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10% Off All Accesrrories! If you're a river fisherman looking for an edge, you need to consider the NRS Clearwater Drifter. This revolutionary inflatable fishing boat combines the time-tested design of a drift boat with the rugged utility of a self-bailing raft.
  • Made of tough drop-stitch PVC material, the Clearwater inflates to a very rigid 9 psi, creating a stout 17-foot drift boat. You can inflate the floor up to 15 psi for the best performance with heavier loads in rough water.
  • The self-bailing inflatable hull handles rocks and shallow water like a raft while tracking as steathily as a traditional drift boat.
  • You can easily disassemble the modular frame and roll up the deflated hull for convenient transport and storage.
  • The Clearwater stows readily in a garage, car or small aircraft, or you can ship it UPS to your next fishing destination.
  • High rocker in the bow and stern shorten the waterline for superior tracking and anchoring while helping the boat ride over waves.
  • The Clearwater's three-chamber design ensures it will keep floating and rowing even if one air chamber is compromised.
  • Casting stations in the bow and stern feature swiveling angler seats, diamond plate decks and thigh hooks with stripping baskets for secure, comfortable casting in smooth or rough water.
  • A rigid transom in the stern allows you to attach a small outboard motor.
  • A padded rowing seat and adjustable foot bar ensure all-day comfort for the oarsman.
  • An integrated pulley system lets the oarsman operate the anchor from the rowing seat.
  • A heavy-duty rub rail on the gunwales protects high-wear areas.
  • 3" stainless steel D-rings at the bow provide handy tie-off points and let you winch the Clearwater onto a trailer.
  • 5 Year retail warranty, 3 year commercial.

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Center Line Length: 17'
Gunwale Length: 18'
Beam: 82"
Bottom Width: 55"
Side Height: 26"
Folded Boat Dimensions: 49" L x 26" W x 16" T
Weight (total with frame): 330 lbs.
Weight (hull only): 135 lbs.
Load Capacity: 1,000 pounds of people and gear. Exceeding this will interfere with the self-bailing feature
Valve Type: Leafield - C7
Self Bailing: Yes
Type of Material: PVC Drop-Stitch
Repair Kit: Yes
Warranty: 5 Years Retail, 3 Years Commercial
Includes:
  • Inflatable hull
  • Modular frame
  • Highback Padded Raft Seat
  • 2 Angler Swivel Seats
  • 2 Aluminum diamond-plate casting platforms
  • 2 Thigh Hooks
  • 2 Frame Stripping Baskets
  • Anchor System (line & anchor not included)
  • Oarlocks
  • High pressure pump

video: NRS Clearwater Drifter: Chuckin' Line for Chrome

NRS Clearwater Drifter: Chuckin' Line for Chrome (1:47)

The NRS Clearwater Drifter is one of the biggest technological advances in river fishing since fiberglass rods. Combining the time-tested design of a drift boat with the utility of a raft, the inflatable, self-bailing Clearwater gives anglers an amazingly versatile and resilient rowing craft for pursuing fish. Made of tough dropstitch PVC material, the Clearwater inflates to a very rigid 9 psi, creating a stout framed dory that handles rocks and shallow water like a raft while tracking as steathily as a traditional drift boat. Its short waterline ensures it anchors well, turns on a dime and rows swiftly, and the break-down frame provides first-class casting stations for two anglers and a comfortable, powerful rowing position for the guide. When disassembled, the Clearwater stows easily in a garage, car or small aircraft, or you can ship it UPS to your next fishing destination.

video: NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat

NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat (2:11)

If you're a river fisherman looking for an edge, you need to consider the NRS Clearwater Drifter. This revolutionary inflatable fishing boat combines the time-tested design of a drift boat with the rugged utility of a self-bailing raft.

video: Clearwater Drifter Assembly Video

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NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat
 
4.6

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5.0

Nice job NRS!

By Roub

from Head above water...

About Me Advanced

Pros

  • Dries Easily
  • Good Waterproofing
  • Rugged

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Day Trips
  • Flat Waters
  • Rivers

Comments about NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat:

Took this boat down the slide at Cardiac Canyon (Henry's Fork) to fish below Mesa Falls. Easy to handle down the rocky trail and the bottom of the boat held up great. Down in the canyon the boat rowed well around rock gardens and sweepers. Took channel right at Surprise falls expecting water to come over the bow and stayed completely dry. For an inflatable I cannot believe how sturdy and rigid this boat is. It rowed slightly more sluggish than a regular drift boat and is a little heavier than I would like. I was expecting a raft like weight. (If there was a sweeper or blocked channel that required to lift the boat over or carry around I don't know if two people could do it like you can in a raft.) It was a pleasure to fish out of, very comfortable. Found myself forgetting this was not a fiberglass boat. Cannot find anything wrong with the frame. Tight and sturdy. Pleasantly surprised!

Service and delivery comments:

Rental boat.

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5.0

Adding a Star..

By Kayak007

from Coloma, CA

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Class Iii Whitewater
  • Stable

Cons

  • Wind Is Not Your Friend

Best Uses

  • Rivers

Comments about NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat:

This is a follow-up to my previous review. I recently took the Drifter out on the South Fork American River Gorge section - Class II-III. Set up for Whitewater: Plywood bench seat across #2 thwart and footbar replaced the front fishing seat and deck. Used a drop-in cooler instead of the tractor seat. The boat handled well and was very dry. Not a good choice if you want to get wet. Rides like a dory - up and over most waves and kept it's lines. I really enjoyed it.

The seam tape concern was tacked down with glue and does not appear to be an issue. NRS assured me that any issues would be covered by warranty.

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4.0

Innovative and fun

By Kayak007

from Coloma, CA

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Pros

  • Relatively Portable
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Finish

Best Uses

  • Fishing
  • Rivers

Comments about NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat:

Still new to me and have taken out twice. I got it for fishing, but plan to run some Class III whitewater. A bit of a learning curve to rig, but gets faster and I'm getting a system down. Coming from a raft perspective, handles great and is very stable. Enjoyed fishing from the craft. Have hauled in Toyota Tacoma, but think a trailer is in my future.

Finish on the hull had some unglued seam tape that doesn't affect it now, but causes me to worry about seam longevity for a high PSI inflatable.

Am adapting for whitewater runs by replacing bow rigging with bench seat and drop bag for gear. Still to test.

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5.0

14' or 17'?!?

By s.e.tarrant

from Colorado Springs, CO

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    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Day Trips
      • Rapids Paddling
      • Rivers

      Comments about NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat:

      I've rowed (multiple times, this boat and I struggle deciding if I prefer it to the 14' boat. The 14' boat is nimble and an easy anf fun row...but lacks the "leg room" that you get in the 17' boat. I guess it so I guess it's the difference between my sisters sports car and my truck. They both get me to work and each has it's place. I don't think I could giude out of the 14' boat but if it's just my dog and a buddy....

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      4.0

      Middle Fork Monster

      By River junky

      from Idaho

      Pros

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          Best Uses

          • Rivers

          Comments about NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat:

          This boat can eat up the rapids in the middle fork of the salmon. Its high side are perfect for Class 4 rapids and it rides high. It is a great fly fishing boat and maneuvers better than a raft with a fishing plate form. The boat would move better is the floor had less flex. It needs to remain neutral and not pop up and down through the rapids.

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          • NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat

            Q:

            Can you special order in other colors than the green?
            Asked on 6/9/2016 by heath from arkansas

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Sorry, Heath, this is the only color it comes in.

              Answered on 6/9/2016 by Clyde from NRS
          • NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat

            Q:

            I'm curious about whether you have to do a full assembly (like you've shown in the video) each time you use the boat? Are there components that once you've assembled stay together or is it a full disassemble each time you transport it? Also wondering what the approximate setup time is?
            Asked on 6/4/2016 by Brent from Lehi, UT

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            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Brent, many owners avoid the whole reassembly issue by trailering their Drifter. If that's not an option, the frame can be removed in three sections: the center, stern and bow assemblies. Of course, the reassembly time depends on how much has to be done. Starting with the deflated hull and the three sub-assemblies, an experienced crew of three could have the boat water worthy in 20-30 minutes.

              Answered on 6/5/2016 by Clyde from NRS
          • NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat

            Q:

            How can you store a spare oar?
            Asked on 6/2/2016 by john from Eagle, ID

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            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              John, most folks who carry a spare opt for a two-piece model that they can strap below the center compartment side rails.

              Answered on 6/3/2016 by Clyde from NRS
          • NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat

            Q:

            I am looking to buy my first drift boat so I am not sure if this might be a silly question. Does this boat have a title or would it only become titled if I were to register it in my state?
            Asked on 5/17/2016 by TGjaymills from Pittsburgh, Pa

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            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              We can issue you a Certificate of Origin. With that and your sales invoice you should be able to register the boat. Check with your state agency to see if that's sufficient. I've never heard of this not working.

              Answered on 5/17/2016 by Clyde from NRS
          • NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat

            Q:

            If the boat were to take a small puncture (like say may happen with an inflatable raft) can I patch it like an inflatable whitewater raft? Just curious since its designed to operate at such a high PSI if a standard patch job would be able to hold or if it would need to be sent back to NRS for repairs?
            Asked on 5/6/2016 by Josh from SLC, UT

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            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Yes, Josh, a properly done patch on the boat will certainly work and hold air.

              Answered on 5/6/2016 by Clyde from NRS
          • NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat

            Q:

            Can you change the seats? I would like to fish the boat how it is, but sometimes I like to just do "boat tours" with my kids down the river, and want to know if I could do 2 seats in the back. Most of your traditional drift boats you can change out the seating arrangement a little.
            Asked on 5/4/2016 by Brian from Richland, Wa

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            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Brian, while custom modification can be made to the boat, it's somewhat constrained by the frame setup. Those four green "thwarts" are part of the structure of the boat and are in fixed positions. You could remove the rear thigh hook and place a seat bar on the straight section of the frame side rails that are just in front of that rear thwart. Give us a call to discuss other options, 800.635.5202.

              Answered on 5/4/2016 by Clyde from NRS
          • NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat

            Q:

            Which boat takes lower water better and how much weight will each hold?
            The Clearwater Drifter at 17' or the freestone at 14'?
            Asked on 4/2/2016 by Rick from Vancouver, WA USA

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            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Rick, for the boat to self bail, we list 1,000 pounds for the Clearwater and 900 pounds for the Freestone. The Clearwater has a larger footprint, so will probably float minimally higher.

              Answered on 4/2/2016 by Clyde from NRS
          • NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat

            Q:

            Do you make a cover for the boat?
            Asked on 4/2/2016 by Rick from Vancouver, WA USA

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Yes, Rick, it's Item # 84063.01.100, $450.00. It's a full, heavy-duty PVC-coated nylon material with multiple tie-down points. We don't have it online yet, but it is in stock.

              Answered on 4/2/2016 by Clyde from NRS
          • NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat

            Q:

            I used one of these boats a week ago down some large drops and whitewater normally only suitable for kayaks. So I've seen what it can do in class III/IV water--very impressive. My question is if NRS has tested the boat to see what it does if rolled or swamped with water.

            I understand that the boat loses the ability to self-bail once too much water enters but that is no different than a traditional drift boat. However a traditional drift boat will sink if swamped with too much water or capsized. Has NRS filled the boat with water and tested to see what happens to this boat in the same situation? In other words, is the boat unsinkable so long as it remains inflated due to the buoyancy, or no?

            I think that is the question several people have been getting at that doesn't seem to be answered yet.
            Asked on 1/28/2016 by skeena

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              To prevent them sinking if swamped, aluminum or fiberglass boats have to have flotation, either in waterproof compartments or foam-filled areas, to counteract the weight of the boat's materials. The Drifter's 4" hull walls and 6" floor are the boat's flotation compartments. So, you're right, as long as those compartments are intact the boat will float when swamped. If you put enough weight, people and gear, in to sink the waterline above that 6" thick floor, it won't self bail. However, if it's self bailing before you swamp it, the water will still bail out when you've recovered. I hope that helps. Please give us a call if you'd like to discuss this further, 800.635.5202.

              Answered on 1/29/2016 by Clyde from NRS
          • NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat

            Q:

            Does the bait have rod holders.
            Asked on 7/4/2015 by Gordon from Ronan, Mt

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              It doesn't come with rod holders, Gordon, but they're easy to add with the U-Bolt Mounting Bracket, Item # 84101.01.

              Answered on 7/4/2015 by Clyde from NRS
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