View Full Version : Introduction and of course some questions

One Mule Team
08-18-2009, 06:29 PM
Hello all. I've been following this site on and off for a bit now.

I live in and fish the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Most of my boating and boat building experience is from a driftboat (Mckenzie river dory). In my case a 16 ft standard Don Hill that I assembled from a kit about 7 years ago or so. I'm wanting to expand my horizons and get outside on decent weather days every now and again in addition to trolling lower tidewater, dropping some pots, fishing bottom fish inside, etc.

I've settled on a basic hull form-the 21 foot planing dory from Nexus. Now, before anyone recommends a Bartender, I will not entertain the thought. Not because they aren't nice boats but because of the expense involved. In fact, ultimately that is what I want but for now I am looking for a bridge boat to serve my needs and gain experience on before going all in, so to speak.

I'm leaning toward an open hull configuration because of the space factor but I have some concerns about the open boat design in roughish water. What are the members thoughts on this issue? Does the open configuration present a problem? It seems intuitive that the cabin boat would take more seas. How big a concern is this?

The driftboat is basically open and can take some pretty big standing waves about 4 foot without taking on too much water (these are not the four footers) but that's all I have to go on and I'm not sure how analogous a river is to the ocean. Anyway, here are a couple pictures of the drift boat in action. Any input is appreciated.




08-18-2009, 07:43 PM
The Nexus 21' dory is an excellent choice for near-shore fishing and crabbing. The ability of a boat like this to handle rough seas has very little to do with whether or not it has a cabin, although the cabin version will protect you better from the spray. Unless you're driving like an idiot you're highly unlikely to stuff the bow or take a wave over the stern. These are very capable boats that can manage nasty conditions when handled with reasonable skill.

That would be a nice coho I do believe. And welcome to the Forum.


08-18-2009, 07:57 PM
Pack that critter on ice and send it to me......:D

08-18-2009, 08:19 PM
Hi there!

Is that the McKenzie I see? You're right near my childhood romping grounds, in McKenzie Bridge.

Nice minnow ya got there... Where's the real fish hiding? ;)

Cheers! Tell my river Hi for me.


One Mule Team
08-18-2009, 08:27 PM
Nice spot Patrick! The first two are from the Mckenzie-the top one below Eagle Rock and right above Silver Creek. The second one is after getting caught in a rare and horrific summer squall beached at Silver Creek landing. The bottom pic is from the Umpqua.

I'll give the Mack your regards.


08-19-2009, 07:21 AM
I'll take that fish :p

Welcome! to the forum and enjoy your time here.

Now about getting that fish to me....

08-19-2009, 09:47 AM
a fine choice of boat for a little fair weather crabbing and bottom fishing. If you want some cover later you can put a soft top on it. I don't like the canvas slap on my dads north river but if a little heat keeps him on the water then it's all good.

I have been learning lately that rough seas is a relative term. Kind of like a beautiful woman or good boat. If you know your local waters well, and sounds like you do, and know your level of hull slap you can tolerate, then you are good to go.

I've always liked salmon fishing with a center console, especially for chinooks, which looks like it could be an option if you "customize" or work with them a little.

best of luck.