IFTD 2019 – River Skiff
By: admin | January 3, 2020
International Fly Tackle Dealer 2019 Product Buzz: Boulder Boat Works Skiff
This article by Kirk Deeter was originally published on Angling Trade.
Seven years ago, my good friend and partner with Angling Trade, Tim Romano, talked me into buying my first drift boat… a Boulder Boat Works High-Side. I have slid and bumped that sucker down many Colorado River boulder gardens, caught many fish from it, and my only regret at this point is that I didn’t buy a BBW dory sooner in life. I’ve dragged it to Montana and Wyoming, and I fished it 23 days this summer in my native Colorado (which isn’t exactly guide-level volume, but it’s pretty good for an editor with a day job)… and yet almost every time I slide it into a boat launch, someone compliments the boat, and asks me if it is brand new.
Now, I’ll admit that I love the high-side with almost no regrets, especially when I’m pushing through lumpy wave trains. But when the wind is blowing, any high-side boat will get pushed around, and I sometimes crave a lower profile. Boulder Boat Works already has a lower-side dory option, but now they’ve taken it even lower with a skiff design that doesn’t have a raised bow.
As usual, every design aspect, from the rod troughs to dry boxes, coolers under the seats and so forth have such beautiful, functional purpose. All in with a good trailer, it sells for a little north of $17K, so that’s certainly not cheap. But it is the type of boat that will last four times longer than most others.