Plans, video and assembly manual • please read • don began his boat building career in the early 60’s , hanging out in the shops of tom kaarhus (considered the father of the mckenzie drift boat) and his son joe, as well as with keith steel and woody hindman.. Special chine and gunnel designs are rugged, strong, and durable, yet simple to build. and the resulting clean interiors of our boats mean less maintenance, fewer casting snags, and a neater, longer-lasting boat. features and performance of our driftboats match or exceed those of production boats.. The 16-foot mckenzie is the workhorse of all drift boats. as an all around fishing boat on 90% of the boatable, fishable rivers, it is the most popular craft we sell..