Clakacraft or Hyde?

Joshw

Tamer of Trouts
#16
I have had 2 wooden DB's (both framed) one Hyde mid 90's model and now I have a stitch and glue wooden DB that I built from scratch from plans by Montana Riverboats. I bought the Hyde after the two framed wooden boats as everyone was running fiberglass boats I didn't care much for the maintenance...while it wasn't much it just got a bit old. The Hyde was heavy as hell (newer models might be better) and I couldn't stand rowing it...only had it for one season and sold it and then started in on building my own. Got everything I wanted and the maintenance on this one so far has been very minimal and it rows/handles like a dream. The stitch and glue boats are a lot less maintenance then the old framed boats that you can find for sale everywhere. If you really want a wooden stitch and glue driftboat then get one or just build one...the build process may seem daunting at first but once you get into it things really come togehter and it really isn't that difficult. Don't really need any special tools a good circular saw and sander is about the only tools you'll need. A tablesaw is handy but not totally necessary. But in the end it just boils down to pricing / features and personal preference...they all make a good boat.

Josh
 

Stewart

Skunk Happens
#17
I bought a used boat from Hyde. The boat I got is a Yellowstone Drifter, which isn't really germane to your question, I just thought I'd fill in that gap. What I wanted to comment on is the service I got from Hyde. They opened up just to get my boat out the door. I pre-arranged that, but they were there and ready at the appointed hour. My hitch needed to be flipped from a drop to a rise, done without even hesitating. You can't make a boat decision on service alone, but Hyde's definitely got service.
 
#18
I purchased a clackacraft FFB about three years ago. I loved the boat, but I sold it this year. I found out after about thirty trips I would do a majority of the rowing, planning, organizing shuttles, etc. A drift boat takes a lot of planning and work to run a river. You need to know the flows and the shuttles can range from 15 to 50 dollars. I now own a North River 16' and a Watermaster raft. I do alot more fishing now then I ever did when I owned a driftboat. If I'm going to fish a large river I just get a guide. If you purchase a drift boat you will discover that you are entertaining more then fishing.
 

Rick Todd

Active Member
#19
I purchased a clackacraft FFB about three years ago. I loved the boat, but I sold it this year. I found out after about thirty trips I would do a majority of the rowing, planning, organizing shuttles, etc. A drift boat takes a lot of planning and work to run a river. You need to know the flows and the shuttles can range from 15 to 50 dollars. I now own a North River 16' and a Watermaster raft. I do alot more fishing now then I ever did when I owned a driftboat. If I'm going to fish a large river I just get a guide. If you purchase a drift boat you will discover that you are entertaining more then fishing.
:thumb::thumb::thumb:I own a wooden drift boat (Rays River Dory 17' Guide model that I built from a kit and I actually enjoy the maintenance which I do in my heated shop in the winter ) that is an absolute dream to row. I have rented both Clacks and Hydes on my annual cast and blast to the Missouri River area (should bring my boat but I like to drive to Montana FAST!) and they just row like pigs next to my Rays, but I do most of my fishing in my Scadden two man pontoon (I can still fish while finning) or my Scadden one man XX so I can fish rather than row. I also have a 13' raft that is mostly for white water fun but fishes well as well-I guess a guy can't have too many boats! Rick
 

Jerry Daschofsky

Moderator
Staff member
#20
I purchased a clackacraft FFB about three years ago. I loved the boat, but I sold it this year. I found out after about thirty trips I would do a majority of the rowing, planning, organizing shuttles, etc. A drift boat takes a lot of planning and work to run a river. You need to know the flows and the shuttles can range from 15 to 50 dollars. I now own a North River 16' and a Watermaster raft. I do alot more fishing now then I ever did when I owned a driftboat. If I'm going to fish a large river I just get a guide. If you purchase a drift boat you will discover that you are entertaining more then fishing.
LOL you wuss. ;)

Why I have a core group of friends I fish with. You do a round robin when you fish. But most of the time, I do row, which I love to do. But for shuttles, you alway have one of your friends bring a rig, or buy a motorbike/scooter to leave at your takeout spot. I've spent many a time up in the front of my driftboats while my buddy rowed. :)
 
#21
Good luck picking a boat. I have rowed both Clack and Hyde. I own the Hyde and can say that the low profile Clack is a more manuverable boat. It is faster to row but suffers from the low side on big rivers. I have a G4 bottom on my Hyde and it looks like new after 8 years. My friend has had 2 clacks in 1 year as the high side clack rowed like a barge. He traded for the low side. But when we go in big water, South Fork or upper Yellowstone, we row my boat. Features I added to Hyde was the extra floor covers to make the floor level.
 
#22
I just sold my 03 Clack WF 16 to a guy who won a newer Hyde in a raffle. The design of the platform above the bow storage are was key and has been the source of a few comments from guys who have been in the bow of both. Positive was they liked the flatter design of what in mariner terms would be above the fo'c'sle, orwhatever the 'H they call it. Anyhow for fly guys, I've had better feedback on the Clack design. Both are fabulous boats in all.
 
#24
Heard that more than once, but local 'Guides' still go with Willies.

But again, if that were 'my business' I can understand where they're coming from.
 
#25
I have had a Clacka for three years now and have done 50+ floats with it.
Having never rowed anything else i really can't comment on the two.
I do know the Clacka is tough and a great boat. Mine still looks showroom new with little maintenance.