Drift Boats & River Dories: Their History, Design, Construction, and Use

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Hardcover, 304 pages.

This is the fascinating history of the river pioneers who designed, built, and used the early river dories and their successive incarnations. Author Roger Fletcher has collected stories, diaries, and photographs and recovered and recorded the lines and plans of these early boats before they were irretrievably lost. With marine artist Sam Manning's drawings, the book documents the traditional free-form method of drift-boat construction.

Whether you are a fly fisherman who appreciates the gentle lapping of water on wood or a boat builder who wants to recreate a piece of history, Drift Boats and River Dories is sure to satisfy.

Divided into four sections, the first 100 pages gives you the history/evolution of the type. The next section is on building, then how to make models, and the final section is lines for 8 different drift boats.

Sections two and four include many illustrations by the talented SAM MANNING. That alone is worth the price of the book.

If you have been a fan of this boat-type from the Pacific Northwest, this book will fill you in on all the details, including measurements so you can build from the information provided.

Table of Contents:

Part 1: Eddies of Evolution:The Boats Spawning Grounds
Part 2: How to Build a Drift Boat
Part 3: Modeling the Free-Form Way
Part 4: The Boats Lines
Epilogue:Lessons on Handling a Drift Boat

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