Do it your self wood fiberglass drift boat plans and step-by-step building instructions
DIY Wood and Fiberglass Drift Boat Plans --
drift boat building -- online drift boat blueprints
The Honky Dory -- a wide white water dory
Now as a 15' foot or 17' foot boat
The Honky Dory is
more of a white water boat than the Beavertail. The Honky Dory is
wide and stable in big water -- the 15' foot version (made from
16' foot side panels) is 56" inches wide under the oarlocks. Like
most traditional Oregon-style boats the Honky Dory is wide up
front too. Stitch and glue construction is assumed although all
included plans can be adapted to traditional framed dory
construction techinques. But unlike Oregonstyle boats the HD has
a small front deck and movable/adjustable seats so the payload
can be shifted forward enough to accommodate an additional
fisherman behind the rower.
Beavertail: all around do anything boat
well-suited to Fly Fishing, now as 15' or 17' feet
The Beavertail is an easy rowing day trip fly fishing guide
boat. It turns well and holds well. Most important, the
Beavertail trims properly with a husky passenger seated behind to
rower.Not many boats--from any manufacturer or builder--can make
that claim. All Boat Plans are offered online honly -- in other
words what you get is a password to otherwise hidden portions of
the website. As such there are no blueprints per se. Everything
is offered online.
Buffalo Boat -- the smallest pickup truck boat
that will hold three in the boat
Montana Riverboats Buffalo Boat
buffalo is a standard 15' 48" wide driftboat chopped off at both
ends. Unlike a Rapid Robert, which is pointed at one end, the
Buffalo Boat is chopped off square at both ends. The idea was to
build a short, lightweight pickup truck boat built from the fat
business-only portions (the middle) of a standard boat. The
Buffalo Boat is now going on 25 years old and still going strong.
This one is sitting on a trailer, but the Buffalo Boat does fit
nicely in the back of any standard size pickup. If you place it
on top of a spare tire and drop the tailgate, it will even fit in
the back of a small pickup. The boat pictured here is a
high-sided, fully-rockered Buffalo Boat. You can challenge
surprisingly difficult water with this boat. Many users, however,
do choose to reduce the rocker by up to 3", and to cut the height
of the side panels down by as much as 4" or so, in order to make
a less wind-resistent skiff, suitable for fly fishing in
MRB Dayak -- as fun as white water gets
love this little boat. Building plans and step-by-step
instructions are not finished and perhaps never will be. The
diagrams and dimensions
Experienced boat builders can plunge right in. Right now.
Beginners should know there will be some problem-solving along
the way. The important information is all there. But the
step-by-step instructions are not. I'm 69 in 2017 and I've got
other things to work on before I'm ...... So maybe it's best to
think of this as a freeby add-on to the completed plan sets
already available. This little boat sure is fun to row. I can do
anything with it. Even head back upstream at times. You can hold
it in fast water and turn on a dime. And it sure is stable, even
in very big water. It's a great little white water boat, although
I did flip in once, after dropping into an 8' foot hole sideways,
like a fool, because I was trying to ferry away from a wave train
and didn't see it coming.
DIY Stitch and Glue Drift Boat Building.
Digital blueprints, online plans images diagrams and step by step
One-off Wood/Fiberglass and All Fiberglass
Dimensions and instructions for five different boats
How to hull
How to design and build your own hull from scratch
How build a stitch and glue boat from someone else's
This a top ten GOAT killer, high and low on the watershed.
Will I live long enough to build everything? I doubt it. But still. I might be able to work the wider, trolling-motorized SUP board in.
This is a guy making a surf board but the skills and the tools would be much the same.
Two days later
I'll probably have to carve into at least one of those bulkheads when making room for passenger's feet. I'll keep those foot wells a good 12" inches off the floor, so they'll be easier to drain.
The deck donut--now bottom side up, getting a bit of fiberglass reinforcement. The rest of the deck will hinge up and down onto this perimeter, over the seat wells and over a 2" inch thick foam gasket.
That's my buddy Bill yesterday, catching a small cutthroat on a home made bamboo fly rod. Bill gets $2500 each for his rods and his orders are a year out right now. This one's 5wt. Damn nice rod. It almost casts itself, and you can reach out to 60' feet if you want. No problem.
In late summer when the fishing is slow many resort to beetles and tiny hoppers. I like big hoppers, even in late summer. For streamers on the other hand, at least when it's bright and hot I like small. This one is tied on a #14 wet fly hook.
Cut a piece of particle board 24" inches by 16" inches. Glue a 2x4 to one 24" inch edge. Now angle the edge so a 7-1/4" inch saw bolted onto that angled edge almost but not quite cuts all the way through 1/2" plywood. For an 8-1/4" saw you can set to cut all the way through.
Here's the not obvious part:
You have to be super careful and precise when mounting the saw. You want the saw absolutely dead parallel or you might even want to mount the saw ever so slightly not parallel so the front, leading edge of the blade is dead flush to the particle board edge while the rear tailing edge of the blade perhaps 1/5th the width of the blade away from the particle board.
If the saw ends up mounted not parallel to the particle board, so the leading edge of the blade is not dead flush the saw will gradually migrate downward as you cut, and eventually it will bind.
To scarf two four foot plywood edges together--to make a longer panel--put the plywood down on a firm flat surface a few feet up from the floor. Clamp a straight edge approximately 16" inches back (trial and error will give the exact measurment, which you can then remember) from the edge you want to cut. Now run the saw with the particle board foot pressed tightly against the straight edge. The massive weight of all that particle board keeps the saw from shaking. With a freshly sharpened blade you'll get a baby smooth cut.
This is a 7-1/4" inch saw, which are the most common. An 8-1/4" saw is a bit better suited. I recently hacked an old 8-1/4" inch saw so it takes a 10" blade. The longer the blade the longer the scarf. And the longer the scarf the stronger the scarf. Older