Wood Drift Boat

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by Borderfly, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. New to this never owned a drift boat before.

    I have a opportunity to purchase a used wood drift boat, it looks sound with no rot as far as I can tell. It does need a bit of work and I have no problem with that.

    Question is obvious, do I take the plunge with a used wood drift boat or do I save my money up and by a different type?

    Borderfly
     
  2. They sure are pretty.Bang hard into few rocks in low water,I don't know.For serious river fishing fiberglass is the only way to roll.Takes a lickin' and no stickin' and keeps on driftin'.Of course this is just my opinion.
     
  3. Depends on what kind of rivers you plan to float, among other things, will you fish alone often, wood takes a lot of matinence. I built my first drift boat and soon after I completed the project and started floating a lot I realized I needed a boat that didnt demand so much up keep. So I sold the boat. The lenth and width should play a facter as well.Dont buy it lol
     
  4. There is not that much labor. It is worth everthing that you put into it. It is not a plasic paint bucket or tin bucket like others. It has a good sound, great look and float/handles better. Everybody on the river comes over to mine, smiles, runs their hand on it, says " beautiful boat". Over the winter I will make the small repairs from rocks (each I remember), the scarring from the bear that climbed in one night, the dings from nets and equipment. Then when the spring comes, the boat is spotless and perfect once again, ready for another season of bumps and bruises. I'll work with my children on the boat. They will learn the love of it and appreciate the art. They are growing up on a piece of art flowing on Alaskan rivers. Every salmon we eat all winter was boated from that drifter.

    We get into fly fishing for more than filling the freezer. There is a soulful side, the land and water that we're in that draws us. The cast perfecting over time. The flies we tie. It is a labor of love. We take pride in our cast, our flies, and you too can take pride in your boat.

    It's an opinion. It is the ONLY lifestyle.
     
  5. While I've never rowed aluminum, I've rowed Clacks, Hydes, Lavros, and RO's and I can say without a doubt, my Ray's River Dory is much better in terms of rowing ease and maneuverability. It floats a lot higher. I remember following John Farrar in his Lavro down the Yak. He had one client on board and I had two buddies. He got out several times to push through riffles that I floated through with no problem. My boat has 6 layers of glass cloth bonded to the bottom and several coats of epoxy/graphite over that. It is a very slick bottom and tough as nails. Throughout the season, the only maintenance is an occasional soap and water washdown. In the winter I spend a couple afternoons doing a little varnish and repair. It looks great, and I always get lots of looks and comments. Several years ago, I was floating the Henry's Fork from Warm River to Ashton. A couple guides were putting in when I was. After checking out my boat, they were very free with fishing info, including giving me a couple of their hot flies. As an out-of-stater, if I had had a fiberglass boat they would never have even talked to me! My boat is 12 years old and going strong!
     
  6. The Alaska Fisher response is exactly why some people want a wood boat. It isn't about being practical or cheap or easy to keep. It is about how you fish and how you think about your place in this world. If you don't understand the explanation given above, you don't want a wood boat. Nothing against anyone else, but that's why some prefer the wood ones.
     
  7. Alaska's response, Milt's ampification and Rick's post and boat porn have give me a Woodie. I so want to build a boat, can't row worth a shit, but I am drawn to the wooden boats that I see. When I begin to build one I'm sure the misses will throw my ass out, but those wooden gems are just so damn good looking.
     
  8. Great Thoreau quote Mr. Mumbles.
     
  9. Man I'm glad I'm not the only one out there that is awe struck by the beuty of a wood boat, the thought of up-keep does not scare me at all.

    Thanks for your input!

    Borderfly
     
  10. Just remember: most wooden boat rot occurs outside under a tarp than while in the water.

    Maintain it carefully while it is out of the water and it will take care of you while you are using it on the water. Store it inside if at all possible.
     

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