My first attempt at building anything out of wood was what I call the Drift Boat Skiff. The Drift Boat Skiff is plans built from the book, “THE WEEK END SKIFF” BY Richard Butz and John Montague. The Drift Boat Skiff has several modifications in seating, transom width, and oar lock placements, all to make it more “friendly” when negotiating the tight, shallow, and fast Michigan trout streams. It can be rowed from each of the 3 seats, the backs of which snap off and can face either direction. It can also be paddled, a necessity to get past downed trees and rocks on a tight river.
After my 100 lb chocolate lab tipped me over last summer in my canoe and I felt he might tip over the lapstrake rower I build two years ago, I decided that I needed to build a boat he couldn't tip over.
This boat is a drift boat aka McKenzie River Boat. They are very common in the Pacific NW and especially so here in Western Montana where we have wonderful, fast rivers. These boats are popular with professional fishing guides here in the Pacific Northwest.