Steve Sobba
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Kansas Driftboat takes 1st Float
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jesse Ronnow Apr 11, 2010.

Number Crunching!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jesse Ronnow Dec 15, 2009.

Rub Strip attachment
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Sobba Feb 5, 2010.


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Steve Sobba replied to Bennett Yarbrough's discussion Totalboat
"   Lou is great!,love that series, on episode 7, of  his next project. I used System 3, before  the Total Boat brand, when I built my boat in 2008 . I had  used the T88  adhesive on experimental aircraft  in the…"
Oct 8, 2017
Steve Sobba replied to Vance Wonser's discussion Help me build a trailer roller
"Vance, I dont recall... 1/8 in thickness ?? strong enough to support but not to heavy either.  End caps, flat steel with a hole in center, were cut to fit inside roller pipe with a nut welded on the inside   may have put a small (drill)…"
Mar 16, 2013
Steve Sobba replied to Vance Wonser's discussion Help me build a trailer roller
"Vance, posted pictures to my site on WBP in the Photos heading  the roller is about  2 1/2 inches. Hope this helps."
Mar 13, 2013
Steve Sobba commented on Dajuane Thomas's photo


"You have a a good smile ! I can understand why.Well done. What fun! Steve"
Feb 10, 2013
Steve Sobba replied to Kibby's discussion Don Hill 16' for a First Build
"The video I believe just had the middle rib ?5th hung by  a rope to the ceiling .I used a saw horse that lifted the boat off the floor at both ends.  the bottom is curve fore and aft of that  middle rib so strong back may be difficult…"
Sep 1, 2012
Steve Sobba replied to Kibby's discussion Don Hill 16' for a First Build
"Kibby, I built an 18 foot DH with out a strongback.  I have a slight twist  in my boat.  The line of contact the roller of the trailer touches the bottom of the boat.  I have a 1/2 to 5/8 inch  gap.  The boat sets level…"
Aug 28, 2012
Steve Sobba commented on Rick Newman's event 7th Annual McKenzie River Wooden Boat Festival
" I have that time slot open... will have to see what the events of this week bring."
Apr 2, 2012
Steve Sobba replied to Roger Rippy's discussion Spare oar?
"Roger,  What about making your own spare? When building my boat I decided to build my own oars.  If I remember correctly  I got 4 oars out of $250 supplies  and  an enjoyable time building them.   You can look at some…"
Feb 12, 2012
Steve Sobba commented on Steve Sobba's photo


"Sorry to be so late in acknowledging your comments. You are correct, the picture was taken just under Kellogg street (US54) . We are still in need of rain! Most of the area lakes are down 4 to 5 ft. When I 1st built my boat this is where I would…"
Jan 19, 2012
Steve Sobba commented on Steve Sobba's photo


"Yes , 18 foot Don Hill Fly Fisher, a Rocker, that is about all it is for right now. We need rain! Lakes  are down 4 to 5 feet this past year.  Sorry to hear about your sensitivity to the saw dust. We all need to pay heed to safety, guilty…"
Jan 17, 2012
Dave Z commented on Steve Sobba's photo


"Now that is what i call ROCKER!"
Jan 16, 2012
twoblacklabs commented on Steve Sobba's photo


"Isn't this just downstream (mud) of the big Indian? I was stationed at McConnell from '87-'91. If I recall correctly, it gets pretty skinny there and requires dredging every few years.   For the non locals, it's pronounced…"
Oct 26, 2011
Steve Sobba replied to James S.'s discussion Plywood Resource
"James, When I built me boat in 2008  I obtained my marine plywood from Homestead Hardwood, just add a .com , out of Vickery, Ohio.  I was very pleased with quality, service and shipping.  There site came up so I think they are still…"
Sep 5, 2011
Steve Sobba commented on Steve Sobba's photo


"Jerry, Thought I would send along  more information. My boats beam is 81 82 inches . bottom beam is around 55 inches.  My trailer is around 66 wide outside dia of main frame.  96 inches  length of main frame . th yoke 3 x3 beam…"
Dec 18, 2010
Steve Sobba commented on Steve Sobba's photo


"Jerry , Sorry to be so late in returning a reply.   I think I ordered the 1st set of plans from Gleen -L ...boat trailer plans by Ken Hankison  They sent with the plans or I got from the internet a Article on How to build…"
Dec 17, 2010
Jerry Thompson commented on Steve Sobba's photo


"Steve, good looking trailer. Did you build the trailer from scratch? If so, where did you get the plans?  I want to build one. I have the equipment and skills needed but I don't know anything about designing a trailer. I have the…"
Dec 13, 2010

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About Me:
Wanted a new wood work challenge, started drift boat project a year ago, May 2008, and I really was taken by the lines of the McKinze River Drift Boat. Have built parts of experimental airplanes remolded homes, and built a 51 chevy truck with one of my sons.
Boats I own:
3/4 completed 18 foot drift boat

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At 1:35pm on December 13, 2009, Mike Baker said…
Hey Steve,
Your boat turned out great! I am part way into building the same boat, I have a question if you don't mind. The plans say on rib #8 that there are two angles for the rib, I am sure when I get to it it will be clear but I have been wondering what that is all about. Also did you go with the 3/4" thick chine or go a little thinner, because I know those Don Hill boats really bend at around rib 8.
Thanx for any info you want to provide
At 6:42pm on September 13, 2009, Jonathan Clarke said…
I always tell people to get three confirmations before they believe anything they read on the internet. Turns, out that's true for the stuff I write, too. The tubing o.d. is 2.5", not 3", but it is more or less .0625" wall. Stone is the brand name on the bushing, which is made of some high tech plastic or another. I bought the tubing and the bushing from McMaster Carr, an industrial mail order place in Chicago, although I used to buy them many years ago at an industrial supply place in Minneapolis. I don't have a McMaster Carr P/N for the tubing now, but I recently redid my setup with a half inch axle. I used their tube bushings P/N 60565K26 with reducer bushings P/N 2705T33. You may not want to order from them, but their web site should help you decide what you want if you can at least reference those numbers.
At 7:38pm on June 23, 2009, Jesse Ronnow said…

Kudos to you for ingenuity. They look great. You will have to let me know what you think of them after you get the boat on the water. I wish I could be more help on the oars question, that's one area I need to work on a bit.

Tight lines,

At 4:30am on June 22, 2009, Jason Knight said…
The exterior of my boat is a few coats of Z-Spar (2015) Captains Varnish over epoxy. The interior is just oiled. This was my first time varnishing a boat - and if I had to do it over, I would have built up a few coats of varnish on the panels before construction while they were laying flat - but I was not sure how I wanted to finish the exterior until I had it built... The Captains seemed to roll and tip pretty well - though I do not really have a means for comparison.

You have a great looking project there! Love those front seats too...
At 9:54pm on June 19, 2009, Jesse Ronnow said…

The boat is beautiful. If I may, did you design the front seat yourself? If so may I ask how? I love it.

At 5:05pm on June 7, 2009, Jesse Ronnow said…

It is Line-X truck bed liner. The stuff is indestructible. Having said that their are a couple of issue you need to be aware of. 1st off, it weighs in at about .7 lbs per square foot and is heavier than most other options (glass Kevlar, UHMW). 2nd, it is not the slickest stuff on the market. 3rd, once the stuff goes on, it's not coming off. Well it may come off but chances are you are going to have to replace the surface it is attached to. Because of this last one, it is not recommended that you cover the chine cap... that is if you are building a framed boat. The chine cap generally takes the hardest beating and therefore may need to be replaced multiple times during the life of a boat.

I chose to use the stuff for a couple of reasons. #1, my boat is nearly 30 years old and I wanted to make sure that there was going to be no leaking, or seeping at all; mission accomplished. #2, because the stuff is indestructible. Even though it is not supper slick, which by the way is wonderful when sliding over rocks and gravel bars, it does not tear, rip, crack or break down at all. And it does a good job in the sliding department, just not as good as say Kevlar. #3 I only use this boat on the very clam (with respect to rapids) rivers of the Henry's Fork, South Fork of the Snake and Madison rivers. Therefore the concerns at this late stage of her life regarding the need to change the chine cap are pretty minimal.

I am planning on building another boat and will probably use the stuff again, however will only be on the bottom of the boat. I will purposely leave the chine cap exposed in case I need to replace it.

Man that was long winded, I hope some of that was helpful. Good luck with your decision and please let me know if you have any other questions.

Tight lines,


P.S. what rivers are you planning on floating in KS?
At 10:34am on May 31, 2009, Randy Dersham said…
Welcome Steven, Post us some photos. It's always fun to watch the projects take shape. I hope you enjoy the site.

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