View Full Version : Glass vs Aluminum drift boats
08-05-09, 01:54 PM
Guys. Contemplating a drift boat. I'd be floating local rivers (ie hooch, flint, tacoa, and some in NC). Ive been told there just isn't enough water here. In other words, I wouldn't get much bang for the buck. Anyone here own a drift boat and regret the purchase? How much do you use it?
The next question is purely academic if I am advised against the purchase but here goes: What is the preference locally regarding aluminum vs fiberglass hulls. I've heard aluminum is noisy, sticks on rocks, cold and is heavier. On the other side, glass has less interior cargo space, more prone to rupture and lower resale? Any input would be appreciated
08-05-09, 02:03 PM
Drift boats are wonderful if you guide. Otherwise, you must remember that "the man in the middle doesn't fish much". Also, make sure you teach your friends to row asap.
One final word of advice.... if you purchase with a group of friends, make sure you own the front of the boat. Ha!
I have been where you are right now before. For a while I owned a Claka and it was a great boat. Hydemaster is correct about one thing though, you sure do end up rowing a lot of folks and not fishing as much. Before I bought the Claka I owned a Star Raft. I got the Claka because of it being drier and more room inside. After having both, if I went back to owning one again I would probably do a raft just because of the kind of rivers we have down here. Now I know many drift boat owners and they will say they do not have a problem. As long as you do not mind doing some repair each year they will work. Just a lot of rocks out there to hit. As far as aluminum, I would not own one here. They will stick to the rocks more and are heavy.
Just my .02 worth.
08-05-09, 04:23 PM
Thanks for the input. Sounds like I should save my money. I don't plan on guiding. I don't really want to row my friends around all day. I definitly don't want to spend time repairing it every year. I'll stick to my kayak for now.
08-06-09, 01:28 PM
I got mine just a couple months ago. I love it.
I went with a 16 ft Clacka LP. Lots of room, storage, comfort.
See pics on my blog (link in sig line)
These boats are meant to be roughed up.
Toocoa, Hooch, Flint, Etowah, the Hi, Watuga, South Holston etc.
There are plenty of places but you need a group to make it a worth while trip.
They are especially good on LONG trips.
I have a Scadden toon and a drifter. Each has their purpose.
I can manage mine by myself putting in at Abbotts bridge. I motor upstream and just anchor when I find a place to fish.
Saty away from aluminum. Very heavy. My clacks only weighs about 300 lbs with gear, motor and anchor.
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