Great boat - mine will look like this eventually - time has taken some tolls but I am bringing her back to life. Mine is from the same era - homebuilt - not fortunate to have a name plaque - but who cares when it drifts along a river?
Hey I was thinking of something the other day that would probably help you out on the webbing seat. Soak the stuff in water for a while before you start stringing it up. When it's wet you get good stretch and then when it drys out it will be that much tighter... Anyway just a thought.
Yep that's exactly it. If memory serves I got 39' but don't quote me on that, you may want to get more just to be safe. As for the turnbuckle yes all I did was pinch it, the stuff is really soft so no big deal. I hope that helps, let me know if you have any further questions.
It is 1' tubular climbing webbing. I picked it up at a local climbing shop in Idaho Falls call Idaho Mountain Trading, however, I am sure that you can get the same stuff at any climbing shop. So far its great. The tubular design makes is soft. I very happy. Hope this helps, let me know if you have any further questions.
Mitch, it was great to meet you and share stories. Your boat looks great. Hopefully I will have a boat on the water this summer. Perhaps we can meet somewhere halfway between Spokane and Corvallis and do a fishing trip. Good luck fishing.
That's a good plan!!
I did a lot of "trial and error" on my seat rope - I just went to the garage and measured - mine is about 1/4"... wish it was just a little thicker - I may play around with that one myself... it's comfortable but I have to tighten it often - maybe that means I should do some "adjusting" to my eating habits. The more I eat, the more it sags... hmmmmm
Yup, the Vida gauge is your key. I was on the McKenzie yesterday chasing the March Brown hatch... it was ripping along pretty good but the hatch came off anyway... pretty cool.
McKenzie will probably be at around 4,000 cfs for the float - my biggest challenge (and yours too, I think) will be the temptation to "fish" instead of "float" and turn a one hour float into a 3 hour fishing outing.....
Bring some of that Steelhead scent with you and please lay hands on my boat... it needs a little luck. We've been a little Steelhead starved this year, I'm afraid. Unfortunately, work keeps getting in the way of fishin & boatin!!!
Are you kidding me... a 68 Woodie will turn heads at a show like this. The older the better... it's a pretty good group that turns out for this - you'll have a great time, I'm sure. Look forward to meeting you and your boat.