Thursday, May 19, 2011

Croff Craft Chronicles- Armor

The wooden drift boat build over at Croff Craft has come quite a ways since my last post, with the addition of casting decks and gear boxes.  Phil says he's taking a little hiatus from the build to do some fishing.  Fish it up Fudgie!
the bow dome going in a couple weeks ago

I can hear what some of you have been saying- "Yeah it's pretty, but would you ever float in that thing?"  "What happens if you hit a rock?".  Nothing, that's what happens.  Why?  Because A. the hull is glass-sandwiched laminated cedar and B. he took it and had the hull sprayed with LineX and several coats of Kevlar.  I wouldn't fire any bullets at it or anything, but this hull is tough, and I have to say, strikingly beautiful.  I'd go as far to say that Phil is on the cutting edge of hybrid hull technology, with the aesthetic beauty of the wood, and the toughness of the synthetics.  His hull design is completely original, without the thwarts you normally see in wood boats, leaving an open design that is beautiful and angler friendly.  I can't wait to get in the front of this one and start throwing streamers.

curved casting decks match boat lines

gear boxes on either side of the rower's seat (not installed)

 If you want more information on Phil's line of custom built wooden drift boats be sure to visit his website or contact him at  Phil is also offering guide trips in these boats now on area streams- everything from steelhead to brookies to night fishing.  If you'd like to check out these boats AND get some fishing in, make sure you contact him.


  1. Phil should make a test layer and hit that with various weapons, would be a heck of an example!

  2. That is a thing of beauty for sure. Can't say I blame him for wanting to break for some fishing. Great Design.

  3. @Patrick- been there done that, on a test piece of wood of course.

  4. My goodness! your going to need one big ol rum bottle to cram that beauty in... How are you going to actually use it?

  5. @Bigerrfish- we are going to streamer fish out of it, do hopper trips by day, pull all-nighters after big fish, fish winter and spring steelhead. In other words, we're going to use it the same as any other drift boat. We've been using his other boat for all of this for 3 seasons now.