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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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    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): 320 lbs
Weight (hull only): 170 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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  • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

    Q:

    What class of rapids is this rated for? Do you have any feedback / reviews regarding longer multi-day trips (e.g., coller/dry box storage) as well as how it performs in bigger class III/IV waters?
    Asked on 8/13/2016 by Matt from Denver, CO

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Matt, the Drifters were designed as fishing craft. We don't rate any of our inflatables for classes of whitewater; that largely depends on the skill of the operator. The Drifters self bail, but not as fast as a comparable sized raft. The configuration of the boats leaves limited space for coolers and dry boxes, but they can be added, Do a web search for "NRS Freestone Drifter" and you'll find videos of boats being operated in rapids.

      Answered on 8/14/2016 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

    Q:

    Am I correct that for solo use it would be essential to install all thwarts, sidebar and floor panels but front and rear seat and thigh components could be optional?

    Also, being inexperienced, overweight and with limited flexibility in my knees, I am giving a lot of consideration to ease and safety of boarding from a dock and re-entering from the water. Am I correct that this craft has substantial advantages with stability, high level seating and vertical handholds provided by the thigh supports? If true, you may want to promote this craft trough forums that have older audiences seeking solutions to using retirement for on the water activities.
    Asked on 8/12/2016 by Big n Old NEO from Hollis, NH

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The thwarts, the blue cross pieces, are essential. They give the hull its side-to-side shape and rigidity. The center pieces: side rails, seat bar, foot bar and oar mounts, are necessary for rowing. The front and back seats and floor panels are optional. The boat is very stable; I think you'll like it. And thanks for the suggestion about seeking new audiences!

      Answered on 8/12/2016 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

    Q:

    Could you mount a small electric motor on the back of this?
    Asked on 7/19/2016 by justin from Queen Creek, AZ

    1 answer

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      A:

      Yes. there is a rigid transom for mounting a small motor on the stern.

      Answered on 7/22/2016 by Kurtis from NRS
  • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

    Q:

    How well does the floor hold up to studded wading boots?
    Asked on 7/9/2016 by Tracy from United States

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Tracy, you cannot walk directly on the floor with studded boots. Look for the rubber matting that fiberglass drift boat makers put down on the floors of their boats to protect the floor.

      Answered on 7/9/2016 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

    Q:

    Which is best in the wind: the feestone, Clearwater, or raft?
    Asked on 7/5/2016 by Brian from Northern Alberta, Canada

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Brian, it all depends on the depth of the boat in the water and the amount of boat above the water. Probably, with the same weight of each, the raft will be least affected by the wind, next the Freestone, then the Clearwater. Of course, you need to look at the attributes of each craft to balance out the other pros and cons. Give us a call to discuss further, 800.635.5202.

      Answered on 7/6/2016 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

    Q:

    Can a Yeti 75 cooler fit behind the oarsman's seat?
    Asked on 6/30/2016 by oc_d from Carbondale, CO

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The cooler is 18" front-to-back and there's 24" between the center blue "thwart" and the rear one. So, that cooler isn't going to work in that space.

      Answered on 6/30/2016 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Freestone Drifter Boat

    Q:

    Can you attach an outboard motor to this boat?
    Asked on 6/26/2016 by Shane from Jackson, WY

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Yes, you can, Shane; the transom is 3/4" plywood. It's covered with PVC material, so you'll want to protect that. Some have attached spring-loaded motor mounts.

      Answered on 6/26/2016 by Clyde from NRS
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