Welcome to the Black & Tan blog!
Thanks for checking out our site! We have just begun construction on a Mckenzie River Style drift boat that we have affectionately named the Black & Tan, which will be her ultimate color scheme. It is no coincidence that she shares her name with one of the greatest adult beverages of all time. We have chosen this proven design because we are confident it will serve us quite well in the waters we fish most, which include the The Housatonic and Farmington Rivers of Northern CT, The inshore waters Long Island Sound, and most recently the Great Lakes Tribs and the wonderful St. Lawrence River waterway, a place that Mack calls home. We obtained the boat plans online, similar plans are available through Rivers Touch. She will be 14 feet long with a relatively wide beam and bow rocker for safely navigating the rapids but she will also have a high and wide, slightly rockered, transom which can accomodate a up to a 10hp motor should we decide to venture out into the brackish bays and estuaries of Long Island Sound. Unlike most traditional drift boats, this boat can be used both as a flat bottom motor skiff and a rowing dory. Our project has just begun, and we are full of enthusiasm. The design and finish concepts change every day, who knows what the final product will look like, but thats half the fun! We hope you enjoy our site, we will try to update it weekly if possible. Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, February 28, 2014

anchor pulpit complete!


Anchor Release pedal

Djerks foot pedal for releasing the anchor line hands free....


Bash Guard


NRS Oar Locks

some new additions.....

beefed up custom fitted whitewater oarlocks



Anchor System

Check out Mack's custom designed Anchor holder, it will be mounted to the bow and operated via a foot pedal by the rower.  Thanks to the folks at ESI once again for letting us use the machinery to make this rig truly unique!

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Bash Guard

Mack has been hard at work on some armor for our fine vessel.....