The Finest Drift Boats On The Water
Handcrafted in the USA. Guaranteed For Life.
From the Desk of Robert Hirsch
Chairman, Boulder Boat Works
Location: Roaring Fork River. Basalt, Colorado.
I purchased my dream boat from Boulder Boat Works a decade ago.
It was a small shop at the time, and I felt like a kid at Christmas as I waited for my custom designed, handcrafted drift boat to arrive.
I’d done all the research on what made Boulder Boat Works stand head and shoulders above the competition…
…and knew all of the reasons that continue to make this the finest drift boat on the planet:
1. The lightest drift boat is the easiest to row.
Boulder Boat Works welded polymer hulls are half the weight (~170 lbs) of the hull of afiberglass boat (330 – 350 lbs) thanks to a superior manufacturing technology (which we’ll discuss in just a moment)… Spend 10 minutes behind the oars of a Boulder Boat Works, and you’ll feel the difference in your shoulders.
As pro guide Ryan Kelly says: “I rowed a Boulder Boat Works one time and knew this was the boat for me…This will add years to my guide career.”
2. Better handling and responsiveness means smarter fishing.
The protruding chines – the edges on bottom of the boat – allow you to cut through the water in a way that a boat without a pronounced chine simply can’t achieve. See, fiberglass boats are molded with no edge…like an old, detuned snow ski. Compare that to the sharp edges of a parabolic ski and you’ll understand why Boulder Boat Works handle better than anything on the water.
“Hands down the easiest boat to row on the river. Not to mention it is also the most durable.” Joel Thompson
3. Durability means more time on the water, and savings on maintenance costs.
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
4. 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.”
5. 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”
Imagine your favorite company or brand.
It might be a fishing or hunting company.
Perhaps it’s a watch company or tool company…
For me, it has been Boulder Boat Works since I purchased my first (and final) drift boat .
A decade later, a dream came true when my firm was able to acquire the company…
And frankly, the only reason we bought the company is because I had spent ten years as an oarsman and a customer, and knew from experience that I’d have a hand in building the best drift boats on the planet.
Since acquiring the company we’ve expanded and modernized our production capabilities right here in Colorado.
We’ve added additional customizations and a brand new line of boats.
We’ve even built a configurator tool so you can design and build the boat of your dreams.
We’re passionate fishermen and craftsman handcrafting the finest drift boats for passionate fishermen just like us.
So what sets Boulder Boat Works apart?
"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?
Here’s the Catch:
The biggest issue with Boulder Boat Works has always been getting one.
For example, we have currently have over 20 orders from professional guides to private fisherman to the Montana Department of Fish & Game.
Historically, Boulder Boat Works hasn’t been able to produce enough boats to meet the demand.
However, we’ve been modernizing manufacturing and updating our shop to grow our capacity.
If there’s a time in the year that you’re going to want a Boulder Boat Works , you want to reserve your production slot right now.
Your boat will be made by hand, for you.
Your boat is your home on the river, often with a better view. When you create your home on the river, you want the same attention to detail and pride that you do when you select your home…
After all, this is your ticket to adventure for a lifetime with your favorite people in your favorite places. Where will your next adventure take you?
See you on the river,