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
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.
These are surprisingly easy to make. You can make them light (for the fly rod) or as heavy as you want.
Maybe next week. I need to row this before it's buttoned up. At this point I can still move things around a bit. If need be. 3D sofrware is fine. But the only way to really work out the details of an all new design is to work with it full size. What you see is what you get.
How high do I have to put the rower's seat to get a boat this wide to row well with 10' foot oars? We'll see. We'll see.
The bulkheads are just 3/8" inch rough sawn cedar siding plywood. They're not structural. They're just there to keep the boat from sinking. If it gets punctured a rock, rerod or sharp beaver log.
The bottom is 3/4" inch honeycomb core fiberglass.
Foot wells in place. Plumbing (drain the foot wells) next. Then the deck.
This is a sub-deck donut. It gets fastened down over gobs of marine silicone caulk. The real deck clamps down on top with heavy-duty locking wire clasps, over a 2" inch thick foam gasket.
The real deck is, in other words, removable. Which makes coolers duffle bags and groovers a lot easier to deal with.
This decked white water boat is or will be a strong 17' feet long with a 66" bottom and an 8' foot beam. This shop has a 9' foot ceiling, which provides some scale to the image.