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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 — No 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

Beautiful 16 ' Don Hill Boat for sale

This boat is in excellent condition , very nice wood revarnished , new professionally built floor ,

custom trailer , smoker oars . Age forces sale . $ 2,300 . Always stored indoors with TLC .

email : for photos .

Thanks , Mick 

Added by mick mickelson on July 19, 2020 at 6:47am — 1 Comment

Moving Wooden Boats

What type of apparatus do ya'll have for moving your wooden boat around the shop/garage? Pics most appreciated. TIA.

Added by Creed Williams on March 2, 2020 at 7:34am — 3 Comments

McKenzie Boat Class

I am excited to offer the McKenzie boat class again at WoodenBoat School in Maine this July. It's perfect for someone who really wants to build one but doesn't know how or where to start, or is intimidated by the array of skill sets necessary to do the job.

We will build the Hindman 16' Double-ender with transom.

We will start by lofting the boat from a table of offsets, correcting, customizing or idealizing as we go. We'll build all the frames, transom and a rolling-bevel…


Added by Brad Dimock on February 7, 2020 at 9:40am — No Comments


Noooo!  Had to store the boat outside for 1 1/2 years.  Tightly tarped to protect it but somehow water got inside.  Now I have mold from stem to stern.  Bought one of those "cloth" garages so it is protected but somewhat "open".  Looking to move soon.  Hopefully will find a place with a shop so I can work on it.

Added by Jerry Sweat on October 10, 2019 at 4:53pm — 2 Comments

For Sale 16 ft. rebuilt Tatum drift boat

A beauty! $3500.00

Completely re-worked. Includes oars (1extra), anchor, cover, storage box, trailer which has new wheels,lights ,tires. located in Palouse, WA

Get plenty of compliments when you row this beauty down your favorite river. Age forces sale, so the boat needs a new owner.  contact Scott@…


Added by Scott Nilsson on September 17, 2019 at 6:00am — No Comments

Refloating a 16 ft tatum kit

  1. Yes I let her sit since 2005.  Kids etc.  Bottom, battens etc are being addressed with penetrating epoxy then a full coat of the hard stuff. My question is I am seeing that skide plates, high density, are no longer suggested as neexed, especially for fishing/class I water.  Will another 1/4 inch added to be bottom, epoxed and some glass be enough or any suggestions are welcome.

Added by Colorado19 on September 10, 2019 at 6:07pm — 1 Comment

'99 Don Hill Custom 15' + motor - SOLD



I just wanted to make everyone aware of a nice little 15' x 48" boat that I have for sale. Please see my Craigslist and Marketplace links for more photos and info. Mods, if this is not okay please remove. Located in Bend, Oregon. Must sell. Thanks! …


Added by Ryan C on August 9, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments

Drift boat for sale

I'm selling a nice drift boat for a friend. 17 ft, 1999 wood and fiberglass. All set up for fishing. She spent most of her life up on the Bighorn River. Fresh varnish on the bright work, really nice trailer with new rubber all around. Oars, PFD, anchor, beer coozies....all included! $5800/offer Hal  @ 970.531.2326. Owner lives in Denver, but the boat is in Pagosa Springs. Thanks!…


Added by Hal Jaeke on June 8, 2019 at 6:52pm — No Comments

1999 Wooden Driftboat for Sale

I'm selling a nice boat for a friend. Comes with everything needed to put in and start fishing ( just add rods!) Fresh varnish on the bright work, a really nice trailer with new rubber all around. Call or text Hal for more info. 970.531.2326 The owner lives in Denver, but the boat is presently in Pagosa Springs, Co. 20190404_133721.jpg

Added by Hal Jaeke on June 8, 2019 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Selling my Rays River Dorie

  I am selling my refurbished Rays river dorie  .  Located in Basalt Colorado. I hate to let it go ....

$ 4,000.oo   Thank's for looking ; photo's on my page.  let me know if you cannot view.   Mike


Added by Mike Wilcox on May 18, 2019 at 9:18am — No Comments

how prepped does the bottom need to be before glassing

Hi All,

I've got the  skid shoe off and in the garbage. All the ring nails are pulled out or clipped and back filled. I've epoxied/wood powdered all dings and sanded from bow to where the skid shoe ended. I was able to get that far using 80 grit.

My question is, Just how clean/sanded does the bottom have to be before glassing? From where the skid shoe ended to the transom is being a bear to clean up with 80 grit. So was the bow bottom but i got that done...with…


Added by Mitchell Culbertson on July 29, 2018 at 12:56pm — 3 Comments

Drift Boat Accessories and Kits

Hello Wooden Boat Peeps, I wanted to let everyone know that I can supply accessories and kits. Accessories include UHMW oar lock blocks, white oak kneelock horns with drink holders, Dierks double bow eyes with 1/4-20 all thread for bolting through bow stem, Dierks anchor systems, and UHMW transom bang plates for anchor swing. Also available are kits, anywhere from alaskan yellow cedar frame kits with AYC bow stem, transom trim, and frame spacing dimensions, to full kits where everything is…


Added by Kurt Selisch on June 10, 2018 at 4:47pm — No Comments

Smaller drift boat trailer wanted Boise,ID

Looking for a smaller drift boat trailer in or near Boise, Idaho. Similar to the one pictured. Can't exceed 6' (72 inches) total width. Must fit 48" bottom. e-mail:

Added by Richard Sutherland on May 24, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

Boatbuilding, oarmaking, bronzecastin: Classes

Most of you folks here aren't in the market for class, but for those of you that are, I just posted my winter offerings. If you want to build a boat, shape an oar, cast custom bronze boat hardware--but don't have the nerve to start out on your own, this might be just the ticket.…


Added by Brad Dimock on December 11, 2017 at 10:09pm — No Comments

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