The Big Shoals raft is one of the few rafts on the market that gets three people on the skinny water and weighs in at less than 150 pounds and fits in the back of a pick up or on top of a car or SUV.
What makes our raft different and so unique?
1. Gets three people on the water 2. Dry weight of raft is 120 pounds 3. 13'-6" Length 4. 4'-6" width 5. One piece rigid frame 6. Dierks drift boat anchor system 7. 5 position hinged front casting brace / lean bar
The base package consists of:
• 4 chambered Raft body 15" tube diameter (Summit valves) • Rigid inflatable self bailing floor with dense foam pad • Rowing Frame and oar locks • Padded Draining Rowers Seat • Two Swivel Fishing Seats - Fore and Aft • Dierks Anchor system • Frame Tie down kit • 8' One piece Rope Wrap Sawyer SST Oars • Raft body carrying pack • Dual action foot pump • Patch kit
Upgrade Options: • Multi-Piece Take Down Frame Option $249 • 20 Pound Spiked Drift Boat anchor and 50' rope $120 • 35 Qt Yeti in Front Seat position $349 • 45 Qt Yeti Front Seat position $399 • Rod Rack holders - 2 3 and 4 place - $350
Casting Brace Demo
There are a number of similar light weight rafts on the market currently but we have solved some of the primary pain points that have prevented guides and fly industry pro's from making the leap into the light weight rafts, the biggest being the ability to seat three large people. This opens this raft up to a number of people who haven't traditionally been able to justify a light weight raft.
"...if you saw the things we did to it to get into spots you wouldn't even blink an eyelash...I've had it submerged 3/4 of the way up one of the tubes when an unnamed in-law was trying to help out and row on the PM, dropped it off a bridge to do an urban float... Pat has had it all over the real gnarled up, skinny, nasty Musky stuff a hundred times too. This thing is built to take abuse, and even with the anchor and all the other stuff you take fishing, because you can take 3 people, it's still light enough to do some insane portages and put-ins/takeouts. The McQueen test was just the final test, it has now been fully vetted. Oh, and the crazy stuff he does on purpose isn't as bad as some of the positions I can put myself in on accident!"
Second is the frame and anchor system. Our frame is one piece. We are not selling this as a pack raft at this point. Our frame is simple solid one piece design. This a frame that will take years of abuse and will not squeak and get rickety over the years. Shipping is a pain and transportation is not a compact as a take down raft but trailers and trucks are part of the gig for most fly fisherman. So we chose durability over portability. That isn't to say that there is no place for a portable packable raft, for some people that is important, but for us the rigid welded aluminum tube frame is important.
I have been incredibly impressed with how amazing this boat has worked. We have skinny water with no boat ramps and the boat has outdone every other craft thats on the water... It's opened up so much new water for me and I can't say enough good things about it. I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know what an amazing product you've put out, and thank you for the incredible customer service. - Will Paul, Guide Raleigh, NC
The anchor system is a standard Dierks aluminum side pull drift boat style anchor system. We recommend a twenty pound drift anchor and the anchor is not included with the package.
The frames are built in batches. We open and close ordering windows a few times a year. Production is not limited right now but demand has been swift enough that we are a month or two out on delivery.
Aft casting brace is welded in place behind rowers seat. Bow casting brace is a five position adjustable that lays flat when not in use to allow for seated fishing or just sitting back taking it in in the bow of the boat.
This is the perfect third boat to add to a guide or lodge fleet. Most guides and lodges have a rigid drift boats and big rafts. The Big Shoals is the perfect light weight raft to guide customers on when flows get skinny in the later summer and those other boats get to drafty and heavy. Even western rivers that traditionally run drift boats get skinny that time of year. Having one of these ultralight weight raft makes portages and log jams so much easier.