David Witton
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  • Victor, ID
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Anchor rope
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I've been using some pretty sub-par three strand rope for both an anchor rope and bow line, and it's time for a replacement. One good thing about the current rope is the thimble in an eye splice at…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by JC Smith Apr 19, 2019.

Plans for rope seat?
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I'd like to add a front seat option to my boat, similar to …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bennett Yarbrough Jun 5, 2018.

Varnish over epoxy
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I'm looking for advise on how long I need to let the final coat of epoxy cure before starting to varnish...Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Baker Aug 20, 2016.

Website issues?
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For the last several days, I've been having problems with this site - it won't load using Chrome on Windows 7 and it's painfully slow on my Mac. Are others having issues, or is it just my luck?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Newman Apr 14, 2016.

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David Witton replied to Jared Howell's discussion Where to start?
"Without seeing the boat, your photos make me suspect the bottom. I'm with Rick here - there's a strong possibility of more damage under the existing fiberglass. I'd get a heat gun and remove it. At that point you'll know if you…"
Apr 28
David Witton replied to Doug Hanson's discussion UHMW Removal and Coat-It/Fiberglass Application
"Your plan is sound, but I'd add an item if I were tackling the project. I consider chines an easily damaged,  replaceable item so I wouldn't apply the fiberglass over them - perhaps remove them, apply fiberglass  then replace…"
Apr 25
David Witton replied to Jared Howell's discussion Where to start?
"Jared Grab a slot head screwdriver and pull those screws fastening the chines. Removing them may be more challenging since it appears that someone before you has tried to address the leads by fiberglassing the bottom. Once the chines are off, dig…"
Apr 21
David Witton replied to Shawn Baker's discussion baby Briggs build
"It's been fun watching this build - I love it when folks come up with new designs, it moves the whole "wooden dory" thing forward. Let us know how it rows!"
Apr 17
David Witton replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"At the risk of telling you something you already know, here's a process that works.  1. Cut the scarfs and roughen up the contact surface a bit with 80 grit 2. mix up some epoxy and coat the joint 3. add some thickening agent to the epoxy…"
Mar 20
David Witton replied to Mike Thomas's discussion Lets talk Boat Covers
"The cover is custom fit. I dropped the boat off one morning and picked it up a day later. I have towed the covered boat a few thousand miles with no issues. 5 years later, the cover is doing great. It lives outdoors all winter, but when summer comes…"
Mar 18
David Witton commented on Creed Williams's blog post Moving Wooden Boats
"View it here"
Mar 13
David Witton replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Here's an approach that takes a hint from Mike Baker's technique"
Feb 8
David Witton replied to Scott Dunlap's discussion Plascore bottom on a ribbed wooden drift boat
"My boat has a Nidacore bottom, similar to plascore but cheaper to ship. You can see some info on my process here. Basically, it involves putting a 1/4 plywood bottom on followed by a layer of glass, then nidacore, then glass. There's a bit…"
Jan 29
David Witton replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Not sure you'd even need to bed it - I didn't, and this area sees so little water it's all good so far. "
Nov 23, 2020
David Witton replied to Ants Uiga's discussion Material Suggestions for Oarlock Bushings
"After 4 years, my blocks of UHMW are holding up well. "
Nov 4, 2020
David Witton replied to oscar ballantyne's discussion Wooden Gunwales
"Guy's right on - white oak would be a good choice - another option is ash. More info about steaming can be found here"
Nov 4, 2020
David Witton replied to William F. Dodson's discussion New or used Driftboat trailer
"Gary Beebe is the owner of Mountain Driftboat. Last I heard he was stuck in Costa Rica due to the virus. Inventory is way down. "
Aug 15, 2020
David Witton replied to CWarmouth's discussion Drift Boat Project #3
"Rick Re your outdoor storage... My boat is stored outside at 6700 feet here in Victor, ID and has survived well. I use a boat cover from Montana Canvas in the winter (plenty of snow) and a 16x20 tarp in the summer. That combo has worked well for…"
Jul 30, 2020
David Witton replied to CWarmouth's discussion Drift Boat Project #3
"CW - nice video and a great looking boat - what's that water you were floating?"
Jul 30, 2020
David Witton replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"Dorf Looking good! I agree, looks like it could mount a bit higher. That would help out with the tiller angle, too. "
Jul 9, 2020

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At 7:42pm on January 3, 2016, dreu patterson said…

This is how I tied the chine in with the cap. I am much further along now.This is a first try at sending a pic on this site.Please let me know you got it.Thankyou-Dreu

At 7:37pm on January 3, 2016, dreu patterson said…

At 6:43pm on January 3, 2016, dreu patterson said…

David, nice of you to reach out to me.This is my 1st build (from scratch) and am hoping to get it done in time for summer here in colorado.I have the bottom and sides on and will be glassing this weekend.In the meantime I added a used oil burner to my shop stove to get some steady free heat.Pictures to follow when I get time to load them as I don't spend alot of time writing e mails.I look foward to hearing from you-Dreu

At 9:12am on September 1, 2015, Jeremy Christensen said…

Hey David, I'll have to see if I can find the original video. Feel free to email me at doryladd@gmail.com


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