Building a drift boat...Step 0

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  1. Oldtoy

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    I have been told that I work like a pig. After seeing these photos I realize how true it is...:)
     
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    last one for now. my interior concept.

    View attachment 46454

    I wish that I had more time to work on this thing...
     
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    Happen to know how much rocker the bottom has, and how high are the sides?
     
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    I went off of the Yukon Plans verbatim if that helps. I am out of town but will take a look when I get home this weekend.
     
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    "...yes, people on this board have reported the flipping of their rafts (still can't figure that one out on the Yakima)..." Flipped their rafts??? WTF? I can't even try to figure out how Mumbles could have pulled that one off:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::clown:
     
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    Great project!
     
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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...
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
  10. Derek Young

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    Recipe for success then!
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
  13. 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? :)
     
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