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Old 06-17-2019, 10:10 PM
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Hey guys, I was looking into a few different options for my family of 4, kids are 6/2, to get us out on the water for some fishing on the river but also something that can get us through some skinny water so we can explore Floridas back water. Im new to the skiff world but grew up on the water in South Fl and I want my family to experience it too. I was looking into Gheenoes, Carolina Skiffs, or a flats boat. I was just curious to what you guys would recommend. Thanks!

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Old 06-17-2019, 10:28 PM
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Are you really going to have 4 onboard a lot of the time? If you are then you're looking for a 20'+ flats boat or one of the shallower drafting 22ft bay boats. You could make do with some of the 18-19' flats boats. I would forget a Gheenoe unless it's just your oldest kid and you. With family that includes small kids... I would plan on a large bimini for shade and possibly a dodger top forward depending on the boat..

Your budget plays a huge role. I don't know what river you'e referring to. Usually, unless you're serious about true flats fishing in less than 18" of water, you really don't need a true skinny water skiff and that will limit the family options since anything that fits 4 is not something you want to pole much. That leaves you using a trolling motor which needs about 12" to move you and 18" to really fish.
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Old 06-17-2019, 10:57 PM
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Are you really going to have 4 onboard a lot of the time? If you are then you're looking for a 20'+ flats boat or one of the shallower drafting 22ft bay boats. You could make do with some of the 18-19' flats boats. I would forget a Gheenoe unless it's just your oldest kid and you. With family that includes small kids... I would plan on a large bimini for shade and possibly a dodger top forward depending on the boat..

Your budget plays a huge role. I don't know what river you'e referring to. Usually, unless you're serious about true flats fishing in less than 18" of water, you really don't need a true skinny water skiff and that will limit the family options since anything that fits 4 is not something you want to pole much. That leaves you using a trolling motor which needs about 12" to move you and 18" to really fish.
Thanks man! Budget wise, probaly around the 5-6k ish range. We live on the St Johns River in N. FL. I was leaning more towards a flats/bay boat, I wanted something that would suit me fishing with one person, but, could also work to get the family out for a day trip. As far as skinny water, it would mostly be creeks/ springs off of the St Johns, maybe something on the gulf side... Weeki Wachee if possible, things of that nature.
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:33 PM
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I can't recommend much in the $5-6K range to suit 4 people except to say that safety is more important than performance. Allocate $1K for a new battery, fuel filters, required USCG safety equipment, and possibly new steering and throttle control cables on an old boat. Make sure the fuel tank and fuel lines don't leak or need replacing.
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Old 06-19-2019, 12:16 AM
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Gheenoe would not be my choice for 4 including 2 kids. I've owned one, and it is an okay boat for 1 or 2 under near perfect conditions. Consider a 17' Boston Whaler.
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Old 06-19-2019, 06:43 PM
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4 people in a skiff will get old real fast. Look at some of the smaller center consoles and bay boats, Key West makes some models in that size. As to the 5k budget, that’s a tough one, realistically twice that for a decent boat.
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