Pavati Guardian Drift Boat

When we created the Guardian, we could have simply designed the most comfortable drift boat ever made - and we did. But we didn't stop there. We also created and patented the most advanced drift boat technology, to create a perfect balance of quality and agility in every drifter we make. The result is, if we may be so bold as to boast, the first drift boat ever to make the journey as enjoyable as the fishing. How are we able to do all of this? It is only possible because of Pavati's Parent Company, Highway Products Inc. This well established company (founded in 1980) specializes in custom aluminum sheet metal work and has a large engineering dept, tons of CNC equipment, over 100 employees, and a state of the art 60,000 square foot manufacturing facility. With all of this technology at our disposal, we were able to create the ONLY drift boat on the market today that is completely designed, engineered, and lofted by computer. Each hull is run through a series of Hydrodynamic Tests to grantee the least possible amount of drag - while still insuring the fast response and nimble performance you demand. All of the parts are then cut and formed by CNC machines - there are no parts on this boat cut by hand. This guarantees that every boat we make runs true and holds it's original intended shape. The result is the best rowing, most comfortable, user friendly, most reliable drift boat in the world. The innovative designs and manufacturing processes have raised the standard in drift boat fishing. Driven by a passion for simplicity and strength, Pavati engineers have advanced the cutting edge. The superbly balanced Guardian(tm) embodies a new way of looking at drift boat design. The innovations like the revolutionary patented Drifter Doors ™, Quick-Lock Floor System ™, Wave-Cutter Bow ™, and the only True Level Floors, give you the simplest and most ergonomic boat available. Combine that with the AR-620 dimpled bottom(tm), Hard Chine technology, Ultra-Flow Radius(tm) Transom, Kevlar(tm) bonded bottom, and state of the art computer designed hull, this boat is a fish CATCHING machine. Read more to see why the PAVATI Guardian is the only choice for serious fisherman and professional guides from Oregon to Alaska.

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Pavati Guardian Features


The side trays offer more than just added strength in this boat; they provide much needed storage space as well. This is a great place for life jackets, a break down oar, fire extinguisher, extra layers of clothes, or whatever else you want to have out of the way but right at your fingertips.


Patented Locking Anchor Nest ™

This anchor setup has an anchor nest with a lock to keep the anchor from jumping out during travel, a spot for your drain plugs, a block and tackle setup for easy pulling, and the anchor release mechanism.

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ultimate rowers seat

This is a sore subject with Chuck... Literally. He could never understand why the rower had to sit on uncomfortable ropes or straps all day or a hard plastic tractor seat, while the passengers got nice comfortable high backed padded seats. But this seemed to be the industry standard -- sore backs and sore butts. We set out to design the first row seat that was made for long days and lots of them. An oversized, overstuffed seat pad was a must. Then we designed a flexible, removable seat back that gives you the back support you need without intruding on those big strokes in tight situations. Now the rower's seat is the best spot in the boat- and it's about time.

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12 position oar lock

When you get your new Pavati drifter you want everything to be perfect. Having the oar locks in the right place is essential. Eight different positions ensures that you will get the most leverage you can for those times when you need all the horsepower you can muster. If you want to fish 1-1-1 (three in a row), for the popular side drifting technique, you may want to move your row seat forward to balance the boat. This means you will need to move the oar locks too. No matter how you want to set your boat up, fly fishing, bait fishing, or pulling plugs, our simple clip locks allow you to move the oarlocks to the optimum position in seconds.

On top of that we offer you "Kenny Helfrich's" stainless steel - super strong - oar locks. Kenny, a third generation Eugene Oregon area guide, developed these oar locks to not only be super strong but to stop your oar from climbing up the side of the oar lock with each stroke as most do. If you've rowed a boat much you've probably noticed the thump, thump, after each stroke. That noise is the oar dropping back to the bottom of the oarlock. Also, in a real tough situation, these oar locks are designed to flex enough to allow your oars to pop out of these oar locks. Kenny says, "These are the last pair of oar locks you will ever own." -- That's good enough for us.

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Patented Grab Handles

Pavati has added handy grab handles to the sides of the hull. Just below the gunnel rail near the oar locks, we have programmed in computer cut holes. These make it easy to pick the boat up or portage around logs/skinny spots in the river.

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stainless steel cupholders

When it comes to cup holders in a boat, you can never have too many. They are great spots for everything, including scissors, pliers, scents, sun block, and even the occasional cold drink!

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Hexagon Floor Ribs

Our patented Hexagon Floor Braces have been computer designed by our engineers to act not only as the backbone of the boats structure, but also to hold the true intended shape of the boat. Other manufacturers use a wood or steel jig that forces the boat into its shape, then it's welded and removed from the jig. This puts a lot of unwanted stress on the hull and doesn't make for a very consistent manufacturing process - the boats "bounce back" a little after it's removed from the jig. Much like an airplanes wing, Pavatis Hexagon Stiffeners are the jig. They are cut out by CNC machines to the exact shape that is desired, then welded into the boat permanently to insure the correct and original design is accomplished. To top it all off, we punch hundreds of "Hex" holes into the stiffeners, removing an excess weight yet still keeping the strength in tact. The result: the strongest and lightest stiffeners possible!

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the "truth" scale

How many times have you wanted to know how long your fish was to see if it was legal to keep? Or just to brag about? In the past you had to drag out a tape measure, if you could find it, or just guess. Not only was this inconvenient but a lot of fish died because we didn't get them back in the water in time. PAVATI continues to set the pace with scales on both sides of your drift boat as standard equipment. The computer numerical controlled (CNC) designed, "THE TRUTH", tape measures make measuring fish and leaders a one man job. Measure your fish in seconds and let it go. Up to 60 inches. PAVATI drift boats not only catch fish, they save them too! Not a sticker, it's engraved right in the aluminum. Great for measuring leaders too.

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bull-nose design

Pavati's Bull-Nose design bow cuts water and acts like a ramp if you hit rocks.

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pizza oven compartment

This storage space is directly above the heater and doubles as an oven for cooking and warming foods plus the warming up of other items such as bait towels or rocks to warm up and put in your pockets on those ice cold fishing nights. It also acts as a heat shield protecting the deck preventing it from getting too hot when running the heater full blast.

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Quick-Lock Floor System ™

Everyone changes, and every serious fisherman needs a boat that will change with him. That's why we invented the Quick-Lock Floor System ™, a system that allows you to add, move, replace, and upgrade everything in the boat; from seats to rod holders and leaders.

This is the easiest and most customizable seat system available in any boat today, without exception. In a matter of seconds, with no tools required, you can completely rearrange your boat to adjust for weight, gear and different fishing styles. Add or remove seats to lighten the load or add an additional fisherman. Reposition your foot rest exactly where you want it. Add heater systems, tackle boxes, rod holders and other accessories that all work with the same simple system.

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the pavati guardian in action