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Old 09-16-2009, 03:56 AM
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Who makes the best?? A Yellowfin 24 bay is my opinion but out of my price rangeand over my size limit but if have one post the porn... Show your pix, power and performance numbers...Is a hydraulic jack plate the way to go? Do they affect performance?? I'm starting to look for something sporty but stable to mess around in the intracoastal, inlets, Currituck Sound and the southern Chesapeake Bay in favorable conditions.....Speed is a bonus as I have a consistent 25 mile run to make in flat water!!
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A yellowfin 24 doesn't really fall under the flats category. I'd say the hottest hot rod flats boat out right now is the Lake and Bay Boca Grande 20
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An 18' Egret powered with a 175 might fit the bill since it will be capable of running over 65mph if that's what you want... I've run a few of them for customers, but I'm not comfortable at much over 55.... When you get where you're going the Egret will probably fish much better than anyone else's rig and it's very well built. As a matter of fact whenever one of my customers shows some interest in buying their own boat I always tell them to look at the Egret first.... "You might not be able to afford one but it will be a good idea to see how a top quality rig should be set up", is my usual advice..

More than a few guides work out of them in my area. I'd have one in a heartbeat if I could afford it...
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Try a SCB (Simmons Custom Boat). I thini Haynie makes some quick ones, also. Check out the forums at 2coolfishing.com

A good "flats" boat generally won't go over 50mph. Many "bay" boats will. Maybe you are confusing the two?
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My 22 Pathfinder with a Yamaha 4s 250 does about 60. But it's not a true flats boat, more like the YF The ultimate gofast flats rig would be the Pathfinder 21 Fusion with the same power, my guess is 70 mph. But the tradeoff is less comfort in marginal conditions. Both come with the jacks.
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Try a SCB (Simmons Custom Boat). I thini Haynie makes some quick ones, also. Check out the forums at 2coolfishing.com

A good "flats" boat generally won't go over 50mph. Many "bay" boats will. Maybe you are confusing the two?
The SCBs will run over 80 mph with a 250 on the back. Nice looking boats (cats). He went out of business like 7 years ago but might still build one here and there if you pay him in full....up front. There is one for sale in Corpus Chrisit for around 30k

Majek builds a boat called the Extreme...I think. Buddy had one for years and it would often top 70 mph on GPS. Very, very shallow drafting boat but it is called a bay boat, not a flats boat.

Liberator also makes a 80+mph "bass looking type of bay/flats boat". Hard to find them, picklefork nose.
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An 18' Egret powered with a 175 might fit the bill since it will be capable of running over 65mph if that's what you want... I've run a few of them for customers, but I'm not comfortable at much over 55.... When you get where you're going the Egret will probably fish much better than anyone else's rig and it's very well built. As a matter of fact whenever one of my customers shows some interest in buying their own boat I always tell them to look at the Egret first.... "You might not be able to afford one but it will be a good idea to see how a top quality rig should be set up", is my usual advice..

More than a few guides work out of them in my area. I'd have one in a heartbeat if I could afford it...
I'll second the Egret. Not the fastest, but a hot rod in every aspect. Fast and a true fishing platform for when you get there.

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The SCBs will run over 80 mph with a 250 on the back. Nice looking boats (cats). He went out of business like 7 years ago but might still build one here and there if you pay him in full....up front. There is one for sale in Corpus Chrisit for around 30k

Majek builds a boat called the Extreme...I think. Buddy had one for years and it would often top 70 mph on GPS. Very, very shallow drafting boat but it is called a bay boat, not a flats boat.

Liberator also makes a 80+mph "bass looking type of bay/flats boat". Hard to find them, picklefork nose.
I take that back, he is back at it: http://simmonscustomboats.net
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Definitely not the fastest but if you're a true flats fisherman and want the ultimate ability to hit the skinny water with a functional, practical, and "bad-to-the-bone" flats boat, you ought to look at a Beavertail Skiff. I love both of mine and the manufacturer can custom tailor to your needs.





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I agree, Egret makes one of the best. If there is no budget restraints, that would be my choice. I am not sure if they are still made, but there was a Brand callled Shipoke (sp?) that was really nice too. Does anybody know if they are still produced??
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You've got the spelling right with Shipoke, they were a premium tarpon skiff in their day but haven't been built in years. You can still find nice examples for sale used. Most who've owned them wish they hadn't sold theirs... That said, I read a report just recently from one of the old timers who guided for years out of the Keys. From what I remember the Shipoke had a hook in the bottom to keep its bow down in bad water... as a result the mid fifties is all they'd do now matter how big the motor. Go to the Florida Sportsman site and do a search on the Boating board for lots of additional on both the old Shipoke, and the newer Egret. Right now that site is all fouled up with a new format. Once they actually get it sorted out it would be the best source about any "flats boat". You'll note the quotation marks. What passes for a flats boat today is a far cry from a real flats boat, meant to be worked with a push pole... Many are now just bass or bay boats that happen to have a poling platform that's never used for anything but an extra seat...
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You've got the spelling right with Shipoke, they were a premium tarpon skiff in their day but haven't been built in years. You can still find nice examples for sale used. Most who've owned them wish they hadn't sold theirs... That said, I read a report just recently from one of the old timers who guided for years out of the Keys. From what I remember the Shipoke had a hook in the bottom to keep its bow down in bad water... as a result the mid fifties is all they'd do now matter how big the motor. Go to the Florida Sportsman site and do a search on the Boating board for lots of additional on both the old Shipoke, and the newer Egret. Right now that site is all fouled up with a new format. Once they actually get it sorted out it would be the best source about any "flats boat". You'll note the quotation marks. What passes for a flats boat today is a far cry from a real flats boat, meant to be worked with a push pole... Many are now just bass or bay boats that happen to have a poling platform that's never used for anything but an extra seat...
Thanks for the information. I use to work at a Marina in SC when I was a kid, early to mid 90's, and two of the guides had them. They were really nice. They use to keep an oriental rug on the floor, was kinda cool.
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SlipperyWhenWet, you have to be kidding with me?! A Beavertail is not in the league of an Egret, or as the OP stated a 24' Yellowfin. The title says HOT ROD FLATS BOATS, and a Beavertail is not a hotrod! A Beavertail is more like a Miata....
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Maverick HPX 18 with a 150. I had the pleasure of taking a ride in one of these skiffs last week and that thing was Fast as hell and still can get in skinny water. If you want a TPS then you should definetly look at the mavericks.
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Flying, you're close enough, slide down to Washington, NC and test drive an Egret. I'd love to have one but my wife prefers a roof over her head at night.
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If you want a true flats boat and not a bay boat, yes the Egret is a good choice.

There is also dragonfly boatworks (dragonflyboatworksllc.com I think). For a true skinny water boat the 16-foot Emerger is great and they fly with a 50. I have one (but not with a 50). Look at the 17-foot Dragonfly as it has performance similar to Egret with max HP. Top quality but less $$ than Egret.
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Or if your leaning toward a bay boat and speed is an issue:






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