Tamer of Trouts
I have had 2 wooden DB's (both framed) one Hyde mid 90's model and now I have a stitch and glue wooden DB that I built from scratch from plans by Montana Riverboats. I bought the Hyde after the two framed wooden boats as everyone was running fiberglass boats I didn't care much for the maintenance...while it wasn't much it just got a bit old. The Hyde was heavy as hell (newer models might be better) and I couldn't stand rowing it...only had it for one season and sold it and then started in on building my own. Got everything I wanted and the maintenance on this one so far has been very minimal and it rows/handles like a dream. The stitch and glue boats are a lot less maintenance then the old framed boats that you can find for sale everywhere. If you really want a wooden stitch and glue driftboat then get one or just build one...the build process may seem daunting at first but once you get into it things really come togehter and it really isn't that difficult. Don't really need any special tools a good circular saw and sander is about the only tools you'll need. A tablesaw is handy but not totally necessary. But in the end it just boils down to pricing / features and personal preference...they all make a good boat.