Troy Nicolls
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McKenzie vs Don Hill
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Hey guys. Been away from drift boat building for a while and contemplating building a drift boat to replace my old rebuilt drift boat. I have Rogers book and am seriously considering the double ender…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Troy Nicolls Mar 14, 2013.

How to repair bottom
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Well, my son dragged the trapper I built him and his wife over to my house Friday before we went duck hunting for the weekend. Apparently, last steelhead season he took a digger on a rock and damaged…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Troy Nicolls Oct 12, 2011.

Thanks Wooden Boat People
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This forum has got to be one of the most open minded, interesting and informative sites on the internet. A year ago I knew nothing about building boats. Since then I have built a couple. Now I feel I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by chris towles Jan 19, 2011.

Chopped Trapper
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Looking for comments or concerns here... I've just started building an economy Trapper. I'm using used 5/8 redwood trim for the frames, 1/4" Arauco 3 ply plywood for the sides and 1/2" Arauco 5 ply…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Z May 20, 2010.


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Redding, CA
About Me:
I'm a life long outdoorsman having hunted, fished, backpacked, gold mined etc all my life. I have recent (5 year) interests in falconry and river salmon fishing. As far as salmon fishing, I'm mostly a bankie although I use a small modified raft for half day trips on the Trinity. I've worked with and on boats all my adult life but have NEVER set foot into a drift boat until yesterday when I bought an old wood fixer-upper for $100. Until now, my intention was to eventually build an aluminum drift boat, however money and mostly time forbid. Looking forward to learning more about wood boats and how to row these rivers I've fished by other means until now.
Boats I own:
1986 16' skeeter bass boat, 14' gregor duck/fish/salmon/ocean/river boat, 10' alum skiff, old rotten unknown age or builder 15'6" wood drift boat! Ultra cheap chopped Trapper (given to son and daughter in law) 8' wood layout boat.

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At 9:27am on March 12, 2014, John Weston said…

thanks Troy, I now remember reading about this. thanks.


At 10:10pm on March 15, 2010, Josh Sharp said…

I have seen your recent posts and questions regarding your new boat. I too have just purchased my 1st wood drift boat, which I plan on getting not fully cherried out, but certainly river worthy and looking decent. Your boat, looks very similar in condition as mine does.... However, I think my boat may require a little more work on the bottom and chines. Pretty rotten and wet wood.

How was it removing your bottom? I am waiting for my boat to dry out, before I start tearing. Have decided on how you are going to finish your boat? Fiberglass/ epoxy?

Lastly, how do you think I should start. Do I rebuild the rotten interior ribs, before tearing out the bottom? Or, do i tear out the bottom and chine and then rebuild the ribs. I have removed much of the inner chine due to rot and hoping removing the wet wood would speed up the drying process. I know your new to this, but you seem to be well on your way....

Anyway, thought I pick your brain because you are slightly ahead of my project.
At 7:50pm on March 9, 2010, Greg Hatten said…
Welcome to the site. Congrats on the acquisition of an experienced drift boat to take you on river adventures. Post some pics and we'll help you connect some dots on the likely builder, age of the boat, suggestions on what needs to be done etc... this is a helpful little community and you'll find some good advice and great people to help with your project...

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