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First build

Hi everyone, I'm just getting started.  I've gathered all the tools, read Fletcher's book about 6 times (so great), and read quite a lot of…

Started by Dusty in General Forum

69 on Friday
Reply by Shawn Baker

Dave's River Whip

Hey there gang... been busy.  building designing, iterating and repeating. Here is my current build: Dave's River Whip. On my waters in t…

Started by Dave Z in General Forum

3 Oct 30
Reply by Shawn Baker

I am looking for a light wood to make oars.

I have made several sets of oars using fir. Usually they are heavier than I would like. Once I used basswood which is marginally lighter. H…

Started by Charles Schelin in General Forum

17 Oct 30
Reply by Dave Z

Chine logs

Hi all, First-time post and first-time boat builder. I am currently running a 15’ aluminum high school shop class special, apparently shap…

Started by Brian Wilson in General Forum

9 Oct 30
Reply by Dave Z

Strip or sand

Keith Steele 40 year old boat, well maintained, several sanding and repainting projects over the years. Always used Exterior porch paint. S…

Started by Charles S Lilley in General Forum

4 Oct 25
Reply by Charles S Lilley

Whitewater Dory build in Montana (was: Fir vs Meranti dory floor)

This will be heavily glassed and painted on both sides, not worried about fir checking which is better for stiffness and strength as a flo…

Started by Shawn Baker in General Forum

43 Sep 7
Reply by Guy Fredrickson


I’ve been thinking about a new boat and one thing keeps coming up, the rowing geometry in my current Briggs, Huerfano.  Somewhere, I came…

Started by J. Snider in General Forum

5 Aug 22
Reply by David Witton

Hill boat value ?

I need some suggestions on value of a nice Don Hill boat , 16 . Excellent  original condition w trailer . I could email pics , not sure how…

Started by mick mickelson in General Forum

2 Aug 21
Reply by mick mickelson

Anchor pedal issues

Hey all, my old Bo’s. Anchor pedal wore out and won’t hold the rope any longer. I can’t find parts or a replacement that mounts to the rib…

Started by Dan Burr in General Forum

1 Aug 19
Reply by Randy Dersham

Planning a trip on Deso in a few weeks at 9,000 bfs any pointers?

25 years of Class V boating in rafts and duckies but the first time in a wooden drift boat on anything other then portions of the Lower Sal…

Started by Judy Culver in General Forum

7 Aug 5
Reply by Shawn Baker


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