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Old 09-26-2011, 01:21 PM
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Default 16ft, 5 Inch Draft Flats Skiff

I am looking a getting a boat to explore the backwaters of the everglades. Looking at tunnel hulls, in hopes of getting a boat that drafts in 5 inches, and is 14 to 16 feet long. Any recommendations to investigate? Under $20K.

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I would say have it custom built. I would get a 17ft Carolina skiff and have a 5 ft tunnel installed (from the rear) by a good local glass guy. I would do a jackplate and a 50/60hp. You could keep it under 20k easily.
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for a good value flats skiff, look at www.mitziskiffs.com. I am not affiliated in anyway, except seeing a few for very reasonable prices at some local boat shows. Looks like their draft may be an inch or two more, but a draft of 6-7" is pretty seriously shallow.
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You might want to look into the pathfinder tunnel hulls, no longer made. They made a 15 and a 17. I had a 17 with a 2-stroke yamaha 60hp on it, and I know for a fact the draft is more than 8", but with the tunnel it will run shallower than it would sit, and get places most boats won't. Side console, it had so much fishing space on it it was crazy. I don't have a clue how it poles though.





These two shots will give you an idea how shallow it will run. Check out the height of the cav plate:





When I sold it I had guides from the 'glades calling me on it daily that wanted it but I wound up selling it very quickly locally. Apparently from talking to them the hull is well known down there, and popular with the guides in that area.

They also made a 15, which was a tiller version. I would think that hull would draft close to 5-6", and get places very, very few hulls could. You might want to look into that one if you're really serious about getting in remote places.

If you choose to go that route, shoot me a PM and I'll help you with some finer points of that hull and what to look for when purchasing.

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After this thread is completed, take the same basic question to microskiff.com for all the info in the world about small, shallow skiffs....
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Maverick HXP-Tunnel 5" draft

Heres the website
http://www.maverickboats.com/boat-sp...4&t=3276157496

heres one in your price range
http://www.boattrader.com/listing/20...-Hull-99705977
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Thanks for the input!
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I would honestly just get a standard Carolina skiff, getting a J series will keep weight of the boat and motor down, then have a glass guy but a big set-back on it, and it should raise the motor quite a bit. Could probably do it with a 30 hp 2-stroke for well under 20k, should be less than 10k.

I have a J16 I plan to do this with. Should get me in the 5-6" range I figure.
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Pathfinder tunnel, get it quick!! and its cheap!!
http://www.boattrader.com/listing/20...-Hull-99693978
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http://www.boattrader.com/listing/20...-1700-99693385
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That's about the going rate for the 17' hulls in good shape. The 15t's are harder to find. If you're REALLY serious about going shallow, you might look into the 15t.

The 17t's are known to have stringer issues; if you test drive the boat and hear knocking or feel something loose under the deck, either walk or buy the boat at a cost that would make it worthwhile for someone to fix it.

If it doesn't have stringer issues, it's likely by now that it won't ever. Mine was fine. Don't be afraid of them, they are lightweight hulls and purpose built. It is NOT a hull for any rough water.

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