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Old 04-09-2019, 07:49 PM
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Well this should be interesting. I have a new build in the works. Scoot Schoof owner of T-Craft Boat works in Bradenton Florida. https://www.facebook.com/T-Craft-Boa...epa=SEARCH_BOX
Has started a new boat for me. A boat builder that in my opinion is a hidden jewel for those in the Hybrid mid water boats. Scott is very dedicated and extremely knowledgeable of his T CRAFT. He has sorted the boat well and has taken any or most flaws the boat may have had over the years. Remember this hull dates back to the late 60's. And was very popular in the 70-80's. Many Commercial trapper and Guides utilize this hull in the Keys. Unfortunately many are turning over 30 years old hulls. I hope to share more images as they become available. Hard not living close to the work shop. But I'll do my best. The west coast around Tampa bay and North Florida have been using this boat for a while. Also he is working on a future 27 that from what I have seen will be the next best Cover boat for Hybrids and mid bay boats. Enjoy for those who may follow.














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Old 04-10-2019, 02:08 AM
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Damn George - them's some beefy-ass stringers! Just like your RR. You sold that sexy WW and now you're into big-boned girls!
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Old 04-10-2019, 04:53 AM
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Originally Posted by EdwardB View Post
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Damn George - them's some beefy-ass stringers! Just like your RR. You sold that sexy WW and now you're into big-boned girls!
LOL......I'm keeping the same colors to always remind me.
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Old 04-10-2019, 06:19 AM
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I've always liked the T-Crafts. I'll be following. I saw your WW a few times around Miami and on the water, she was beautiful.

What made you decide to sell? I'm assuming the T-Craft fits your use much better. That stringer grid is incredible.
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Old 04-10-2019, 06:46 AM
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Originally Posted by 305seahunter View Post
I've always liked the T-Crafts. I'll be following. I saw your WW a few times around Miami and on the water, she was beautiful.

What made you decide to sell? I'm assuming the T-Craft fits your use much better. That stringer grid is incredible.
My work application on the water looks like will only be crabs and lobster
maybe a little but only a little of some back inshore fishing. And I started working with a few of the guys in Keywest that run the older T Craft
and it just made more sense. I will never forget the best boat I have owned, the Whitewater. Awesome boat.
The last 2 season I never left the bay with the WW. The T CRAFT looks to be a good fit for me.
Can’t wait to put it to the test
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Old 04-10-2019, 07:23 AM
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Nice, George. Looking forward to this build. Hopefully you get out for half of what I have in my T-Craft lol
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Originally Posted by laythewood View Post
Nice, George. Looking forward to this build. Hopefully you get out for half of what I have in my T-Craft lol
Yes Sir, thank you again. Will be more in touch. Just picked up the new motor have to drive it up.
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Old 04-10-2019, 03:18 PM
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I know Scott real well. Built a live well for me. My cousin also has a 24 that he runs charters out of the Tampa Bay Area. He has perfected the 24 for sure. Great guy and always looking to improve on something. I couldn’t tell you how many guides in the area run that boat. So much room for activities.
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Originally Posted by Florida Flow View Post
I know Scott real well. Built a live well for me. My cousin also has a 24 that he runs charters out of the Tampa Bay Area. He has perfected the 24 for sure. Great guy and always looking to improve on something. I couldn’t tell you how many guides in the area run that boat. So much room for activities.
Florida Flow thank you, and what he had showed me with the 27 he is working on. He did not recommend to me as a commercial application. But for the guides and hybrid mid water boats. It is going to be amazing. And the 24 all I can say is its history has been second to none where it works best.
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That last pic from Tampa Bay Boater is Justin's new T-Craft. Justin and I have been friends for years, looks like he has been enjoying the new boat and putting a lot of hours on already. They are a great all around hull and I'm sure you'll be pleased.

Looking forward to the build!
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Originally Posted by ibewerik View Post
That last pic from Tampa Bay Boater is Justin's new T-Craft. Justin and I have been friends for years, looks like he has been enjoying the new boat and putting a lot of hours on already. They are a great all around hull and I'm sure you'll be pleased.

Looking forward to the build!
ibewerik , Thank you appreciate it. I'm out on the water a lot. Hoping to create some more business for him here on the east coast and down thru the Keys. Most of the guys in the Keys don't know about Scott and their turning over older boats with 30 plus years on them.
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Here is an old article I had found written by Key West Fishing Charters.

"The Got Tarpon" is a really unique boat, a 24 foot long T-Craft. T-Crafts have been around the Keys for years. The hull that ran the Keys economy for years. If you don't know what I mean, they were specially designed to run really shallow with a very heavy payload. In the Keys of years past the drug runners used to drop the square groupers (bails of drugs) in the shallow waters of the flats where no one would see them and no one would venture because of the shallow draft. The T-craft could carry 5000-6000lbs and still run fast in the really shallow water (10 inches deep) avoiding the pursuit of law enforcement. The T-crafts used to be all over the Keys and are now being recognized for a special purpose. To run shallow with such a heavy load they had to be absolutely flat in the back end of the boat making them extremely stable (they don't rock at all), they make a perfect shallow water fishing platform.They have a deep V upfront but they will not do well offshore. The really awesome thing about this boat is it can do things that other boats can't. It fishes shallow with up to 6 people on it like no boat can. It is the ultimate shallow water fishing boat, it doesn't rock at all and is super stable. With its over 10 foot beam she has the fishing room of a boat twice her size. It is definitely not a boat for all purposes but what she does, she does better than any other hull. It is a shallow water Shark, Tarpon, backcountry channel fishing boat with no equal. She has a t-top for shade, plenty of seating and lots of deck space to fight the big fish. Step back into history and pretend your out there running the shallows in search of a new adventure.
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Old 04-12-2019, 02:01 PM
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Some more images came in today on the Build.
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Old 04-13-2019, 05:28 AM
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Wow, that's so cool to see a T Craft in that stage of production. The outside dimensions look exactly like my 1975 hull.
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Old 04-13-2019, 05:39 AM
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Great looking boat. Pics of the build process are the cleanest I've seen. Keep it coming
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Originally Posted by burningdaylight View Post
Wow, that's so cool to see a T Craft in that stage of production. The outside dimensions look exactly like my 1975 hull.
Oh yeah its a wide BITCH! for sure. LOL 9'11 on the transom if I'm not mistaken.
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Old 04-13-2019, 10:25 AM
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Thanks for posting the pictures. Looks great. My son fishes one in the Lower Keys. Commercial lobster dive and stone crab. Boat works great for inshore and nearshore. Very economical to run with 250 Suzuki. .Keep the posts coming. What power? Jack plate? Keep the pictures coming. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by swj View Post
Thanks for posting the pictures. Looks great. My son fishes one in the Lower Keys. Commercial lobster dive and stone crab. Boat works great for inshore and nearshore. Very economical to run with 250 Suzuki. .Keep the posts coming. What power? Jack plate? Keep the pictures coming. Thanks!
SWJ, Thank you. 300 Yamaha. Jack plate also. A lot of guys in the Keys us them. I have been on a couple down in stock island. Worked the stone crabs. Down in Keywest they take them somewhat offshore also for lobster traps. The guys I know have had them in some pretty bad conditions. Usually cold fronts.
I have not been in one in rough conditions. But pretty much they have said that the boat can handle a lot, you just have to slow down. As far as carrying weight there is very little like it in a 24.
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I have fished out of a couple of these boats. Almost built one myself. Awesome boats.
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