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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

Old wooden 16 foot drifter

Hi all. New to the site and to wooden boats. I have always wanted to restore a wooden boat, and now I have the chance. I picked up an old 16 foot double ender in northern California and am starting on it with a goal of having it ready for the Rogue in the spring.I can use any advice!

Added by Kevin Reiten on November 2, 2017 at 11:15am — 1 Comment

Restoring a boat (that maybe didn't need it!)

There was a wooden boat on Craigslist and I went to look at it.  It was pretty, and the seller said it only leaked a little, that he would not hesitate to take it fishing.  That was good enough for me.  It looked great on a soggy December afternoon in a dark shed so I bought it.  It came with a motor and trailer!  I knew I’d sell the motor and that would pay for sand paper and varnish, with cash left over to buy beer to lubricate the sanding and varnishing.

Added by Bob H on June 21, 2017 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Drift Boat Kit

I have a 16' Don Hill drift boat kit I never got around building and would like it to go to a good home and someone to complete it.  I have had it stored in my garage for over 10 years and moving soon to much smaller place so need to down size my stuff.  The Kit includes all the ribs, transom, bow stem, and a box of hardware.  I also have the instructions but will need to find them.  I can be contacted directly at:

Tom Burton

270 East Mayes St.

Dixon, Calif…


Added by Tom Burton on March 15, 2017 at 3:31pm — 3 Comments

Six Briggs dories down the Rogue

We should probably be arrested for doing this but we did it:…


Added by Brad Dimock on August 23, 2016 at 11:15pm — 1 Comment

Upper Colorado

Follow the link.…


Added by Mark Stuberr on June 21, 2016 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

1993 Rays River Dory for sale

Selling my Rays River Dory Perfect Mac.

Boat only has 5 years of light use and is in Bristol Condition. I purchased from the original owner who commissioned to have this built and for what ever reason after he applied oils and varnish he never used it. Sat in his attached garage for 17 years. Superb craftsmanship and timeless design.…


Added by Bob burda on June 10, 2016 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Enki Drawings Done

The Enki drawings are finally done. You can check them out here:…


Added by Mark Stuberr on May 31, 2016 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Yellowstone time.

New blog post, 

Click here.…


Added by Mark Stuberr on May 12, 2016 at 6:58am — No Comments

transom material

Hello everybody,

Building the 16 foot double ender with transom. Is solid lumber, say Sapele, a good idea for the transom, rather than plywood? Thanks

Added by Dave Curtis on May 7, 2016 at 10:58am — No Comments

19' Drift boat to be decked over...

If a sucker is born every minute, I must have been born more than once... 

I picked this boat up over the weekend.  It was rougher in person than I expected (hoped) from the pictures, but I liked the size and its history -- it was built 35 years ago to run the Grand to support a bunch of kayakers.  I can't imagine taking it down there with no compartments and about 10 scuppers (covered now by the small pieces of wood on the gunwales) cut-in at floor level to encourage self bailing.…


Added by Jim Schnepel on May 4, 2016 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

More on Enki

Enky continues to take shape on the drawing table. Check out the progress here.

Added by Mark Stuberr on April 11, 2016 at 6:47am — No Comments

18" Self bailer project almost complete!

This is my !8 almost ready for Cataract, Westwater and the Main.  Built the floor up 12" for self bailing over the winter and ready for Epoxy finish. …


Added by Mike Morris on March 24, 2016 at 8:15pm — No Comments


Some thoughts on hatch design can be found …


Added by Mark Stuberr on March 20, 2016 at 2:01pm — No Comments

FanTail Transom 17' 6" Custom Drift boat for sale

Well, looks like it is time!  The ocean sailing urge has returned, and I can't take it with me to the Caribbean!

I've built four bright finish drift boats over the years in Sapele and Meranti. This was finally to be a keeper for myself!  For this boat I wanted to do something different, with a nod to minimizing maintenance. So this one is a wood boat with glass and epoxy on both sides of a Ocume core. The chines are heavily built up of glass and Kevlar-- designed to break…


Added by Richard Elder on March 16, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Ta Dah !!!! Custom 18 x 54 Framed & Decked Dory Came to Life

OCTOBER 2009 : One cannot have too many boats. My current boat, a 1995 Don Hill 16 x 48 with two watertight compartments is a great boat. It has served me well while guiding, training students as well as running private trips.

Now it is time to build a bigger one. One that can take more gear, beer and what not. I have been thinking about this boat for about 3 years. The hows, how bigs, whys, hull shapes and such.

I decided to take a Don Hill 18 x 54 plan…


Added by Robb Grubb on March 7, 2016 at 10:27pm — 14 Comments

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