this neon-colored boat shaped like a gigantic triangle has an inflatable anti-roll cage to prevent its passengers from flipping over in rapid rivers. the oddly-shaped ‘creature craft’ runs on titanic whitewater normally reserved for extreme athletes, with added levels of comfort from its unique overhead-brace, or anti-roll cage.

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in a conventional watercraft, if you get flipped, the boat goes completely upside down and all passengers fall out, and then there is the sodden effort of re-flipping it, which is impossible at times. in the ‘creature craft‘, people are strapped into their seats with an easy-release system, and if the boat tips over onto its side you won’t fall out. there’s a technique to rolling it back up, leaving the laborious task of leaving the boat and swimming.



created by former high-school teacher, darren vancil, he first designed the ‘creature craft’ in 1997, launching it 18 months later. he was influenced by his raft dangerously flipping during colorado’s gore canyon race, which resulted in a dislocated shoulder and a very uncomfortable swim. he decided then, while he was submerged, there has to be a safer alternative. shortly after, he was sketching up designs for a raft that could contend with the harshest of waters safely.


  • The issue here in Colorado is not that they capsize but they get caught on rocks and trees.

    Chris P says:

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