Driftboat Radio

logitech.jpgSome may call it sacrilege, but there are times on the water when I long for music. Fans of the podcast will know I enjoy eclectic acts like Old Crow Medicine Show and Or, The Whale; to me, there is no better place to rock out than in a drift boat on a slow, hot day in the summer. Because let’s face it: the fish don’t bite all the time.
I’ve been in boats with two different anglers who had this all figured out. Rather than lug around a car battery or a boombox, they got set up with some of the new portable MP3 players. The best I’ve heard (for boat use) is the Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere 2 ($149, pictured), which produces a wonderful, sweet sound and is remarkably loud for such a small device. It also has an advertised 10-hour battery life, which is more than enough to get through the slow parts of a day on the water. With a relatively small size, it’s easy to stow and keep dry through the hairy bits of the float.
Meanwhile, probably the best sound you’ll find on the market (out of a portable device, anyway) comes from the Bose SoundDock Portable ($399). The only problem I see with this bad boy is the fear of getting it wet. As a general rule, you probably shouldn’t take anything offered with a financing plan down the river, unless it’s a boat.
Would you rather be impaled on a cane pole than pollute the beauteous sounds of nature with rock music? Let us know in the Comments section!

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  • Jon Heaton

    I pulled into the parking lot at the camping area in Horseshoe Meadows where I would be spending the first night before heading out on a three day backpacking and fly fishing trip with friends. I had Bob Dylan’s “Tombstone Blues” just blaring from the speakers. A guy stepped out of the nearby restroom and stared at me. “Sorry,” I said, “but that’s the last music I’m going to hear for a few days.” He looked at me like I was nuts and said, “Why don’t you just bring an ipod?” I in turn looked at him like he was nuts, thinking, but not saying, ‘bring music into the wilderness and spoil the experience?’ Different strokes for different folks I guess, Zach. But I prefer the sounds of the natural world when I’m out there, no matter what the pursuit. Thanks for turning me on to the Old Crow Medicine Show though! I’ll listen to them while driving to my next fishing destination.

  • Brett

    Nothing better then throwing a Fat Albert to a grassy undercut bank, while sipping casting fluid and listening to the Gourds.

  • Ooooh, Zach, that’s not a real good idea. I mean, I like music as much as the next fellow and my taste actually run a little to the eclectic side myself but blasting music from a drift boat ain’t good. Loud music through a set of headphones? Okay. I don’t get it, but okay. But there could be someone on the river who just may not want to hear what you’ve got going there. Not good, not good.

  • I say “ROCK ON!” Just not so loud that others have no choice but to listen. So maybe that would be a ‘rock on!’

  • Last Friday evening after a long week we were in good old Augusta, Maine fishing for stripers and smallies from the Clacka, sippin’ some peebers, and crankin’ some tunes out of the Makita job radio with an ipod attached to it… cold beer, Robert Earle Keen, and bass just seem to fit together. Granted, these are no ‘holy waters’ and downtown Augusta ain’t no wilderness…
    You’re on to something here man…