Drift Pram Design

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Drift Pram 8' by Mark Newman, Wilmington, DE

August, 2019 - Just finished my Drift Pram 8'--my 3rd Glen-L boat. First was the Duck Boat (no longer have, second boat is the Console Skiff that I'll never part with . Delaware has many small ponds that are dammed up creeks. So, this is my SPAV (Small Pond Attack Vehicle) for pond fishin. I changed the design to have no rocker--my #1 mandate. Also made a 3rd seat, bow seat/well for anchor/rope and troll battery with 100 w speakers. It's stable and strong. I invented a seat tongue that has me riding a little forward so it rides perfectly flat. I run a 60# thrust Minn-Kota. Built in 300 hours at $2,000 and already had the motor and trailer. You don't build a boat to save money, you build something you couldn't buy.Building boats is one of the coolest things you can do--it's been a joy.

 Drift Pram 10' by Pico Cantieni, Cle Elum, Washington

I built this boat for a friend to use for fly fishing, mostly on flat water. I made a few modifications to the Glen-L 10 ft. drift pram plans. I had made a cardboard model first to check proportions and the freeboard seem a bit much. I reduced the freeboard by about 4 inches. My friend wanted to be able to load the pram between the wheel wells of a standard pick-up bed so I made a cardboard template and found that I needed to reduce the midships width by about 4 inches as well. The seat system seemed a bit clunky and I redesigned the seats to a more conventional style which included shallow gear wells. I also added a foredeck and installed a Scotty anchor davit at the bow. Initial \"sea trials\" showed that the pram did not track well on flat water so I added a 4 inch skeg which improved tracking immensely.

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7 Responses to Drift Pram Design

  1. greg says:

    The skeg and the strips on the bottom would scare me to death for drifting. Both could set up a condition where you would “stick” or turn the boat on rocks if you are riding down a chute anyway but straight. All the river boats I’ve ever owned or built had a minimum of gluvit or uhmw on the bottom. flat slick and easy to slide.

    Just my prefernce but more than once I’ve felt, heard and sometimes even watched the floor flex while sliding over a ledge on the Upmqua or rock on the Deschutes. Then, looking at the bottom when its out of the water and seeing the groove or scratch on the gluvit or the plastic sheet convinced me a long time ago that drift boats need two thing to handle well and work through shallow rocky rapids: chines and a flat slick bottom. you might even find that the boat would row better in flat water with at least 3/4 of chine cutting the path for you on each side.

    • jim says:

      i dont understand what you mean needing chine as in 3/4 chine cutting the water. i want to build one of these but have never built a boat before

  2. la movers says:

    I could almost out-run a small outboard while rowing in that little Pram.

  3. pico says:

    I have a captioned Picasaweb album set up for this build. You can find it at


    (make sure to copy and paste the entire URL)


  4. Dick Hopkins says:

    I had a pram like that one and fly fished all over Washington state in it.
    Great little fishing boat. So easy to handle and maintain.
    I could almost out-run a small outboard while rowing in that little Pram.

  5. juan m ruiz ocasio says:

    Send me more information about this boat

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