NRS Clearwater Drifter


The NRS Clearwater Drifter

Check out this drift boat… no really… look closer… can you tell what makes it special?

It’s inflatable.  The Clearwater Drifter ($5995 MSRP) is made of drop stitch PVC, can be inflated to around 9 psi, which creates a rigid, framed dory that offers the ability to bounce off rocks like a rubber raft, yet track quietly and silently like a drift boat.  It’s 17 feet long, and 82 inches wide at the beam between oarlocks.

And it disassembles and can back down to a size that can fit in a trunk of a car, or be shipped via UPS.  It weighs 300 pounds total (with frame).

I’m not sure how a boat that light will do in a heavy upstream wind (no boat I’ve rowed does great in a wind like that)… but I can see the immediate appeal for many anglers.  This is the drift boat for the guy who can’t talk his wife into letting him dedicate a space in the garage, or leave it under a tarp in front of the house.



  1. David Leinweber on

    Personally I think the best of show awards are messed up to not select this. This is sooooo much the coolest thing to be seen at the fly shop for a long time. So in my book this was clearly best of show.

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