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 Monday.
"Can i use the Silicone Bronze ring nails to fasten the inside chine? (planning to bed with 5200) or should i use Screws? if the strength is the same, i'd like to use the Bronze Nails. But it seems like this application…"
"Yep, Rick is correct. Had an old pipe laying in the back of the property and a friend suggested that i could make about 50 effective clamps out of it. Didn't believe him, but went along with it. Was completely surprised how…"
"The chines and chine logs have the most severe bend of any parts in the boat. Excessive grain runout would cause these parts to break when bent. To get a feel for this, take a short piece of 1"x3" and stand it vertically. Take a wide…"
"areas where boat will take impacts....rocks, oars, etc...cedar is prone to easy damage. Better to use a harder wood, like oak, mahogany, ash, maple. They'll still get dinged up, but at a much slower rate."
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.