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Old 07-02-17, 12:20 PM   #1
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Recently purchased land in West Jefferson, NC with the New River near by. We have floated it with canoes but have been thinking about a fishing raft setup since this river has lots of shoals and can get pretty shallow in spots. I believe a drift boat might end up dragging but could be wrong. A raft could be deflated in winter to take up less space but still the trailer would exist. Been looking at different setups available. Would love any opinions and experience from people that have ever owned them.
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Old 07-02-17, 04:17 PM   #2
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I've got a Hyside Mini Max that, at only 10.5 ft, rides nicely in the back of my truck. No trailer needed. I set mine up for two people, but it could fit another seat (and is rated R6). They had three of them at the NOC sale last year.
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Old 07-04-17, 06:03 PM   #3
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I've been fishing out of one of these quite a bit in the last year or so. I like drift boats much better but this is a great setup. NRS is good quality. Also available in a 13' model.

https://www.nrs.com/product/11419/nr...ishing-package
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Old 07-04-17, 08:33 PM   #4
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Recently purchased land in West Jefferson, NC with the New River near by. We have floated it with canoes but have been thinking about a fishing raft setup since this river has lots of shoals and can get pretty shallow in spots. I believe a drift boat might end up dragging but could be wrong. A raft could be deflated in winter to take up less space but still the trailer would exist. Been looking at different setups available. Would love any opinions and experience from people that have ever owned them.
I have a Flycraft and it's perfect for shoalie skinny water and it's the perfect size for me to throw in the back of my truck by myself, no trailer needed. Only drawback is it's a two person raft with a potential for third (kid seated on the rack which is a new option they just started doing). Not sure if that fits the bill but it's a great option depending on what you are looking for.
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Old 07-04-17, 09:50 PM   #5
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My buddy has the three person NRS and it's a great craft. But on slower shoalie water it's a dog to ferry side to side and hold a spot. I've always wondered if those fly crafts are the sports cars they claim to be


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Old 07-04-17, 09:52 PM   #6
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Don't rule out a towee either. Little more money than a raft but not by much relative to the NRS setup


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I've been in the market for a raft/boat for about a year now. This is one that has me very tempted and may suit your needs: https://smithfly.myshopify.com/products/big-shoals-raft
The flycraft looks sweet as well.
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Old 07-05-17, 12:02 PM   #8
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Someone posted about this a while back. It is like the small rafts you can buy and then you can order the components to make a frame. I've been pondering it but not sure how it would hold up long term. The NRS components would be top quality though.
http://www.saturnrafts.com/12-saturn-raft-kayak.html
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Old 07-05-17, 03:04 PM   #9
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Great information
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Someone posted about this a while back. It is like the small rafts you can buy and then you can order the components to make a frame. I've been pondering it but not sure how it would hold up long term. The NRS components would be top quality though.

http://www.saturnrafts.com/12-saturn-raft-kayak.html


Wow if I'd have known about this I probably wouldn't have built a drifter. That is a slick setup. Throw a homemade frame on there and good probably 8? Foot oars you have a legit craft. With a trailer and sawyers you're still under 2k


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