Building a drift boat...Step 0

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  1. isaacfab

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    Great project!
     
  2. (BigDave)

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Recipe for success then!
     
  6. Jeff Sawyer

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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

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    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.

    View attachment 47209

    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.

    View attachment 47210
     
  13. Oldtoy

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    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.

    Cheers,

    Kevin driftboatgarage.jpg
     
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  14. DennisE

    DennisE Topwater and tying.

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    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).
     
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    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.

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

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

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