Re: Drift Boat or Raft?
I have a 96 clackacraft drift boat with a 6 horse motor on it. I also have a 14' Hyside Raft that I mainly use on the rivers. I'm not a big fan of catarafts for fishing because if you drop something it's gone, and you will drop stuff. Catarafts have less drag then rafts and row well, but I just don't like them for fishing. My drift boat is ideal (for me) for the smaller reservoirs we have in this state, but I don't have electronics on it, which would help at times. I'm in my drifty in my avitar photo chasing Pike, sick!!I'll take the motor off and use it on the Colorado from time to time, but I mainly use the raft on rivs. 14' raft is about perfect for me because of the versatility. Load it with people and do a booze cruise; load it with camping gear for overnighters, and it works perfect for a day of fishing; seat in front and in back, and an oarman's seat in the middle, 80 qt cooler and drop bags. It's perfect for rivers like the Eagle, Fork, Ark. Drift boats tend to be better for bigger rivers like the Colorado. You don't want to be banging around rocks too much with a drift boat, especially an alluminum drift boat. Fiberglass drifties have some flex to them so they are more forgiving when hitting rocks. Alluminum dents. They make smaller rafts, like 12' that are a bit more stealthy and great for fishing. My boats are the best investment I've ever made besides real estate. They hold their value pretty good and upkeep is minimal. Good luck in your quest for a new boat!! Fun Times!!