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1974 Keith Steele #500 Helfrich Wooden Drift Boat for sale

1974 Keith Steele #500 Helfrich Wooden Drift Boat with Baker independent suspension trailer. Stored in heated garage, new varnish. More pictures on request. Piece of history. Price $6,500.

Delivery negotiable dependent on who wants to buy it and where they're at.

Currently located in Nampa, ID. 



Added by Jeffrey Cagle on June 4, 2024 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Building the Rogue River Special--a class

Building the Rogue River Special

Hi all--

Cricket and I are teaching a class at the historic Lowell's Boat Shop in Amesbury, Massachusetts, birthplace of the dory, November 11-16. We'll be building Jerry Briggs's legendary Rogue River Special, and one lucky student will take it home for the cost of materials.…


Added by Brad Dimock on August 22, 2023 at 2:07pm — No Comments

trailer rollers

My trailer is from the early 70's (as is my boat), and in need of some retrofitting. Does anyone know a source for trailer rollers I can replace my wood bunks with? Or, does someone have a decent trailer they want to part with - even better!

Added by Jerry Johnson on July 28, 2023 at 6:34am — No Comments

problems replacing handrails

In 2018 I built this boat. I used 3m 5200 in between the handrails and the side of the boat. Overtime the hand rails developed cracks and it was time to replace them. As I attempted to remove the handrails the…


Added by Dawson Alan Ferguson on June 7, 2023 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Finishing up!

Ribs are finially done.  Sanding, sanding, sanding some more.  Now adding false keel, deck supports, deck and deck cap, coaming, gunwales, floorboards. thwarts, and a finish coat.  Took longer than I thought!…


Added by Jerry Sweat on April 2, 2023 at 9:48am — No Comments

Walking the plank.

As I continue with planks, I am also working on thwarts, paddles, and floorboards.  Oops.  Messed up the floorboards.  Had to disassemble and redo.  Now starting on ribs.  Who dosen't love ribs.  …


Added by Jerry Sweat on March 18, 2023 at 11:28am — No Comments

I've always wanted to build a cedar strip canoe.

It's the first of February and snow is on the ground outside so I'll stay inside and start my canoe.  The first step is to build a strongback.  Then, lay up a bottom plank with both stems attached.  I can then begin adding planks by alternating sides.  Pretty slow going.  I can only get 4 planks a day glued on.  But I will press on.  I have nothing else to do.…


Added by Jerry Sweat on March 12, 2023 at 10:30am — No Comments

Dory Kits and Plans - Timber Boatworks

Hey Wooden Boat People: 

I'm in the early stages of starting a side gig doing dory kits, some plans, and probably a few finished boats too. I'm focusing on a slightly smaller design than what is out there- it's basically a briggs style boat shrunk to 15'8" with a slightly different interior deck and hatch layout. It's a pretty sweet boat for rivers like the middle fork, main and lower main salmon, Deschutes, and Rogue, while still being big enough for Hells and GC trips. I'm…


Added by Ben A. Hayes on July 19, 2022 at 7:54pm — 3 Comments

Haven't been by in a long time.

I'm on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I built a version of the Z-Drifter a couple years ago but have found that it isn't seeing a lot of moving water. It has a 1/4" fir shoe covering most of the bottom. It is a great boat on lakes however it does need to be trailered so the cost of ferries and travel, in general, is costly. 

I would like to offer it here for sale, or trade for about $1500us with the trailer. …


Added by Mark on July 10, 2022 at 4:15pm — No Comments

New Hindman double ender for sale

This boat Hindman 13/14' double ender is brand new, never launched.  Professionally built.  Okume ply over Sitka spruce ribs, ash gunnels, oak seat frame, with walnut, mohagany, and lacewood detailing. Includes UHMW bottom, Dierks anchoring system, E Z loader trailer with spare tire.  Selling for the cost of materials $4400, I've got too many boats.  Serious inquires only please.…


Added by Hil Hawken on June 8, 2022 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Building McKenzies in the Center of the Dory Universe

Hi all,

Cricket and I are excited to announce a course this November at Lowell's Boat Shop in Amesbury, Massachusetts, the oldest working boat shop in the country and the birthplace of the ocean dory. We'll be building one or two McKenzies depending on class size, over the course of two adjacent three-day weekends. If anyone here is wanting to build a drift boat but are feeling too timid or don't feel they have the requisite skills, this is a wonderful opportunity in a truly amazing…


Added by Brad Dimock on April 6, 2022 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Wanted Double Ender

I am looking for a Woody Hindman style double ender if anyone knows where one might be available.


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Added by Skip Rotticci on March 31, 2022 at 9:48am — No Comments

Anchor ideas

I just got a Don Hill boat and it doesn’t have an anchor system on it yet, just some anchor cleats.  At times I want to run a small motor off the back.  From what I can tell it looks like Dierks has a good system that kicks the anchor off to the side of the transom.  Does anyone have pics of this?  Do you have to drill…


Added by Dax Messett on March 1, 2022 at 1:33pm — No Comments

16' Ray's Rogue Drifter for Sale

Looking to sell my drift boat that sits in my garage hauling in more dust than fish these days. I used it a lot when I first got it, but we struggle to get her in the water more than once a year anymore. It should be used and enjoyed by someone else at this point, and hopefully you or someone you know is that person. Happy to share photos or any info I can provide if you need. It comes with sawyer oars and a pretty nice Baker trailer. The boat is solid and ready for the river. If you are…


Added by Josh Merrell on January 18, 2022 at 8:05am — No Comments

panneling on the bottom of wooden boats

I want to build a cracker box wooden boat. should the bottom panneling be two layers of 1/4 in. plywood, fiberglassed, epoxy, or all the above?

Added by Scott Sward on October 6, 2021 at 8:02am — No Comments

meranti plywood and west system epoxy cheap

Great Deal for  boat builders, 1200. worth of materials for 575.

1/2 inch meranti paid 220. a sheet front range lumber Denver

1/4 meranti ply 110. a sheet

west resin  126 oz  /42 oz 207 hardener 275.

don hill plans 16 standerd 100.

rib lumber hem fir clear 220.

1250. cost sell for 575. cash

098-246-4179 mike Las vegas,New Mexico

Added by Michael S. Gural on September 10, 2021 at 5:11pm — No Comments

meranti ply west epoxy for sale

Changed my mind,moving  forces sale of meranti plywood 2- 1/2'' sheets and two 1/4 inch sheets 

west system epoxy 126 oz 105 resin and 42 oz 207 hardener,hem-fir 1x4 clear for ribs

Las Vegas,NEW MEXICO 600.firm Mike 908-246-4179

Added by Michael S. Gural on September 9, 2021 at 5:32am — No Comments

I have a boat i want to sell

I have a late sixties Rogue River Boat Shop Mackenzie style drift boat that i'm looking to sell. It belonged to my friends father who passed away some time back. This rig has been in indoor storage since the early seventies. it's plywood and in prime shape. the guy that owned it was a guide that moved to the coast from Grants Pass and entered the commercial fishing industry and put the boat away for good. anyway his widow needed to sell the property off and i bought the boat and a nice old…


Added by steve stringham on June 5, 2021 at 3:15pm — 7 Comments

Anchor Pulley Fix

Working on a wooden skiff (built in the early 90's I think, wrecked and repaired at least once before I got it). Pulled off the fiberglass on the bottom two winters ago and glassed it, plus did some new glass on the  outside panels this summer. This winter going to repair the transom, tear out and build new end trays and fix cracks in the fiberglass on the inside. The anchor pulley screws were glassed over and now are rusted. Not sure I can get them out without just drilling them out.…


Added by Tobin Kelley on December 30, 2020 at 2:06pm — 4 Comments

Drift Boat Project for Sale

I adopted this project a few years ago and have not been able to finish it. We are relocating and unable to take this project with us.  Please contact me via email at if you are interested in this project. 

Added by Randy Sorensen on December 7, 2020 at 11:33am — No Comments

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