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 pickup 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 125 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 Frame Option $249 • 22 Pound Spiked Drift Boat anchor and 50' rope $120 • Rod Rack holders - 2 or 4 place - $349 • Poling Platform - $899 • Removeable Casting Deck - $1099
There are a number of similar lightweight 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 lightweight 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 lightweight 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 a simple solid one-piece design. This a frame that will take years of abuse and will not squeak and get rickety over the years. 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.
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 rigid drift boats and big rafts. The Big Shoals is the perfect lightweight raft to guide customers on when flows get skinny in the later summer and those other boats get too drafty and heavy. Even western rivers that traditionally run drift boats get skinny that time of year. Having one of these ultralightweight rafts makes portages and log jams so much easier.