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Carolina Skiff 192 JLS: Good Buy? Any Issues?

Old 09-14-2020, 12:22 PM
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Default Carolina Skiff 192 JLS: Good Buy? Any Issues?

Does anyone have a Carolina Skiff 2020 or 2021 192 JLS with a 140 Suzuki? 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.
Old 09-14-2020, 12:55 PM
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Not many have been sold. I hope you can get some feedback. A place called the Grass Shack had BMT side console packages listed in the low 20's not too long ago. That impressed me as an incredible deal.
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Thank you. I found the web site: https://www.grass-shack.net/. It looks like Grass Shack is out of Buford, GA. I'll check it out.
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Let’s try this again. My first post was long and very detailed but some how never got posted. YEs it does lean tot he left and pretty hard about 10 to 15 degrees. This will happen as the boat accelerates and get on to plan. As you trim the motor up for the lean will go away, it is a very weird thing that happens. Yes the gas tank is in the left rear of the boat but the tank extends to the center boat so not all the weight is the left corner. The boat is left weight sensitive so if two or three people on that side it will lean pretty hard. When it comes to the lean from my understanding Carolina Skiff knows about The issue and will not deal the customer Directly and are making the customer go through the dealership (that’s where mine is for this issue). I have spoke with a few dealers in the area and they have told me that CS comes and gets the boat and takes to the factory and fixes it. I told them do not put trim tabs on the boat and fix the issue, because all trim tabs do is mask the issue.

Compliants: not enough storage room in the boat. There are only two bow lockers and they not even hold a 5 gallon bucket. The second complaint is the lack of room on the center console. Once you mount your electronic there isn’t much room left of things like a radio or CB. See pictures

What i love about the boat. The fishablility there is plenty of room for 4 fisherman. Typically it just two of us but we have put 4 in the boat and fished all day comfortably. The Dual Live wells, I use the front live well as a cooler (drains overboard) and back one for bait. This allows me to use the under seat cooler as a fish box. Front casting deck is huge which is great for throwing a cast net for bait even with the trolling motor installed. The boat is fast for a skiff, With two people full for fishing gear for and all day trip on plane trimmed out 38ish mph, and does not bleed off much speed in hard 90 degree turns may be 3 to 4 mph. This is with an under proper motor (just found that out) currently i am running a 13.25X15 on the boat going to 15.75x22 which should give me more speed and better loading capabilities. Am expecting 46 to 49 mph. Lastly the handling is fantastic, of course on smooth water it is smooth as butter. However, we know that Is not every-time we go out, in 2 foot the but cuts right though wave and even had the boat in 3 foot swells, as long as you find your speed and proper trim point the boat will cut right through with out any issues and you will stay dry.

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I bought the 162 a few weeks ago and the lean to the left is noticeable depending on your speed and trim. With the rear live well full it will level the boat out pretty good so not a big deal for me. One thing that is annoying, is the live well pump overcomes the drains so the live wells will overflow if you leave it running to long. I run both live wells if I have someone with me so we don't have to move around so much. They do have valves to help regulate the flow so still playing with them to alleviate the problem. Also, would like to have a recirculation pump for the live wells. I was nervous going from a 19ft boat to a 16ft boat but I am really impressed with how it handles the water. The bow really does a good job with waves and it is a much better ride than I thought it would be. It is a little wetter than my mako was. It does not have the flare to help knock down some of the spray. I am sure the 192 will be drier than mine.
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Flare isn't what knocks down most of the spray we experience in most conditions we run in. My Hoog 17 Rocket was far drier than my Pioneer Cape Island 18. Google up pics of both. The Cape Island has pretty good flare, the Hoog has none. What does the Hoog have that the CI doesn't?

In looking at that JLS, it looks like it's pretty narrow at the stern. On top of that it has a good bit of deadrise. On top of that, it is fairly light. Those all add up to make a boat more prone to leaning. That is inescapable. I wouldn't have one without tabs.
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I just bought a 2021 192 JLS in October powered by the Suzuki 115, which is a very smooth motor, and so far, I'm very pleased. I had them put a Minn Kota Terrova 80 LB thrust motor on the bow, and it a great rig for fishing. I had the port list on plane with a full tank of fuel, and it leveled out fine trimming the motor up a hair. I'm very pleased with the ride and with four adults, we were approaching 40 MPH on flat water with very little wind. I like the boat because it's perfect for inshore or nearshore fishing on the coast, and works just as well on Inland lakes here in Alabama. The first time out of the city park in Port St. Joe, we found out that the boat will float in less than a foot of water when I ran outside of the narrow little channel getting out from the launch.
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Originally Posted by USCG Safe Boating D8 View Post
Flare isn't what knocks down most of the spray we experience in most conditions we run in. My Hoog 17 Rocket was far drier than my Pioneer Cape Island 18. Google up pics of both. The Cape Island has pretty good flare, the Hoog has none. What does the Hoog have that the CI doesn't?

In looking at that JLS, it looks like it's pretty narrow at the stern. On top of that it has a good bit of deadrise. On top of that, it is fairly light. Those all add up to make a boat more prone to leaning. That is inescapable. I wouldn't have one without tabs.
I have one and the lean is leveled out by trimming the motor up a bit. The spring-loaded trim tabs seem to really help.

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