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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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Week 2....

Well, a lots happened since we last left off.  After the ribs cured, Mack got to work during the week on a few things to keep us moving. He notched the ribs for the Chines, made the transom cut from our 3/4 in.  Fir, attached Rib 7 to the transom, and clamped and glued 2 of our leftovers planed studs together to use for the stem, saving us the need for a 4x4 piece.  More importantly, Mack scarfed the two plywood sheets together for the sides at his shop, as the weather was not ideal for outdoor curing. To make the scarf cuts, He made a jig for the 7.5 in circular saw.  It actually worked quite well.  We transported the 16 foot piece of plywood using a borrowed flatbed from Mack's workplace, thanks to Brook and the guys at ESI. This set us up nice to break out the glue on the weekend and begin attached the sidewalls.
7th Rib notched and attached to cut transom

 SCARF one done!
 This is one of the hardest cuts in the process.

Our future stem...

plywood pre sidewall cut

......plywood post cut

they bitin?

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