Building a drift boat...Step 0

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by Oldtoy, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. isaacfab

    isaacfab Member

    Great project!
  2. (BigDave)

    (BigDave) Member

    Looking at your photos of the framing, I can almost smell the wood. Maybe it will inspire me to start a pram project I have been thinking of...
  3. Guy Gregory

    Guy Gregory Active Member

    I love it when my garage looks like that...

    If your like me, you'll get to a point when you must either finish it or burn it. You'll know what to do.

    Enjoy the journey.
  4. Jeff Sawyer

    Jeff Sawyer Active Member

    For those of you that don't have the necessary skills required to flip a raft on the Yakima, this is something that came completely natural to me and I would be happy to tell you how.

    The recipe goes something like this: Add the following; one guy whose never rowed in his life, a good dose of impatients, high water flows, and 1 sweeper.

    Add those ingredients, wait about 5 minutes from your first launch and that's how you flip a raft on the Yakima.
  5. Derek Young

    Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

    Recipe for success then!
  6. Jeff Sawyer

    Jeff Sawyer Active Member

    I'm still working on the recipe for success. But I'm sure it would involve getting a clue and some training (which I have gotten since then), understanding just how dangerous a sweeper is, which I do now, and.more experience on the water, which I'm working on.
  7. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

    Thanks for posting your experience Jeff, people don't realize how quickly things can happen on a river. Even a low gradient river like the yakima.
  8. Derek Young

    Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

    Don't let low gradient, like Jeff's experience shows, sneak up on you. There are several sections on the Yakima where oarsmanship and experience are required. Best to ask ahead - a guide, a fly shop, someone who's recently run it, etc.

    There's no replacement for real-world experience to develop knowledge, and I've had several clients who are interested in learning the river - both how to successfully find fish, but also how to do it safely in their own boats.

    When's Spring, again? :)
  9. Oldtoy

    Oldtoy Member

  10. Riverman

    Riverman Member

  11. nomlasder

    nomlasder Active Member

    Very cool, love the project. Keep posting progress photo's

    Between the chine, bottom and chine batten, about 250 screws.
  12. Oldtoy

    Oldtoy Member

    The screwing begins...(enter joke here)

    Lots of screws, lots and lots of screws. Only missed a couple, not an issue. Back them out and re-center. Here is a shot of the progress.

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    Also, I went with "butt-joints" and they turned out OK. Here is a crummy shot of the inside, I will grind the protruding screws down and they won’t be seen. I kinda like the look of all the screws, I was going to paint, but I think this kinda looks bad ace.

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  13. Oldtoy

    Oldtoy Member

    Lacked updates but I did finish it. It is heading out tomorrow for the first go! I may upload more pics, if I can remember to get back on here.


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  14. DennisE

    DennisE Topwater and tying.

    Took a while, but looks good!
    Don't think I'd have the patience and I KNOW I don't have the space!

    Now all we need is some on the water pix (with fish).
  15. Oldtoy

    Oldtoy Member

    Made it to the river last week. Slow day, but got two good fish in the boat. Here is a video of one fight/boat shots.


    WABOWMAN Active Member

    Congrats on getting fish on the maiden voyage! Great video!! And a nice fish.
  17. Oldtoy

    Oldtoy Member

    Thanks! It was awesome and I am glad to see it floats!

    On to the next project...
  18. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

    Outstanding, Kevin-5 thumbs up! Looks like a great little boat, and a nice fish, too!