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Old 02-03-2006, 11:04 AM
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Anyone have any experience with these? Saw the ad in Shallow water Angler then looked at the web site, they look like they may be pretty nice.
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Old 02-03-2006, 11:48 AM
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I don't have any direct personal experience with these skiffs but they have gotten strong reviews on other forums by the first few folks that have bought one. The hull looks like an adaptation (splash?) of the old Hells Bay 17.8 or Waterman 18 hull (please do not take this to mean that Fisher/Beavertail is buying HB, I do not want to start any unsubstantiated rumors here). Early models of the Beavertail had cheap looking plastic hatches but the more recent hulls aparently have well-finished fiberglass hatches. If you do a lot of poling and fish in really skinny water (a la Mossquito Lagoon) I think they are worth a close look. I do know that with options these boats start creaping up into the $20k's pretty quickly so don't let the ads that say "$14,000 nicely equipped" fool you. If I was going to spend over $20k I would be talking to Tom Gordon at Gordon Boatworks (Tom used to work @ Hells Bay and now has the 16 & 18 ft. Waterman molds, he builds a very high quality skiff). Good luck with your search.
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You might find some info. in the Sandbar. : )
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ATL, I noticed that on the pricing also, and Just1more I thought about the sandbar on that one too!
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Its like they say you get what you pay for. Its why so many cars look like a Mercedes but arent. Id look for an old Hells Bay (one from the Chittum owned days) and run it from now on
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saw the boat at the palm beach boat show. it didn't look bad for the money. I am more of a bay boat guy but I snapped a picture with the owner. talked with him briefly
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Ok hmmmm where do I start..I have been in the market for a Skiff for the past 8 months now and In the meantime I have fished and wet tested just about all of them out there :

Dolphin skiff number one but 40 to 50 k
Hells bay number two but also 40 to 50 k
Beavertail vengeance 30 to 35 loaded and in my opinion the best finish all around Skiff that I have been on and I will own one soon!
Eastcape skiff at number 4 with the many Skiffs that they offers I think they have some work to do on improving there finishes but still a great Skiffs!

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Owned a B1. It was great. Hatches functioned well...not watertight but I could have fixed that. Kids grew. Guide bought it and told me he loves it. I had 40 hp..60 would be better. Great 2 man boat with a good ride. Would own again. TW
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mark fisher is a raging douche bag. i posted my opinion of their vengance at FS and he threatened to take me to court for defamation and slander. eff him and eff "his" boats. i say "his" because they dont actually make them. they are made here in manatee county by the guys that make aeon bay boats.

screw you mark fisher!

whew. i feel better now.
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GSM80..................I am also looking for a flats boat. I actually want something that will draft 2" to 5"...........take a look at the Yellow Fin 17.....
I really like the East Cape skiffs.......My advise is that you be sure to take a ride in a boat before you buy it. Also you do noit need a lot of horse power for these boats.......good luck....
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I fished on a Vengeance with a 60hp a couple of weeks ago in Mosquito Lagoon, I was very impressed with the fit and finish. Boat was really dry on an extremely windy day Was very easy to pole for a beginner and I mean I had never poled before. This boat can really get in some skinny water. I liked it so much I am looking to pick up a nice used one.
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GSM80..................I am also looking for a flats boat. I actually want something that will draft 2" to 5"...........take a look at the Yellow Fin 17.....
I really like the East Cape skiffs.......My advise is that you be sure to take a ride in a boat before you buy it. Also you do noit need a lot of horse power for these boats.......good luck....
Yellow Fin 17 very nice skiff but little to wet for me and little to small.
I don't giust take rides in boat but I fish in them, that 's the only way to see if the boat fits you fishing needs and stile.
Nate Aeon makes sick boats buddy and I am glad that they work on Beavertail together with Mark, and trust me I did my homework on all different skiff out there and I know you love your Ventage but that is notting wrong at all with the Veangence, they are bad-ass skiff.
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I own a used 07 b2 60hp etec love the boat, runs skinny floats skinny, quiet no hull slap, takes a chop better than i expected, dont care for the new ones, but would buy another used b2 in a heart beat, as for all the external bs about stealing hb design thats for laywers to fight it out.
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Nate Aeon makes sick boats buddy and I am glad that they work on Beavertail together with Mark, and trust me I did my homework on all different skiff out there and I know you love your Ventage but that is notting wrong at all with the Veangence, they are bad-ass skiff.
i guess i have a bad taste in my mouth from how mark fisher treated me when i expressed MY OPINION. i love the aeon 23. if i was in the market for a "west coast" bay boat it would be on my short list.
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I Have one. I love it a lot. It's perfect for super skinny water, and yet it manages just fine in large swells on the Galveston, TX intercostal ship channel. the design is flawless, you can be on the boat in water and walk on the very edge of the boat and it barley moves. It is a very fast boat, keeps up well with our friends Majek Illusion. I am a part of a little boat business with my father and one of his buddies, and we have had over 40 boats, from a 30 foot Sea Ray, to an 18 foot Mako, and I can safely say this is one of our better performing boats that is also the most versatile. Also might I mention, that the boat is so light that our truck's gas mileage has absolutely no difference in gas mileage
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mark fisher is a raging douche bag. i posted my opinion of their vengance at FS and he threatened to take me to court for defamation and slander. eff him and eff "his" boats. i say "his" because they dont actually make them. they are made here in manatee county by the guys that make aeon bay boats.

screw you mark fisher!

whew. i feel better now.
Didn't they sell BT to Aeon? I seem to recall the suit between BT and HB got settled. Mark showed off some check but they had to stop making the boats and came out with their latest model. It's all a bit fuzzy now.
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Old Thread but what the hell!

Yes Beavertail appears to be a total sale to AEON who has been the manufacturer of all the Beavertail model since the Vengeance appeared on the scene.

Beavertailskiffs.com goes directly into the AEON Marine website now. I think AEON had the Vengeance over at the Ft. Lauderdale show as well.

Some folks have trashed BT over the Hells Bay Splash deal. Perhaps rightfully so on that one??? But this hull was designed from the ground up by Marine Concepts in Cape Coral, FL. They are a great shop that make molds for the best boat builders in the world. They know their stuff.

The Vengeance is actually a very nice looking hull and AEON finishes it off very well.

Not sure if Mark Fisher is even involved any longer or not. It certainly appears like a direct sell of the molds to AEON. They should do well with it!

If I were in the market for a boat of that type I would certainly not overlook it!
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mark fisher isnt involved (from what im told).
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