Dusty
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  • Harrisburg, OR
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First build
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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 these posts (also great).  I've decided to build a 17x54. …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dusty on Tuesday.

 

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Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"This was a bit more complicated than i thought it would be.   I decided to build two Knee Braces.  I can see that the standard plan i'm using doesn't consider the pain in your kneecaps when the brace is too low.  So,…"
Tuesday
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Anchor System is installed!"
Tuesday
Rick Newman replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Great idea! I hope I get a chance to use it! Rick"
Jan 5
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"hot glue a temporary cleat below it so you can rest the actual cleat in its position while you get the clamps in place."
Jan 5
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"The fly line deck will be removable.  I'm past needing the cheap plywood, but good idea!  I just gotta get another set of hands to hold the cleats firmly against the hull for securing.  I don't have a deep clamp."
Jan 5
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"That's gorgeous Dusty.Fixed or removeable flyline deck?If cardboard is too floppy, go to your specialty lumber supplier...birch ply is expensive, but the cover sheets that come on a bunk of birch ply is usually scratched up, 1/8" 3-ply and…"
Jan 5
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"updating a couple pics.  These pics just show the thwarts resting in place, not secured yet.  I'm working on the fly line deck currently, which is harder than I thought it would be. With a cardboard template to get me close, then some…"
Jan 5
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"i just watched his technique, I'm going to try it for the next coat.  I think it will be helpful to do smaller sections at a time.  thanks Shawn!"
Oct 7, 2021
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"I am still refining my own varnishing technique, but learned a lot from Nick Schade's book over 20 years ago...he now has it on video:https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2317536728502034That looks incredible, Dusty.  Thanks to your uncle for…"
Oct 4, 2021
Rick Newman replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Looking pretty darn good. You have the right idea, practice will improve your skills. Much likereading a river and running rapids! Rick Newman"
Oct 3, 2021
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"flipped her over and finally varnishing.  Got two coats so far."
Sep 29, 2021
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
Sep 29, 2021
Guy Fredrickson replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Never anchor the boat in swift current. That’s very dangerous. It can pull the transom down and swamp the boat in an instant. "
Sep 19, 2021
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
Sep 19, 2021
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Random question: Has anyone studied the amount of force a transom can handle while anchoring?  I'm planning to put my anchor line through the center of the transom plywood and it made me think about this.   I'm no engineer,…"
Sep 19, 2021
David Witton replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"looking good!"
Aug 13, 2021

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Hometown:
Harrisburg
About Me:
Fell in love with rivers as a small kid, fly fishing the McKenzie. Moved away from fishing and into whitewater rafting in my 30's where i honed my river running skills for the past 15 years. Now I'm ready put the two pieces together... fly fishing and river running, and I am one who believes there is no better way to float a river than a wooden drift boat. And so i've decided to build one, God willing.
Boats I own:
Just a Maravia raft currently

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