May 2011 Blog Posts (16)

New to boat building

I am brand new to boats and boat building. I have a pretty good idea of how to do what I want to do with a boat but have no idea what the terms used mean, i.e. rocker, length at beam. As well as how these boats are dimensioned. Should I buy a set of plans to get dimensions or are there specific formulas. If the boat is (x) long than it should be (z) wide? My reasons for not wanting to buy plans is all I want from them are the basic "shell dimensions.

Added by Christian Lazarides on May 28, 2011 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

High Water Deso

Looking for any info from the wood boat people about what I might expect there, running currently 20,000, launching in 3 days and waters going up.


best, Jim

Added by Jim Rubino on May 24, 2011 at 1:02pm — 9 Comments

My Don Hill boatowner is quite pleased

  He came up yesterday and got his "new" boat.  A very happy and somewhat amazed (by the boat's transformation) fellow.   He insisted I take a small bonus payment for my work, which I did not turn down.  With the bonus, I made just about minimum wage..almost.  Other than the sanding, re-working the old Woodie was really quite fun.

  We put almost $1000 in materials and supplies into the job.  I had over 100 hrs of labor as well. 

In our original discussions and my quick…


Added by Don Hanson on May 24, 2011 at 7:29am — 2 Comments

Installing Bulkheads

The boat is nicely taking form, with all bulkheads filletted into place, except the front passenger seat thwart. I'm sure the traditional builders will chuckle watching me torture the hull into shape, but I tell you what...this free-form, right side up method of building is fun and very visually gratifying, like sculpting almost, watching the lines emerge. The lines, BTW, are beautiful. Very graceful, and aggressive at the same time, like the river for which it was designed.… Continue

Added by Jeremy Christensen on May 23, 2011 at 10:42am — No Comments


Ribless Briggs dory coming to life. My Fiance and I are building this together, for a 2012 honeymoon in the Grand.

Added by Jeremy Christensen on May 20, 2011 at 10:13am — 6 Comments

Does Rocker Matter

Hi I am another JHHS student and i have a question regarding the amount of rocker you give a boat. What matters. Thanks Skyler Everitts

Added by Skyler Everitts on May 17, 2011 at 6:11pm — 2 Comments

Finished her up..15 May

  As promised to the owner, his boat is ready.  Before official summer..Memorial Day. 

Doing this restoration was enjoyable and I think the customer got good value.  He now has a very serviceable boat that is also a genuine piece of history.…


Added by Don Hanson on May 17, 2011 at 11:15am — 1 Comment

Ore Locks

We have a few posts about ores but we have no idea what we should use to hold them on the boat. What should our ore locks be made out of? brass or stainless steel?

Added by Will James Wagner on May 14, 2011 at 3:04pm — 6 Comments

I am also in the 7th period class at jhhs and i was wondering what the best shape and/or design of our oars we should make that will be easiest to deal with but effective in rowing?

I am also in the 7th period class at jhhs and i was wondering what the best shape and/or design of our oars we should make that will be easiest to deal with but effective in rowing? Continue

Added by Walker Violante on May 13, 2011 at 8:45pm — 1 Comment

Grand Banks Dorys

Hey, I am working on a boat in the 7th hour class, and I think we are almost to the point where we will be making oars soon. How long should the oars be?


Added by Gavin Shockley on May 13, 2011 at 11:21am — 1 Comment

Braedon Beesley

Is there a way we can finish our boat and make it look good in 25 days of school when we are way far behind.

Added by Braedon Beesley on May 11, 2011 at 7:04pm — 2 Comments

Moving right along with this one

  A progress report on the refurbishment of the Don Hill boat: 


  I've finished with the bottom, the rock shoe install, the chine and a new stem.  Finished up the sides while it was upside down, too.

  Flipped it over and...sighed.  More, a lot more... basic sanding, staring me right in the face. 

  I put three coat of Dura Tuff clear coat finish on the outside.  This is the finish that Don Hill used.  I called the fellow who bought out Don Hill's patterns and…


Added by Don Hanson on May 8, 2011 at 8:04pm — No Comments

Edith in Lava Falls

The last big one of the trip, Lava Falls. 16,000 cfs, running the left side run. The private group just behind us flipped five out of eight attempting the same run. Don't be too far right!


There are a few more videos on my blog:



Added by Brad Dimock on May 4, 2011 at 9:06pm — No Comments

Edith in Upset Rapid

This one was early on a cool morning last week. Nice morning…


Added by Brad Dimock on May 2, 2011 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Edith in Hermit Rapid

Here is the bad girl going into Hermit. Pulled an oarlock about halfway through, but it didn't seem to matter much. Big wet ride--the water was pouring out over the gunwales at the…


Added by Brad Dimock on May 2, 2011 at 8:49pm — 3 Comments

Edith in Granite Falls

To my utter amazement, I made it through Grand Canyon in the 48-inch-wide Edith upright. She's a wet and wild ride, but ballasting is a miraculous cure for a cranky little boat. Here is Granite Falls, one of the wilder rides, and one that I'd been dreading since the onset of the…


Added by Brad Dimock on May 2, 2011 at 4:09pm — 5 Comments

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