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NRS GigBob Personal Fishing Watercraft

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10% Off All Accesrrories! Since man carved the first fish hooks from wood and bone, anglers have been creating new ways to get out and catch the Big One. Enter the GigBob... inflatable, frameless, ingenious.
  • It's frameless! A personal fishing boat that can be rowed and is rigid without a frame. Our patented frameless design means you can fold it up and pack it on your back without having to break down a frame.
  • The drop-stitch construction lets you put 4-6 pounds per square inch of air pressure into the multiple air chambers, for a stiff, 'rock-solid' rigidity.
  • Feel like celebrating after landing that record fish? No problem. The 15 square feet of flat area on the GigBob deck gives you plenty of room for a victory dance! Plenty of space for all your tackle, cooler, extra rods, heck even the family dog.
  • The pontoons are wide and flat, for excellent stability. You can stand (or dance) on the deck without fear of tipping. And the flat bottoms give you a very shallow waterline. You slip right over rocks that snag a rounded pontoon.
  • Easily detach the pontoons with NRS' batten attachment system for an even lighter weight kickboat.
  • The comfortable seat and built-in foot pegs give you full support for an all day fishing expedition.
  • Agile, fast, maneuverable - all words that quickly come to mind as soon as you sit down and push off from shore.
  • Comes with: An adjustable padded seat, Carlisle 7' 2-piece oars with sleeves and oar rights, oar plates, oar mounts, oar locks, springs and split rings, oar rests, two Easy Access Tackle Bags,stripping apron and a carrying backpack to haul it all in.
  • 2009 Editor's Choice Award from Fly Fish America Magazine.
  • 2009 Best New Gear Award from Outdoor Canada Magazine.
  • Repair kit included.
  • 5 Year retail warranty, 3 year commercial.

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  • video: NRS GigBob - Fall Fishing Trip Video
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Dimensions:
  • Total: 8' L x 4' W x 17" T
  • Deck: 6' 6" L x 3' 10" W
Weight:
  • Full Package: 67 lbs
  • Gigbob with seat and batons: 45 lbs
  • Kickboat with seat: 22 lbs
  • Oars with mounting hardware: 14 lbs
  • Carrying Backpack: 4 lbs
  • Weight of Compressed Air at 6 psi at NRS: .8 lbs
Valve Type: Leafield - C7
Type of Material: 1000-denier/37-ounce PVC-coated nylon
Repair Kit: Yes
Warranty: 5 Years Retail, 3 Years Commercial
Includes:
  • Adjustable Padded Seat
  • 7' 2-piece Carlisle oars with sleeves and oar rights
  • Oar Plates, oar mounts, oar locks, springs and split rings
  • Oar rests
  • 2 Easy Access Tackle bags
  • Stripping Apron
  • Carrying backpack
Features:
  • Frameless design
  • Lots of tie-down points
  • Fully adjustable seat with a pocket on the back

video: NRS GigBob Personal Fishing Watercraft

NRS GigBob Personal Fishing Watercraft (4:25)

No need for a trailer or roof rack, this frameless inflatable fishing boat fits in your car trunk. Take it out of its handy backpack, air up the three drop-stitch air chambers and you're ready to fish in just minutes. And it's two boats in one! Remove the pontoons and you've got a great kick boat perfect for fly fishing. It comes with oars, oar mounts, oarlocks, oar rests, a stripping apron and two Easy Access Tackle Bags.

video: NRS GigBob - Summer Fishing Trip Video

NRS GigBob - Summer Fishing Trip Video (6:22)

Since man carved the first fish hooks from wood and bone, anglers have been creating new ways to get out and catch the Big One. Enter the GigBob inflatable, frameless, ingenious.

video: NRS GigBob - Fall Fishing Trip Video

NRS GigBob - Fall Fishing Trip Video (8:55)

Since man carved the first fish hooks from wood and bone, anglers have been creating new ways to get out and catch the Big One. Enter the GigBob inflatable, frameless, ingenious.

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  • NRS GigBob Personal Fishing Watercraft

    Q:

    Does the GigBob come with a rod holder, or is there a mount for one?
    Asked on 5/11/2013 by UP Dave

    11 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Negative. Does not come w/ a rod holder. Suggest a Scotty mounting pad and
      rod holder. Fyi. the mounting pad does not come with adhesive, so you'll
      want to pick-up some Stabond to adhere it to the boat. I learned that the
      hard way.
      If you don't attach an anchor mount or trolling motor, you can bolt the
      Scotty rod holder to the rear accessory plate (does not come w/ the boat
      either) using the pre-drilled holes. Worked fine for me in a pinch. trying
      to get out on a lake to try out my GigBob. Still trying to decide the best
      location to adhere (2) pad/rod holders that I have.

      Answered on 6/4/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The Gigbob does not come with a rod mount. They suggest a Glue on Scotty
      Pad Mount, but I am not sold on this idea, because once you glue it on you
      are stuck with it. I am still trying to decide what I will do on mine.
      Captain Jo Mama

      Answered on 5/13/2013 by Captain Jo Mama from Glenwood Springs, CO
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It didn't come with one but bought a spinning rod and a fly fishing rod holder for pontoon boat. Straps on easily
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 5/12/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The GigBob doesn't not come with a rod holder.  You have to buy the Scotty rod holders separately from NRS and attach a mountin pad yourself.  I have done this on my boat and it's pretty easy.  That being said the GigBob has a large flat area behind the seat, before I had a rod holder I would just set my rod back there with a simple bungie cord tie down. 

      Answered on 5/12/2013 by jmcenroe from Roseburg, OR
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I got the anchor plate and use a Scotty rod mount. The holes for the
      anchor mount work for the rod mount. I plan to drill new holes so I can
      use the anchor and have a rod holder. There's also plenty of room for a
      milk crate with PVC pipes strapped to it for extra rods.

      Answered on 5/12/2013 by Craig mac from Charlottesville, VA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No rod holder or mount.
      Thanks so much
      Chris

      Answered on 5/11/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      It doesn't have a rod holder. You can easily glue on the Scotty Mount Pad, Item # 4332, and add a rod holder. Look at the other fishing accessories - http://www.nrsweb.com/shop/product_list.asp?deptid=3029

      Answered on 5/11/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Does not come with rod holder. I use a Scotty rod holder with the mount for a pontoon boat. I use a couple of NRS 2-ft boat straps threaded thru the Scotty mount and thru a couple of the attachment points on the GiGBob. Works great. The GigBob is the best boat you can imagine. Get one before there aren't any more. This isn't a great photo, but you can get an idea of how the rod rides.
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 5/11/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It does not come with a rod holder but the Scotty glue on mounts gon really well and can be use with almost any Scotty mount available. I gld three on my gigbob, two for fly rod holders and one for a camera mount.div>
      Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

      Answered on 5/11/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The gigbob does not come with a rod holder.  Its not a major process to add one but is somewhat involved.  You need to purchase the scotty glue on pad, rod holder, and mount.  You will also need chem resistant gloves, eye protection, and a respirator.  Use stabond adhesive and MEK solvent.  Before gluing the mount on I recommend duct taping it in place on your boat and taking it out on the lake just to be sure the location will work well.  Good luck!
      Sent from my U.S. Cellular® Smartphone

      Answered on 5/11/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No rod holder is included. However, I used 2 "glue on" rod holder mounts you can find at: http://www.nrsweb.com/shop/product.asp?pfid=4332 with standard Scotty rod holders and they work fine. Place the holders CAREFULLY so as not to interfere with your hands or the oars during rowing!!!!!
      Good luck.

      Answered on 5/11/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS GigBob Personal Fishing Watercraft

    Q:

    What is the weight it will hold
    Asked on 4/29/2013 by Syndi from Spring, Tx

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      It will easily support a full-sized adult, plus all you fishing gear. Folks have used GigBobs for multiday, self support expeditions on wilderness rivers.

      Answered on 4/30/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS GigBob Personal Fishing Watercraft

    Q:

    I have a new Gigbob and I'm itching to use it, but I'm a complete beginner to white water. My only experience with it is the Smokey Falls Trip at "Shotgun Eddy Raft Rental" on the Wolf River, Wisconsin.
    I'm wondering If there is a guide book for North America, U.S.A. or even individual States. That would say where its ok to launch and take out, what class rapids are in certain stretch of a Stream or River and If a permit is needed. Does a book or even a website like this exist?
    Asked on 4/18/2013 by Kenneth

    1 answer

  • NRS GigBob Personal Fishing Watercraft

    Q:

    I have a brand new Gigbob. Its beautiful,I can't wait to use it. It came with 7' Carlisle 2pc oars which have about a 1' plastic sleeve with a slot along the full length for each oar. I'm not sure how the oar locks should be installed in COMBINATION with the other parts. Can I get a detailed explanation on that?
    Asked on 4/16/2013 by Kenneth

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Further answer from my brother who wrestled with this:
      the question is a little confusing to me. The sleeve only goes part way
      down the shaft. The oar is designed so that the shaft doesn't come out of
      the oarlocks where the sleeve is (at least not easily), so you need to
      slide the oar to one end or the other of the shaft. As I recall, the sleeve
      "slot" isn't really a slot; it is where the sleeve separates/flexes to go
      over the shaft. There are oar stops that are designed to keep the oar from
      going past a certain point and guide the oar in the oarlocks (the oar
      stops have a piece that kind of fits into the open part of the oarlock.)

      Answered on 4/20/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Plastic piece goes on oar and oar guide goes on that. Adjust to make oar
      perpendicular to water. Plastic piece makes oar thicker to keep it from
      coming out of oar locks. There are pics on line as well.

      Answered on 4/17/2013 by Craig mac from Charlottesville, VA
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Kenneth, the plastic sleeve is Item # 14061, Small Molded Oar Sleeve. First, set up the GigBob with the oar mounts and oarlocks in place. Put the oars in the oarlocks and get in your comfortable rowing position. Note where the oars touch the oarlocks. Now you'll spread that slot in the Oar Sleeve and slide it on the oar shaft to cover the area where the shaft touches the oarlock. The Sleeve protects the shaft from wear. You'll clamp the Oar Right, Item # 1404, over the Sleeve. If you'd prefer to be able to feather your oars you can reverse the Oar Rights and just use them as stoppers. There are step-by-step assembly instructions in the Owner's Manual. Give us a call, 800.635.5202 or email us - service@nrsweb.com if you have further questions. Enjoy your GigBob!

      Answered on 4/16/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS GigBob Personal Fishing Watercraft

    Q:

    Is the Gigbob urethane or PVC?
    Asked on 4/16/2013 by Kenneth

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Kenneth, it's 1000-denier/37-ounce PVC-coated nylon material.

      Answered on 4/16/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS GigBob Personal Fishing Watercraft

    Q:

    Hey friends @ NRS: What is the total weight capacity (rower and gear) of the GigBob?
    Asked on 3/3/2013 by 'headhunter from Clarkston, WA

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Hi, I can't give you an exact load capacity, but it'll carry a large person and lots of gear. Folks have used it for multiday backcountry trips where they're packing all their camping gear and food, as well as fishing tackle.

      Answered on 3/4/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS GigBob Personal Fishing Watercraft

    Q:

    If I bought a GigBob can I still get a motor mount.The page that has the GigBob Accessory Mounting Plate that is "On Closeout" says No hardware included to attach the Anchor Mount or a motor to this plate.I don't know what motor mount I could use.
    Asked on 2/19/2013 by Kenneth

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Hi Kenneth, we do have a motor mount that will attach to the holes drilled in the Accessory Mounting Plate. When you order it, tell the person taking your order to include a motor mount. Tell 'em Clyde said so!

      Answered on 2/19/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Honestly, I would not put a motor on this, a 10 pound anchor seems to sag
      off the back of the boat pretty good, a 20 pd motor and 40 pd or more
      battery would compromise buoyancy in my opinion.

      Answered on 2/19/2013 by crabtruck from Hillsboro, OR
  • NRS GigBob Personal Fishing Watercraft

    Q:

    Why are you discontinuing the GigBob? Seems like everyone who has one loves one. I'm a bit leery about buying something that is no longer going to be around. Will you still carry parts?
    Asked on 1/20/2013 by rayct77

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      You're right, to row it is to love it. It's innovative and a great craft. Unfortunately, the cost of manufacture makes it noncompetitive in the marketplace. We'll continue to support the product.

      Answered on 1/21/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS GigBob Personal Fishing Watercraft

    Q:

    does it come with a pump? if not, what would you recommend?
    i am 6'4, about 280 lbs, will it hold me up with some gear?
    if i put the pontoons in a separate piece of luggage, and keep the rest of the boat/oars/seat/etc. in its carry backpack, will that backpack be under 50 lbs (ok to fly)?
    can that backpack be attached to the boat when floating?
    you guys ever take this on the South Fork from palisades?
    Asked on 11/24/2012 by J-buha from between w. yellowstone and rawlins

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It does not come with a pump.
      It will easily hold you.
      I don't know if you can get it under 50 pounds.
      The backpack can easily be attached while floating and likely stuffed in the seat pouch.
      I have both of mine in Alaska, but if I didn't already have a South Fork setup and wanted to go by myself, the Gigbob would be perfect, especially for the Dam to Conent section. From there to Byington I bet it would be great with trolling motor on the back, though the little suckers paddle pretty fast.

      Answered on 11/24/2012 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      It doesn't come with a pump. A great hand pump would be the K-Pump 40. Or for less work, a combo of the NRS Blast Pump and the Wonder Pump 2HP. The weights of the various sub-assemblies are in the Specs. It will easily support you and your gear. There are multiple attachment points. No one here has taken it on the South Fork; it has been down the Middle Fork.

      Answered on 11/25/2012 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS GigBob Personal Fishing Watercraft

    Q:

    Is the GigBob saltwater compatible?
    Asked on 11/18/2012 by Terry from San Jose, CA

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      YES

      Answered on 11/19/2012 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      We didn't design the GigBob for saltwater use, but as long as you thoroughly rinse the few metal parts after each outing you should be good to go.

      Answered on 11/19/2012 by Clyde from NRS
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  • Lightweight (4)
  • Cleans easily (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Day trip (5)
    • Flat waters (5)
    • Rivers (5)
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    5.0

    Gigbob

    By Sharc

    from White Mtns. of AZ.

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Cleans Easily
    • Dries Easily
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Leaks
    • Second One Leaked Also

    Best Uses

    • Fly fishing
    • Lakes
    • Rivers

    Comments about NRS GigBob Personal Fishing Watercraft:

    First one I received had a leak. Returned it and got a phone call. Wasn't sure if they were going to replace it or not. Replacement also leaked. Turns out I just needed to tighten valves. Wasn't sure about it until I got it on the water. Love it now. Holds air very well.

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    4.0

    Gigbob

    By Sharc

    from White Mtns. of AZ.

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Cleans Easily
    • Dries Easily
    • Good Waterproofing
    • Lightweight
    • Moves Easily On The Water
    • Sits High

    Cons

    • Definitely Need An Anchor
    • First One Leaked
    • Not Sure How Rugged It Is
    • Wind Blows It Easily

    Best Uses

    • Day Trips
    • Flat Waters
    • Lake fishing

    Comments about NRS GigBob Personal Fishing Watercraft:

    I had to send the first one back because it leaked. They did replace at no charge. Wasn't sure if they were going to. Second one leaked too. Had to tighten up the valves and then it held air. Hope it holds up. I do like how it handles on the water. Be sure and get an anchor. Wind easily blows it around. Other than that it is great. I love it.

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    5.0

    Everything I Expected and More

    By Fly Fisherman 66

    from Chattanooga, TN

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Cleans Easily
    • Extremely Stable
    • Great Fl Y Fishing
    • Rugged
    • Well made

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Flat Waters
      • Fly fishing
      • Rivers

      Comments about NRS GigBob Personal Fishing Watercraft:

      I used the GigBob to float the Yellowstone River in Montana numerous time this summer and always felt like it was up to the challenges. This provides a great way to fish rivers and smaller lakes. Being 65 years old I wish the GigBob weighed less.

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      5.0

      I Love my Gigbob

      By thelightcatcher

      from Puget Sound - Washington

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to assemble
      • Great stability
      • Keeps My Camera HighDry
      • Paddles like a dream
      • Shallow Draft 2-3 inches

      Cons

      • Oar locks hard to attach

      Best Uses

      • Day Trips
      • Flat Waters
      • Kayak Camping
      • Photography
      • Rivers

      Comments about NRS GigBob Personal Fishing Watercraft:

      I brought this to explore some lakes, the Puget Sound, and some easy rivers. I also wanted a 'platform' for waterfowl photography. I have not used it for fishing, but it seems like it would be great.

      I do recommend getting a good pump - I got the 5 inch barrel, and can easily pump it up in 5-10 minutes.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great River Boat

      By Annie

      from Bend, Oregon

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to inflate
      • Easy to transport
      • Light Oars
      • Lightweight
      • Multifunctional
      • Stable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Day Trips
        • Flat Waters
        • Rapids Paddling
        • Rivers

        Comments about NRS GigBob Personal Fishing Watercraft:

        Not only do I use Bob in lakes, I just rowed a river of class II and III rapids. Bob handled wonderfully. I'll try class IV's when my rowing skills are better.

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