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Had a idea in my head for a river boat for floating rivers and fly fishing. Here in Mich we dont have white water like out west so I made it with alot less rocker than a traditional drift boat. Didnt have any plans per say, just kinda winged it. I took over 100 pics of the entire build but I`m gonna post just a few. Took 13 months of evenings and weekends, a few gal of epoxy and hundreds of stainless screws and bolts. I started with frames and made the transom with mahogany on the sides only to be foiled when I went to pick up the mahogany plywood for the sides and they were out with no plans to get more in. So I used some mahogany in the seat benches to match the transom. Used douglas fir for the frames, lots of white oak, a little walnut and mahogany and okume plywood. I also used some cherry a guy gave me to burn in the woodstove! The outside has fiberglass cloth on it. No stains, all natural wood coated with epoxy and varnish.

Started by buiulding 3 saw horses and a strongback box. I used batten strips to figure out my lengths and angles. Old school baby, no cad cam stuff here! Mostly just handtools, but later on I had to break down and get a power planer from harbor freight to mill the rough cut woods to usable wood. Cutting and belt sanding got to be too much work.
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A lot of talent, patience, knowledge, and time required to build something like that. And a healthy does of motivation of, I'm "doing it myself" in those pictures! Looks pretty well on it's way to becoming a "dream come true". I like it! Was boat building a family tradition? It looks like you have a natural talent for it. Looks big too. What is the length, 18'?

I'm impressed! Well done!
 

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A lot of talent, patience, knowledge, and time required to build something like that. And a healthy does of motivation of, I'm "doing it myself" in those pictures! Looks pretty well on it's way to becoming a "dream come true". I like it! Was boat building a family tradition? It looks like you have a natural talent for it. Looks big too. What is the length, 18'?

I'm impressed! Well done!
My dad built a cabin cruiser just before WWII, way before me, I never got to see the real boat, just a couple pics. He was just a real handy kind of guy that never had any money but would do everything himself and thats how I grew up the same way. When I was a kid I had a couple wood boats he helped me fix up. I did alot of carpentry growing up. Mostly trim stuff, cabinets and counters ect. I was gonna build a small, light (13ft) inexpensive and fast project boat.....but then my OCD kicked in, I found a place to get nice woods and ran amuck. The boat is around 15 ft., cost a small fortune in materials, it weighs 340lbs, and the trailer weighed out at exactly 340 lbs too.

I think I spent about as much time trying to plan as I went and figure out how to do things and make stuff work as I did actually building. I tried to think out every little thing, like the angle of the transom so I could put a small 4hp motor on it someday. Took a couple tries to get the oarlock blocks the right height for rowing. I put sand blasting sand in the varnish on the floor boards, worked great for non slip. Had to thin out the 8 1/2ft oars and rewrap the paracord after the first try. There were a few setbacks along the way. The benches turned out kinda heavy cause I used all the solid wood and wanted storage compartments in them. All in all, its pretty comfy for 2 people fishing.
 

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Nice work. A great photo journal too. :congrats:
 

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Nice work. A great photo journal too. :congrats:
Thanks, was hard to pick out just a few pics of the build out of a ton of pics. I actually did a build thread on a wood boat forum, with details of each and everything I did as I went, it was about 80+ pages and over 100 pics. This past winter I tore something in my right arm, and I cant row the boat this year. I got it done in the spring of 2016.
 
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