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The Original McKenzies

Note that these plans appear in my book, DRIFT BOATS AND RIVER DORIES.

All plans are designed for free-form frame construction, and they also lend themselves to stitch and glue construction as well. Plans are the same as they appear in the book except they are laid out on 18" x 24" vellum at 1" or 1-1/2" to the foot in scale, depending on the plans. Instructions are included.

* $52, plus shipping ($8)
* With proof of book purchase, $41.60 plus shipping ($8)

*Digital plans now available for this boat (Adobe pdf). Includes instructions, $50

16' Original McKenzie double-ender with a transom, a boat built to the lines of the first such boat designed and built by McKenzie River guide and builder, Woodie Hindman in 1948. For details about this boat see pages 249 through 252 in the book. See one of these on "the cheap," a McKenzie called Juan.

Stats (to the inside panels): Overall length, 15'3" (16' around the sheer); bottom width amidships, 46.5", and breadth at the sheer, 66". Weight will vary, depending on material used but the completed boat will approximate 275 pounds.

* $50, plus shipping ($8)
* With proof of book purchase, $40, plus shipping ($8)

16' original McKenzie double-ender, a personal favorite of the builder, Woodie Hindman. Originally built after WWII when 16' plywood panels became available, this boat set the stage for the double-ender with  a transom. This boat is a classic. For details about this boat see pages 245 - 252 in the book.

Stats (to the inside panels): Overall length, 14'5" (16' around the sheer); bottom width 47/14", and breadth at the sheer, 69". Weight will vary depending on material used but the completed boat will approximate 285 pounds.

* $51, plus shipping ($8)
* With proof of book purchase, $40, plus shipping ($8).

14' Original McKenzie River double-ender, first built during the winter of 1939-40. This boat represents the first shift from the square enders that plied the McKenzie in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. This is the Porsche among the McKenzies and it sports the most accentuated rocker.   For details about this boat, see pages 238 - 244.

Stats (to the inside panels): Overall length, 13'2", 14'7" around the sheer; bottom width amidships, 3'7", and breadth at the sheer amidships is 63-1/4". Weight will vary depending on materials used, but the completed boat will approximate 250 pounds.

* $54, plus shipping ($8)
* With proof of book purchase, $43.20, plus ($8) shipping

 

16' Rapid Robert, also known as The Bridges, in honor of the man who built the first-off, Doug Bridges of Sequim, WA. This boat is a re-creation of the 16' Rabid Robert and was built for both carrying capacity and to accommodate a small motor. Doug Bridges has donated the original re-creation to the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria. For details about this boats see pages 228 - 237.

Stats (to the inside panels): Overall length, 15'3/4", 15'9" around the sheer; bottom width amidships, 47-1/4", and breadth at the sheer amidships, 70". Weight will vary depending on material used but finished boat will approximate 300 pounds.

* $48, plus shipping ($8)
* With proof of book purchase, $38.40, plus shipping, ($8)

14' Rapid Robert, also known as the original McKenzie River drift boat. The boat was built and popularized by Tom Kaarhus. This may be the most versatile among all the McKenzies. It can handle Class III water comfortably, and will get up and plane with a small outboard (don't exceed 9.9 hp). Ray Heater and Cyrus Happy (Ray's River Dories) build various iterations of this boat today. In my view, this craft is the unsung hero of the McKenzie.


Photo courtesy of Ray Heater

Stats (to the inside panels): Overall length, 12'2-1/2"; 14' around the sheer; bottom width amidships, 44-1/4", and breadth at the sheer is 65-1/2". For details about this boat see pages 222 - 227.

* $50, plus shipping ($8)
* With proof of book purchase, $40, plus shipping

12' McKenzie River drift boat, also known as the Trapper. Woodie Hindman built this boat for Prince Helfrich in 1939 in order to run his trap lines on the off-season. It's small but highly versatile and in the hands of a deft oarsman can handle Class III water. Many thanks to Dave Zielinski who built the first-off of this boat after I developed the plans. He is the reason the plans are included in the book, and he attests to the boat's efficiencies.

Stats (to the inside panels): Overall length, 11'3"; 11'9-3/4"' around the sheer; bottom width amidships, 41"; breadth at the sheer, 64-1/4". For details about this boat, see pages 213 - 221.

* $60, plus shipping ($8)
* With proof of book purchase, $48, plus shipping

The Original light board and batten McKenzie River Boat as built by Veltie Pruitt in 1925. Veltie and Prince Helfrich used this boat to be the first to run Oregon's wild rivers in the late 1920s early 1930s. It was light and versatile and this boat serves as the launch point for the McKenzie river drift boats. It's low profile makes it more suitable for lazy streams and other flat water.


 

Stats (to the inside panels): Overall length, 12'11-1/2"; 13'8-3/4" around the sheer; bottom width amidships, 36-3/4", and breadth amidships at the sheer is 59". For details about this boat see pages 204 - 212.

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