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River Boat

Post by surfman » Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:04 am

This past weekend I went out to my favorite spot for a little fishing and there was a guy launching what I thought at first was a Gheenoe but, I looked again and it clearly wasn't. I asked him who the manufacture was and he said some guy locally in North Florida makes them. It had no name on it and he said the guy calls it a river boat.

It was all fiberglass and it was a cross between a Gheenoe and a jon boat. Basically a narrow jon with a pointy bow. It had a flat bottom but had the step (or chine) in it like the Gheenoe and tumblehome sides. I think it was 15 feet long and he had a 15 hp kicker on it. It had 2 swivel seats and a cooler or live well built into the middle. The live well was arranged lengthwise and I don't think I liked that too much since the boat isn't all that wide and walking around it couldn't be any easier than just stepping over it. It looked like a very stable boat that would take a light chop fairly well.
Tight Lines, Steve

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Re: River Boat

Post by Yohan1973 » Thu Oct 01, 2009 6:08 pm

That sounds like a sweet skiff. There have been a few local florida builders croping up from time to time. That one sounds like just the ticket though. I've been drolling over boat around that size for a while. Especially the gheenoes. I live about 45 min from Puger Gheen's shop. I would love to build something around the size of a LT25 or maby a little larger than a NMZ. I own FS18 plans from Bateau also. I would like to build it but I'd prefer something around 16'-0." I've looked into the freight canoes too such as the mini mo from sandypoints. I just want something small enough to be powered by a 9.9 or 15hp but stable enough for a poling platform and two people max. That river boat kinda sound like a boat being built by either Eli Glasser (eliglasser at gmail)
or Brian from gladescraft (brian at gladescraft)
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It actually sounds more like Brian's work. But his stuff IS expensive IMHO.

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Re: River Boat

Post by jem » Thu Oct 01, 2009 8:33 pm

surfman wrote:This past weekend I went out to my favorite spot for a little fishing and there was a guy launching what I thought at first was a Gheenoe but, I looked again and it clearly wasn't. I asked him who the manufacture was and he said some guy locally in North Florida makes them. It had no name on it and he said the guy calls it a river boat.

It was all fiberglass and it was a cross between a Gheenoe and a jon boat. Basically a narrow jon with a pointy bow. It had a flat bottom but had the step (or chine) in it like the Gheenoe and tumblehome sides. I think it was 15 feet long and he had a 15 hp kicker on it. It had 2 swivel seats and a cooler or live well built into the middle. The live well was arranged lengthwise and I don't think I liked that too much since the boat isn't all that wide and walking around it couldn't be any easier than just stepping over it. It looked like a very stable boat that would take a light chop fairly well.
I think I've seen pictures of the hull you're talking about. I'll have to dig around to come up with the web page.
-Matt. Designer.

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Re: River Boat

Post by jbo_c » Fri Oct 02, 2009 6:31 am

A RiverHawk maybe?

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Those are manufactured either in Georgia or Florida. Looks a lot like a Gheenoe, but a little different.

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Re: River Boat

Post by surfman » Fri Oct 02, 2009 7:22 am

Thanks guys, the one on the left looks the most like the boat I saw. It had a wide transom like that one does. It may or may not have been a riverhawk, The one I saw may not be manufactured anymore but, without knowing exactly what it was, who knows.
Tight Lines, Steve

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Re: River Boat

Post by Yohan1973 » Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:34 am

I thought those riverhawks were made out-of-state...

Anyway, here are some more gheenoe-like out-of-state boats:
http://www.spiderboats.com/
and another called Fin and Feather boats and API boats

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Re: River Boat

Post by Yohan1973 » Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:43 pm

Any NEW news on that north Florida boat manufacture?

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Re: River Boat

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Re: River Boat

Post by ayjay » Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:03 pm

That square stern is going to induce a lot of drag unless it is clear of the water due to rocker in the back.

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Re: River Boat

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