A bare aluminum or fiberglass drift boat can “stick” to shallow river rocks due to friction. This friction grab will make floating down the river more difficult, dangerous, and abusive to your hull. By applying Wetlander to the hull, the coefficient of friction is dramatically reduced, which allows the hull of the boat to slip and slide over obstructions, rather than getting hung up. With Wetlander, pro guides and weekend warriors alike can get through the skinniest of water, with little to no danger of spinning or getting hung up. And those “unapproved launches“?! Those are luge runs now; so hold on tight.
This page highlights Wetlander on drift boats specifically; For much more in-depth information on Wetlander, go to the main Wetlander site -> WETLANDER.COM
Previously, there were two brands of bottom coatings for driftboaters. Wetlander is currently revolutionizing this market by giving floaters what they want: a super slick, flexible coating that will stay on their hull without chipping, flaking or cracking. Easy to apply and touch up, and can even be applied without flipping the boat over.
Chrome Inc. Guided sport fishing fully endorses Wetlander bottom coating for your drift boat needs!!” –Scott Crawford, Owner Chrome Inc Guided Sport Fishing
“I guide fly fishing on a rugged freestone river. I depend on my boat day in and day out. I can’t say enough good things about Wetlander. I run a fiberglass drift boat with gel coating. I have found Wetlander bottom coatings out perform the typical gel coat bottoms. Not only does the boat move quicker on the water. But those shallow riffles I used to have to drag my boat threw are a thing of the past. I have also found Wetlander to protect the boat far more than normal gel coats do. As advertised this stuff is slick and strong. Don’t forget your anchor at home. Because your not going to beach your boat with this stuff on the bottom, It will slide right off!” –Paul Newman, Drift Co-Owner www.saratogaflyfishing.com
“This bottom coating proved superior and outperformed the commonly used product in everyway possible. As far as friction goes, there isn’t any; in fact, what used to take some muscle to push my boat off the trailer, now just takes a quick shove and then the mad dash to hang-on as it departs. Loading up is just as easy and feels as though the bottom of the boat is greased. If I had to come up with one word that describes this coating; it would be: “Outstanding!” –Vince Froehlich, Pro-Guide@North Fork Angling, LLC
Here is a link to an in-depth review of Vince changing from Coat-it to Wetlander.
“It’s the best. I used to have to push it off the trailer now it slides off. Less strokes on the water. Never seen nothing like it. Thanks again” –Owen Mansfield, Owner Rip Some Lips Guide Service
“Things are going great, and people are loving your product!! We used to move our Gluvit coated boats around the yard with a fork lift. We can’t do that any more, because the Wetlander will make them slide right off.” –Joe Koffler, Owner Koffler Boats
If you ever see me out on the water I’ll be happy to pull over and show you what Wetlander looks and feels like on. I run a Willies with blue bottom. I was going to go green with a big yellow “O” so the fish know who is slaying them.” -post by ‘FishingDuck‘ (oregonfishingforum.com)