TJ Weiss
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  • Beaverton, OR
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Sherwood, OR
Boats I own:
16' Drift Boat - Kit from Ray Heater
I didn't build this boat, I bought it from a guy who built it in 1988. It was a kit from Ray's River Dories. He did a pretty good job of building the boat but I have found evidence of a few "oops!" moments. (Screws that missed the ribs, a hole that has been filled in with epoxy where he goofed putting in the drain plug, etc.) Nothing too bad and certainly nothing that really compromises the structural integrity of the boat.

He bought a power boat and this one sat in his yard under a tarp for several years. It was completely black on the inside from mildew. I tried using bleach to get it off - no luck. Then I tried two part wood bleach - same story. I tried Oxcalic acid which didn' touch it. I called Ray Heater and he told me the only way to get rid of it was to scrape it off. Several boxes of scraper blades later I had it down to where you could actually tell it was wood. The outside had numerous coats of spar varnish whis was also quite difficult to remove. None the less, I got it finished and used it quite extensively for several years.

This January I was headed to the Wilson river on a Sunday when it was snowing. I had just gotten off the phone with the shuttle service telling them that I wasn't going to be there on time. I was headed out of Banks going about 45 mph. As the road turned right I let off the gas slightly and all hell broke loose - literally.
The boat trailer lost traction and swung around to the left, smacked my truck on the left hand side punching about a 1 foot square hole in the port bow. Then the trailer swung back around to the right yanking my truck sideways. I would have never thought that a light boat/trailer could have done that to an F350 but with 3" of snow on top of 1/2" of ice anything can happen. The truck and the boat were travelling down the road sideways, the road curved to the right and over the edge we went. We hit a tree about 50 feet down the embankment, the trailer came off and we finally came to rest on about a 70 degree angle from horizontal. Fortunately we were all buckled in, we didn't roll and nobody was injured.

I have spent the last 4 weeks repairing and refinishing my boat for the second time. While I would rather have it finished natural wood, I'm warming up to the idea of paint. There was just no way to mask the damage and still have a natural finish.

I love my wooden boat for several reasons.
First, it's very light and manuverable.
Second, it's a lot quieter than aluminum and I think it's warmer.
Finally, I always get nice compliments when I 'm on the river.

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Thanks for a wonderful time!

Greetings everyone!

I just wanted to thank all that helped make the boat show on Saturday such a great time.

From the float down the river, to the barbeque and beer.

The conversation and cameraderie were a delight to participate in.

(Oh yeah, and the boats! Almost forgot.... way cool...)

Thanks especially to Randy and Debbie for their wonderful hospitality as well as for all of the work it took to arrange the event. You guys are really… Continue

Posted on April 26, 2009 at 8:56am — 3 Comments

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At 8:58am on April 29, 2009, Rick Newman said…
TJ, we never formally got to meet each other but I appreciated the ride to the river on Saturday morning. Your boat looks great, I never realized that it was the one that had been damaged and shown here on WBP pages. I enjoyed meeting you and Miss Kelley infromally and hope to see you again and hopefully float together again.

Rick Newman
At 7:03am on April 2, 2009, Greg Hatten said…
I hear you... if we started fishing, I'd be drifting right by Randy's place and keep on going to a couple of "holes" down the river... The "guides" are going to do a little fishing upstream from our put-in and then join us for the parade - straight float to Eagle Rock... the guides will then buy their clients lunch, let them check out everything at the boat festival and then continue down river for some more "serious" fishing... (they sold that as a fund raising "package")...
At 7:21pm on April 1, 2009, Greg Hatten said…
Great!! No obstacles - pretty straightforward float & we'll be following 4 or 5 guides with clients, so they'll be picking safe, dry, lines...
Look forward to meeting you and your boat.
At 6:48pm on March 31, 2009, Greg Hatten said…
Perhaps some of that fish "schtank" will give our boats a little more luck out there... come as you are party and hope it rubs off on us!!
At 8:55pm on March 30, 2009, Greg Hatten said…
TJ... Bring it!!! 25th - Float that boat at the Festival - should be fun. I'll buy you coffee!!
At 5:16am on March 5, 2009, Jon Carter said…
Snow on melt water on ice is the worst - it cost me my 49 Ford two door convertible that had 34,000 actual miles. It was in Haines Alaska - just reminded me so much of your description. One minute things are great and the next your laying face down in the snow wondering how you could have F%#@* up your baby so completely. Anyway, glad yours was fixable - very nice job.
At 5:09am on March 5, 2009, Jason Knight said…
yeah crazy story man - thanks for sharing the pics too...
At 6:44pm on March 4, 2009, Craig said…
Thanks for the response!!!
How did you apply the primer and interlux? Which interlux did you use because your boat looks SHARP. You also wet sanded.....what was your process?? Thanks for the help!!!
At 6:15pm on March 4, 2009, Jeff Peak said…
that IS a hell of a story....boat looks good though. what kind of paint did you use? sprayed?
At 5:36pm on March 4, 2009, Craig said…
Hey TJ,
I am refinishing a 16' Tatman and I hope mine looks as good as yours when I am finished. How any coats of primer and final coat did you use? Did you use interlux? Looks like a hell of a project and nicely done!

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