Drift boat vs raft?

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by Alchemist, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    I have had success in reasonable current anchoring my 14' cataraft. I did not notice any dipping, diving or side to side movement in the moderate flows in which I anchored (Hoh and Yakima rivers). I was not in fast water by any means, but in current that was greater than I would have tried to anchor my 9' pontoon boat. I've fished out of drift boats that seemed to hold anchor well and move very little in moderate current. I still think I'd like to have a drift boat...and a raft, but I'm happy with the cataraft.
  2. Kirk Singleton

    Kirk Singleton Capt Kirk

    I have been in and rowed them all. I ended up with a Driftboat. I use it in rivers year-round. Montana in the summer and Forks in the winter, there isnt much it wont do. Really high water and really low water is where the raft shines but I have never missed a day fishing because my boat wouldnt do it. The DB also lets me fish lakes. I have a 5hp gas Merc. for Sammamish, and a MinnKoda Elect. for Beaver Lake/rattlesnake Lake. I eaven have downriggers for it if the situation requires it (looks silly, but it works fine) I can crab in the sound and chase silvers close in.
    Pontoons are better to row but lack storage in my opinion. I was in the brand new Maravia last week and it is really nice. That is a raft that was great to row and will last a long time.
    There is no perfect boat so way all the pros and cons. BTW-craigslist is your friend for used boats!
    Right now I have a 16' Clack FFB, 16' old town canoe and a belly boat. Ill probably pick up a Aire/Outcast puma with a NRS frame soon.
    Good luck.
  3. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

    We're looking at Watermasters right now, so I can access really skinny water along the Methow and upper Yak, but I already own a Clacka 16WF-love the boat!! My big complaint is I can't find either the wet bar or the humidor on the Clacka, but I find it's not a boat I can really enjoy solo. I'm on the sticks, and when the water's high like now on the Yak, there's no time for me to fish.
  4. Kirk Singleton

    Kirk Singleton Capt Kirk

    Alex-you must have bought the wrong model. Mine has a wet bar, humidor, casino AND night club!
  5. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    Kirk, does your have that high gloss brass pole too?
  6. Kirk Singleton

    Kirk Singleton Capt Kirk

    yep- you must have seen it...
  7. surfnsully

    surfnsully Active Member

    How much to rent your boat for a night? I have a friend getting married soon and I need to plan a bachelor party.
  8. Kirk Singleton

    Kirk Singleton Capt Kirk

    It rents by the hour ;-)
  9. CBP1888

    CBP1888 New Member

    I have a Clackacraft FFB and love it! I about sold it last month to buy a sled. I then drifted Mayfield to Blue Creek on the Cowlitz river and caught a whole bunch of cutthroat. I took it off craigslist that night!

    I purchased an 8hp Mercury on Craigslist and it will push me about 7mp on the lakes. I tried it on the cowlitz and it pushed me up the river when it was running at 4300 CFS just fine.

    I don't think you will ever meet a Clackacraft Drift boat owner that is disapointed with the boat.
  10. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    Floated for two days in Derek Young's new Green Drake Streamtech by Maravia. Heavily rockered raft. Lots of comfort, ample room, handled the roughest stretches we did very well. I rowed it for a bit, wish I would have stopped fishing sooner. It handled very nice, tracked very nice and can spin on a dime. Very maneuverable. I took it through a few standing waves and it was really stable and fun. While fishing I stood up throughout even the rougher sections and enjoyed the ride. If I did not have my cataraft right now and was looking for a boat, this one would get a lot of my attention.