Hi Randy! I built an historical reproduction of a boat designed and built by Moulty Fulmer for his trip through the Grand Canyon in 1956. He took a McKenzie dory bottom and put a cataract boat deck on it. I took it through the Grand Canyon last July and it was phenomenal! I'd love to pull it up to the Pacific Northwest and run some of your rivers, can you give me some sources for information? Thanks! Doug Rickard
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.