Randy is going to be at the Federation of Fly Fishing and Fly Tying expo in Albany in March, attempting to build a full-size McKenzie drift boat in two days to auction it off.
How do the boats Randy and Sanderson are building today differ from the prototypical McKenzie Drift Boat? Space age glues, harder polyurethanes make it easier to let the wood show. Randy also uses a C&C router to make computer-designed, curved cuts within thousandths of an inch of variance to design boat components and make a much tighter kit.
How do modern wooden boats compare to aluminum or fiberglass?
“Wood used to not last nearly as long as aluminum or fiberglass. It was considered a high maintenance boat,” Randy said. “Today, using polyurethanes, you essentially have a fiberglass encapsulated boat. You can wash the boat out. The one difference that still exists: A wooden boat should be kept inside. If it’s left outside, it will expand and contract. Sun is always the worst enemy of any wooden boat. As long as you have a garage to put it in, a wooden boat will last a lifetime.”