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Old 04-25-2019, 05:36 PM
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I just sold my Ranger Ghost 169 and I'm looking for another boat. My wife wants something with some more room for us and our 10&8 year olds. I fish a lot alone so I liked my small Ranger better than my 21ft century I had before that. I'm familiar with Hewes, Maverick, Ranger and most of the flats boats out there. But I'm really interested in some of the skiffs like Hells Bay, Bossman, Egret, Beavertail, East Cape etc. Does anyone in here know of a 18ft-20ft skiff that is stable enough to have a family of 4 on it for those weekend rides to the beach? We did it in the Ranger Ghost but it got tight with all of our crap. I realize that skiff and family of 4 doesn't sound ideal but I figured I'd ask. Thanks for any help.
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Old 04-25-2019, 05:42 PM
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Panga 18, 20, 22....versatile and economical
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Old 04-25-2019, 06:01 PM
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There are several and likley many 20-21 boats that would satisfy your stated requirments; just comes down to what interest you and how much you want to spend. However, when you say skiff, I hope you're not talknig about poling it if you're looking for room for 4 people plus the coolers and stuff kids and a wife will want to bring.

If you're looking for a sub-12" draft in the real world (as opposed to the BS manufacter numbers) with room for 4 and a more open cockpit than most skiffs but not a bay boat either then an Egret Moccasin 210 would be great boat. The 190 would work too but the 210 is of course a little bigger. It's a better family boat than their 189 or 2011 but not a poling skiff. Young Gulfshore 20 is a nice 20' flats boat.. again not a poling skiff and I don't think as family friendly as the Moccasin.

A Pathfinder 22 TRS will fit 4 people nicely and still draft pretty shallow too but again not a skiff.

Being that you had a Ghost and know about the big names in skiffs I assume you already know the answer to your question... there is no real skiff in the style you mentioned HB, ECC, Beavertail, etc that is a true family of 4 boat. If you're really wanting a poling skiff, a HB Marquessa or EC Vantage would be about close as you could get in a FL style poling skiff and as small as I would go for wife + 2 kids occasionaly.

I think you have the same problem as a lot of guys, you want a 7" draft poliing skiff but need a family boat. My suggestion, go with a big flats boat or bay boat and fish where the trolling motor will take you and then get some manta racks and a SUP and use it as mothership for those winter negative tides.
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Old 04-25-2019, 06:46 PM
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If you want a true skiff, high quality build, stable and roomy for a family (but not a lot of creature comforts), I’d check out Jones Brothers.
https://www.jonesbrothersmarine.com/jbm_bateau_20.htm
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It sounds like you just need two boats
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Check out the Pioneer cape island 186
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Old 04-26-2019, 02:41 AM
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You may want to think about moving into something like a 22 Pathfinder, As a family of 4 we out grew our 16 egret and moved to the bay boat world.
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Old 04-26-2019, 04:49 AM
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I love the 22 pathfinder but My storage situation at my house prevents me from getting something that big.
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Old 04-26-2019, 05:10 AM
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I've never seen it in person but Chittum just built a 21' skiff.

How big does your storage solution accommodate?
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Old 04-26-2019, 05:27 AM
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east cape vantage...I had one, sold it, and regret it. Stable, dry, soft ride, excellent build quality, drafted 10-11” fully loaded with 4 people.

Also look at a majek xtreme 22’...it’s basically a bigger vantage. I have one now, still miss the east cape.
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Get a drake outlaw to fish alone on

get a 22 Carolina skiff used to take the family. That way they can drag coolers, anchors, folding chairs, rocks in their shoes and everything short of lighting it on fire while underway and you can just relax as the dad and beach it


that is my perfect world.
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Old 04-26-2019, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
I've never seen it in person but Chittum just built a 21' skiff.

How big does your storage solution accommodate?
20ft may be possible. It’s getting the boat on the side of my house without falling in my culvert on both sides of my driveway that’s the challenge.
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Old 04-26-2019, 07:11 AM
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(Aside from the obvious storage challenge) what is it you like most about a skiff? Shallow running, poling ability, large casting decks, etc?
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Old 04-26-2019, 07:20 AM
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If you want a 20+' skiff with plenty of room for your family of four plus family "stuff", then look into several of the North Carolina 'flat bottom' skiff manufacturers. Don't scoff at the flat bottom...they'll likely ride as good as the flats skiffs you're thinking about.

Intruder Boats (Intruder skiffs) - Beaufort, NC
KenCraft Boats (Bayrider skiffs) - Wilson, NC
Jones Brothers Marine (Bateau skiffs) - Morehead City, NC

You'll never look at flat bottom skiffs the same again.
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shallow sport?
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What about the new 20' Pathfinder?
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Old 04-28-2019, 05:44 AM
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Originally Posted by NNFD197 View Post

20ft may be possible. It’s getting the boat on the side of my house without falling in my culvert on both sides of my driveway that’s the challenge.


It sounds like the width of the trailer at the tires is your constraint more than anything. A single axle trailer is more maneuverable and of course less weight will help out if and when you make a mistake in the culvert. You may need a skiff after all depending on how much room you have to work with. I'm in the camp that whatever boat fits at my house is better than the larger boat I have to store elsewhere.

You're going to need to identify your limit and then start identifying the trailer width of boats you like and that's going to take reaching out to the builders or owners who have them.
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Check out pacific skiff .. if u can find someone willing to sell
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Old 04-29-2019, 07:39 AM
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For trailer maneuverability in the driveway, a riding mower equipped with a trailer ball works wonders.
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Old 04-29-2019, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by cape_fisherman View Post
For trailer maneuverability in the driveway, a riding mower equipped with a trailer ball works wonders.
If you don't have a riding mower, a hitch mounted in the front of your truck works too and cost about $300 to have it installed. For about $1200, a powered dolly works too. The single axle is still far easier to manuever and once in the garage is easier to move by hand.
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