Building A Wooden Boat

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Building a wooden boat is something I have been daydreaming of doing for a long, long time.

I have decided it’s time to build my own boat.

I’ve owned several boats, but I’ve always wanted to build my own. I am going to do it, and I am going to share the process here. I hope.

I mean I intend to build one. Not just any boat. I’m going to build a wooden drift boat. For fly fishing. If nothing goes wrong, I will build it.

If I build it, it will come, to these pages.

Here’s a photo of the type of wooden boat I’m interested in building. This shot comes from the pages of Montana Boatbuilders website. Aren’t they beautiful?



Why Build A Boat?

It just sounds like fun.

I think it would be a very rewarding experience to float down the river fly fishing in a boat I built with my own two hands.

Floating and fishing, fishing and floating.

Well, there’s that and the fact that I’m a middle aged male and my wife claims I’m going through a mid life crisis.

And she won’t let me have a 20-something-year-old female fishing friend like I saw in a Fishin Chix calendar that a bachelor friend of mine owns.

She also won’t let me have a brand new (or used) Harley Davidson Fatboy motorcycle.

Or a red Lamborghini sports car.

So I figured I’d just go out to the garage and build a boat. It’ll probably keep me out of trouble.

Plus, it’s been several months since I sold my last boat. I’m itching to get another.


My Wooden Drift Boat Plans

I remember reading about a DIY boat building project in Outdoor Life Magazine years ago.

I’m going to try to find that and track down the author.

I’m also going to Google up Wooden Boat Plans, Driftboat Plans and so forth.

I’ll report back with what I find.

Til then,

Sharp hooks and tight lines,



UPDATE: I’ve since posted several wooden drift boat plans and boat building tips here at The Fun Times Guide to Fly Fishing. Try searching the box at the top of this site.