do a story and ride in a drift boat in the parade. I think you guys would make a perfect pair in my boat for the float... you can fill her in on the history of the river, the boats, and your book... she'll get plenty of info to do a nice story. Is that OK with you??
At 11:21am on April 12, 2009, Tom Martin said…
Hey Roger, I forgot to add that after looking at Drift Boats and River Dories, it sounds like Woodie had a diary. Is that available for research purposes? I'd like to know if Woodie mentions Fulmer's visit in 1945. Also, is there any record of Hindman's correspondence? I can't help but think Woodie and Fulmer stayed in touch, as Fulmer would have most likely wanted to send a photo of the finished GEM to Woodie. Please feel free to reach me by e-mail at

Thanks again for all your assistance, yours, tom
At 7:46am on April 12, 2009, Tom Martin said…
Hi Roger, some time back I had given your book Drift Boats and River Dories away to a friend. Just bought another copy! Yeah book sales! It's funny, as your book means so much more to me now that we are building a boat then it did earlier, and WOW, what a terrific resource! Thank you so much for all your work on capturing this river history!!!
Yours, Tom
At 8:50pm on April 7, 2009, Greg Hatten said…
Hey the pleasure was mine... and I'm glad you like the addition of the "bar in my boat"... I've exchanged a couple of emails with Tom & volunteered to help in any way I can. Sounds like they have things already underway on the Gem, the Flavell, and the Susie. I asked him to post pictures of the progress - he'll have lots of fans on this site.
Hope things went well for you today & hope you can make it to Finn Rock at 10 (I invited the McKenzie Fire and Rescue to be our "shuttle" service for the morning....). I'll save my passenger seat for you but if you don't make it I'll see you at Eagle Rock... got a few silly additions to my boat besides the bar that might entertain you... GH
At 8:51pm on April 6, 2009, Tom Martin said…
Hi Roger, ok, i'll try to give you a ring. Thanks so much for your number. Fulmer was in his late 30's when he entered WWII, and he ended up a drill sargent at Camp Adare. In 1945 he got leave one day to go into town, and he looked up Woody Hindman. They taked boats, and the next year Fulmer built the MOJA, a 15 foot long 15" rocker 4ft wide double ender. He wanted something a little more stable, so he built the GEM next. I'll be interested in your thoughts on the GEM given the above data. I'll also post a few more GEM photos. Hope to speak with you soon, yours, tom
At 2:55pm on April 6, 2009, Tom Martin said…
Hi Roger, sorry about the boofed attempt to attach photos. Finally got it worked out on my woodenboatpeople page. If you get a chance to check out those photos, I'd sure appreciate it. yours, Tom
At 6:53pm on April 5, 2009, Tom Martin said…
Hi Roger, wanted to see what you know about a Grand Canyon boat called the GEM. Attached is a 1957 photo of the GEM between PT RTeill'y SUSIE R and FLAVELL, along with a 1" = 1ft scale model of the boat i made. I am also builing a full sized replica of the boat, and doing extensive research on Moutly Fulmer, the guy who built it. Any info you have on Fulmer would be much appreciated. Would it be possible to contact you by phone about this? My e-mail is tomhazel AT Thanks so much, Tom Martin

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