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NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

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10% Off All Accesrrories! The NRS Freestone Drifter Boat is the smaller cousin of the Clearwater Drifter. It's perfect for those technical streams where the fishing's great but a rigid hull isn't practical.
  • The self-bailing inflatable hull handles rocks and shallow water like a raft while tracking as stealthily as a traditional drift boat.
  • The 14' Freestone's smaller size and lower hull height make it highly maneuverable in technical water and capable in windy conditions.
  • Made of tough drop-stitch PVC material, the Freestone inflates to a very rigid 9 psi, creating a stout 14-foot drift boat. You can inflate the floor up to 15 psi for the best performance with heavier loads in rough water.
  • You can easily disassemble the modular frame and roll up the deflated hull for convenient transport and storage.
  • The Freestone inflatable drift boat 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 three-chamber design and frame ensure it will keep floating and rowing even if an 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 Freestone onto a trailer.
  • 5 Year retail warranty, 3 year commercial.

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    How to Assemble the Freestone Drifter
    Length:5:10
Center Line Length: 14'
Gunwale Length: 15'
Beam: 70"
Bottom Width: 55"
Side Height: 21"
Folded Boat Dimensions: 46"L x 26" W x 14" T
Weight (total with frame): 260 lbs
Weight (hull only): 110 lbs
Load Capacity: 900 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

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5.0

Great Boat

By Danno

from Windsor, CO

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Row
  • Quiet
  • Stable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about NRS Freestone Drifter Boat:

      Second season with my Freestone. Upgraded myself with aluminum rowing floor, aluminum dry boxes, rod protectors and cover from 5 C's. Great boat for all the waters I fish here in Colorado. So much easier to row and maneuver than my old raft. You do sit up a little higher so would go with at least 10 ft oars. My 9 ft sawyers are just a tad short.

      Service and delivery comments:

      No issues with delivery. Straight forward to assemble the first time. Easy adjustments with tool provided.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great drifter!

      By Shayne

      from Alberta

      Pros

      • Anchors well
      • Easy To Row
      • Floats high
      • Stable
      • Tracks well
      • Very nimble

      Cons

      • Windy Stillwater

      Best Uses

        Comments about NRS Freestone Drifter Boat:

        Great boat on any river, excels on tight skinny rivers
        impossible to control on a windy lake

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fabulous New Boat!!

        By Dick

        from Polson, Montana

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Quiet Glides Over Rocks

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Fishing

        Comments about NRS Freestone Drifter Boat:

        The Freestone Drifter is an amazing new boat. No worries about rocks in low water as with a hard side drift boat. The casting platform is well designed and the boat handles like a sports car. I am extremely pleased with my purchase as well as the service from NRS. Great boat from a great company!!

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        VERY popular boat in Alaska

        By Chase

        from Alaska

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Light Weight
        • Manouverable
        • Stable
        • Very Anchorable

        Cons

        • Clogged With Small Debri
        • Drain holes
        • No Walk Through Hull
        • Screens Get

        Best Uses

        • Fishing
        • Hunting
        • Pleasure Floating

        Comments about NRS Freestone Drifter Boat:

        I love this boat! Being on the very popular Kenai River I get a lot of questions and many are impressed to see it in action. I am able to anchor in water others are not able to. I can row it almost directly across the current. It tracks very well in slow water, I am able to handle it by myself. Many of the guides that ask me about it are impreseed that it can go in a float plane. I have been in contact with NRS and they are still working on replacing the hull due to a defect. I have had people offer me cash on the spot to buy it

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        whaaaaaaat!

        By s.e.tarrant

        from Colorado Springs, CO

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              Comments about NRS Freestone Drifter Boat:

              I've worked with NRS for quite a while. They have always been great to work with and I look forward to continued great service!
              I'll confess I was sceptical at first...I grew up in a traditional drift boat and thought this was a bit gimmicky...until I rowed in! I would not soon take mt hard sided drift boat down the Ark and I dopn't like rowing rafts.
              This thing is awesome and I am en evangelical convert!!!

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              • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

                Q:

                Do you recommend using 303 protectant on the boat?
                Asked on 6/2/2015 by New boat from Idaho

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Applying 303 to the boat a couple of times a season will help preserve the material's longevity. If storing the boat outside between trips, cover it with a tarp.

                  Answered on 6/2/2015 by Clyde from NRS
              • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

                Q:

                What length of oar do you recommend?
                Asked on 2/25/2015 by Marj

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Marj, most folks find 9' oars to be just right with the Freestone. Have heard of some using 8.5' oars.

                  Answered on 2/26/2015 by Clyde from NRS
              • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

                Q:

                Is it recommended to put the rowers seat fore or aft of the middle thwart? Is the middle thwart the center line of the boat?
                Asked on 2/19/2015 by CaderTots from Compton, CA

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Where you row from is individual choice and trying different settings will help you find what's best for you. The center thwart is located slightly back of the center point of the boat. So, if your seat is located near it, the oar mounts are close to the center of the boat, the theoretical ideal pivot point. In the real world, how weight is distributed fore and aft will also affect how the boat maneuvers. The nice thing about the NRS frame system is that its adjustability lets you dial things in for best performance.

                  Answered on 2/20/2015 by Clyde from NRS
              • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

                Q:

                if i take this out to the lake for the day is it possible to remove the middle seat and foot rest? are those pieces required for hull rigidity and strength?
                Asked on 1/17/2015 by northernfisher

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  What gives the hull its hull it's structural integrity are the three "thwarts", those blue cross members. Removing the rower's seat and foot bar isn't a problem.

                  Answered on 1/18/2015 by Clyde from NRS
              • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

                Q:

                What is the weight when assembled as shown in main image? My Otter gets pretty heavy when taking out on some of our steep sided rivers with no ramps. Does package include everything pictured? Thanks.
                Asked on 12/16/2014 by Brian from Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

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                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Brian, the total weight, with frame, is 260 pounds. The inflatable hull alone is 110 pounds. And yes, everything pictured comes with it. All the pieces are listed in the Specs tab.

                  Answered on 12/16/2014 by Clyde from NRS
              • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

                Q:

                If boat is completely swamped with 3 adults in it how fast does it take to self bail. Do you have pictures taken from side so I can see rocker.
                Asked on 10/29/2014 by mark

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Mark, can't say that anyone has ever completely filled one. It wouldn't bail fast like a raft, but it will empty. There's a side view of the boat there on the product page. Just click on the thumbnail of the small image, or see a larger image in the Larger Images & More Views link.

                  Answered on 10/29/2014 by Clyde from NRS
              • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

                Q:

                how long does it take to inflate and put together?
                Asked on 10/25/2014 by mb from slc ut

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Two people who are experienced in the frame assembly can have the completely disassembled boat ready to hit the water in 30 minutes or less. The frame can be taken apart in three separate pieces. If you have room to transport those three pieces intact the reassembly of the frame will take only 10-15 minutes.

                  Answered on 10/25/2014 by Clyde from NRS
              • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

                Q:

                Clyde,
                Should a short shaft or long shaft motor go on this?
                Asked on 9/3/2014 by Chase from Alaska

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Chase, if mounted directly on the transom I'd go with a long shaft. Some folks have attached one of the spring-loaded motor brackets that allow adjustment in motor height and have been able to use a short shaft.

                  Answered on 9/3/2014 by Clyde from NRS
              • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

                Q:

                Is there a cover available for the boat? If not, any direction on where I might find one?
                Asked on 7/14/2014 by Parker from Seattle, WA

                1 answer

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                  A:

                  At the moment, no, we do not have a boat cover for this boat. Stay tuned though

                  Answered on 7/14/2014 by Kyle from NRS
              • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

                Q:

                Has anyone tried to fit this inside a standard 8 foot truck bed. Obviously you would have some overhang but it seems with the specified measurements it should fit but didn't know if anyone had first hand experience. If I could get rid of the trailer it would open up a ton of new water and probably save on the gas.
                Asked on 7/9/2014 by Steve from Spokane, WA

                2 answers

                • A:

                  I have this on a trailer in my toy hauler. I have to deflate and take the back diamond platform off and fold the back forward and it fits in a 60" x 8 foot area. I am going to be sending some photos to NRS that they can share

                  Answered on 8/20/2014 by Chase from Alaska
                • CUSTOMER CARE

                  A:

                  Steve, the boat would have about half its length hanging out of the bed. It could be possible but I would make very sure that I had it tied down properly and securely.

                  Answered on 7/11/2014 by Anonymous
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