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Old 10-22-2020, 09:00 PM
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Default Carolina Skiff's - Solid Budget Boat or Run Away?

I'm not talking about the old style skiff, I mean the LS and Ultra Elite series. Any experiences here?
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New or used? How much are you wanting to spend ?
Old 10-23-2020, 06:29 AM
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For the money you will spend to buy that boat, I would look for a V bottom hull.
Also,customer service is not very good,
Do a Google search, plenty of owner experience.

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When I was shopping for a Sea Chaser the salesman was trying to push the ultra. I looked at one out of curiosity. Not a bad layout, some kind of V bottom hybrid hull, and good choices for power. With the "affordable" new boat aspect, the fit and finnish was lacking, components were on the cheaper side. I saw things that I knew wouldn't last long and would need attention, but that's owning a boat. If I was buying a first boat just to get the family out on the water on a weekend here and there, I would consider one...if I had a good dealer to work with.
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How do they compare in price to something like a Bulls Bay?
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I was quoted something like 43,000 for a bulls bay 21, I don't remember what the ultra was. But the bulls bay is a copy of the older sea pro, a pretty good hull. The bulls bay is more of a fishing boat and the ultra is a little more family oriented.
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How are you planning to use the boat? It’s a big platform for your money. Definitely an upgrade from the old skiffs, but also more money. Ride isn’t great, but could be acceptable if you are mostly in protected waters.

If you don’t need much in the way of amenities, I would look at C Hawk. Tough as nails. Better ride than CS. Pretty utilitarian, but the prices are great. Probably one of the best values out there.
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I will take $28,500 for my Bulls Bay. It will ride quite a bit better than the Carolina Skiff.

Mine is a couple years old but shows a new.
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C hawk and Bulls Bay would be worth a look. I've riden many hours in both and can say they have a decent,dry ride and run good with only a 150.
I also had a skiff for 26 years,just limited where I can go.
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Bulls bay and C Hawk would be good if I was only going to fish. Ill probably fish 80% of the time, but take my family of 5 tubing and swimming the other 20%
For me, the rear jump seats are a must, but I've only got 7' of clearance to park it on the trailer.

I'm trying to stay around the %$35-$40k mark - all in. Either brand new or late model used.

Also looking at the Sportsman 207 - which i really like, they're just hard to come by.
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The ultras show nice but the fit and finish is marginal and the little stuff doesn't hold hold up. 3 of my friends have or had 21 and 24 ultras. All have had issues in the first year with screws pulling out of hatches, lights not working, wiring issues and just little stuff that shouldn't happen with light use.

My take on it is CS is fine for plain skiffs but anything else in their offering like the elite or sea chaser is subpar hence being being cheaper then comparable boats. All 3 friends have or will be upgrading.

However, they sell a ton of them in NC.

A seahunt bayboat is a few grand more but built much better.


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You will be able to get something decent in the 35-40k range.Sportsman and Sea Hunt are good boats too that offer rear seats and more family oriented. Probably will have to go slightly used to fit that price range.Personally,I would go that route . Three fishing buds bought new boats this year and had quality control issues that came from respected builders.Most of the time,a slightly used boat will have these issues resolved.
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Originally Posted by F00Mustang View Post
Bulls bay and C Hawk would be good if I was only going to fish. Ill probably fish 80% of the time, but take my family of 5 tubing and swimming the other 20%
For me, the rear jump seats are a must, but I've only got 7' of clearance to park it on the trailer.

I'm trying to stay around the %$35-$40k mark - all in. Either brand new or late model used.

Also looking at the Sportsman 207 - which i really like, they're just hard to come by.
I have a Bulls Bay 2200 and can tell you it handles the family part of boating like a champ. Tubing, day at the sandbar, or just running around is no problem. Plenty of space, and their customer service is phenomenal.
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Originally Posted by PeerPressure View Post
I have a Bulls Bay 2200 and can tell you it handles the family part of boating like a champ. Tubing, day at the sandbar, or just running around is no problem. Plenty of space, and their customer service is phenomenal.

I like bulls bay, but the 2200 with any options is a bit out of my price range, and the 2000 doesn’t have the jump seats.
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Originally Posted by F00Mustang View Post
I like bulls bay, but the 2200 with any options is a bit out of my price range, and the 2000 doesn’t have the jump seats.
My 2000 has a rear bench with a backrest.



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I think if you shop Florida you can find that bulls Bay 2200 for well under 50k with T-top,trim tabs,swim platform ect. Just add Trolling motor and a Garmin or Lawrance.
Heres an example of one in Lecanto Fl.

2020 Bulls Bay 2200 Seafoam

Powered by a Suzuki 150hp w/ SS prop.

Boat Features: T-top w/ electronics box, swim platform, dual battery switch, lean post backrest for driver, Lenco trim tabs, fuel water separator, hydraulic steering and comes with Continental TA Aluminum trailer. $42,995
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Originally Posted by H2OBUG View Post
My 2000 has a rear bench with a backrest.


i must have missed that as an option. Now I’m looking a little deeper. Thanks
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I know seating is big on your list. The bote aero chair is a game changer and makes a fishing boat more family focused plus it is easily stored.
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I seriously considered the ULTRA 21. The layout was great. In the end I wanted something with a little better sea worthy V hull, and my local dealer dealt with Suzuki and I prefer Yamaha. I was looking at mid 40's for an ultra 21 with ttop trailer and 175 Suzuki.
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I bought a 17ft a couple yrs ago to fish inshore. It was a yr old, and only about 10 hrs on it when I bought it. I actually liked the boat, and when I got to my spot, it fished/drifted really good. Nice, high sides. However, getting to that spot, in ANYTHING other than 6" ripple, beat the hell out of you. And mine had a 90hp 4-stroke. With 4 guys, would NOT get on plane, so I sold it. But, for what it is, and for only a couple folks, might not be bad. The ride is rough, but casting and fishing, I did like it.
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