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I spent about a month searching for the perfect 2 person (usually my 6 year old son and I) drift/lake boat. I looked at Lavro, Koffler, Clacka, Hyde, Spring Creek, etc. New ones were all pretty pricey, so I combed Craigslist a couple times a day in WA and OR for a month.
Finally, a 10 footer I can put in the back of my pickup or haul with a trailer. Good for lakes and rivers. It needed a little TLC (home made anchor system and5 fly line catching cleats were removed, patched a small ding on the chine, patched cracked benches, and added a Dierks anchor release and made a 27lb chain anchor with pulley and StarBoard backing plate. I've only had it out on a small lake so far, but it's stable enough to stand and cast and has much more room than the boat we were using before. It's not the easiest thing to pull into the truck bed alone, but @ $70 to trailer it home on the ferry, I'll manage.
It's a Watershed boat made in Oregon.
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Thanks Karl. I think I actually prefer fixing up a used boat. I don't cringe so much when I add my scrapes.

fodf, sounds like I should give the Bob Marley anchor a little hair cut and make it more of a "mullet" anchor. Thanks for the input. I'll store the extra chain for a future big boy drifter. It will be just stillwater when with my son and I'll try not to act like I'm in a 16' drift boat when on the Yak. I can see how that could be a little exciting having an anchor holding a 120lb boat in swift water midstream.
I was actually en route to Clackacraft one weekend and called ahead to find they sold the last Don Hill a couple days earlier. These seem to have a similar design. I kept my eyes on the classified ads here, but never thought of putting a WTB ad up.
 

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Thanks Jeff. It seems to be a well built boat. I'll be taking it out for the second time this weekend. I get to test out my fiberglass repair skills on the seats.
 
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