What to look for in a drift boat

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  1. Jergens

    Jergens AKA Joe Willauer

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    I think that's a good choice for the boat, but a lifted truck with big tires and 2wd will get stuck just as easy as a 2wd that's not lifted.
     
  2. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    But he will look cool while he is stuck. :)

    Your key is where you plan to fish mostly and launches you plan to use. We had a 69 GMC 2wd we used for years when I was a kid. Hunting and fishing. We launched our drifter in a lot of the launches on the OP during the 70s. BUT my Dad was pretty good with his driving and had tricks he'd do. When he bought our 75 Blazer that helped a lot. We went to a lot of launches we would slide the boat down before with the GMC. But it is doable in a full sized 2wd.
     
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    fodf Team Umiak

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    Plus one for the Eastside. When working for WDF in the 70's we bought a new Eastside from Andre in Duvall. Trailered it back on a Ford mini-pickup..travel a dream to Forks, you never knew it was there. That Ford launced it in some of the most gnarliest launches on the Queets, Clearwater, Hoh, Bogie, and Duc. I'd buy an Eastside in a heartbeat.
     
  4. Matt Smith

    Matt Smith On the river Noyb

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    I will look epic when I'm stuck at the bottom of the oxbow launch. As long as I can get a pull up when the laughter and photos subside.
    Man you guys are gonna make me tell my wife i need to buy a new truck. She's so gonna ban me. :clown::clown:
     
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    I'll keep my Pathfinder close...with a strap!
     
  6. Matt Smith

    Matt Smith On the river Noyb

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    Thanks!!!!
     
  7. Paul Huston

    Paul Huston Swinger

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    Matt,
    Watch for the old Eastsides to pop up for sale. Beautiful Classic curves, and indestructible.
    they're inexpensive and a blank slate waiting for modification and customization.
    Mines a '77 Jrerrys is a '69, check them out at the Hoh down

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  8. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald that's His Lordship, to you.....

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    Matt, you could also throw in a "comealong" in the truck, just in case... I've got a Clack wf16-great boat!
     
  9. OliveScud

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    A lot of the newer boats are built to be so maneuverable that they all get pushed around by the wind, regardless of of being LP or high side.

    Consider a boat cover when towing it. It improves your gas mileage and keeps the road grime out of your boat and people from reaching in and taking stuff when you have to park.
     
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    Break down oar

    Since no one else mentioned it, stop a minute and think about this. When do you really need a spare oar? Murphy's law dictates it will be at the worst possible time, when it can cause the maximum damage. Half way though a gnarley piece of water when you whack your oar on a rock and it breaks. That's when. You do not want to be moving around in the boat, trying to open the seat to access the spare oar. And by the time you get it assembled, if you can get it assembled at all under stress and the boat being tossed around like a cork, you are either swimming, or through the grace of God, through the bad stuff.

    Point being, you had best assemble that spare oar at the launch ramp and have it at the ready in case you need it. So what good is a break down oar if it's only function is that it stores nice when not needed?

    A couple of other things that are best not learned the hard way. Tune you oar locks so that the oars don't come out too easily. Not so tight they don't move freely. And not so tight you can't pop it out, and/or jam a new one back in if you have to. And put teathers on them so that if one does pop out, you don't lose it.
     
  11. Derek Young

    Derek Young Emerging Rivers Guide Services

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    Break down oar

    + Juan :)
     
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    iagree ++Juan
     
  13. Jerry Daschofsky

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    +3! I always had one piece oars. Nice to have a 2 piece for transport if room is limited (like me who has drifter loaded with gear LOL). I've never had to tune full sized oarlocks. Only time I've had a problem was using those plastic sleeeves vs rope wrapped. Pulled the sleeve off and wrapped them. Problem solved. LOL.

    A LOT of drifters for sale and cheap. Time to jump on one Matt. I'm buying another aluminum so have my eyes on boats for sale. Have my eye on one on my route I'm hoping to get. Will be my gear boat so when I restore my Eastside I have a boat to use too. Every time I get boat ripped apart, clean, and dried I need it for a trip. Plus I have always had a plethora of boats. Miss not having my 2 driftboats. Always had one boat setup for gear and one for fly.
     
  14. Jerry Daschofsky

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    +3! I always had one piece oars. Nice to have a 2 piece for transport if room is limited (like me who has drifter loaded with gear LOL). I've never had to tune full sized oarlocks. Only time I've had a problem was using those plastic sleeeves vs rope wrapped. Pulled the sleeve off and wrapped them. Problem solved. LOL.

    A LOT of drifters for sale and cheap. Time to jump on one Matt. I'm buying another aluminum so have my eyes on boats for sale. Have my eye on one on my route I'm hoping to get. Will be my gear boat so when I restore my Eastside I have a boat to use too. Every time I get boat ripped apart, clean, and dried I need it for a trip. Plus I have always had a plethora of boats. Miss not having my 2 driftboats. Always had one boat setup for gear and one for fly.