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FAQ

~ Why wood?: If you are reading this then you already have an appreciation for wood. Wood is undeniable in its beauty. We like wood for its quietness on the water, for its warmth when cold and its coolness when hot. Wood boats are highly maneuverable and track well. One common misconception is that wood boats are heavy, it just is not true. A wood hull weighs no more than an aluminum one and can weighs less than some fiberglass boats.

~ What is the maintinence like for wood boats?: First and foremost they need to be kept under cover when stored. When we finish a boat we seal the outside with epoxy, this protects the boat from water intrusion. Then we cover that with either a marine paint or a spar varnish or urethane clear coat. These coatings protect the epoxy from the damaging effects of U.V. rays. When refreshing is needed on the clear coats you just scuff it with a Scotch-Brite pad and put on another coat. Paint needs a light sanding then another coat. Inside we use marine oil. The oil protects but lets the wood breath. When the wood needs more oil you literally slosh it on with a rag or brush and wipe off what it won't absorb. New boats will need re-oiling a little more often at first. We usually re-oil once or twice a year and we use our boat a lot.

~ Which bottom is better?:
That depends on the intended use. If you are going to float a lot of very skinny water where you might hang up on gravel bars and such then UHMW is the way to go. It is amazingly slippery stuff and protects from bottom punctures. The downside is that it is fairly heavy and it has to be mechanically fastened. If it is screwed on (with stainless steel) the screws will have to be occasionally checked because the expansion of the plastic in the heat can loosen them. If it is nailed on (stainless ring shank nails) it won't come loose but removal is very difficult.
If you are going to float water that you won't be doing a lot of bottom hitting then glass and epoxy is a good choice. We use a heavy cloth that is saturated with epoxy mixed with graphite powder which adds some slipperiness. In the event that you do some bottom damage glass and epoxy is easy to repair, just sand the area mix and apply epoxy.


~ What about finishing it myself?
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Your options for finishing can be as simple or elaborate as you choose. The easiest would be paint the outside with porch paint which a lot of people do. It is inexpensive and durable. Then oil the inside. On the other end you can epoxy everything and then varnish everything. This makes a beautiful boat. You can use high end products from any of the marine stores or off the shelf products from the local hardware store.

~ How long does it take to get a boat built?:
We are a small volume shop and we build one boat at a time. Typically, a drift boat hull takes about two months, with another month added for finishing. Prams take about half the time to complete. We build boats in the order in which they are requested, so completion time may vary depending on volume of orders.