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At 8:10pm on April 19, 2016, Craig said…

Randy,

My name is Craig Jacobsen and I am about to do another restoration on my 16x48 tatman. 

First of all it has a plastic shield on the bottom which I want to replace with the graphite/mesh method that I have seen others on this site use.  Where do I find it? At your shop in Nimrod?

Second I may end up breaking my white oak chine caps and mahogany rub rails while removing them to add some epoxy to some of the stress cracks in the plywood.  I purchased these from Sanderson back in 2009 I believe.  Finally I will repaint with Toplac.

Basically do you guys still sell chine caps, rub rails and the graphite/mesh bottom coating system that I am referring to.  I live in Eugene and have no problem swinging by when I'm floating Blue River to Finn Rock or Finn Rock to Silver Creek. Or just drive up to chat.

Thank You for all that you have provided for me every time I feel my boat has taken too much punishment and I need it to look sharp again.

Craig W Jacobsen

Eugene, Oregon

541-852-6794

cjacobsen0@hotmail.com

Feel free to call or text or email.

At 9:18pm on January 15, 2015, Chao-ying Wu said…

Hi, thanks for this forum.  It's been quite helpful as my friend and I build our boat.  Not sure where to post this question but will try here.  If we tend to be careful people who treat our boats well, would it still be unwise to go with a very simple bottom, like Coat-it over epoxy finished 1/2 inch meranti?   I wonder if lighter weight and careful rowing might be as good as more structural reinforcment?  Thanks for your thoughts.

At 10:40am on November 14, 2014, Hilary Hawken said…

Thanks Randy.  I've been trying to contact you to see if I could buy some uhmw from you.  I need 3- 10' pieces for chines and a 2'x2' piece for my stern area, are you selling any of it?  Best, Hil Hawken

At 10:50pm on March 11, 2013, Brian King said…

While I was up in the woods cutting fire wood with a friend this very big young guy dress up like a policemen drove up in his Chevy pickup and started checking us out to make sure we were legal. Everything was going along great until I said that I could have been home working on my driftboat. That changed the whole tone of things. I said driftboat, he said driftboat? I said yes and the talk was on. You have a very nice son, very big nice son. He wouldn't even help us pack out those big pieces of wood, said something about having to go arrest someone for cutting wood without a permit. You came up in the conversation and the thing is I had just watch your YouTube video. Small world.

At 10:08pm on May 3, 2012, Jerry Sweat said…

Took this of you at the 2012 festival!

At 8:46pm on January 7, 2012, Stewart Cross said…

Thanks Randy for the welcome and the advice. The boat is done and I will post some pics as soon as I can.  

At 6:53am on August 3, 2011, Chris Shadrick said…

Thanks for the welcome Randy!

 

I have been watching this forum for a while and thought it was time to join. It has already helped me out greatly. I just recently purchased a Don Hill Drifter and have been working toward restoring it.

 

At 8:47am on March 10, 2011, Bert de klerk said…
Hi Randy, this is a awesome site, great job, looking forward to the show April 23rd.
At 5:16am on January 12, 2011, justin nicola said…
also, i just wanted to say the aesthetics on this forum are top notch.  i frequent four or five other web forums on boats and fishing and this one is far and away the most professional looking ansd easiest to use.  the ability to load pics from my computer instead of some online account is great.  no doubt it helps get more shots on the page, as we all know a story is more interesting w/ photos to back it.  keep up the good work.
At 6:55pm on January 11, 2011, justin nicola said…

great site.  thanks for allowing me to join.  hope i can answer half as many questions as i ask.  just getting into boat building but this seems like a great forum. 

At 8:30pm on October 11, 2010, Chris Anderson said…
Thanks for the welcome - I have been watching this site since the development and have since been amazed and ecouraged. I agree that this site allows a lot of knowledge to be centralized and will surely help me in getting my wooden boat back into fighting shape. Thanks again.
At 7:32am on October 5, 2010, Brad Dimock said…
Randy-
I sent the Music Temple (Susie Too) blueprints to your personal email yesterday. Let me know if they arrived. I printed out a set for myself and they are about 30" x 43", at a scale of 1-1/2" to the foot. The second page has fine detail of the placement of all frames and decks, so this should cover your questions. Todd Bloch at the San Francisco Maritime Museum drew them, so it think they are spot-on. I would guess you could contact him there if you had questions.

It is a mighty strange design, neither a classic McKenzie nor a Rogue.
At 8:23pm on February 13, 2010, Brad Dimock said…
Yeah, it looks like fun. Roger has mentioned you often as well.
Dopn't know if you can answer this, but...I was going to put my picture on the page but although it lets me chose a picture to upload, I'm damned if I can find a way to make it upload. Do you know how this works?
At 6:41pm on February 13, 2010, Mary Mackenzie said…
I didn't get started... :>(. Will try again this summer...can't do much extra during the school year (I teach)...Dad and I examined it. No rot that we could find, but a broken board that man need to be replaced or compounded somehow. Somewhere along the way, someone painted the inside RED, so getting that out is going to be fun. I want to varnish it again.
At 6:17pm on December 30, 2009, Sean Watson said…
Thank you Randy.

I just aquired a wooden drift boat and I'm very excited to get it into the water. First step is trying to figure out how to add the UHMW to the bottom. I figured I could probably get a lot of advice on this forum.

Cheers,
Sean
At 9:50pm on December 11, 2009, Robb Grubb said…
Randy,

Have you come to any conclusions on the UHMW with the cloth embedded into it for adhesion to wood bottoms yet? I am still looking for ideas for a bottom for my new boat...

Cheers,

Robb
www.RiverTraining.net
At 11:39am on September 21, 2009, Kristina Graham said…
Hey, thanks! I'm a complete novice at woodworking but my husband can help. I'm sure it will be easy for Roger (the husband) to cut the piece. I've ordered a book, Drift Boats and River Dories: Their History, Design, Construction, and Use (Fletcher & Manning), that I hope will give me some basics, even if it's just learning the terminology.
At 9:07pm on August 11, 2009, Molly Keener said…
I finally got some photos up! Turns out she's a '66 Cruisers! She is a project..
At 4:25pm on July 14, 2009, Steve Sobba said…
Randy, Steve Sobba again. Have my triaxal glass from Fiberglass Supply. We are having some warms days here... over 100 My shop stays mid 80s. What is the best way to apply this to the bottom...work time is limited just applying it not because of the temperature. I can't get it all applied in one work session. Using System 3 with medium hardener ... The bottom has 2 coats of clear coat and sanded. What is better... one coat over entire bottom and attach cloth....Come back later and fill in the weave with more epoxy, maybe a day or two or more before I can get back to it? Do I need to wait and pick a day when it can all be finished at one time? Or start at one end coat a small area, attach and wet out move on to anther small area come back when I can and continue until finished? What would you suggest. Thanks Steve
At 8:42pm on June 18, 2009, Steve Sobba said…
Randy added a few of last years construction. Will ad more soon. I am in the process of clear coating with System 3 epoxy . Steve

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