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  • #5308
    Peter E.Peter E.
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    So i was wondering what you folks thought about flats skiffs, what brand you prefer, and what you think is essential to a great skiff. It would be a good time to show off some pictures of your skiffs, I’m in the market for one and looking for advice and ideas.

    #46697
    jarrod white
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    I think for flyfishing , they are awesome. I love the ability to walk all over the deck from back to front. I also love the ride and the way they cut chop. I run a Maverick and my only complaint is storage, I could use a little more, but overall a great boat.

    #46698
    anonymous
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    What kind of $$$$$$$$$$$ will you typically spend on a used flats boat for with motor and trailer?

    #46699
    Peter E.Peter E.
    Member

    Thats a good question there too. I have been looking around and it seems like it can range from $5,000 up to un-Godly amounts. It seems to depend on brand more than anything else.

    #46700
    jeff wynalda
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    I was having the same thoughts as you for about a year.  I first started with a jon boat I had already owned.  At the time I thought it was okay, but looking back it was awesome.  I was only using it for reds in the marsh and it cost $200 to put up a platform on the back. Myself or this weirdo in the pic could run it over any oyster bed and you just laughed.  The boat didn’t track that great, but it was light and floated shallow.  The boat was bullet proof.

    Then I started to get serious I wanted the ability to make longer runs.  I was keeping my price range under 10k.  I checked out some Mitzis and boats alike but never really found anything that great for the money. I would have rather had a solid built hull from a well known manufacturer and have it be used so I started shopping for hells bays, mavericks, Eccs (prices going up, 10-16k).  You can find them, but they aren’t in greatest of shape.  I eventually stepped up and picked up a Hells Bay, but a true Gordon.

    #46701
    Chris Ray
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    I have had a maverick and they are nice boats. I am currently using the jon boat method. They do not track well and hard to control in the wind but for the money, a great option.
    My good friend has a beavertail, hmm, looks very similar to that Waterman, and they are awesome boats. For the money, the beavertails and Ecc are great boats. Floats extremely shallow and poles unbelievable. It is amazing how quiet his beavertail is in the water.
    Make sure you are honest with yourself as to what you are going to do with it. There is no one size fits all option.
    Shopping for flats boats is fun though.
    chris.

    #46702
    Allan DozierAllan Dozier
    Member

    As you would expect choosing a skiff or any boat for that matter is like choosing a fly rod or canoe.

    I plan on living forever, so far so good.

    #46703
    jeff wynalda
    Member

    The beavertail looks similar to a Waterman because they splashed the hull from HB and got sued.

    #46704
    Peter E.Peter E.
    Member

    Thanks guys, I really am looking more at the very shallow and protected areas here in Mobile. That being said the draft is very important but I don’t want to beat somebody to death on the way out. I am also wanting to get out with my skin, so I really don’t know which way I am going to go aside from used.

    I am hoping to find a used Caimen that someone is wanting to let go of, any thoughts?

    #46705

    Test ride it first.

    #46706
    keith b
    Member

    Peter,
    I have been looking around myself, in hopes of a couple of years being in the market with check in hand.

    #46707
    jarrod white
    Member

    if you have time and keep a watch, you can find a bargain 🙂 I bought a 17′ Maverick Mirage for 3000.00 and it was a little rough. I went to work on it and spent about another 3 and it is sweet now. I have seen the same boat, in less nice condition go for 10-12 .

    #46708
    Peter E.Peter E.
    Member

    Yeah that is exactly what I am looking to do is guide out of it. And for the small tidal creeks down here a shallow draft is must. The water down here is fairly similar to what you see in Lousianna though our marsh is not as extensive. I really am wanting a quick stable skiff that will hug a curve and give me as shallow of a draft as possible. So when I add this to trying to save money I have my work cut out for me.

    #46709
    dan dombos
    Member

    Peter,
    I have been looking around myself, in hopes of a couple of years being in the market with check in hand.  I have stopped looking at the pure flats boats and started looking for more of a hybrid bay boat flats boat, if there is such a thing.  I really like the small ranger bay boats, and even the Triton.  I think I have decided on, my dream boat, of a Ranger Bay Boat.  Not sure what size but most likely a 20 or 22.
    I wish I were in a position to be seriously talking to dealers about delivery.  Good luck with it and please post pics when you get it.

    My wife’s uncle “upgraded” from a Scout Bay 201 to a Ranger 2310 Bay boat a few years back.

    #46710
    keith b
    Member

    I am not sure what it tells me but i am guessing he did not like the ranger. When I get more serious about a purchase I will have to find more reviews like that.
    Good luck with the search for your skiff!

    #46711
    Jay Hake
    Member

    New I’d be looking at the ECC Fury if it runs well as it hasn’t seen water yet.  Also the Bohemian 17 once they have a finished product.

    Craig,

    Do you know who is making that Bohemian 17?

    #46712

    Jay,

    I know their photo/marketing guy Richard.

    #46713
    Allan DozierAllan Dozier
    Member

    I agree with Craig’s choices.

    I plan on living forever, so far so good.

    #46714

    Thanks Craig!

    #46715
    Peter E.Peter E.
    Member

    It looks like it will be a great boat, and it looks like it will have plenty of dry storage throughout the boat. When I was looking at the Caimen one of the things that I felt that could be improved on was the lack of storage room. For me I like a boat where nearly everything is integrated into the boats deck, but that may be because I am more familiar with a bass boat’s layout.

    I also like to cut out as much clutter as possible. I really am a minmalist. But looking at a boat from a guiding view I feel that though for me less is more I want my customers to be as comfortable as possible. So balancing that out is pretty key for me.

    When I first started looking at skiffs for this I thought maybe the Gladesmen from ECC and even though I am familiar with small boats (I love to stand and pole my Native to site fish for friends in the bow of the boat), not everybody is comfortable in them.

    I want a stable boat, but I need one that keeps things simple. I drive a 4 banger truck so the boat has to be light. I have a strict budget I have to stick to because I cannot afford to go into debt starting this venture. So I have my work cut out for me. Thats part of living the dream I guess.

    Keep an eye out for me, I’lll drive to where ever, and I will appreciate all the help I can get. I already appreciate all the advice.

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