Originally Posted by class 3 felon
Still not a whitewater option in pin/flip situations, so why not just run a dory. Cool Raft.
Oh I dunno, I think this boat actually fits a perfect niche here in WV and some other SE locations.
Here, most people like myself that privately own rafts own them for fishing in water with moderate rapids, like the New River above Cunard and hundreds of more (smaller) runs like it. Many of these are class 3s with shallow boulders and rock gardens that could beat up a dory really bad, be difficult to drag through shallows or wear you out on the oars constantly maneuvering... That said I do know of one outfitter using drift boats on the New.
Because of this we opt for rafts that can handle the bumping and bouncing even though the boat is sometimes overkill as far as it's whitewater ability.
This drift boat could be a good compromise of durability (in terms of chine busters) and fishing comfort. I could also see it being handy for slow water trips where I want more room than a kayak but don't wanna row a 14 ft self bailer all day.
....only time will tell I reckon...I suspect we'll see some on the river here in 2013/2014 and I'll be taking a closer look!