Roger Fletcher just posted on Facebook of Jerry's passing: "JERRY BRIGGS -- We lose another river legend - a great guy who made significant contributions to river dory deign and use. In addition to…Continue
"Spent a week on the Main Salmon in late June. It was magical.
My wifey's first multiday (even though it rained torrentially) and the Great Falls was really well suited for big water, sandy beaches, big eddies and a big camping load."
"I figure this thread deserves an update.
Took the boat out on a high water NF Flathead over Memorial weekend. Boat was awesome in the big water and high flows in mid-channel, but she was a heavy beast to try to land in micro-eddies on rocky…"
"Nah, I wouldn't lose sleep over it.You still have the weave of the glass covered with epoxy matrix. You just don't have the individual fibers completely filled. It's probably still 90% as strong as fully wet out.
"That would definitely work.Want some more bad news? When I pre-glassed the inside of my side panels, and then bent them into the boat, the glass on the inside of the bend "popped" in some places along the weave. I don't…"
"Dusty, if this helps your decision making, I left my spots.
I know that eventually I will damage the boat and have to make repairs. Repairs will be more noticeable than the damage spots.
However, if I were selling the boat, they would not have…"
You may have to replace the fiberglass.
I built my dory in a cold shop last winter and had to pre-warm my epoxy so it would wet out the glass.
I warmed one batch too much and dumped it on my boat just as it was cooking off. I never got…"
"David, that's beautiful.
So is your bench. Did you build it yourself?I have a bunch of ash I'm hoarding, but may not use it for a bench and hold out for its "best use" (clear wood will be gunnels). Was thinking…"
"Rick, we've had 6 Labs over 23 years. They're cool dogs. Not perfect at anything, but really friendly family dogs.My wife used to train Lab puppies as their first phase of being service dogs. I'd be interested to…"
"Got out once. MF Flathead in rubber with my dawgs. Water is coming up a bit and should be able to get the dory out soon.Never loved the small diameter (about 1 3/16") of my oar handles, so I'm wrapping them with 1/16" ash…"
"That's cool Kirk.I have been thinking of removeable thigh brace options for my whitewater dory. Would be great to have it serve a "2nd life" as a fishing craft, albeit a heavy one. I wonder how well that would work if mounted to…"