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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Thursday, June 27, 2013

rowing seat!

Mack did some nice work in designing a rope rowing seat this week.  below are some pics.  there is a similar design here.  This design will be altered a bit to include a machined aluminum adjustment system which we will patent and share with those interested at a later date (just kidding)  We don't have pics yet but they will be up soon.  Cant wait to get some paint on this beast and get her in the water! Mack also machined some nice brass scuppers for the splash well, nice touch!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Who's the Bross

Bross is turning out to be a great helper.  Today we sanded, then we sanded, after that we sanded.  then we got to woodwork with the Sapelle, some nice crossbeams for the bow and stern.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Transom detail.....

Just a few photos this week, rain has been slowing us down.  We've added another coat of epoxy inside and out, and begun sanding and prep for the paint.  The transom has been detailed as well with some nice sapelle, which was cut, biscuited and epoxied to the doug fir transom.