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Old 07-29-2020, 11:30 AM
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Default Carolina Skiff JLS hull thoughts solicited

I have an opportunity to pre-order a 2021 192 JLS by Carolina Skiff. The problem is, I have never been in one, There is no 2020 inventory that I can find in this stupid boat madness so I am unable to water test one. I really like the boat but A) I hate buying new things that depreciate and B) I'm pretty damn nervous about buying a boat I've never ridden in. I like the Hull, and they promise a dry ride. The price is good, $25,900 , 115 Suzuki, cable steer without electronics and a few little extras. SO I am asking anyone who has experience with the JLS hull for their impressions, good, bad or indifferent. I sold two other boats before the crazy crap started and have been boatless since March except for my little 14' clammer. So I am anxious to get something but not so anxious to shoot myslef in the foot.
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I am looking at possibly purchasing the 192 JLS model too. I have only heard of a potential "leaning left" issue but I cannot confirm (fuel tank is located at stern on left side near motor). I want to know if there are any draining issues too. I am hoping to hear from someone who has this boat. Thanks.
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Looking for same here: has anyone bought any of the JLS models yet? They look good but I haven’t been able to see one in person. Anyone out there have one or know of any honest reviews that go beyond CS talking points?
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The performance reports shot that the boat does much better with a 140. Spend the little extra money and get one.
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I am looking at the 162 currently. The dealer I am working with takes you on a test drive once the boat is rigged to test all the systems. So if I am not happy with the performance they will rig it with a different motor. They quoted a price for both motors since I am a little nervous going with the 70hp. Currently waiting on new units to be delivered , hopefully next week. Also, put down a $500 deposit so I get first pick when they are delivered since they have several dealerships. I looked at the 192 and 162 at another dealer but they had them sitting on cheap trailers so I walked. I know the 162 drains to bilge so no scuppers and am pretty sure the the 192 is the same. The price is several thousand dollars higher than what I was quoted at the first dealer but I get a quality aluminum trailer and a test drive, plus if I am not happy with the performance I can step-up in horsepower at just the price difference between the motors. The price goes up quick when you add trolling motor, power pole and put it on a trailer that will last more than a few years.
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I would love to hear your honest review when you get the test drive. I will be looking for a boat in the next couple of years to chase my beloved flounder inshore with. I read something about them mounting the fuel tank off center in the boat and it running with a slight lean when full. Might have been BS, but i will be listening.
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I went for my test ride Tuesday so I thought I would give an update on the 162JLS. I did notice a slight lean to the left but it was slight and I am not to concerned about it and really didn't notice it at full throttle. The boat had about 3/4 tank of fuel. Gear placement hopefully will help solve the issue. I was disappointed in the 70hp and the dealer is going re-rig it with a 90hp. The fit and finish on the boat was good and it feels very solid on the water for its size although it was pretty flat that day but did hit a few wakes and it did well. Really buying it more for the draft than the ride. I know the original question was about the 192JLS but I am pretty sure these boats no matter which size are going to run better with the max HP. Hopefully have mine in a couple weeks once they get the motor in for it.

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