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oarlock bushings
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I have a 17x52 Tatman McKenzie boat and one of the oarlock bushings (white nylon or plastic?) is getting worn down pretty bad.  Does anyone know where to get replacements for these? Also, are they…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Randy Dersham May 10, 2014.

Boat progress and advice sought

I meant to post photos and descriptions of my bottom work here in the forum but somehow got onto the blog.  It's at: …Continue

Started Sep 16, 2012

Greg Tatman Boats
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Does anyone know the status of Greg Tatman Boats?I have been trying to reach them to place an order, but can't get anyone on the phone, no return calls, no reply to email.Their website is up, but the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hil Hawken May 2, 2018.

 

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Hil Hawken replied to Tom Thompson's discussion Greg Tatman Boats
"I put wetlander on a Mini Drifter, it is slick but probably not as bullet proof impact wise as UHMW.  Hil Hawken San Anselmo, CA."
May 2, 2018
Hil Hawken replied to Tom Thompson's discussion Greg Tatman Boats
"Hi Randy, Do you have the plans for there smallest driftboat, It was 12' I think , would love to build it if you are selling plans.  It had a bow, it was not a pram.  They showed it at some boat shows but I don't know if it ever…"
Apr 27, 2018
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"My dory is named Sally after my late Alaska Husky Sally, lead dog and mother of almost my whole team. I mixed some of her ashes in with the West System when re-doing the bottom and patching here & there."
Oct 19, 2015
Sandy Pittendrigh replied to Tom Thompson's discussion oarlock bushings
"I use 3/4" white PVC water pipe. Has an inside diameter of a tad less than 5/8" inch. So cut a bushing to length and then bore it out to exactly 5/8" inch with a 5/8" inch twist drill. The drill bit costs about $30 bucks. So…"
May 10, 2014
Tom Thompson commented on Tom Thompson's blog post Progress ...and advice needed
"Mike, I've had the boat in the water only a few times but the wetlander seems to be holding up well. It sure is slick, I'll give it that. So far only a few scuffy looking places on it, no scratches through. I would use it again."
Feb 5, 2014
Mike Baker commented on Tom Thompson's blog post Progress ...and advice needed
"Hey Tom, I was playing on the interweb and found this post. I am wondering how the wetlander product has held up. It sounds like the perfect bottom coating. is it or is it too good to be true? Thanx Mike"
Feb 5, 2014
Dave P replied to Tom Thompson's discussion oarlock bushings
"You never cease to amaze me Brad!"
Jul 3, 2013
Richard Korte replied to Tom Thompson's discussion oarlock bushings
"You might try bronze bearing bushings at a good local hardware store. Most are oil impregnated and simply never wear out. I've used them a couple of times and they are perfect. Drill the proper size hole, rough up the outside of the bushing…"
Jun 22, 2013
Brad Dimock replied to Tom Thompson's discussion oarlock bushings
"Then there's the low tech solution. Cut some long 1" wide strips of plastic from a gallon- size ziplock bag. Wind them onto your oarlock shaft until it just turns into its hole with a nice smooth, greasy turnabilty. This lasts a season or…"
Jun 20, 2013
Tom Thompson replied to Tom Thompson's discussion oarlock bushings
"Thanks Brian. Already have 'em coming from Randy. Original equipment."
Jun 20, 2013
Brian King replied to Tom Thompson's discussion oarlock bushings
"Willies drift boat site sells oar lock bushings for $9.00 a pair. They are for the 5\8" shaft oar locks. When you get to their site click on the drift boat accessary tab and I think it is on page 6. I've got 3 pair and they are nice."
Jun 20, 2013
Tom Thompson replied to Tom Thompson's discussion oarlock bushings
"Great, Randy.  This seems like the simplest solution.  Thanks."
Jun 18, 2013
AJ DeRosa replied to Tom Thompson's discussion oarlock bushings
"We have several boats in our "historical" fleet. They were all made in the 50's and 60's. They are all river worthy and we exorcise them on a regular basis. They all have original oar lock blocks made of oak or mahogany. None…"
Jun 17, 2013
Phillip Westendorf replied to Tom Thompson's discussion oarlock bushings
"Tom, Let me know if you run into a problem going this direction.  This kind of thing is really up "My Alley". Dorf"
Jun 17, 2013
Tom Thompson replied to Tom Thompson's discussion oarlock bushings
"Very helpful information. Thank you, Dorf."
Jun 17, 2013

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Madison, Georgia
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http://RedOakRiver.com
Boats I own:
17x52 standard wooden (Tatman) McKenzie

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Progress ...and advice needed

Hello folks,

I promised in an earlier post to update you on my re-bottoming project.

I purchased this 17' Tatman and it's in excellent shape, except it was 18 years old and the UHMW plastic on bottom was getting very brittle.  The screws were working loose and the plastic had to go.  There was even a slow leak along one row of the screw holes where they missed the framing member.

I decided that instead of replacing the UHMW sheeting on bottom, I would instead try a slick…

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Posted on September 16, 2012 at 6:33pm — 6 Comments

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