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Old 10-26-2012, 01:03 PM
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Hi. My name is Carl Warmouth. I recently had my McKenzie style driftboat stolen and am desperate to recover it. I have pictures of it, posted at Stolen Drift Boat « The Dominion Project.
It was stolen from Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain Georgia and was last seen being towed behind a small white pickup on October 2, 2012. This boat and trailer are very, very special to me as they are one-of-a-kind hand-built originals. At first glance it looks like a wooden boat because it has wooden gunnels but it is actually fiberglass. I have a very strong sentimental attachment to this boat and trailer because I built it with my dad way back in 1995. It was the last project that he and I did together before he passed away. My hope was to share many days fly fishing with my 13 year old son in it and pass it along to him someday.
Those who are familiar with the different brands of driftboats will recognize that it is a little different than any of them. The boat is 15’ 10” stem to stern and 54” wide on the bottom. The interior is laid out to put the maximum amount of distance between the two anglers. It has a shorter front casting deck than most and more distance between the oarsman and the front caster. When it was stolen it was white and royal blue and had “Coosa River Drifters” in white letters along the sides, although that can be easily changed. It has a small storage opening in the front deck, level non-skid floors, a storage box under the rowing seat, wooden gunnels, a foot release anchor system, two drain plugs in the transom, and a drain plug under the rowing seat. The front seat pedestal is fiberglass and looks exactly like an upside down Rubbermaid container because that is what I used for a mold. It had grey and blue seats when stolen. There are lots of scratches and gouges in the chines and bottom from many years of scraping rocks. The floors have a rougher texture than most boats. The rowing seat rests on two shelves that run along the inside of the boat, and those shelves have little compartments to keep accessories in.
The trailer looks like a standard driftboat trailer except that it has a square tube axle and bolt-on rotors from an automobile. The full length roller across the back is larger in diameter than most and was a roller from a conveyer of some sort. The trailer was in grey primer when stolen.
You can read more about how and why I built the boat at The Perfectly Normal Obsession with Making Stuff: Boats « The Dominion Project and see a video with several pictures and scenes of it at Fly Fishing the Coosa River « The Dominion Project. If anyone has any information about this boat, if you see it on the river or for sale somewhere, or see it being towed, PLEASE pass along any information you may have (tag # etc). I will grant total amnesty just to get it back. You can call me at work at three-three-four-seven-four-five-two-four-six-four or e mail me at: tcs (dot) cawarmouth @ bellsouth (dot) net.
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Always someone out there who wants something without working for it. Keep a daily check on craigslist.com for your state and surrounding states. They like to steal and sell on craigslist. It will take some time each day to review craigslist but may pan out. Two other websites to watch are boattrader.com and boatboss.com.

Good luck getting it back and keep us posted.
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Thanks for the advice. I will do that!
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Shame on those who stole it I daren't think they're flyfishermen Hope you'll get it back.
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I hope you recover the boat, good luck! Sorry to hear of the hopefully temporary loss!
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Sorry to hear that you lost a boat like that. Like the others have said, it will probably pop up on CraigsList, use this site to search for drift boats.
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Bad news about your Special Driftboat,I get annoyed as there's always some Scumbag out there who Steals just about anything whether it's locked up or not,either on consignment or if it's too hot sells it for a fraction of its value.
Also there are always Sleazy People who buy anything at the right price so the can make a Huge Profit when they sell.
The one thing in your Favour is it's an item well sought after,however theives & others who are out to make money aren't stupid,more than likely they have really checked you out.
I hope you find your Boat as from what you have said it's quite special,
something that just can't be bought off the Floor.

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sorry to hear about your boat. i am in tennessee, getting to be a lot of drift boats up here, will keep an eye out--
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Sorry to hear this. Hope you get it back.
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Default Re: Stolen Driftboat!

Wow. Thank you everyone! I've had hundreds of hits on the picture page from all over. I hope it will turn up. Thanks for the "all of craigslist" tip. That's awesome.

Horseman - this boat was born in Tennessee! She made about 1,000 trips down the Hiwassee from the powerhouse to Reliance and she fished the S. Holston a few times, the Clinch, the Toccoa, etc. Any way that you could spread the word among the locals where you are at would be great!
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