A couple of weeks ago, we began hearing rumors of a new watercraft company building what looked to be something of a raft/drift boat hybrid. Instead of a metal frame mounted to a raft, Abstract has engineered a carbon fiber deck that attaches via straps, creating a solid floorboard and stable casting deck for anglers and the rower. Needless to say, our interest was immediately piqued. Check out the features and development process behind the innovative design, below!
The Model 1
From Abstract Watercraft:
“Model 1 delivers a platform for the innovative angler through thoughtful, functional design by combining the lightweight versatility of an inflatable raft with the durability and utility of a drift boat.
Fueled by the fly fishing community’s key insights and “must-have” design details, Abstract Watercraft developed a hybrid downriver experience with the most important attributes for the guide: safety, multi-purpose versatility, functionality, durability, as well as comfort.
This is the evolution in downriver angling.”
Building the Prototype