Drift Boat Construction
For many years I used a modified Old Town row boat for guiding. It was functional but I wanted a more comfortable and maneuverable boat. A couple of years ago while evaluating traditional McKenzie style drift boats, I found many were too large, too heavy and difficult to handle in the wind.
To my delight, I stumbled on a skiff style drift boat and found plans from a Montana boat builder. During the winter of 2012-2013 I built one in my basement. It was an absolute pleasure to row, incredibly stable and provided lots of room for clients.
The following winter I completed my second “Freestone Skiff.” I used the same hull design, but incorporated several new components, including improved casting braces, more storage space and an adjustable foot brace.
It’s an easy boat to row and incredibly maneuverable. All my clients seem to enjoy their time in the boat as much as I do.
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