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Plans to build the 17' Chinook Western Style, McKenzie River Drift Boat

Chinook Drift Boat

Here's a bigger sized McKenzie River driftboat for those of you wanting a boat to take a gang of three or even four anglers out in a bigger river. It comes complete with optional well so you can hang a short shaft outboard of up to 7 1/2 horsepower to power upstream or make those long miles not so tiring.

Free Study Plans and Bill of Materials for the Chinook Western Style Drift Boat

Our study plans are two of the actual construction drawings. They're not enough information for you to build the boat, but they do give you the overall boat size, shape and construction methods. This is a pdf file readable with the free Adobe Acrobat pdf file reader.

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Electronic Construction Plans for 17' Chinook

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About Western Style McKenzie River Drift Boats

Western style drift boats, also known as McKenzie River drift boats, are the original, classic style, developed for wild river travel and fishing. With their extensive rocker and high sides, Western style drift boats are optimized for the wildest whitewater. They're intended for downstream drift fishing in fast moving water. The high rocker makes them ultra maneuverable in wild water where you only row to keep yourself pointed downstream. If you fish fast moving mountain rivers, rarely going ashore, and don't plan on going back upstream, pick a Western style drift boat.