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Old 09-08-2013, 11:45 AM   #1
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So can anyone give me "the skinny" on Pangas ? Thinking about a small 16' tiller Panga for one person or two trips to run the flats with. Basic and simple. I've read and heard they'll float pretty skinny but looking for more input.

There are of course the Ankona Microskiffs and even something so simple as a Towee Calusa would probably work. Just NEED something fairly stable and more stable than a Gheenoe. Biggest issue is something that would take a bit of a chop on the way to the "skinny water" and I'm pretty sure a Panga would do that.

Just toying with the idea at present. Just rebuilt an 1872 SeaArk and it'll go skinny but not in anything under say 18" of water that I'm comfortable with. Worked too hard on that boat lol.

Thanks and suggestions are welcomed.
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Old 09-08-2013, 11:55 AM   #2
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I've always like the Panga style boats and my friend has a 30'. I think the small Panga's would be perfect and safe for what you're looking for.
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Old 09-08-2013, 02:29 PM   #3
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Thanks, pretty much just something small and nimble with the intended use to chase Specks & Reds. Need to keep searching for more info.
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Old 09-08-2013, 02:46 PM   #4
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Panga marine just got a used 18 ft in on trade with a tiller outboard, I can't remember the brand, but they have up for sale at a good price.
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Hey thanks Clam, probably not perfect timing but I'll check into it.
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:29 PM   #6
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dont know alot about panga but a fellow PFF member (wardicus79) just bought a custom gheenoe from Customgheenoe.com i was extremely suprised at how stable this skiff was and how shallow it drafts might be worth checking in to
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:48 AM   #7
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18in for a 1870 SeaArk?


So I guess the question is...... Do you want to float in shallower water or be able to run in shallower water?

You already have the right boat.

After you answer that question we can go from there.
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Old 09-09-2013, 01:47 PM   #8
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They are great boats. I've been in serious seas on them; not that particular brand, but same kind of hull. They don't draw much water.
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Old 09-09-2013, 02:15 PM   #9
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Default Love my Panga 22

Yes, 22' long with a 6' beam sounds strange, but it works. Does not use much gas, 6MPG equivalent with my 1985 Evinrude 90, 2 people on board, 30 gallons of gas, 2 built in bait tanks and a six pack or so. It will take the rougher seas, but you will get wet. Top speed loaded as above is 35 knots.

I have a transom jack so I can raise the engine to the most effective height, anti cavitation plates just under the water which increases speed with no throttle change.

I just like the looks. I am too busy rebuilding diesels right now, but when I put her back in the water you are welcome to come for a ride. She is NOT for sale.Pangas:  Getting skinny...-11-18-2011-042-jpg

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Old 09-09-2013, 02:24 PM   #10
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Old FLathead,

That's an old Aqua Force isn't it? Like a Fish Hawk or something similar called an Indian River boat, or an Old Timer.
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