Saturday, November 1, 2008
We've decided to sell our drifter. Hate to do this, but we just haven't been able to use it much. Most of the time it just sits in my garage, which is no way to treat a boat. Anyway, we've had some interest and a request to post some photos, so here they are. It's a sixteen footer with plenty of room. Being a wooden drifter, it's heavier than other boats like Clackas and Hydes and not quite as maneuverable. That of course is offset by its extreme coolness. It has a hard plastic plate screwed to the bottom to protect it from the inevitable hidden rocks and shoals. It also has a foot release anchor system. We were told that the boat was built using a Greg Tatman pattern/design. Can't confirm that, but that is what we were told. Also included are two 9' 6" Sawyer oars. The boat itself is in very good shape. Some water will seep in along the left bottom seam of the boat when it first hits the water. It's a small amount of water that can be sopped up with a towel or sponge, but usually we don't worry about it. It's just not enough water to matter much. And after a few minutes the wood swells and seals the seam. A little water also seeps in around the cork stopper in the drain hole. Again, after a few minutes the cork swells and seals the leak. And again, it's a pretty small amount. We put far more water in with our wet boots when we're in and out of the boat. But I thought I would mention this stuff in the interest of full disclosure.