The Guide

Trout, you have no place left to hide.

Modeled after the men and women who spend 300 plus days on the water, the Guide Drift Boat is just as persistent and loaded with a variety of standard features. Built around the Boulder Boat Works polymer hull, the Guide model maintains the same floating characteristics as the Pro Guide model and includes Line-X coated gunnels, transom, & bow stem. Developed for fly fishing guides and weekend warriors, the Guide model represents the ultimate in shallow water drift boat technology.


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Details and FAQs

Where are Boulder Boats made?

While the company started in Boulder we have since moved to Carbondale, Colorado located in the Roaring Fork Valley. Moving to the valley put us five minutes from a gold medal fishery and close to our local fishing community.

What is the benefit of polymer vs. fiberglass or aluminum?

We developed a polymer hull to mitigate the abrasive encounters that are inevitable in the river. This not only maintains the structural integrity of the boat but it opens lines in the river that you cannot approach in boats made from other materials. Hull Yeah! 

What is the difference between the High-Side and Low-Side hull options?

Nine inches at the bow, four inches at the oarlock, four inches in bow to stern length and 17 pounds of material. The Low-Side Hull is an ideal set up for less gradient water and higher wind exposure. While the High-Side Hull is our most versatile vessel.

Is there a structural difference between the Pro Guide and the Guide boat models?

Structurally, the wood trimmed boats are the same as the aluminum trimmed boat models from a strength and rowing position perspective. The major difference between the aluminum (Guide model) and wood (Pro-Guide model) is aesthetics and cost. 

What should I expect from a maintenance and upkeep perspective?

The beauty of a Boulder Boat is that the long-term maintenance outside of simple detailing and upkeep is very limited. The majority of drift boats in the industry take abuse when they encounter rocks. Fiberglass boats will inevitably need replacement or repair of your gelcoat, chines and other fiberglass components of the hull. 


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