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Old 04-13-2011, 12:26 PM   #1
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I started first looking at dory boats ! then looked at duck boats .

what i'm looking for is the old dory style drift boats that have the flat back for motors and are built for better speed and bigger motors , being able to go fairly fast and still row them !

what i finally ended up going to - to find one was POWER DRIFTERS ! fish-rite makes one in 18 foot and so does hyde . the fish -rite was only said to be rated for a 10 horse which i could be wrong , when the hyde was rated from 30 up to 60 horse which is more to my liking .

Ive ran driftboats my whole life and now just want to run bays - tide water and lakes and still be able to row some and also run faster then a driftboat for open water , so i know i wont be doing rivers like the trask or eastfork lewis but these boats are a very good all around boat .

just wondering of other companies that make these kinds of boats ? i know there are many more boat makers that are new that i'm not aware of and with the side drifting craze i would think these are going to be a lot more common place ! thanks for any advice on boat makers !!! i also looked into the rouge river dories but they were mostly plans to build them .

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Old 04-13-2011, 12:34 PM   #2
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Rouge Marine makes them. Their model is the 18' and is called The Stealth. (PM's you the link)
Alumaweld makes one as well
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Old 04-13-2011, 03:00 PM   #3
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It's a great little sled, but you can forget about rowing it. It row like a tank and turn like a 747 jumbo jet. A friend of mine put on an electric motor kicker and it work out pretty good...
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:09 PM   #4
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Have you looked into Inlatables? I have a 16.5 foot that comes with removable HD Oarlocks, or you can throw on or use a rowing frame and it has a Honda BF 40. http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/boa/2321963837.html not trying to sell you my boat but they are super nice boats.
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:38 PM   #5
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I ended up with this...Part dory, john boat, drifter, sled like thing.

It's been fun rebuilding it and at 16' with a flat bottom and 50HP it's a hoot to play in.

Power drifters always looked like a perfect blend of some great feature of historically great boats.
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Old 04-14-2011, 06:49 PM   #6
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Thanks for posting ! yeah it would be nice to have a 16' model . i figured the 18 footer would be a beast to row . a 16 sporting even a 25 horse would be nice !
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:10 PM   #7
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Alumaweld makes a nice one, I even see them on Craigslist occasionally....
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:19 PM   #8
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My father and I are in the process of building a boat similar to what you are looking for. 16'x54" with 25 hp mercury. More pics and info at http://www.ifish.net/board/showthread.php?t=344329

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Old 04-15-2011, 02:53 PM   #9
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After seeing the prices of the 18 foot aluminum power drifters i started looking at the wood kits you can get . this is exactly what i was looking at !
but finding how much power you can put on wood was the hard part ! i see you have double the wood in back at the motor transom , 25 horse would be just fine for anything i would want !

i grew up with a 13 foot wood dory and we floated all the rivers around including the east fork lewis ! loved that little boat , but 16 with high sides like you are making - able to handle 25 horse motor is perfect ! i just am not good at building things ! and in the 80's my brother had bought a 16 foot rays river drift boat kit and when he was half done he sold it because he lost interest !

do you know of any shop that would be willing to build one of these wood kit boats for someone ? thanks for posting !!!
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Old 04-15-2011, 03:12 PM   #10
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Check out Rays River Dories Power Skiffs. They make a boat pretty similar http://www.raysriverdories.com/woodb...kiffSpecs.html. Check out this wooden jet drifter at http://www.montanaboatbuilders.com/jetboats.htm. Its a stich n glue model. Pretty expensive though.
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Old 04-15-2011, 03:23 PM   #11
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Sorry but i like yours better ! much more room ! i'll check the rays power dories , thanks
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Old 04-15-2011, 03:25 PM   #12
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Thanks. I'm excited to get it in the water.
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Old 04-15-2011, 04:05 PM   #13
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Here you go- A little customizing might help get you up on plane:

http://fishwithjd.com/2007/05/25/power-drifter/
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Old 04-16-2011, 12:36 AM   #14
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look up Strealth Craft. Cool stuff
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