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Frame Strength Comparisons
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I have been meaning to post this information for some time now.  I just re-discovered the pictures on my computer and decided to share this information.  I might be of interest to some of you…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bennett Yarbrough Feb 19, 2019.

Varnish Issue
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HELP! I have made a new pair of 8 ft. Oars and after finish maching them I added two coats of neat epoxy with 6 oz. glass on the edges of the blades (25" long section). This is the third pair of oars…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Phillip Westendorf Mar 16, 2017.

Framing Design Variabiles
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This subject has been around in recent posts, so I am adding this to help folks here better understand how the different construction methods compare.When I decided to build a drift boat back in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Thomas Aug 15, 2015.

Bottom Coating for Wooden Boats.
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Hey folks I just was reading another forum's posting on alternate sealants and coatings and it struck me that this may be another option for a Drift Boat Bottom Coating.  There has been prior…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Hanson Jul 25, 2015.

 

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Phillip Westendorf replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"That should do it."
Jun 29
Phillip Westendorf replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"Guy, After looking at the pictures, I agree glass is in order.  Something of a multi weave 17-20 Oz. might be in order.  The bottom sheets look like they need help!  Got a lot of holes to plug, but you've become a master with the…"
Jun 24
Phillip Westendorf replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"Guy, I tend to agree with Rick's proposal to use Smiths Penetrating Epoxy and plug all the holes. phil"
Jun 22
Phillip Westendorf replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"Guy, I vote along with Shawn and Rick.  I recently replaced the long bunks on my 17 ft. Glass Runabout's trailer and extended them a couple inches both ends and they do a good job of supporrting the boat. phil w"
May 17
Phillip Westendorf replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"Guy, What type of stain are you planning on using on the Bright Side,  Water based or oil based?  I was talking to a classic boat restorer yesterday and he recommended a water based stain.  Just curious if you have used either in the…"
May 4
Phillip Westendorf replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"Guy, I have survived the past year with flying colors, no problems health wise.  Have not had the DB out yet this spring, all my fishing buddies are either "too Old" (their words not mine) or have medical problems.  So I have…"
Apr 30
Phillip Westendorf replied to Guy Fredrickson's discussion Guy's Wooden Drift Boat Project
"Guy, I've been watching (lurking) at your progress over these last few months and have been impressed with your engeering and workmanship on this boat.  It's really going to be a first class boat when your finished.  I enjoy you…"
Apr 28
Phillip Westendorf replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Dusty, After the pieces are all ready to put into the holes as a final act wet them with epoxy.  The warming of the epoxy might be a good idea as Shawn points out.   After every thing is set up (overnight) trim the excess and sand the…"
Mar 24
Phillip Westendorf replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Dusty, Assuming the frame is secure in the boat I'd cross drill (horizontal) a couple-three 5/16 inch holes and place in a wooden dowel of the same material.  But before you place in the dowel split it and make a couple of short tapered…"
Mar 21
Phillip Westendorf replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Dusty, Like Rick said "Careful hammering".  Just use a hammer to set the nails flush with the surface of the wood.  Don't go wacking the nails too hard and leave a hammer head depression in the wood.  No need to…"
Oct 27, 2020
Phillip Westendorf replied to CWarmouth's discussion Drift Boat Project #3
"CW, Well done, a fine looking boat! Hope you get lots of time on the water!"
Jul 28, 2020
Phillip Westendorf replied to Bennett Yarbrough's discussion Baker 17x54 build
"Looks really nice!"
Jul 9, 2020
Phillip Westendorf replied to Bennett Yarbrough's discussion Baker 17x54 build
"Wow, looking good. Lots of work,eh. pw"
Jul 9, 2020
Phillip Westendorf replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"Bennett, Your right looks like I might have to rework things to get cav plate up a bit. Might not have enuf adjustment with the five bolt holes in verticals. Good news, I have lots of time and wood on my hands. Thanks for your input. Take care and…"
Jul 9, 2020
Phillip Westendorf replied to Bennett Yarbrough's discussion Baker 17x54 build
"BY, Might want to consider a floor where rods will be stored. To protect them from jolts ,etc. Maybe Use 1/4” ply about half the width (3-4” wide) with a lip to contain them. The outboard sides can still be used for storage (beer, fly…"
Jul 9, 2020
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Phillip Westendorf's discussion Dorf's Wooden Drift Boat
"Here’s how my 4.5 looks"
Jul 9, 2020

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Hometown:
Saginaw. MI
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Hobbies: Wood Carver, Woodworker, Fishing.
Boats I own:
1969 SS-170 Slickcraft, 16 ft. Peterborough Cedar Strip Canoe, 16 Ft. Wooden Drift Boat, Launched in 2014

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2016 Mid-West Wooden Boat Float and Outing

Last year there was some discussion about having a Wooden Boat Outing somewhere in the East.  I have had discussions with some folks here and on other forums about having one here in the Mid-West, possibly Michigan.

If the is anyone interested in participating or to help put one together please add you comments here. We'll see what interest there is and go from there.  Don't be shy!

Dorf

Posted on December 10, 2015 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

DB Motor......

I've never been a proponent of a motor on a drift boat, but....  After a few times down the local rivers here in Michigan I am thinking it might be better to drop in at a location and then fish the river either Upstream or downstream then motor back to the drop-in point (Increases time fishing vs. rowing).  I end up fishing just a small portion of the rivers.  The spotting fees here are reasonable, money isn't the primary issue, it's the time spent rowing Frog Water to the take out point is…

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Posted on November 13, 2015 at 5:48pm — 7 Comments

DB Trailer Roller

I just went through this exercise and thought it maybe helpful to others.  My goal was to build a roller with as much material readily available and minimize high cost materials and specialty skills.

The drawing is a sketch I made recently to plan the roller, bearing mounting and mounting.  My roller is 54" Long.

 

Here's close up of the bracket. …

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Posted on May 18, 2013 at 7:46pm — 2 Comments

Scarfing Jig Design.

I have been asked to share this information with one of the members of this site and am posting it here so others who may be interested in this can benefit. 

I made this jig several years ago (2006) while building a cedar strip canoe.  As I have begun to build my Drift Boat, I made changes to accomodate the different pieces the boat requires.  Also I have updated the clamps.  The drawing below has been updated to reflect the revisions.  The pictures shown below is of the current…

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Posted on January 4, 2013 at 9:08am — 3 Comments

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At 12:56pm on May 2, 2014, Arnold a. Koch said…

Hi Phillip,

I found the web page for the catch and release nets that you were asking about the other day.

http://www.jannsnetcraft.com/replacement-nets/934160.aspx

Sorry I did not answer your all your questions the other day.

Arnie

At 6:24am on September 23, 2013, Chris Patterson said…

Thanks Phillip, I got your note.  I have already got the drain plug though.

At 1:57pm on March 16, 2013, Josh Wieschowski said…

Yeah Phillip, that is a good idea. It seems to me that making some oars is quite mysterious? Its hard to find info or get definate answers. We should exchange ideas soon! Talk to you later!

At 4:17pm on March 13, 2012, Jason Knight said…

Hey Phillip,

Just wanted to say hello, I see you are from Saginaw.

I live downstate in the Ferndale/Royal Oak area, but spend a lot of time up on the rivers chasing fish. Talk to you later!

Jason

 
 
 

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