The Finest Drift Boats On The Water
Handcrafted in the USA. Guaranteed For Life.
Boulder Boat Works all started with an idea, from a man who may have been ahead of his time, or just crazy enough to try something that others weren’t. That man was a well-versed craftsman in as many different niche industries as you can imagine. In the 1990s he was earning a living building furniture, but he was having the time of his life hunting and fishing. Then one day came to the realization that you can only have so much fun relying on your friends to provide the boat. So naturally he decided to build his own boat. The first being made entirely from wood which was beautiful as many wood boats are, however it was a painstakingly long process for a boat that was bound to need work after only a few times on the river. So with some help from some friends and lots of discussing they decided if kayaks were now being made out of plastic then why couldn’t full size boats.
An Indestructible Boat
A product called VHMW-PE was discovered after numerous tests and failures. The VHMW-PE stands for very high molecular weight polyethylene, or how we describe it now as some really tough plastic. This plastic product was what pushed us over the edge and in 2001 he decided to take a leap of faith and start Boulder Boat Works. Throughout the first few years it was prototype after prototype, marrying the polymer plastic hull with the beauty and design of the wood accenting, that today is synonymous with Boulder Boat Works dories. But the question came to what do you do with a boat that you just built. The answer is simple, we gave them to guides who are notorious for being hard on everything and who earn the reputation of being able to break anything. However they couldn’t break our boats. The feedback was phenomenal, these boats were nearly indestructible and people loved rowing them.
We Change and Adapt
Over the subsequent 15 years the boats continued to change and adapt to become what they are today. This evolution allowed for tweaks to be made to meet the requests of individuals who are using the boats every day. The mastermind behind the design and is an absolute asset to the future design and refinement of boats moving forward.
Our boats draft up to 40% less water at the chine allowing us to float water that other drift boats simply cannot. Unlike heavy drift boats that use fiberglass construction, Boulder Boat Works uses technologically advanced materials and features a hull made of high-density hand welded polyethylene. Fiberglass breaks down and consistently requires maintenance. Polymer is much slicker on rocks… going up and and right over the top, whereas fiberglass sticks and requires time consuming and expensive repairs. That’s what allows Boulder Boat Works to offer a lifetime guarantee on our hulls. If your hull ever has a failure that results from normal use and not a car accident – get your boat to our shop and we will take care of it – no questions asked.
“With this boat’s toughness, I was able to fish in water conditions that the other guides could not.” -Jacob Ott
More space means more comfort for your friends and family.
Fiberglass boats have longitudinal interior storage that steal up to 30% of your interior rowers space… but here’s what they don’t tell you. They’re not put there for storage: they’re in your way for the boat’s structural integrity. It’s what prevents their boat from folding up like a taco when the water get’s rough. It’s because fiberglass boats don’t have a patented 24 rib reinforced sub floor like a Boulder Boat Works hull. Its structural integrity comes from the 24 I-beams in your hull – lighter, stronger, and more spacious – who knew?
When you’re rowing your family and your gear, 30% more workspace makes a huge difference for a day or a week of fun and adventure on the water.
In the words of pro guide Andrew Tashie: “Extremely comfortable and…it eats rocks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This is without a doubt the boat I have been searching for.”
They’re flat-out beautiful, blending classic lines with modern technology.
Boulder Boat Works makes the best looking boat on the water by using only the finest quality materials and hand crafting every boat in Colorado.
“These boats were designed by people who fish! There is nothing on the market that comes close”
"Once You Row It, You Know It."
|Boulder Boatworks||The Rest of the Drfit boat Industry|
|Extremely durable welded polymer hull||Heavy fiberglass hull|
|Hull weight: 170lbs||Hull weight: 325lbs-530lbs|
|Float depth: 5 1/2"||Float depth average: 9"|
|Protruding Chines for superior handling and responsiveness on the water||No protruding chines...like taking the sharp metal edges off a pair of skis.|
|Up to 30% more interior space||Less comfortable|
|Beautiful woodwork and customizations||inefficient interior|
|Little to no maintenance||Significant maintenance required|
|Lifetime Hull Guarantee||Exposed fiberglass from a rock can rot in a little as one week|
The Dirty Little Secret Of The Fiberglass Boat Market:
60% of the boats sold in the fiberglass drift boat market are sold to existing customers.
Because they require so much maintenance.
At Boulder Boat Works, we believe you shouldn’t have to buy a drift boat more than once.
We believe you shouldn’t have to pay for maintenance costs year in and year out.
We make every boat by hand, combining classic styling with the best technology and the highest quality materials.
Then we add in our beautiful woodwork and every customization for your boat..
And provide you with a lifetime hull guarantee.
A Shocking Combination of Advanced Technology
and Classic Beauty
Everyone appreciates the beauty of a Boulder Boat Works…
Yet they’re often shocked to discover that it’s also the lightest, most durable, most responsive boat on the river.
These weight-forward, Mackenzie style drift boats are built with the most modern materials to give you the best experience possible.
It all starts with a technologically superior hull.
Rather than using old, heavy, and fragile fiberglass, Boulder Boat Works pioneered a welded polymer hull.
The hull material is what allows us to perform better than any other drift boat.
In fact, Boulder Boat Works have done floats that no other drift boat has ever done.
We’ve also done more first descents.
And while it’s probably not what you’re going to use it for, isn’t it good to know that you can when it comes to the protection of your family and friends?