It's done. All the weeks of planning, planing, sanding, cutting, glass and epoxy work. LOOK at this boat. I think I'll have to mostly say it with pictures.
Phil has had it out on the water already. He says it draws about 2.5 inches- imagine that on your favorite trout stream. He improved the rocker and chine characteristics of the boat and says it spins on a dime. Three seats (he plans on using this as his main guide boat.) Notice the fitted rubber mats that keep you from standing in water and are comfortable and slip resistant.
|gorgeous cockpit, with dry storage on each side of the rowers seat|
Check out this detail on the side.
Phil's wife Trude is a local artist whose work is very popular here. If you'd like to see more you can visit her website. I'm sure she'd get a following among us fly anglers if she painted more fish like this one, but I think she may be happy with the niche she's in. I have a Trude Bigelow painting hanging in my living room and love it.
Everything about this boat is beautiful and well thought out. 3 seats, dry storage, rod tubes. The hull is LineX and Kevlar. The artistry is amazing, with curves everywhere that compliment the overall design and scream "I belong on the water!". Or maybe hung on a wall somewhere.
Check out the anchor stanchion- walnut. Mmm, mmm. Love it.
So is the forward casting stanchion
These boats are not mass produced- Phil builds them one at a time, by hand. If you're interested in having him build you one, contact him- all the information will be listed below. He'll be more than happy to work with you on custom designed boat just for you. I've spent a lot of time in Phil's boats and can vouch that they handle well, are very shallow draft and tough- you'll probably never put them through what we do. If you love wooden boats or have always wanted a wooden drift boat make sure you get a-hold of him.
I'll be spending some time in this boat, I can assure you, and it will probably appear on a regular basis here as time goes on. I can't wait.