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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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    Length:7:04
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
  • Protective boat wrap

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

    Q:

    How do I clean the self draining port? My state has invasive mussel species in some but not all of its waters. The guardians of the clean rivers and reservoirs want to know that the boat is free of invasive species. They recommend pouring 140 degree water through the self draining port. Is this necessary? Have you heard of inflatable rafts and drift boats being the source of introducing invasive species into clean waters?
    Asked on 11/14/2014 by Daniel from United States

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    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Daniel, you'll need to go along with the local regulations for ensuring that invasive species don't hitchhike on your boat. Pouring 140 degree water through the port shouldn't be a problem. I'd suggest not doing it when the floor was up to max pressure; just let off a little air. Any craft or piece of apparel, like water shoes, can be a transport device for the aliens. We can't be too careful in avoiding passing them along to our pristine waters.

      Answered on 11/14/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat

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    Didn't really understand the answer to my previous question about how much of the frame could be removed without affecting boat integrity. I wouldn't need the rowing seat if I used the back seat and a motor. I would also keep the front seat. How much of the silver framing could be eliminated?
    Asked on 11/10/2014 by Mike from Anchorage, AK

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    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Sorry I didn't fully answer your question, Mike. The only pieces of the frame that are totally necessary to maintain the Drifter's shape are the four green cross members, or thwarts. The front seat attaches to a thwart (second from the front). The back seat attaches to the rear casting platform. All other pieces of the frame could be removed for the operation you describe.

      Answered on 11/10/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat

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    I was wondering how much of the frame could be removed without affecting boat integrity. I love it for drifting, but would love to configure it for cruising around the bays bear hunting with two people, motor and gear. Additionally, do you have to worry about letting air out to prevent over pressure/blow-out on hot days?
    Asked on 11/9/2014 by Mike from Anchorage, AK

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    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Mike, at a minimum you need the three "thwarts" or cross members to keep the boat's shape and integrity. Of course, you will need the seat bar to row from. And yes, if the Drifter is pulled up on shore, left on a trailer or hauled to a higher elevation, on hot days, you will want to let out some air, just like any inflatable. The chambers are good for 12-15 psi, but why take a chance with strain on the seams?

      Answered on 11/9/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat

    Q:

    I do most of my fishing on the Deschutes River in Oregon. On the Deschutes you can not fish from a boat, either floating or anchored. How do the sides hold up with "lots" of getting in and out...it looks like the frame is 3-4" down from the top of the side ?
    Asked on 6/8/2014 by Bill from Woodburn, Oregon

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    • A:

      Andy & Bax in SE Portland has one set up in their basement. I was drooling over it and climbed in and out several times! Check it out there.

      Answered on 9/16/2014 by jfwellspdx from Portland, OR
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Bill, when properly inflated the sides of the hull are very rigid. Also, the top is capped with a tough, ridged reinforcement strip. It'll be fine when climbed over often.

      Answered on 6/8/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat

    Q:

    Do you have a trailer you recommend?
    Asked on 5/30/2014 by Chip from Maine

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Chip, we don't have a specific brand to recommend. Something we would recommend would be replacing the carpeted bunk boards you usually have on a boat trailer with a flat marine plywood deck. It will give better support to the inflated floor. I'm sure there are trailer makers in your area that can accommodate that, or you may be able to modify a used trailer.

      Answered on 5/30/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat

    Q:

    hey, whats the max hp motor you can put on the clearwater
    Asked on 5/28/2014 by e from nc

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    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The boat has a flat keel-less bottom so it will be squirrelly under much horsepower. We haven't seen anyone put larger than a 4 hp on it.

      Answered on 5/28/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat

    Q:

    I would be camping with a camp trailer and would like to build the boat at the campsite and transport it to the river. I would also have to bring it back to the campground at night. could I transport the boat using some kind of folding boat trailer or any other idea?
    Asked on 3/11/2014 by max from las vegas,nv

    2 answers

    • A:

      Probably you could try a custom made hand trailer with bicycle wheels and light Wood or aluminum structure

      Answered on 8/21/2014 by tatolazo from Puerto Varas, Chile
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Max, if you're towing a camp trailer, adding another trailer doesn't sound very practical. If you're towing the trailer with a full size pickup there's another possibility. You can take the frame apart in three sections: the center with the side rails and cross members, the stern section with seat and casting platform, and the bow section with seat and casting platform. With the deflated boat and partially assembled frame, putting it back together at the water wouldn't take long. Take a look at the weights there in the Specs tab to see if that solution appeals.

      Answered on 3/11/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat

    Q:

    Can the seating be upgraded to hold 4, two children and two adults? Also after the boat is put together can it be transported in truck bed with an extender?
    Asked on 3/11/2014 by max from las vegas ,nv

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Max, you could put a Frame Seat Mount, either Item # 94019.01 or 94018.01, on that cross bar behind the rower's seat. Or, if you're hanging a cooler there one of you could sit on it. The assembled boat is too wide (82" beam, 55" bottom) to fit in a pickup bed. And remember, it's 17' long.

      Answered on 3/11/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat

    Q:

    I see that it will take a motor. Is there a motor mount? Can the anchor arm be offset? Have you tested with a motor of any sort? Thanks.
    Asked on 3/8/2014 by Bill from Yelm, WA

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Bill, the back transom can support a motor. We don't supply a motor mount. Yes, you can move the anchor mast over by redrilling the holes. The one owner I've talked with who's mounted a motor is using a 2 hp Honda. You will not want to mount the motor directly on the transom. I suggest a spring-retract mount.

      Answered on 3/8/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Clearwater Drifter Boat

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    How does the self bailing drain work?
    Asked on 2/8/2014 by Lee from Marblemount WA

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Lee, the inflated floor is 6" thick. As long as the weight carried in the boat keeps the top of the floor above the outside waterline, the boat bails naturally.

      Answered on 2/8/2014 by Clyde from NRS
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5.0

14' or 17'?!?

By s.e.tarrant

from Colorado Springs, CO

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      • 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

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          • 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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