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Boat Floor Stain

I purchased a Don Hill 13' drift boat a few months back and have been sanding the heck out of it and trying to bring it back to some semblance of its original beauty. Feel like I'm finally getting there, but I have a few questions on some particulars regarding staining the interior. 

First, I was told Cetol Marine is a great way to go for most of the interior. I've begun to apply this to the floorboards and I love the look it gets. My question is: is epoxying the int. floor the best…

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Added by Phillip Davey on April 30, 2015 at 11:12pm — No Comments

Bilge Pump

Here is a blog post on installing a electric bilge pump. Enjoy.

http://shoelessmusings.blogspot.com/2015/04/bilge-pump-install.html…

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Added by Mark Stuberr on April 25, 2015 at 8:36am — 1 Comment

VARNISH

HI I JUST BOUGHT MY FIRST WOODEN DRIFT BOAT AND I WAS WONDERING IF ANYONE COULD TELL ME THE BEST VARNISH TO USE ASKED THE PERSON I BOUGHT THE BOAT FROM( SECOND OWNER) HE DID NOT KNOW. OR IS THERE SOMETHING BETTER THAN VARNISH? HOPE SOMEONE CAN HELP. NOT SURE IF IT IS A MCKENIZE BOAT OR NOT . THANK YOU

Added by marty whipple on April 4, 2015 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

16 ft Drift Boat For sale

Karhaus Design. Great shape.  Have built 6 drift boars over the years  16 and 17 ft. Breaks my heart,But want to sell.  Don't  use enough anymore  ( 6 times in last 5 yrs ) Born in Eugene, grew up in Springfield.

I live in Corvallis now.  Asking $ 3,300.00 ..... OBO.   Extras with boat....Jerry

All info   @   (541) 758 9146

Added by Jerry E Skinner on March 10, 2015 at 10:36am — 1 Comment

Storm Cycle

Here is a little post for all the snow hounds on the forum. What to do when the rivers are frozen and low...

Check out the blog here: http://shoelessmusings.blogspot.com/2015/02/storm-cycle.html…

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Added by Mark Stuberr on February 21, 2015 at 10:02am — No Comments

Has anyone made oars?

I am thinking of making oars in my spare time.

I saw at the Port Townsend Washington State wooden boat festival a gentleman making large masts that were hollow. He used 6 to 8 tapered angle cut lengths of wood that when glued together make a tapered circular mast. We are talking 80' and longer.   I thought this would be a fun way to make oars. The hole in the center would of course be very small but would the strength of the oar be better because of the way the grain would change…

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Added by Bob Herman on February 13, 2015 at 3:13pm — 4 Comments

Boat repair

Last week I had a accadent and my bout sunk. I got out of the Salmon River in better shape that my boat. The back of the boat tore off half way and the oak rails broke near the front and there is a softball sized dent between the middle ribs and also split two ribs. Can a wood boat be repaired? Does any one know if I can get parts for a 16 foot Tateman boat

Added by David Seidel on December 23, 2014 at 11:49am — 2 Comments

Flash build in Kiwiland a success

Andy Hutchinson and I just got back for a 3-week manic build of two dories in New Zealand. Here is the essence in a blog post:

Fretwater / High Desert flash-build…

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Added by Brad Dimock on November 30, 2014 at 12:02am — 2 Comments

Clark Fork Drifter Finished

14' Clark Fork Drifter stitch and glue drift boat finished!  This is my first boat and it took me almost exactly one year to build.  Thanks to the members of woodenboatpeople.com for answering newbie questions.  Here's a youtube video of the construction:…

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Added by Austin Waggoner on November 22, 2014 at 5:14am — 2 Comments

New Zealand Briggs boats build

Andy Hutchinson and I are in Taihape, New Zealand, building a couple open Briggs dories for Whanganui River Dories. Here is Kate Thompson's video of us doing a 90-second freeform build.



http://.be/lXGfvmosjs8



We have one boat getting its gunwales on tomorrow, and the second about a day behind, about to get its outer chines. Port Orford Cedrar frames, Meranti paneling, steam-bent White Oak chines and gunwales. And all the gunwale blocks are Tasmanian Blackwood. They'll have… Continue

Added by Brad Dimock on November 13, 2014 at 12:20am — 2 Comments

interior

Added by Mark Heskett on October 13, 2014 at 7:26pm — No Comments

Interior getting there

Well finally got a chance to get back to the drifter. 43 years of paint removed, now just sanding and a tsp scrub. looking for interior suggestions. I'm thinking on epoxy finish on the ribs, a line X type of finish on the bottom and either oil or varnish on the plywood sides.…

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Added by Mark Heskett on October 13, 2014 at 7:22pm — No Comments

Backing Up a Little

When I made the decision to build a "Kingfisher" Driftboat, a whole lot of other issues came up. Such as the fact that my shop is filled with construction equipment from my construction business that I am no longer doing. I've retired right! Well that doesn't mean I'm no longer attached to the stuff. It's just plain hard to let go of stuff.

My shop is 24 x 36 but with everything I've got in it, it's realistically has a working area of 10 x 10. Stuff has to be moved out, given away or…

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Added by Clay Hash on August 14, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Getting Started

I'm building a Jason Cajune Kingfisher from scratch without a kit. I've ordered, my Okoume plywood, and my epoxy from Raka. Studied up the instruction and plans and pursued this board. I've got a shop that's getting organized as we speak to start the build. Tools tuned up, space organized, stuff moved out to make enough room. The shop is essentially 24 x 36 but about 120 square feet has been swiped for my enlarged man cave. Fortunately I've got a good sized exterior work space too. On the to do… Continue

Added by Clay Hash on August 13, 2014 at 6:26am — No Comments

Bottom repair

I have a 16 MDB that has a slow leak on the bottom ..the leak is on both sides from the bottom I can see where it is splitting at the seam at the chime..Need advice on have it repaired...I'll say thank you first to Mike Baker for taking the time and pointing me in the right direction...The last time it was repaied was 2009 by Tatman...Any help and advice would greatly be appriciated..

Added by David on July 7, 2014 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Yellowstone

I love the Yellowstone, find out why here.

http://shoelessmusings.blogspot.com/…

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Added by Mark Stuberr on June 20, 2014 at 7:32pm — No Comments

Very Helpful Wooden Boat Blog

Joey Schott's Blog from Chesapeake Light Craft--An Inside Look at Wooden Boat Creations

Very helpful information, check it out!

http://joeyschott.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2014-01-01T00%3A00%3A00-08%3A00&updated-max=2015-01-01T00%3A00%3A00-08%3A00&max-results=3

Added by MAS Epoxies on June 4, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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