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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-07-2014, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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Building your own Drift Boat or Pram?

I have a tendency to come up with ridiculous projects to fill my already overflowing schedule. Lately I have been kicking around the idea of building my own drift boat/pram/Skiff. The rivers it would be used on do not have easy access for a trailer so I am trying to find the design of one that would hold two people yet be light enough and small enough to put on the roof of a car. The hard shell boat would be better then an inflatable for rowing through longer sections of the river where there is not a great deal of flow. I have done some research on building materials other then plywood, including "Plascore". Please let me know if you have any experience with building boats or thoughts on design.

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I think you may want to add the word "skiff" to your inquiry. Driftboat may be too big and pram perhaps too small?

I would think something in the 9-11' range and less than 90lbs. Only needs to be capable of Class II water.

Sorry to barge in here but I'll be the likely rower or passenger in this boat...
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You will be the rower Preston. I enjoy having you chauffeur me to different spots on the river. It mildly makes up for you picking my pocket.
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Brayden,

woodenboatpeople.com is a great site

I've built two Gray Tatman pram kits over the years, well worth the money. Two man prams sounds like 10 to 12" to me and one that weighs 90# and fits on a car top will be hard to do, most will fit in the bed of a full size pickup.

Building your own boat is a very satisfying project, seen some that blew my socks off, works of art.

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Look for plans for a Buffalo Boat- a downsized drifter.
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Thanks for the input everyone. I think I have narrowed things down for my first boat, which is going to be a 10 foot pram. I figured I would try that before I got all fancy with using the new ultralight materials and expensive materials like carbon fiber and kevlar. Hopefully in the fall I will be able to post pictures of Preston rowing me down the river in the new rig.

Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have a good source for fiberglass cloth and or Plascore. They appear to be a little hard to find here in Ontario, unless I go to the city which scares me.

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Which plans did you choose?
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Leaning heavily towards the Glen-L 10 foot Pram.
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I built a 14' Aluminum Drifter from the Glen L plans and was very pleased with the layout. The plans are well worth the money, I wish you the best of luck.


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Wow, that is something. Never thought about working in aluminium.
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I built a cedar strip canoe a few years ago, it's a great boat but too brittle for rivers. I'm planning on building a small pram for lake fishing this winter, and will most likely go with something simple in stitch and glue plywood. This site has some decent looking plans, and some of them are free:

http://www.bateau.com/boat_plans.php?cat=28
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Google Spira International and look at the 13' Ozark Fisherman.

AeroMarine is the best source i have found for epoxy and glass.
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I looked at those plans, but they are not actual size, which would mean I am going to be spending a great deal more time laying things out. I like the weight of the Ozark. It says 80 pounds and I think if I wen with Cedar ribs it would be even lighter. Still too busy at work to delve into it a great deal but research continues.

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Jeff's Stuff actually isn't all that time intensive to lay out.

Instead of doing the layout sheet method he advises, I draw up the frames in autoCAD and then measure the distances needed to square up the frames. Took me about 6 hours to make and set the frames for a Seneca.

If you don't have access to a CAD program I would be happy to help if you'd like.
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I just stumbled opon this thread after a coworker of mine mentioned he might built a kayak and showed me a couple of websites where people built their canoes and kayaks from kits. And I thought Hell ya! I wanna build a friggin drift boat...

Brayden, did you end up doing your drift boat project? Does anyone know of a Canadian company that sells kits for building drift boats?

Looking for any input or recommendations on anything related to building a drift boat...
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