DIY stitch and glue Drift Boat Building -- Online Drift Boat Plans

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Deck Donut

up-up-ddonut.jpg 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.

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Bill fish

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. up-billfish.jpg

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SockeyeShiner

Sockeye Shiner Streamer

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.

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Hoppers

bobber hopper
Keep it simple stupid? I used to put a wing cover and fancy kicker legs on my foam hoppers. But any overlay wing cover makes the fly harder to cast without any benefit, other than appearance to human eyes. So too for the kicker legs. These guys float forever and last for several seasons--if you don't snag them on a branch. And they catch all species of fish in hopper season. I've even caught channel catfish on these guys. I want to try them for bonefish someday.

More simpler is more better.
Gray or tan on bottom for the fish. Bright yellow on top for sight deprived geezers. Older (move down)
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Do it your self wood fiberglass drift boat and white water dory 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

The 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 non-white-water conditions.

MRB Dayak -- as fun as white water gets

I love this little boat. Building plans and step-by-step instructions are not finished and perhaps never will be. The diagrams and dimensions are finished however. 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 instructions

One-off Wood/Fiberglass and All Fiberglass Construction

Purchase a $30 dollar plans access password

  • 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 framed-boat blueprints

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