Helen Howard
  • Bullhead City, AZ
  • United States
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Bullhead City, AZ
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I own a kayak and canoe rental company. I am in the process of building a Redfish kayak now and looking t obuild a dory for my next boat
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In February of this year on a very cold day I met Tom Martin and together we spent several hours photographing the Music Temple in the collection of the Grand Canyon National Park and measuring her to do another recreation of her .  She will be painted in the colors of the Susie Too which are white with a wide green stripe below her gunwales.  The hull of the original was built by Keith Steele on an order by Martin Litton who founded Grand Canyon Dories with  his Portola which he renamed the Diablo Canyon ( also a Keith Steele boat), the Susie Too which he renamed the Music Temple and the Flavell II. The Portola was recreated by Greg Hatton for the 2012 Historic River Boats Afloat trip he has reported on here.  I was lucky enough to be asked to join that trip for the Diamond Creek to Pearce Ferry section at the end and got to row 4 of the 5 historic dory recreations that had been done for that trip and got to ride in all of them.  The Susie Too dory was the one I felt the most at home in and the one I spent the most time in. So when the time came to put my application in for the 2014 Grand Canyon private trip lottery I did so and when my name was one of the lucky ones drawn I only had to look  at my photos from that trip to know which one I wanted to build.  Luckily that is the one that Dave Mortenson asked me to build for  the trip.

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My love affair with Dories

In 1974 or 75 I was doing a hike called the Hopi Salt Trail in Grand Canyon where we entered on a side canyon to the Little Colorado and scrambled down to the Little Colorado and then hiked down the Little Colorado and down to the confluence with the Colorado River, caught up with the Beamer Trail and took that over to the base of the Tanner Trail and went out the Tanner Trail, all in 7 days.  While walking on the Beamer Trail about 500 feet above the river every once in a while you were…


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At 11:52am on April 17, 2012, Greg Hatten said…

Here's the link to Roger Fletcher's web site - the book is called Drift Boats and River Dories  http://www.riverstouch.com/

Haven't tried 10 foot oars on the Portola but I bet they would work better than the 9 footers, for sure!!

Take care Helen.

Greg H

At 10:32am on April 17, 2012, Greg Hatten said…

Hi Helen - welcome to the site.  Hope you enjoy all the wood boat "chatter".  I enjoyed our time together on the river.  Can't wait to do it again - ha!!

Greg H


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