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Don, Having built my 16' from plans nearly 10 years back I feel the need to continue thanking you for the wonderfully drafted and easy to follow plans. Don began his boat building career in the early 60's, hanging out in the shops of Tom Kaarhus (considered the father of the McKenzie Drift Boat) and his son Joe, as well as with Keith Steel and Woody Hindman.
Don spent over 40 years building boats and fish guiding in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, and these plans reflect all that experience. Over 40 years of research, design and testing and thousands of dollars have gone into the development of the Boat Plans and assembly manuals. The plans are a complete set of 24 pages of orthographic drawings showing every detail of the parts needed to build a McKenzie River Drift Boat. Any hardwood will do for the handrails and ribs etc, Oak is fine but I recommend White Ash. Marine epoxy - Don recommends coating the hull and bottom pieces both sides with marine epoxy after they are cut. Finishes - Use good marine urethane varish or marine paint with good UV holdout, you will be sorry if you use cheap stuff.
UHMW plastic is sometimes used on the bottom of boats but putting it on is a tough job and if not done correctly will destroy the bottom of the boat. Tools needed would be a table saw, variable speed reversable drill, belt sander, hand saw, 5 6" Clamps, skill saw, adjustable #8 counter synk and screw driver bits for drill. Cost - I have heard of boats being built for $250 out of construction grade materials, but I think you would want something better looking and of better quality after putting in the work to build a boat which will take about 150 hours give or take. This boat is designed by Don Hill for fly fishing the Deschutes and South Fork of the Snake Rivers.
This is the perfect size boat for guides or people who fish or take back country trips with one or two and gear. It takes twice as much plywood for the hull as the 16' standard due to the height of the sides. Our 16 foot High Side Guide's Model has been specially designed for guides carrying heavier loads on small technical rivers while still retaining the strong, rugged construction features of the 16 foot Standard. The wide end is the bow and points down river, angle one corner into the wave when going over drops or wave trains. Don Hill helped design this Drift Boat Cover (shown above) to fit his 16' Standard Drift Boat which measures 14' 8" centerline.
A waterproof epoxy sealer for fiberglass and wood with superior abrasion resistance through its reinforcement with Kevlar fibers. Choosing Your own boat building designs, As the supreme do it yourselfer, you might look to boat building designs to locate not only that best boat but the one that is as part of your abilities to be able to build. Beginners can easily learn to come up with a variety of watercraft such as inboards, houseboats, man powered watercraft, outboards, power cruising motorcycles, sailboats, workboats and even specific purpose charter yacht. Special function watercraft incorporate airboats, boats manufactured especially for children, drift watercraft, ducks fishing boats, flats motorboats, fold up motorboats, glass bottom part boats, kayaks, paddleboards, paddlewheel ships, pedal motorboats and tugboats. Even though you have decided the main type of motorboat you want, you’ve kept choices to help to make.
In many cases, you should buy boat building designs and enclosed kits which have all the supplies you will need to undertake your project. Fortunately we are moving tomorrow to a new home on the banks of one Michigan's steelhead and salmon rivers. Don's good friend Kenny King, the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Guide, used Don's boats for over 20 years.
There are no finer or more complete Drift Boat Plans available anywhere in the world today at any price.

Simply make all the parts per the layouts in the plans and put them together using the video and manual as guides.
This is a big water craft with the unique design of carrying two passengers up front, one in the rear, as well as the oarsman.
Don Hill has guided the Deschutes, the Rogue, and all coastal and central Oregon rivers in this model and he feels that it is the best all-round boat. It's designed to be a highly controllable and maneuverable craft due mainly to the large surface area under the passenger seat.
It's the perfect one-man fishing boat, but two adults can comfortably stand and fish from the Mini Drifter. Even if you are a newcomer, you can find plans to work with you in building a boat be it a simple design something like that a little more sophisticated.
Those of you knowledgeable about the designs regarding Ken Hankinson can even locate plans to create his well-known designs.
You may also buy trailers plans so that you can build your boat in your house then carry it towards the water. For instance, if you opt to build a breeze boat, would you like to make a dinghy, a new take-apart sailing dinghy, a new foam or even fiberglass cruising dinghy, a sloop or even a cat-rig? Building a boat can be a stressful but exciting project to attempt to complete your saturdays and sundays or any other leisure time you can commit to the task. After that, it was building boats for his friends which then grew into his own boat building business.
With each set of plans we include 4 sheets of tracing patterns that are for pieces that are too hard to describe in drawings, a 24 page assembly manual with 88 photos and video download, in which Don narrates the building of a boat, showing you how to construct the boat, from start to finish.
Other useful tools that can be rented for the short time you use them are an electric planer, router and saber saw. With a 1200 pound carrying capacity, there isn't much you'll have to leave behind on those drifts.
It's lightweight and easy to row, making it and ideal boat for beginners and an excellent boat for low water conditions. You can decide to boat building designs  in accordance with material including aluminum, abs plastic, steel or even stitch along with glue buildings. If you choose an individual powered vessel, will it be the river rowing move pram or even a flat-bottom rowboat? You could also pick up several book along with DVDs to assist you along with your published plans to ensure you complete the task right. These plans show every dimension, angle, materials and all hardware needed for the boat builder. With the big surface 4' 9" wide bottom and low sides, the craft rides higher in the water and is highly maneuverable. The Mini Drifter fits in the bed of a pickup or even inside a standard size van, so you won't need a boat trailer. We carried it proudly all the way back to one of their houses and proceeded to patch the hole with a piece of plywood and tar. Did you make sure you pick up plans to really make the oars you will need to energy your motorboats?
Then in the mid 80's Don made some innovative design changes to the angle of the bow and the flare on the sides, making the boat handle much easier in rapids and standing waves. One of the boys found a canoe paddle in the weeds and we three got into the boat and started to paddle out.
We feverishly paddled with that one oar and bailed out the water with our hands and an old can.

Barely we made it to shore and got out just before the boat sank below the water and headed downstream.
Wet, cold and shaking the three of us headed home knowing we would never tell our parents of this stupid adventure.
We were lucky to be alive and it was only by Goda€™s grace that I can live to tell about it. Sometimes that other road will bring you back to your original path and sometimes it will take you farther away from it.
But God used him to gather and lead his people out of Pharaoha€™s slavery and split the Red Sea in two.A  Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and was cast into prison but became the second most powerful person inEgypt.
Or, maybe just maybe a smile or a kind word from you to a stranger may just prevent them from going home and ending their own life and their grandson will some day save the world. He will bring to light things that are now hidden in darkness, and will make known the secret purposes of people's hearts. Throw your troubled waters out of your boat and paddle on down that river of life with Him at your side.
You have ears, but you don't really listen.Psalm 13:2 -- How long must I worry and feel sad in my heart all day?
I have been praying for something to happen for 4A? years now and what I prayed for was not granted. Leta€™s speak of reality a€“ He is God and He can do what He wants to or not do what He doesna€™t want to.
We cannot command the Lord to do anything whether we do it in pleading, tears, anger, or desperation.
If God has the will, He may answer our prayers about life but nothing says that He absolutely has to.
All we have is the hope that he will hear us, see what we are going through, and grant us a little drop of His mercy in this life. He will cure a cancer, heal the deaf, grow an arm back or bring someone back to life but that does not mean He will do it all the time. He has given us guidance through His word (the Bible) and occasionally gives us a nudge or lesson to learn from but basically kicks us out of the nest like the mother bird does to face the challenges of life. I get so frustrated at times that my prayers are not answered and I have to keep reminding myself that this is my life and I need to deal with it on my own sometimes. Their job is to preach the message to inspire, encourage, and give hope to their congregations. If we are to be an example of His mercy to others, it can only be done with people of lesser stature than us.
He wants us to spread the Gospel and not make up stories of what He has done for us personally in life. Just show others how you believe in His salvation and forgiveness and tell them of His Word.
He has promised everything in His kingdom of Heaven to those who accept His Son as Lord and Savior. Life here is just a temporary setback, trial and test to see if we are worthy of everlasting life sharing in His love -- or without it in a very dark place. So accept His Son as your Lord and claim the only real promise that He made to us --- Forgiveness and Salvation.

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