Posted: Apr 25, 2013 1:25 PM by Matt Elwell
Updated: Apr 25, 2013 1:27 PM
BOZEMAN - Inspired to fashion their own drift boat after their previous vessel sunk years ago, two Gallatin Valley men now find themselves in the business of building boats for others.
RO Drift Boats is a hand-made boat company located in the Gallatin Valley.
"My father founded the company about 15 years ago down in Idaho. He, I and my sister had a little boat accident and sunk our family drift boat. Times were tough, and there wasn't money to buy one so, we decided to tinker around and started building them and the rest is history," owner Robert Eddins said.
It is history that eventually prompted Eddins to bring the RO Drift Boat Company to southwest Montana in 2006. Along with his business partner, John McMillan, he knows that Montana is the perfect place to run a business that relies on so heavily on anglers.
As a company that focuses on the client, Eddins and McMillan will sit down and focus on the individual needs of their customers which Eddins says sets them apart from the bigger companies that provide drift boats
"We have a more personal atmosphere, and we will build a boat for you rather than we built a boat to set out on the lot and you can pick out one that you like," he said.
If building a fiberglass boat sounds like a complex process, in a way, you are right. While they use dozens of molds for each boat, the process is surprisingly simple.
The pair says that seeing people out on the water, enjoying their boats, brings them satisfaction.
Tune in Thursday night to learn about the process of putting together a drift boat from scratch.