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Old 06-27-2014, 08:47 PM
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I have always wanted a Drift Boat but storage is a pain. We had a 14' Aluminum which I just sold.
With that money, I bought the NFO Drifter. It is 14' long with the drop stitch floor like a SUP. It weighs around 89 lbs so two people can carry this.
We got to use it this last weekend in Idaho. It was shallow and slow moving water but we got the feel for this boat. We skated over 2" of water. I got to row and I absolutely love it.
We are hooked! want to take baby steps however, so it will be the easier waters to get started. I am dying to float the Green.
We did have one day float while in Idaho that brought back the old Harley days. Total down pour with marble sized hail! Baxter hid under a PFD, but there was an inch of water in the boat from all the rain (self bailing when the sun came out)
I truly feel I have been missing out on a wonderful aspect of fishing. I just wish we had more big rivers closer.
OH, did I mention, this whole boat fit in the back of my Grand Vitara!
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Plus there is a Frame in the works similar to the Dragonfly XT
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nice pics, glad you like the boat
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Looks like a fun option. Is it as stable to stand in as it looks?

Possible down-side is that it might be hard to control in wind because it rides so high in the water. But then if it's real windy, you probably aren't fly fishing anyway.

Thanks for sharing photos!
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:41 PM
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Thanks. Very comfortable and easy to stand. Room for slight changes which i am sure the frame will address. Like, a little higher row seat for hubby. Front seat would be nice a little higher, and a little standing support.

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Looks like a fun option. Is it as stable to stand in as it looks?

Possible down-side is that it might be hard to control in wind because it rides so high in the water. But then if it's real windy, you probably aren't fly fishing anyway.

Thanks for sharing photos!



It was very windy the day of the storm. This tracked very well. Literally sitting on top the water. As for stable, we both sat on the same side and the boat barely tilted. Very stable. Four air chambers on top, and the the heavy duty floor. Very buoyant.
Have not tried it on stillwater, but I am sure we will. Plus it will accept the NFO motor mount.
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The boat has a self bailing floor in it. The floor insert is dropstiched like Joni said and it's 6" thick. You pump the main boat up halfway, put the floor in, inflate it to 10 lb. then finish pumping the boat to 3 lbs. Now the floor is swedged in tight. It's very stable......
Super easy to row to.
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About how long did it take to inflate?

Looks interesting.

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Old 06-27-2014, 10:53 PM
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I bought the 2 stage pump also and with it the hole boat (all four chambers and the floor) takes about 5 minutes. But even our little LVM pumped it up, we just had to top it off by hand.
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Sounds Quick! This rig looks like something to keep in mind.

Hmmmmm..............

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It could haul four or five easy. But, our friends bought the Dragonfly XT which is the smaller version and a 2 person with possibility of more children.
Funny, I hated our Aluminum boat but I am so excited out this one. We have a nice Minn Kota 55 Maximizer I can't wait to try.
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Great boat....looks like you got a good oarsman
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