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Old 04-17-2018, 07:13 AM
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I'm looking at a 2007 Carolina Skiff JVX 16' with a 50hp . Ow under powered do you guys think it would be? I just want it to get on plane reasonably and hit maybe 30 mph? If I buy it I'm sure I'll put SmartTabs on it, they did wonders on a couple other small boats I had. The smallish motor just has me concerned.
I also doubt it would get on palne with 3 adults in it, pulling a adult sized kid on a tube?
Anyone got anything close to this rig?
Old 04-17-2018, 07:21 AM
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Old 04-17-2018, 08:05 AM
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I recently bought, and sold, a 2017 Carolina Skiff, DLV 17. Had a 90 Yam 4 stroke. Loved the way the boat fished, hated the way it ran. Would beat you to death in the slighted chop, and with 4 folks on board, would NOT get on plane. 2 people was fine, I just didn't see any way it would have pulled a tube or anything. Just my experience.
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The JVX 16 is a small boat. I had a buddy that had a 17 with a 40 hp yamaha. It was under powered but okay with 2 people on board with 3 you struggled to get on plane. I would say 10 more hp and a smaller boat will be just fine. It will be hard to run 30 on the best days due to the ride of skiffs not the HP rating.

The poster above is commenting on his experience with the DLV which is a much larger and different boat than you are looking at, so I would say his experience really doesn't apply.
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Originally Posted by beber View Post

The poster above is commenting on his experience with the DLV which is a much larger and different boat than you are looking at, so I would say his experience really doesn't apply.
True, due to the hull design not being a true flat hull. I had a 17 DLV and it did rattle teeth and developed stress cracks due to hull slap. Joel at SWM covered the bathtub under warranty but I sold it shortly thereafter.
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I have a 16Dlx w Suzuki 40, 4 blade with a fin. Top speed 22 mph w 2 people, but will come up on plane quick. JVX w a 50 seems great to me
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I've never had a boat with a fin on the motor but I had 2 small boats and put Smart Tabs on both. I will NEVER have another boat without tabs. Smart Tabs on small boats, real tabs on bigger boats.
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I need a small underpowered Carolina Skiff (or similar) as a coaches launch for a crew team. Please PM if you know of one near me (Maryland, Northern VA). Thanks

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