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Old 02-08-2016, 12:55 PM   #1
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I am shopping for a new gigging boat and have been considering a Carolina Skiff J16. Anyone gig using one of these? My gigging boat is pretty much used just for gigging. I might take it to St Joe Bay a few times a year scalloping but that's about it. Any opinions? Stability? Draft?
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Old 02-08-2016, 01:34 PM   #2
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I have a J16 I use for duck hunting. With all my gear decoys, guns, ammo, cooler, etc I can pull it through about 4 to 5 inches of water. Stability is good and Ive been in some pretty good white caps coming across the bay before and it has handled its own. The only thing I wish I could change are how low the gunnels of the boat are. I wish they were built a little higher. I know gigging and duck hunting are two different ball games
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I have a J16 I use for duck hunting. With all my gear decoys, guns, ammo, cooler, etc I can pull it through about 4 to 5 inches of water. Stability is good and Ive been in some pretty good white caps coming across the bay before and it has handled its own. The only thing I wish I could change are how low the gunnels of the boat are. I wish they were built a little higher. I know gigging and duck hunting are two different ball games
Different ballgames but I value your input. What motor do you use? Tiller or console?
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I have a 2008 Suzuki 25hp V-twin tiller. Mine came with a built deck on the front which is considerably stable, and mounting of a trolling motor is easy as I did with mine.
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I have a J16 I use extensively for flounder gigging. I have no complaints. Sometimes it is just me, other times I have a partner on the front gigging as well. Stability is great.
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I have a J16 I use for duck hunting. With all my gear decoys, guns, ammo, cooler, etc I can pull it through about 4 to 5 inches of water. Stability is good and Ive been in some pretty good white caps coming across the bay before and it has handled its own. The only thing I wish I could change are how low the gunnels of the boat are. I wish they were built a little higher. I know gigging and duck hunting are two different ball games

Yeah the gunnels are pretty low. If you want to stay in the 16' class, they also make a 16' DLX (or at least used to) with higher gunnels, and may be a bit wider as well. Probably can handle more HP as well. I used to run a 198 DLX that was a GREAT gigging platform.
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Yeah the gunnels are pretty low. If you want to stay in the 16' class, they also make a 16' DLX (or at least used to) with higher gunnels, and may be a bit wider as well. Probably can handle more HP as well. I used to run a 198 DLX that was a GREAT gigging platform.
We're you poling that beast or using a trolling motor?
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To elaborate a little more on mine. I have a Honda 25 tiller on mine. It pushes it just fine. When and if this motor ever wears out I will make sure I buy one with power tilt-because when I get to my spots I always lift my motor out of the water and it gets "old" when running to different areas to find the fish in the same trip. So for right now I make do with it. I steer my boat with my gig while standing up front in "gigging mode". I have a transom type trolling motor on the transom, and I clamp it down once I tilt the outboard up. Turn it on and then go to gigging-using the gig to kick around as I need. My boat just has a rear bench seat and the stock platform on front. I fabricated a handle type console to use so I can stand up and drive with a extension on my throttle-much like the old go devil mud boats used. This allows me to have more room for coolers, genny, and other junk. Like I stated earlier mine is plenty stable with 2 people on the front, maneuvers around easily, etc. Also these boats are a dime a dozen on craiglist throughout the panhandle and central FL (if your hunting used). Hope this helps
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We're you poling that beast or using a trolling motor?
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LOL! I'm old and lazy. TM up front. Although the hull would float shallower than a TM could handle, so I poled on occasion. Never felt like a "beast". Nice and roomy for 2 up on the bow (8' beam). 90 Honda would do 40 on a calm day. Wish I still had it! I had a neighbor with a 24DLX,,,,,,now THAT was a beast!

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