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At 6:26pm on December 27, 2015, Chester Larsen said…
Hey Rick having little trouble navigating this site from my phone. But to answer your questions is it is canvas my father inlaw bought it new in the forties I believe he has had it in a garage the whole time have the original oars and seats it's great little boat but want to repaint it and get rid of the cracks I assume come from hot to cold it's fre work is oak that's what he told me. I've had it for two years now and want to get it ready to fish out of and hunt this next fall thanks for your help
At 7:36am on November 25, 2015, William Blackadar said…

Yes, Walt was my grandfather. Bob is my father.

At 12:30pm on March 13, 2015, Rodolfo Miguel Serra said…

Estimado Mr. Rick Newman: Ante todo quiero aclararle que si bien he remado por muchos ríos de mi país, Argentina, pescando en varios puntos del río Parana en busca del Dorado, pez muy combativo, no poseo un bote todavía pero quedé maravillado con el de Mr. David Payne !   Actualmente estoy viviendo en Joao Pessoa, Paraíba, Brasil y quedé fascinado con Wooden Boat People, la cual descubrí por pura casualidad y en ella he encontrado el modelo que me agradaría construír, casualmente parecido al que tiene Mr. David Payne.  Mr. Rick Newman, hermoso ejemplar de pez tiene su foto! Mis felicitaciones y lamento no poder escribir en su lengua, pue mi inglés deja mucho que desear. Ha sido un placer recibir este mensaje de bienvenida. Muchas gracias y hasta otro momento.

Rodolfo M. Serra

At 10:35am on February 1, 2015, Bill Craig said…

Hi Rick:

I saw the post on Project Healing Waters about your four vets from different conflicts. I am the Program Lead at Daytona PHW in the Winter and then head for Michigan and my drift boat  in the summer. Thanks for being a part of PHW and helping the vets.

Bill Craig

At 8:51am on April 9, 2013, Josh Bizzle said…
Thanks for excepting me on this forum. Yes I live in Lynn Haven Florida and bought the plans from Don Hill for my 16' standard. I've read a lot, watched a lot of video's and talked to a lot of people on wood boat building in general. I'm a carpenter by trade and always wanted to build my own boat and the McKenzie River Drift Boat is a boat with a very nice look and usability for this area. I have two sons almost grown and my wife and I wanted a boat with no loud motor and I knew this boat was the one I wanted. I'm almost finished and am at the stage of glassing. If I can figure out how to post pics on this site I'll do so. Thanks again.
At 8:57pm on November 10, 2012, Paul Price said…

Thanks Rick for the welcome.  I look forward to participating in future events.

At 1:26pm on July 10, 2012, John Homer said…

Thank you Rick, I was taught my a great craftsman in upstate NY. I owe him many thanks for passing his experiance on to me. As for the ribs I used spruce for those. The boat I am doing currently I am using Port Orford Ceder. The over lap for the ribs is how the original boats were built and works very well.

I hope your recovery is speedy and your back on the water soon. I would like to see your progress on your next drift boat. I am thinking of building one myself. Maybe we can go from a row sometime.

At 9:42am on July 10, 2012, John Homer said…

Thanks Rick for your comments. As for the boat, It took about 6 months to build not sure how many hours.  I built that one in 2009, it weighs about 70 pounds without the oars, yoke and middle seat. Its based on a design from a builder in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. The design originated in the 1840s and was used by hunting/fishing guides to take the "sport" to get game. A great web site to tell you more about them is at www.guideboats.com/construction/ . These boats were originally planked with beveled laps and clinched with copper tacks. It normally takes about 500 hours to build one. I am currently working on building a 12 foot guideboat that will weigh about 45 lbs. I build 12/14/16 foot boats. If your interested on taking one for a test drive let me know.

At 10:00am on June 3, 2012, Pavel Filin said…

Dear Rick! Thank you for the invitation! It will be great to visit your country and I love fishing!

It's funny but the last time I had great fishing was in the USA! Two years ago I've participated in the expedition on the footsteps of Russian traveler Lavrenty Zagoskin in Alaska who described the life of Eskimo and Athabaskan peoples in mid 1800s when Alaska was Russian territory. We navigated the Yukon river from Tanana to the mouth and then to St. Michael on our kayaks. It was great adventure for about 800 miles and one month. Great great wilderness and amazing traditions of peoples in small villages impressed me! It was very interesting to find lots of Russian impacts on the lifestyle of the locals, lots of rus words, Orthodox traditions, log houses of siberian types etc... Fishing was very specific. Yukon is very muddy and it's impossible to catch something in it. But practically every small river which falls into Yukon is pure clean. It forms the line of clean water in muddy Yukon and this line is the Mekka for fishing!!! Lots of big sheefish, pikes and salmon! I used twisters lures. Several minutes was enough to feel our menu with delicacy. You can look for some photos here http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.172038159479986.45378.100000214092408&type=3 This expedition was the part of the project on creating the Russian America museum in Russia in the home estate of Zagoskin http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=172038576146611&set=a.172038159479986.45378.100000214092408&type=3&theater who lived in Ryazan city 100 miles from Moscow. The project is in progress...

As for the Franc Josef Land I'm the member of the science commetee of the National Park "Russian Arctic" and FJL is the part of the the Park. But to tell you the truth I've never been there... Hope I'll visit it sometime. It'll be interesting to watch the film you've mentioned sometime. Thank you for the info on Tegethoff replica - It's very interesting for me! Do you have their contacts by chance? 

There's some problems with the e-mail you've provided me... "Comcast block for spam"...

At 3:48pm on June 2, 2012, Pavel Filin said…

Dear Rick! Nice to hear some Russian! Hope your visit to Russia hasn't been a struggle...

You're wellcome to Saint-Petersburg! I'm working for the museum Icebreaker "Krassin" which is one of the most honored Arctic ships in the World and you're wellcome on board of "Krassin"!

As for the boat on the photo I'll be thankful if you post it on another blog! Send me the link when you post it please.

I think the boat is from Finland as well. This boat was used by the Tzar family.

 

Best regards,

Pavel

At 2:47am on June 2, 2012, Pavel Filin said…

Dear Rick! Thank you for warm welcome! I'm gothering info on the types of boats used in Russia and trying to understand the routes of technology tranzition. So my goal is somewhat scientifical... May be someone will help to identify this or that type in other countries and places.

At 8:15am on May 18, 2012, Andrés Ramos said…

Thanks Rick, my english is very poor, but i`ll do my best to make me understand.

someone I know and I are developing plans to build a drift boat, more exactly a 16´ Mckenzie. Probably he is one of the new members. His name is Pablo Berninzoni. 

Once I finalize the plans, I'll start to post the construction process.

Andrés Ramos



At 9:07pm on May 9, 2012, Chris Pickens said…

Yeah, ran into some trouble. The CPES I injected into my drilled holes ended up leaking out of the seam on the outside. I think there may have been a repair there on close inspection. I was pretty downcast, but have come around. Maybe it was a good thing. Still a bit spongy, so I am waiting for it to cure completely. We'll see. I left my camera at work, but will update phots. I would love to float with some other people. My big planned trip for the summer so far is a walk/wading trip I am taking with my sister on the Selway. And of course, trying the boat out. I have been thinking of a "camping" trip on the Clark Fork.

At 10:11pm on May 6, 2012, Chris Pickens said…

Hi Rick,

Wow, small world! I found this site and am on it all the time. I just bought my first drift boat and it has been quite a learning process. More then I bargained for really, but I have certainly gained alot of knowledge. I just fished the Kootenai for the first time back at the end of March. I floated in my pontoon boat, after shuttling myself by bike through an early morning snow. Beautiful, but no fish. Nada. Did come to some risers. Switched from my bugger to a Griffiths Gnat, and promptly put them all down in one cast. I wont base my judgement on that though. Hopefully, at a better time and with a newly restored boat! If it floats.... I added some photos.

At 5:58pm on April 25, 2012, Michael Matthews said…

Hi Rick, thanks for the kind welcome.  I will try my best to show up on Saturday.  I too have done a lot of sea kayaking around the waters of B.C.  It is a great way to see things.  I don't know if my wife would be too keen on me building another boat.  She gets sea sick just looking at a boat!  I settled for wistfully looking at a fiberglass half hull of a McKenzie drift boat that I turned into a flower planter for the yard.  It looks great and always keeps my mind on boats.  A guy should keep his mind on the important things! 

At 6:37pm on April 16, 2012, Stewart Cross said…

HI Rick, The porter worked pretty well but i needed some help back up the hill,so i'm building #2 in my head and its electric, not sure how well it would work on bigger boats but we will see you then.

At 8:02am on April 9, 2012, Mike Falconer said…

Thanks Rick. I have used the all of craigslist thing, but interestingly enough I have found that it really doesn't do a very good job of finding all the listings. If I go to each city that I'm interested in and look up drift boats, I turn up twice as many as the all of craigslist listings. I don't have a clue why, but that's what I've found.

Anyway, the reason that I'm looking for an 18' boat is because I want to also use it for some crabbing and I guess that  I'm thinking that bigger is better. I have a brand new 10 hp Nissan four stroke (weighs 88 pounds) to get aroun the bays with. I don't know...maybe a 16 foot would work. do you have an opinion on that?

At 8:20am on April 1, 2012, Ron Fritzke said…

The pictures are beautiful.  I can't wait to see all of the boats in person.  When you pull into the festival on your recumbent trike, give a honk on your horn so I know you've arrived.

At 7:54am on April 1, 2012, Ron Fritzke said…

Hi Rick,  Thanks for the welcome.  My wife and I plan to get to the Festival as well...I figure I may as well start out right.  So many of the details of the boat are swirling around in my head; it will be nice to see a lot of boats and how different builders tackled them.  I hope to see you there.

At 9:40am on February 7, 2012, Michael Rosso said…

Now you've done it, Rick. 

I'll be bothering for information all the time, now.  ;)

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