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Old 05-28-2008, 09:49 AM   #1
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Since I sold my Cape Horn, I've been looking at getting an inshore boat or skiff type. I've been looking a the Carolina Skiffs, but hear a lot of "they'll beat your brains out", etc. Anyone that has one or that has been on one mind chiming in. I've also looked at Polar skiffs and flats boats, but have heard from a few people of their tendency to crack and even a few cases where the entire hull had split. Looking for something in the 17' range, so I realize anything that size in a pretty good chop is going to beat you some. I am just curious what the majority has to say about true flat bottom skiffs and the pros and cons. Thanks.
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I have a smitty skiff. Love it!! It has just enough v to not slap and beat your brains in. Here's a link for them: http://www.smittysmarine.net/boat%20line.htm.
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:08 AM   #3
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Dude just man up and buy a flats boat and get it over with I want to go fishing. We will take the 21 DLV out and let you ride in the bay in some shitty chop and that may help make your decision.
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seminolewind (5/28/2008)Dude just man up and buy a flats boat and get it over with I want to go fishing. We will take the 21 DLV out and let you ride in the bay in some shitty chop and that may help make your decision.
Sorry, I meant to include an asterisk that said your opinion(s)will be excluded from this thread.
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:15 AM   #5
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I vote for Key West.
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:16 AM   #6
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I had a 16 foot Carolina Skiff....rough ride?Sure....wet ride .....Sure.Would I buy another....SURE>they are tuff SOBs.

I am a stubborn old coot who could never figure out but two speeds on mine...full bore and stopped and fishing.Several runs out the pass wound up with the skiff about 2 feet out of the water.Slowed down, placed the tackle box back in its holder and off again.Four years of operating where I sometimes had to surf it back in the pass and never put the first minute crack anywhere in the hull.

Shallow water, you just can't beat them.I could raise my engine and with two people on board flounder in 12 inches of water(because my lights stuck down)You might want to try the huled series (DX?)
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:19 AM   #7
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We have a 17.5 Sea Chaser (made by carolina skiff) and it is an awesome little boat, takes bay chop extremely well, its a v-hull, but draft is still pretty shallow. I have all good things to say so far about the boat. I have heard that the flat-bottomed carolina skiffs beat pretty bad, but I've also heard they are excellent as far as draft and fuel economy goes. Plus, they have a nice casting deck up front.
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:29 AM   #8
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Kingfish - do you remember what series you had? The V-series, DLX, J-series, JLV, etc. Thanks.
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I've been on Murphy's Law's Carolina Skiff and it was a sweet ass boat!
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:43 AM   #10
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Do a search on this forum . There was a thread several months ago about a member who had terrible cracking problems with his new Carolina Skiff and neither the dealer nor the manufacturer would do anything about it.

Problems like that would figure big time into my purchase.
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