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IFTD: Four years of development work rewarded for NRS

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Jim MacAllister, of NRS, is pictured with the Best Personal Watercraft Award for the Clearwater Drifter.
↑ The NRS Clearwater Drifter: 'amazingly resilient rowing craft for pursuing fish'.
↑ NRS says that its Clearwater Drifter is one of the biggest technological advances in river fishing since fibreglass rods.

Over four years of hard work came to fruition for NRS at IFTD in Reno, Nevada, when the company won the Best Personal Watercraft Award for its Clearwater Drifter.

Mark Deming, NRS Marketing and Communications Manager, told Angling International: “More than four years of work has gone into the development of the craft. It is great to have that work recognised. Seeing such an influential group of people being so enthusiastic about our product is huge for us. This gives us some good momentum heading into 2013.

“We had high expectations coming into the IFTD – and we were able to exceed those. The show went great and the award was the icing on the cake.

“Winning the award was the highlight of IFTD for us – it is all about bringing home hardware!”

NRS says that its Clearwater Drifter is one of the biggest technological advances in river fishing since fiberglass rods. It says: “This inflatable, self-bailing dory gives anglers an amazingly versatile and resilient rowing craft for pursuing fish.

“Made of tough drop-stitch PVC material, the Clearwater inflates to a very rigid 9 psi, creating a stout, framed hull that handles rocks and shallow water like a raft while tracking as stealthily as a traditional drift boat.

“Its short waterline ensures it anchors well, turns on a dime and rows swiftly. The break-down frame provides first-class casting stations for two anglers and a comfortable. powerful rowing position for the guide.”

Its highlight features include:

  • Heavy-duty drop-stitch PVC construction inflates to 9 psi for a rigid hull.
  • Abrasion-resistant materials hold up to abuse of river running.
  • Drainage port in the centre makes the Clearwater completely self-bailing.
  • The frame disassembles and the hull rolls up for easy transport and storage.
  • Three-chamber design ensures it keeps floating and rowing even if one chamber is compromised.
  • High ‘rocker’ in the bow and stern shorten the waterline for superior rowing while helping it ride over the waves.
  • Casting stations in the bow and stern feature swiveling seats, diamond-plate decks and thigh hooks with stripping baskets for secure and comfortable casting in smooth or rough water.
  • A padded rowing seat and adjustable foot bar ensures all-day comfort.
  • An integrated pulley system lets the guide operate the anchor from the rowing seat.
  • A heavy-duty rub rail on the gunwales protects high-wear areas.
  • 3” stainless steel D-rings at the bow provide handy tie-off points and let you winch the Clearwater onto a trailer.

Specifications: Weight: 315 lb; Length: 17’; Beam: 82”; Bottom Width: 55”; Side height: 26”.

MRSP: $5,995.

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