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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.
  • There are two drain ports in the drop-stitch floor; one in the center and one near the stern. The 6" diameter ports have a removable screw-on cover that lets you operate the boat as a non-bailer.
  • 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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  • video: How to Assemble the Freestone Drifter
    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

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4.9

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Reviewed by 7 customers

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5.0

Buy one already! They are awesome!

By Parker

from Seattle, WA

Pros

  • all of the benefits of a raft without compromise
  • excellent fishing platform
  • handles class 3 whitewater with ease
  • highly manuverable
  • lightweight and easy to transport
  • tons of interior space
  • tracks like a drift boat

Cons

  • I can't think of any

Best Uses

  • Fly Fishing
  • Leisure/Scenic Floats
  • Technical Water

Comments about NRS Freestone Drifter Boat:

There honestly isn't anything else like this that is currently available. Take everything you love about a drift boat and throw it into an inflatable that self bails and you've got the Freestone drifter. I have had mine for 2 years now and have put it through just about every scenario and type of water you could imagine, super technical big water, super technical tight water and everything in between. High water, low water, everything. This boat does it all and simply rocks! Stop thinking about it and buy one already

Service and delivery comments:

Easy to set up. I keep mine on a trailer with the NRS cover that is now available. I highly recommend getting the cover to go with the boat.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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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      • No

      (3 of 3 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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        • No

        (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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        (7 of 7 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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        • No

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        • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

          Q:

          What type of trailer do you recommend for the Freestone? I will be traveling up to300 miles and launching into Tailwaters in the southeast.
          Asked on 5/13/2016 by Hank from Woodstock Ga

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Hank, some folks are using a standard boat trailer, but I think a flatbed 12'-14' long makes more sense.

            Answered on 5/13/2016 by Clyde from NRS
        • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

          Q:

          What's the recommended ors for the freestone drift?
          Asked on 4/21/2016 by Bradley

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Bradley, most owners find 9' oars to be fine. Some report using 8.5' and some 9.5'.

            Answered on 4/22/2016 by Clyde from NRS
        • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

          Q:

          Is it practical for 2 men to carry a fully assembled boat from truck to river bank or over uneven terrain or up a grade?
          Same question applies to larger Clearwater model.

          Is the modular frame steel or aluminum ?
          Asked on 4/5/2016 by Jeff from Ontario Canada

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Jeff, the fully assembled Freestone weighs 260 pounds and the Clearwater 330 pounds. You can see other information in the Specs tabs. I don't think it's practical for two people to carry one. The frame does come out pretty easily and it is aluminum.

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

          Q:

          Are there any videos with use of freestone with motor? Has anyone tested going up a river or on a stillwater with 5hp?
          Asked on 3/20/2016 by Craig from Park City, UT

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Craig, we don't have any video of the Drifters with motors. I know folks have put motors on them, so hopefully one who has will respond to your question. I think 5 hp would be more motor than you need.

            Answered on 3/20/2016 by Clyde from NRS
        • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

          Q:

          What is the recommended psi for storage/trailering while not in use. This will be kept in my garage, but I'm not sure if it is ideal to store at 10-13 psi.
          Asked on 3/8/2016 by Chim Richalds from Loodie Doo, LA

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            The drop-stitch material can take high inflation pressure, but we recommend around 9 psi as an operating pressure. Remember, heat and gaining altitude can expand the air in the chambers. I'd drop the pressure to 6 psi or lower when the boat's not in use. And, again, on a hot day or when trailering up to higher elevations, I'd check the pressure to make sure you're not getting too high pressure.

            Answered on 3/8/2016 by Clyde from NRS
        • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

          Q:

          Have any changes been made to the self bailing feature in the 2016 boat design or is it the same as the past?
          Asked on 2/22/2016 by Janna from United States

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Janna, when you look at the photos on the product page you see a closeup photo of the most recent drain system. There are two drain ports, one in the center of the floor and one near the stern. There's a similar photo of the old system in the closeout version - http://www.nrs.com/product/84062.02/nrs-freestone-drifter-boat-closeout

            Answered on 2/22/2016 by Clyde from NRS
        • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

          Q:

          It's self bailing and not quite a raft! My question is what whitewater rating does it have??
          Asked on 2/13/2016 by Pete from Michigan,Montana

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Pete, we don't give it a whitewater rating. Obviously, with all that buoyancy and shallow draft it will float through some big waves. It is self bailing but doesn't bail quickly. There are videos online of the Clearwater and Freestone running rapids, so it certainly can be done. The boats are designed as fishing craft; tackling whitewater, unless incidental to fishing isn't their purpose.

            Answered on 2/13/2016 by Clyde from NRS
        • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

          Q:

          I want to put on a gas motor. I need to know if I need a long or short shaft motor?
          Thanks
          Asked on 12/19/2015 by Steve from Ennis, MT

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Steve, go with the long shaft and I'd recommend a motor no larger than 5 hp.

            Answered on 12/19/2015 by Clyde from NRS
        • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

          Q:

          is it possible to custom order one with a higher sideheight than 21".

          Also, where are the videos of the freestone in use? there are a few vids of the Clearwater, but I'd like to get a better idea of how low the freestone sits when fully loaded and how it handles with 3 adults
          Asked on 8/20/2015 by neednewboat from canada

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            The only two options at this time are the Freestone with 21" side height and the Clearwater with 26". Sorry, at this time we don't have any videos of the Freestone in action. The boat only self bails as long as the waterline is lower than the top of the 6" inflated floor. Even with three large adults and some gear it won't draft more than 4"-5".

            Answered on 8/20/2015 by Clyde from NRS
        • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

          Q:

          once assembled, can the frame be removed in one piece?
          (easier to lift over fences in two separate pieces etc)

          also are most people leaving this assembled on a flat bed trailer?
          how do you recommend protecting against rocks?
          i.e. trailer rock guard
          Asked on 8/18/2015 by sean from calgary

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Sean, yes you can remove the frame in one piece. However, it weighs about 150 pounds. It's more manageable to remove it in three sections - front and back fishing stations and the center rowing compartment. I think most owners are leaving it assembled on a trailer. If by protecting it from rocks you mean while it's on the trailer, if it's on a flat bed it's pretty well protected. On an open frame boat trailer it has some vulnerability but the bottom of the hull is double layered with tough PVC-coated material.

            Answered on 8/18/2015 by Clyde from NRS
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