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Old 02-15-2006, 06:33 PM
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I am looking to purchase a new DLV model skiff. This is a new hull design for the skiff this year and not many in my area have been purchased. I am looking for positive or negative feedback from an owner of this model.
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Old 02-25-2006, 12:37 PM
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Just last night a member of the Carolina Skiff Owner's Group on MSN posted a report of his test ride in a 218DLV. I'm not sure if linking is appropriate here, but the site is easy to find with a google search. Getting ready to buy a 19DLV myself as soon as my 16DLX sells.

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I checked out a new CS DLV recently at a boat show and really liked it. The CS factory rep said the DLV is the same hull as (maybe) the DLX, with the new front. Anyone think the new front looks just like a Boston Whaler?

I read the review at Carolina Skiffs Owners Group and the comments about same ride kinda bears out the above comment about hull. The hull is so deep, there is a neat molded in step either side off the bow platform.


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they do resemble the whaler, i heard that they are kinda rough like the dlx's.
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I wish they would install a rigging tube as an option. Most of the CS over 17' have center consoles. That rigging cover looks like crap.
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I'm also looking at the 19' DLV. . .wondering if the 90hp is enough. . .anyone?
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I don't own one but have spent reasonable time on my friends. It is pretty dry. Much more than the older design. His 21 has a 115 Yam 4 banger that pushes it along fine. Usually cruises in the low to mid 20s. I don't know what wide open speed is. I have a 21 cape horn and my boat handles chop a lot better (duh). Of course his 115 gets like 5+ MPG and I get like 2.5 with my 225. The 17 19 and 21 are all the same width and I imagine the 21 will ride better than either of the other ones. The 21 is freaking huge inside. Lots of deck room, it just not an offshore boat.

Just realized the orginal question is over 3 years old, but I'm not deleting my reply. I have no idea if 90 is enough for a 19 footer...
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Good luck with a 21 DLV. I go fishing and crabing on a friends 7 or 8 times a year. The boat has lots of room,great for crabing the back bays. Good for fishing the back bays also. Seas over 1 foot will beat the hell out of you. Do not use in the ocean. His boat has a 115 Zuk. it gets great gas milage. The engine runs perfict. There is one problem with the Zuk. it is geared to low for a boat that light. What I mean is that the throutle is to touchy at the low end. We have both been close to being throne out of the boat. Some adjustments by the mechanic helped but it is still a problem. Over all a good boat for fishing and crabing in the back bays.

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check out carolinaskiffowners dot com. It's a full offshoot of the MSN forum.

I have a V2380 which is the transition from the flat bottom to the DLV. I love it. It's a little wet on a choppy day, but runs it's also the best boat that I have ever owned.
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I've got the 198DLV with a Etec engine. It runs fast enough for me at about 27 mph. i have taken it to a lake in ME as well as around here, near Cape Cod, and also run it around Naples FL for some fishing. The hp is enough for most purposes, I even towed a 42' sailboat back to dock after its engine quit.
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I have a 218DLV 2008 with 115 e-tec. DRY RIDE!!! Takes ocean very well. Lots of room. Has firm ride like a tri-hull.
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We have considered the Carolina SKiff 23 dlv and really like the boat. We were very impressed with the Sea Hunt 21 BR skiff. A porta potty for the wife and the options of rigging the boat with some extras not listed as options. One really impressive feature is that this skiff has the same stringer system as the larger center consols. The fit and finish is far better than the Carolina. Price is equal on both. Take a look and decide. We have decided when our 23CC off shore boat sells, the Sea Hunt is the best option. If you live near Columbia S.C., call them and ask for Jai. You tour the factory and see the build process. This is something that Carolina would not let us do.
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Tim, I have a 218 with a 115 outboard. I like every thing about the boat except for the seat keeps loose from deck. I am now taking it back for the 2nd time. Good luck. Bob
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