Hi to all members, I am new to Wooden Boat People experience-although I have enjoyed reading many of your comments over the years. Using the Roger Fletcher book as a guide with kind help for Randy and Sandy, I enjoyed building my first drift boat (14' Woody Hindeman Double Ender) three years ago. The boat is very fun to use, but I really like building as much as paddling. Four strip canoes later the disease of building boats is taking hold much as it has other family members. If you read this Uncle Kenny that includes you (built a 40 Hershoff Buzzards Bay take off in his shop in St. Ignatious Mt).
Alot of my river time is on the Flathead river, its three forks, Clarkfork, Missouri, the Elk ect. As a novice builder of boats I always find myself wanting to ask about materials and specific methods, to any of you who are willing to advise it is greatly appreciated.
Having studied the two basic methods S&G and Framed (built a framed boat), I find myself drawn to a hybred of sorts. I see a frameless design with steam bent 4/4 or 5/4 white oak int and ext chines, and steam bent white oak rails, oak or larch stems. Wanting to stay out of the Epoxy/Industrial Complex, and with a quest for simplcity, I would like to use Western Larch Marine Ply, made and scarfed to 16' at Plum Creek a couple miles away. I want to use a traditional oil finish on hard wood and bottom, with sacrifical 1/4"ply on bottom screwed to 5/8 seven ply, bottom and 5/4 interior chines. Oil based paint for interior.
Questions I have has this type of boat been built by anyone. I understand the framing concept as that is what I did in the last boat. I am trying to make this one more usable, easier to clean and take care of. My goal is to have a very simple, clasic lined boat with minimal interior bulk heads ect. I see a double cross brace for rowers seat, a rear transom platform and fly line deck/knee brace as the only cross support. Any comments as to this method would be greatly apreciated. Doug Mikkelsen