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MAXI MAC RIVER BOAT


$48

The Maxi Mac is a slightly enlarged version of the solo Mini Mac drift boat. The Max boat is only 18 inches longer than the Mini but the increased width and depth of the Max provide almost double the volume of the Mini and at 125 pounds for the lightweight version its still a cartopper if you don't want the hassle of a trailer. The increased size of the Max boat provides a considerable safety feature in rough water, and it will handle up to three adults with gear. The Max is our most popular boat.

The center console feature provides structural support to the clean open hull, adjustable seating, storage and flotation compartments, and is also an ideal location for a motor well. Traditional drift boat seating may also be installed over the console, and the seats can be made removable for the best of both layouts.

A motor well in the console locates a small motor safely and efficiently inside the hull with easy access to motor controls, and even the smallest of gas or electric motors will push the slippery hull. A motorized version provides the ability to launch at the "put-in", repeatedly motor upstream and drift back down, without the need for a shuttle vehicle at a separate "take-out" location.

Various interior layouts are possible. The boat can be set up for a guide and client layout with aft rowing station and room forward to stand for casting, or with midships rowing station and seating on fore and aft compartments. Or the center console can be equipped with adjustable seating for changing situations. Some Max builders have installed thicker topsides and structural seating instead of compartments, and whitewater versions have completely compartmentalized interiors with self-bailing footwells.

The Max building plans include a 40 page spiral bound manual of photos, sketches, sources, step-by-step, builders tips, plus in-depth discussion of options and modifications to customize the basic boat, all written for amateurs and first-timers.

To: paul@butlerprojects.com
Subject: your site
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2001 17:21:30 EST

Paul,

I can't tell you how excited I am right now to have found your site! I have placed several calls, e-mails and faxes to Outdoor life trying to find you. All I had to do was type in "Outdoor life river boat plans" into Google and there you are.

I remember some 14 odd years ago reading plans on building your river boat.
I didn't have the time nor money then to do it. But I do now! Not to mention last years week long trip down the Green.

I need a set of your Maxi-Mac plans. Do you take credit card? If not let me know how I can get them.

Thank you sir,
Eric Scott

 

To: paul@butlerprojects.com
Subject: Maxi-Mac Drift Boat
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2002 11:27:49 +0100

Dear Editor,

Thanks for the Do-It-Yourself of FEB/MAR 2002. Outdoor Life has provided me recreational mental field excursions while wintering over in the Balkans.

Just wanted to say that I am jazzed to get home from Kosovo and build the Maxi-Mac drift boat with my children. It has been built several times in my mind and look forward to trading in the bandages and Intravenous (IV) fluid bags for the jigsaw and varnish. I am ordering the plans to be sent to my home in Richmond Hill , GA; where they will be waiting for me and my first long weekend.

Bruce A. Slack, MAJ
OIC Emergency Medical Treatment Section Task Force Med Falcon V Camp
Bondsteel, Kosovo

 

Hi Paul,

Thanks for such a quick response to my email on Friday. I figured it would take a number of days for you to get back to me. As soon as I saw the center seat down the middle of the Max boat, it seemed the most logical location I have ever seen. I will be ordering a set of plans next week (waiting for payday).

Thanks for your time.

Jay Zott
California

 

Paul,

It took a couple of years to complete my cold-molded Melonseed, but she is substantially lighter because of your article in Small Craft Advisor. I incorporated all your suggestions and came out with a decked sixteen footer that I can store and launch on a dolly, at my local lake.She is quick on all points of sail and, by the time you think "tack", she is already on the other tack. I am very pleased. Mike Wick, co-editor of the ASH BREEZE

www.traditionalsmallcraft.com

 

 

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