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Old 07-23-15, 08:21 PM   #11
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As a side note Carl....I have a friend, Fishmeister on this message board, that bought one of the old Clackacrafts from Charlie Smith at Hiwassee Outfitters. The boat must be 25 years old and still going strong. I have been entrusted with its well-being and still use it once or twice each winter while he's overseas.

There was a guy that floated the Hi back then (late 80s) using a wooden McKenzie that had a black hull with oiled interior. That boat was my inspiration. I wish I knew who that guy was....and if the boat is still around.

I miss the late 80's on the Hi.

I know a guy that can burn a mighty nice trout into the kneebrace when you're ready.

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Old 07-24-15, 01:00 AM   #12
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When was that picture taken, Steve? Your boat looks as pristine and beautiful as new. Love that trout. Are your knee locks laminated?

Now that you mention it, I do remember a black boat on the Hi. There was also a young guy who was on a boat building frenzy, making new ones all the time. He kept getting them smaller and smaller. I think a 9 footer was his smallest one. He bobbed through the stairsteps like a strike indicator.

Is the Clacka from HO green and tan?
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Old 07-24-15, 08:22 AM   #13
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Yes....the Clacka is green and tan. He kept it parked under the railroad trestle for a long time. That's when I first saw your blue and white drifter. We were hooking up Frank's boat and I commented about how I liked the layout of your boat.




Regarding the black wooden drifter....the guy was fairly young....I'm guessing 30-ish years old. There was an NGTO member named Richard Mansker...that built a one-man driftboat and used it on the Hi. I haven't heard from him in a long time...and I know he's not the one you're speaking of.

Thanks for the compliments. That picture was taken last month with NGTO member Chuck Morris. Chuck did the artwork.



The knee braces are solid wood and were cut with a scroll saw...then routed and sanded.



Have a safe trip to Oregon. I'm excited for you and can't wait to see the pictures.
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Old 07-24-15, 11:48 AM   #14
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Her is a pic of one we just finished with some troubled teens a few months ago. The program is called Project Drift boat.
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Old 07-24-15, 12:57 PM   #15
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Nice! Is that from a Montana Boatbuilder's plan?
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Beautiful boat fishcat! Will we see it on the Toccoa?


BTW....I really appreciate that scaffolding! It's gotten a ton of use in the past few years.
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Yes it will be on the Toccoa.
I'm glad you are getting good use out of the scaffold.
Are you up in BR now Drifter?
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No....I split my time between Newnan and Dillsboro, NC.
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Her is a pic of one we just finished with some troubled teens a few months ago. The program is called Project Drift boat.
Wow Tim that is beautiful !!!!!!
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Old 07-27-15, 12:43 AM   #20
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Well, I got her home! She is safely tucked into her new home in my garage awaiting her makeover.
The trip was a great start to the next chapter of the story of this boat. My friend Bill and I drove to Springfield and found the owner was a Vietnam vet living in a singlewide behind a fly shop literally across the street from the McKenzie river. This boat spent its whole life on the McKenzie and the last many years in a shed. We drug it out of the shed, got a good long look at her and loaded her up. It's a little rougher than I expected so I am just going to show you the "50 yard" view for now. But for a 45 plus year old wooden boat it is amazingly sound, structurally. There is a lot of blue paint globbed over the whole thing and it is checked and flaking but the paint has preserved her really well - as far as I can tell so far.
After we loaded her up I called Steve Steele, the 65 year old son of Keith Steele who built this boat. Steve has recently begun making exact copies of his dad's boats again. His shop is about an hour away from from Springfield and he was as cordial and friendly as he could be. I told him about our find and that I would love to meet him and see his shop. He invited us right over, and away we went. What an awesome guy. He spent a couple hours showing us around the shop, telling us the history of Steele boats, and he looked mine over real good. I was anxious to pick his brain about how to make the restoration as true as possible to the way his dad would have built it and to ask him if he saw any signs that it had been modified. He confirmed that it was all original except for a repair to the front of the hull. His daughter, son-in-law and grandkids even came out to see it. He also confirmed that it is a pre-1970 boat because in 1970 they began putting Coast Guard plates on the stem and embossing a hull number in the wood.
I am super excited to get to work on her but she is going to have to wait. I am heading up to the Whitecloud Mountains in the morning for a four day backpacking trip into some high mountain lakes. I don't know which thing to be more excited about. I'll have to split my time laying awake all night thinking about both things.

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