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    Talking Budweiser Inner Tube Race on the Clinch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodonthefly View Post
    Ok I have a question, not about types of boats but about drift boats. I row and don't use a motor.

    As far as safty stuff what is required in a drift boat? i carry life jackets and have some small first aid stuff. But am I required to carry throw coshins, horns whistles and so on?
    I have no idea, I have never been checked, but think it is just lifejackets. I carry nothing, and will deal with the citation when it happens. Call me a law breaker, but that is the truth. If you pitch in the Clinch with the water running with or without lifejacket, your life is in peril. Of course a lifejacket would help, but I don't plan on ending up in it, and rarely if ever am on it during high water periods.

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    Anyone have experience on a Hog Island Drifter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilson10 View Post
    Anyone have experience on a Hog Island Drifter?
    Have a friend that used to own one. They are very comfortable, quiet, incredibly tough drift boats. I liked all the room it had also. floated some trout and smallie rivers in it. Nice boats.
    Wish HI would build a flat bottom wide jon boat style boat with the same materials as the drifters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilson10 View Post
    Anyone have experience on a Hog Island Drifter?
    I have never rowed one, but do not like their design. The chessy and cheap front leg brace is horrible in comparison to the Clacka and Hyde design, and I had heard there was some issues with the boat warping when left in the sun. The latter could be false.

    Overall the interior layout is just not to my liking.

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    Ok I have a question about drift boats......


    WHO IS GOOD AT GLASS WORK

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodonthefly View Post
    Ok I have a question about drift boats......


    WHO IS GOOD AT GLASS WORK
    There is a shop just down the road from me on Boyds Creek Hwy in Seymour/Sevierville called Norwoods Fiberglass repair 865- 429-9664
    I've never personally had to use him but he works on a lot of bass and ski boats and must do good work because he stays pretty busy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodonthefly View Post
    As far as safty stuff what is required in a drift boat? i carry life jackets and have some small first aid stuff. But am I required to carry throw coshins, horns whistles and so on?
    Not sure in TN, but NC requires us to have a PFD for every person on board. Under 13 years of age must have the PFD ON! We are also required to have a noise-making device, (ei: horn, etc). I spoke with a local Wildlife Officer here and he stated to me that a referee whistle would indeed qualify for me in my 13ft Outcast cataraft. So that's what I carry in a boat bag, a small sports whistle! I believe TN requires the same if I'm not mistaken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waterwolf View Post
    The chessy and cheap front leg brace is horrible in comparison to the Clacka and Hyde design

    Yeah, I thought that leg brace was sub-par to say the least. Pretty stupid looking


    Wolf - are you going to Alaska with J.Curtis and that group?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrinG View Post
    Not sure in TN, but NC requires us to have a PFD for every person on board. Under 13 years of age must have the PFD ON! We are also required to have a noise-making device, (ei: horn, etc). I spoke with a local Wildlife Officer here and he stated to me that a referee whistle would indeed qualify for me in my 13ft Outcast cataraft. So that's what I carry in a boat bag, a small sports whistle! I believe TN requires the same if I'm not mistaken.
    TN does require the same except the noise maker.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wilson10 View Post
    Yeah, I thought that leg brace was sub-par to say the least. Pretty stupid looking


    Wolf - are you going to Alaska with J.Curtis and that group?
    No, I am grounded here, I travel so much during hunting seasons that my out of town fishing trips are very limited anymore.

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