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Go shallower, further with Carolina Skiff DLX Tunnel Series

 
Go shallower, further with Carolina Skiff DLX Tunnel Series

By Craig Lamb

A pillar of the Carolina Skiff brand is the DLX Series, tracing its roots back to the first model built in 1983. Since then the DLX has built a loyal following as one of the most durable, versatile and stable boats on the water. Plain and simple, you just can’t beat it as a runabout, commercial workboat or for just about any activity on the water.

Could the DLX get even more versatile? Yep, and the proof is in the DLX Tunnel Series. The DLX is known for shallow draft, and that gets even more of a lift with the Tunnel Series.

What gives tunnel hulls an advantage is the higher outboard motor mount. Water is dispersed from the hull into the tunnel. Undisturbed water is then funneled to the prop for better bite and less cavitation. Throttle the outboard and the boat quickly gets on plan and stays there without porpoising. What else happens with a tunnel is better performance and even fuel economy. Less hull in the water means less drag, which also means less fuel consumed.

What else is different about the Tunnel Series than the standard DLX is fuel storage. The boat has a 30-gallon belly tank instead of a traditional fuel cell mounted in the stern or beneath the console. That gives the boat a lower center of gravity and more storage throughout.

The DLX Tunnel Series has a length overall of 19’ and a beam of just 93.” Weight is just 1,590 pounds and the draft is only 4.” Maximum power is 115 horsepower.

All of the above adds up to an impressive boat for ultra-shallow water fishing. Speckled trout, spotted seatrout. No matter what you call them, there is one technique that is synonymous with the catching species. A popping cork rig and live shrimp. There are times when that staple of trout fishing is unproductive. 

A sporting, fun alternative is catching this eagerly biting saltwater fishing mainstay with a fly rod. Trout are plentiful and eager to strike flies, making the fish and tactic a great entry point for fly fishing in saltwater.

A 5- to 7-weight rod, the size you might use for freshwater trout, will work for the saltwater species. If you are casting heavier flies, an 8-weight can handle the job. Carry separate fly outfits rigged with floating and intermediate sinking lines to cover enough of the water column.

Small trout prefer shrimp but will feed on minnows as they grow. Rig up with flies mimicking both foods with hook sizes ranging from No. 6 or No. 4, or 2/0 and 3/0 for mullet imitators. A Clouser Minnow is the all-inclusive standby. A 10-pound fluorocarbon tipped at the end of a 7-foot leader will get you read for action.

Fish over grass flats and pay special attention to light, sandy bottoms or darker areas that indicate deep drops.

Armed with a basic assortment of flies and a lightweight outfit you can pursue a plentiful, easily caught saltwater gamefish on a fly outfit. Of course, you’ll need the right boat to get into the shallow water. There is no better choice than the Carolina Skiff DLX Tunnel Series.

 

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Carolina Skiff at Miami’s Favorite Boat Show

 

Carolina Skiff at Miami’s Favorite Boat Show

By Craig Lamb

You might say “new” is a reoccurring theme of Miami’s favorite boat show coming up soon. A new location with hundreds of new boats, including never-before-seen models being debuted by Carolina Skiff, is a great way to kick off the season.

Few boat shows offer buyers the chance to see new boats where they ultimately belong—floating on the water in a real time setting. You can now do that and more at the 2017 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show.

This year’s event, conveniently scheduled during President’s Day weekend, is Feb. 16-20. The show has a new home at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Biscayne Bay. The location on Virginia Key is easy to get to by land and water.

Carolina Skiff will pull out some surprises at Booth B241. Several new models are set to debut at the show with a first-look and chances to take demo rides available. What’s to come is a closely guarded secret, so being there to see the models for the first time will be a treat.

Carolina Skiff, the originator of the durable, versatile stable and economical boat on the planet, will exhibit more than a dozen new and current models. Dealers and factory staff will be on hand to help shoppers find the perfect boat to suit their needs on the water, be it fishing, cruising, or any other water sport.

On display at the booth will be the Sea Chaser models made by Carolina Skiff. Combining the better of two worlds and proving it can be done in the same boat is the HFC, which means Hybrid Fish & Cruise. Devoted fishermen and active families will find plenty or room, and features, making the HFC a multi-functional boat.

The HFC comes with more standard features than most boats. You get a heavy duty, stainless steel fold down cleats, LED lighting beneath the gunwale, a stainless steel anchor chock, and wind-less ready anchor storage for safety and convenience. More standard features include an insulated and lockable fish box, built in lifting eye, illuminated, stainless steel cup holders, tilt steering wheel, and digital command link.

At the show, you can also check out the Ultra Series. It’s like owning three boats in one. Offshore exploring, fishing inshore tidal creeks, and cruising a large river or lake is all possible in the Ultra.

With the Ultra you get more in the same package. Hardcore coastal anglers can spend a morning offshore or inshore and enjoy a smooth, dry ride in a boat laid out for serious fishing. It’s easy to convert the Ultra to a family boat for cruising or water sports playtime. Just store the tackle and snap in roomy, comfortable seat cushions.

Families looking for a boat for fishing, cruising and water sports will find the DLV Series to their liking. The center console design makes it easy for anglers to move around the deck. With six models from which to choose, the DLV design enables anglers to navigate across shallow flats, up coastal rivers and even into tidal creeks, as well as make occasional offshore excursions.

The modified Tri-V hull design allow for a smooth, dry ride. Wide open deck space, large front and rear fishing decks, rear cushion jump seats and a choice of a Bimini Top or T-Top appeal to family-friendly anglers. For serious fishing, the console features and open face for flush-mounting electronics up to 10 inches.

There will be plenty of boats to see and much to do. More than 1,300 boats on land and docked within 550-plus slips, including a deep-water basin for yachts, will greet visitors. There’s a closed and open-air tented exhibit space for marine accessories, electronics, engines and apparel.

The show address is 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami. Water taxis, shuttle buses and adequate parking for vehicles and boats will be available.

Check out the lineup of Carolina Skiff models at carolinaskiff.com. You can find a dealer, learn more about the brand legacy, and build a boat on the website. You can also contact Carolina Skiff and request a catalog. Join the community of Carolina Skiff followers at the Carolina Skiff Facebook Page.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Tidewater 2400 Bay Max a Leader in Coastal Hybrid Category

 

Tidewater 2400 Bay Max a Leader in Coastal Hybrid Category

By Craig Lamb

Take a close look at the Tidewater 2400 Bay Max and you will discover a bay boat with inshore and offshore capabilities. What is more, this coastal crossover offers family comforts, too, in a full featured bay boat from Tidewater Boats.

The 2400 Bay Max is a big boat with lots of room to roam when a spacious deck is needed for casting big baits, setting trolling rigs and fighting big fish.

When the catch comes aboard, there are large fish boxes to handle the job. Dual live wells keep baits separated and healthy for a long day on the water. Lockable rod storages provide security and keep unused rigs aboard the boat instead of back home. For rigs at the ready, you can store those at quick-access gunwale rod holders. And a spacious XLT console is laid out with controls at the fingertips, with plenty of room for mounting electronics and even storing tackle and gear. 

The 2400 Bay Max has a centerline of 24’ 4”, and a wide beam spanning 8’ 8.” A fuel capacity of 77 gallons provides peace of mind when making long runs offshore. The 2400 Bay Max is rated for 300 horsepower with a recommended 200 h.p. for optimum performance and fuel economy. View the full spec sheet here.

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Tidewater Boats are designed with distinctive Carolina Flair, setting up the dry ride, to direct waves away from the hull using reverse chines. Tidewater likes to appropriately call that feature the Dry Chine Ride.

Carolina Flair and the Dry Chine Ride are enhanced by another feature adding to the smooth, dry ride. The Corrugated Grid Stringer Vertebra absorbs the shock of waves against the hull in choppy water. Filled with foam to reduce noise and vibration, the stringer system works like a human skeleton to create a rigid, unified construction that tightly secures all of the internal parts. Those include fuel tanks, consoles, seating and storage compartments that are fastened to the stringer system. To ensure a solid, tight fit, every stringer system is customized for each Tidewater model.

Another defining Tidewater feature is the Spray Relief Point. That is the point of impact on the hull deflecting water away from the boat. Multiple SRP areas enhance the characteristic dry ride of the Tidewater.

2400_bay_max5Composite construction, foam filled hulls, cored decks and gunwales plus much more quality design, materials and construction are extras that come with the price of a Tidewater.

By taking extra steps not found in most brands, Tidewater has the confidence in providing owners a 10-year, transferrable warranty that covers the hull.

Tidewater stays close to it’s saltwater roots with the manufacturing facility located in Lexington, S.C. Find out more about the complete lineup of models, find a Tidewater dealer at tidewaterboats.com. Visit the growing community of Tidewater owners on Facebook at Tidewater Boats LLC.

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Tidewater 1910 Bay Max ready for Bay, Shallow Water

 

Tidewater 1910 Bay Max ready for Bay, Shallow Water

By Craig Lamb

Combine the ride, handling, and performance of a bay boat with a rig ideal for fishing in shallow water, and you get the Tidewater 1910 Bay Max.

Shallow water draft and Tidewater’s unique Carolina Flair hull design make the 1910 Bay Max a best of two worlds boat for coastal anglers.

The 1910 Bay Max has length overall of 19’ 2” with a draft of about 10 inches. The boat is rated for a maximum 150 horsepower, although you can get optimum performance and fuel economy with 115 horses at the transom. A fuel capacity of 56 gallons makes long runs easy while setting a balance of weight for shallow water performance.

Most of all, the 1910 Bay Max provides the most value and affordability in a 19-foot class bay boat. Dual casting decks, a wide range of live well options, hydraulic steering, and abundant gunwale rod storage are standard features.

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A bay boat stacked with fishing features makes customizing the 1910 Bay Max a must to fit the needs of the coastal angler. Tidewater delivers with a long list of available options. Choose between three value packages starting with a compass and swim platform (Package 1). Add raw water wash down (Package 2) and dual batteries (Package 3) that combine the features of the other packages.

To those packages, you can customize the 1910 Bay Max even more with luxury features setting the boat apart from the rest. Bow casting chairs, Bimini Top, LED interior lighting packages, Garmin electronics and trolling motors are available.

Best of all, the accessories are installed by skilled technicians at the Tidewater factory in Lexington, S.C.

Tidewater Boats are designed with distinctive Carolina Flair, setting up the dry ride, to direct waves away from the hull using reverse chines. Tidewater likes to appropriately call that feature the Dry Chine Ride.

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Carolina Flair and the Dry Chine Ride are enhanced by another feature adding to the smooth, dry ride. The Corrugated Grid Stringer Vertebra absorbs the shock of waves against the hull in choppy water. Filled with foam to reduce noise and vibration, the stringer system works like a human skeleton to create a rigid, unified construction that tightly secures all of the internal parts. Those include fuel tanks, consoles, seating and storage compartments that are fastened to the stringer system. To ensure a solid, tight fit, every stringer system is customized for each Tidewater model.

Another defining Tidewater feature is the Spray Relief Point. That is the point of impact on the hull deflecting water away from the boat. Multiple SRP areas enhance the characteristic dry ride of the Tidewater.

Composite construction, foam filled hulls, cored decks and gunwales plus much more quality design, materials and construction are extras that come with the price of a Tidewater.

By taking extra steps not found in most brands, Tidewater has the confidence in providing owners a 10-year, transferable warranty that covers the hull.

Tidewater stays close to it’s saltwater roots with the manufacturing facility located in Lexington, S.C. Find out more about the complete lineup of models,  find a Tidewater dealer at tidewaterboats.com. Visit the growing community of Tidewater owners on Facebook at Tidewater Boats LLC.

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Carolina Skiff Christmas Wish List

 

Carolina Skiff Christmas Wish List

By Craig Lamb

When Santa Claus isn’t aboard a sleigh he’s fishing from a Carolina Skiff. Whether or not you believe in Santa Claus the versatile, dependable lineup of Carolina Skiff models should be on top of any coastal angler’s Christmas wish list.

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A top choice for fishing in shallow water is the JVX Series. A lightweight and modified V-hull design combine for a boat that will carry more, go further and faster with less horsepower.

The 18 JVX is a great choice for anglers whose fishing style takes them up coastal rivers, into shallow bays and across flats in skinny water. Choose from a center console CC, a side console SC, or a stick steering SS.

The CC and SC models weigh just 1,073 pounds, and the SS weighs in at 1,073 pounds. All 18 JVX models draft only 4 inches of water. The 18 JVX models run 17’ 9” with a beam of 78 inches.

With the 18 JVX get excellent maneuverability and handling with the positive tracking keels. Patented splash guards provide the smooth, dry ride that Carolina Skiff has been known for after 30 years and counting in the business.

 

Build your 18 JVX CC here.

Customize an 18 JVX SC here.

Create your 18 JVC SS here.

 

The unique hull design of the DLV Series appeals to anglers fishing shallow flats and offshore fishermen venturing out into deeper waters. Going both directions from the same boat is achieved by a modified Tri-V hull design that delivers a smooth, dry ride.

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Wide open deck space, large front and rear fishing decks, rear cushion jump seats and a choice of a Bimini Top or T-Top appeal to family-friendly anglers. For serious fishing, the console features and open face for flush-mounting electronics up to 10 inches.

The 218 DLV is an excellent choice in the lineup. A length overall of 20′ 10″ and beam of 96 inches provide plenty of room for fishing in shallow or deep waters. Overall weight is 2,700 pounds, and the boat is rated for a 150 horsepower outboard.

For a smaller package, a great choice is the 198 DLV. This top performer measures 19′ overall with a spacious beam of 96 inches. The 198 weighs 1,660 pounds.

Both DLV models draft just 6 inches of water for boats designed to access shallow water without sacrificing performance.

 

Build your 198 DLV here.

Customize your 218 DLV here.

 

Durability is a foundation of all Carolina Skiff models. Patented box-beam construction produces a solid, durable, no-flexing hull that is completely wood free.

You get peace of mind from the foam flotation that exceeds U.S. Coast Guard requirements, providing positive flotation for shallow draft and quick planning. Using more flotation than necessary also creates sound-deadening properties that make the ride smoother and quieter.

Visit a Carolina Skiff dealership this holiday season for great deals on Carolina Skiff models, the most dependable and favorite of coastal anglers for 30 years and counting.

Check out the lineup of Carolina Skiff models at carolinaskiff.com. You can find a dealer, learn more about the brand legacy, and build a boat on the website. You can also contact Carolina Skiff and request a catalog. Join the community of Carolina Skiff followers at the Carolina Skiff Facebook Page.

 

Original Source; Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Carolina Skiff Owner Spotlight

  Carolina Skiff Owner Spotlight 

By Craig Lamb Chris

Lanier’s job requires spending a lot of time on the water. That means he knows a thing or two about boats, and his personal choice for a fishing rig is a Carolina Skiff 19 DLX. “It’s unstoppable, bullet-proof and built like a tank,” says Lanier. Lanier, 35, has spent his entire career in the U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps. Currently, he’s a dive instructor specializing in training corpsmen skills in deep-sea rescue and recovery. Lanier is currently assigned to the U.S. Naval Diving & Salvage Training Center in Panama City, Fla.

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Photo by Chris Lanier

Between the base and his home near Mobile, Ala., is some of the best fishing on the Gulf Coast. Lanier’s 19 DLX gets plenty of good use in the bays, flats and coastal rivers of northwest Florida. “The high gunwales make it possible for me to take it six or 10 miles off the coast for amberjack,” he says. “Then on the way back in I can cruise into some really shallow flats for reds and trout.” “I can do it all from the same boat,” he adds. “It’s just awesome to have two boats in one with the Carolina Skiff.” Lanier discovered the durability and reliability for which Carolina Skiff is known while stationed in South Carolina at Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island. “Durability was a big part of why I chose the Carolina Skiff,” he adds. “I wanted a boat that could last years and I’ve got it.” Lanier repowered the 2004 model in 2016. That’s when he switched to a 70 h.p. Yamaha outboard. He customized the rig by adding sea decking at port and starboard at the stern. He also added the decking to the lid of a Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler that doubles as a casting platform when cruising the flats for redfish. The Carolina Skiff 19 DLX is ideal for Lanier’s style of fishing. It’s a top performer in near-shore waters and inshore flats. Call it the pickup truck of the boating world.

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Photo by Chris Lanier

From a day of hardcore fishing to an evening cruise it adapts to any need around the border waters between deep and shallow. The DLX draws very little water, so getting back into ultra-shallow water is easy. Lanier recognizes the soft, dry ride made possible by the patented hull design with splash guards that limit bow over spray. Positive tracking keels on the running surface keep the boat tracking true while maneuvering without the typical flat-bottom side. The durability factor of his Carolina Skiff is an attribute recognized early on by Lanier. Patented box-beam construction produces a solid, durable, non-flexing hull that is completely wood free. Durability includes peace of mind for Lanier and other Carolina Skiff owners. Foam flotation exceeds U.S. Coast Guard requirements, providing positive flotation while adding sound deadening throughout the hull. “It’s just a cool boat all around and I plan to keep it a long time,” says Lanier. Check out the lineup of Carolina Skiff models at carolinaskiff.com. You can find a dealer, learn more about the brand legacy, and build a boat on the website. You can also contact Carolina Skiff and request a catalog. Join the community of Carolina Skiff followers at the Carolina Skiff Facebook Page.   Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Ultra Elite Series, Carolina Skiff

 

Ultra Elite Series, Carolina Skiff

by Ted Lund

Carolina Skiff’s new Ultra Elite series is actually three boats in one, allowing boaters, anglers and their families to explore lakes and bays, coastal estuaries and tidal creeks as well as near offshore waters.

The Ultra-Elite is available in Four sizes, the 19 Ultra (19-feet), 21 Ultra (20-feet, 11-inches) 23 Ultra (22-feet, 11 inches) and the ALL NEW 2017 MODEL- 24 Ultra (23-feet  9-inches) A wide beam (97 inches on the 19/21 Ultra, 100 inches on the 23 Ultra and 96-inches on the new 24 Ultra; as well as a beefy stable platform that keeps your family safe and dry, even when conditions head south.

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All Four members of the Carolina Skiff Ultra Elite family are loaded with standard features, including stainless steel deck hardware, low-profile LED navigational lights, latch able anchor lockers that drain overboard and feature a courtesy light, as well as insulated dry storage featuring LED lighting and overboard drains. The entire Ultra Elite family comes pre-rigged for today’s state-of-the-art trolling motors, complete with a trolling motor panel, receptacle, and 12-volt accessory plug. ]    

As the size increases, so do the standard options. The 19 and 21 Ultra feature a standard console with a lockable door, a console cushion set with lockable access hatch under the seat, a stainless steel console grab rail and quick disconnect windshield and full instrumentation panel (speed/voltmeter/tachometer/fuel gauge/12-volt accessory plug/ breakered toggle switches.) Boaters can also enjoy remote steering with extreme control cables and a tilt helm, with the option to add hydraulic steering.) Other standard features throughout the range include integrated fuel cells, live baitwells, and all systems rigged to AYBC specifications.

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When you step up to the 23 Ultra —you’ll find even more standardized accessories, including a newly-designed step-down console featuring a Port-a-Potty, leaning post, removable 100-quart cooler, rear fold-down bench seat, transom sink with hideaway faucet and a three-drawer transom tackle system.  The all new 2017 Model 24 Ultra feature a new flip up console with changing curtain, Leaning post with back rest and 100qt removable cooler, (3)three fold down rear deck jump seats, rear 20 gallon bait well and so much more.

Add-ons abound for all four Carolina Skiff Ultra’s, including seating, t-top and hull color options.

And just like every other member of the Carolina Skiff family, the Ultra Elite Series enjoys 100-percent wood-free, all-composite construction resulting in a boat that will last — providing your family with a lifetime of on-the-water memories.

For more information on the Ultra Elite, or the entire line of Carolina Skiff, Sea Chaser or Fun Chaser boats, to design your own dream skiff or locate a dealer near you to schedule a float test, visit www.carolinaskiff.com.

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Jack Plates Should Your Skiff Have One?

 

Jack Plates

Should Your Skiff Have One?

 

If you run any kind of skiff or bass boat in shallow water, consider this column a must-read.

Electro-hydraulic jack plates are add-on brackets that provide two more adjustability dimensions to your outboard engine trim: straight up and down. 

The jack plate accomplishes several significant functions: 

  • It enables you to run in shallower water than allowed by a standard, fixed engine mount.
  • It allows you to get up on a plane in shallower water than allowed by a standard, fixed engine mount. 
  • When trimming an engine for best performance, a jack plate affords you better fuel economy, thanks to channeling thrust in the most efficient direction – parallel to the water’s surface.

 

Without a Jack Plate

In shallow water, your outboard’s skeg and propeller represent the deepest parts of your boat. Whether you need to get up on a plane from a standstill, or you’re already running, you must always remember that your prop and skeg both hang below your hull.

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When you’re ready to throttle up in shallow water, simply trimming up your drive actually hinders performance as it alters the direction of your propeller’s thrust to a less efficient angle. Additionally, tilting your engine degrades your performance as the water approaching the prop gets blocked by the cavitation plate as the angle of the engine changes outward. This is one reason why it takes longer to get on a plane with your engine trimmed up rather than all the way down.

 

A better way to “shallow up” your prop and skeg is to lift them straight up rather than tilting them. Mounting your outboard to a hydraulic- or electric-powered jack plate affixed to the transom of the boat allows you to lift your engine vertically rather than change the angle of thrust. 

 

How Does a Jack Plate Work?

On standard engine mounts (with no jack plate), the outboard must be mounted low enough so as not to cause cavitation when running into chop or executing turns. In calm water on a straight course, it could be mounted higher, but when it’s bolted tightly to the transom, moving it up or down obviously can’t be accomplished. That’s where a hydraulic/electric jack plate comes in. 

 

Lifting the engine vertically keeps the plate above the propeller and aligned with the movement of the boat. Thrust channels directly parallel to the surface of the water – the most efficient direction.

 

A dramatically tilted engine throws a rooster tail of water up into the air, wasting energy. Plus, Newton’s Third Law of Motion says that thrust upward must equal thrust downward. If you’re in shallow water, you don’t want your boat to be pushed down, especially at the stern. An engine tilted up at a high angle to go across shallow water will raise the bow and lower the stern of a boat, making the draft of your boat deeper as the boat’s speed increases.

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A boat equipped with a jack plate can avoid all those negative consequences of tilting the engine. By simply raising the engine up with the jack plate until it is just on the verge of cavitation (drawing air from the surface into the propeller blades), you can start up and run in shallower depths than you ever imagined. If you want the ability to run with near impunity in shallow water, meaning without tearing up the bottom habitat or your equipment, one way or another you need to raise the skeg and propeller on your boat higher, and the jack plate represents the best possible means to accomplish that.

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One other thing many knowledgeable boaters ask: “Why doesn’t lifting the prop up like that raise it right out of the water?” For the same reason, that high-speed performance boats use surface-piercing props. Once the water under the boat passes the trailing edge of the transom, it angles upward. So even when the prop is higher than the bottom of the boat, it sits far enough back to work in solid water.

 

Better Gas Mileage, Too

A jack plate can also increase fuel efficiency. Simple logic dictates that when you can channel thrust directly parallel to the surface of the water rather than up or down in comparison, you waste less energy. Additionally, the lower drive unit, prop, and skeg all create drag in the water. With a jack plate, you can raise the engine higher in the water column, thereby decreasing drag. Certainly, you may need to lower it farther into the water in rough-water conditions or in turns. But calm conditions will allow you to run with the engine higher and burn less fuel. How much depends on many factors, but every little bit helps.

 

Make Planing Easier

You can also simplify your hole shot by using a hydraulic jack plate. First, raise the jack plate all the way up. Then, apply full throttle with the wheel straight ahead. Once up on plane, you can lower the jack plate if necessary. Rather than the stern “squatting down” in the water initially, the way it would with a standard engine mount and the engine trimmed up, the stern moves forward as the jack plate allows the engine’s thrust to work, keeping the prop high enough to miss the bottom. As the boat starts to come over onto a plane, lower the engine to the proper level for cruising. Logically, you also experience less bow rise with the jackplate rather than engine trim.

 

Slowing down into shallow water essentially reverses the above procedure. As the boat slows, raise the jack plate; you can also tilt the engine out at the same time, so that as the stern drops to its lowest point coming off a plane, the engine is already jacked up high and tilted out a bit to minimize draft.

 

Jack plates come in both manual and hydraulic versions, and size and setback depend upon the size of engine you plan to mount with it. Obviously, if you want to adjust the height of your engine while under way, the hydraulic type is the only way to go. Manual jack plates retail for anywhere between $150 and more than $1,000. Hydraulic models run from about $650 on the low end to almost $2,000 for a top-of-the-line model.

 

With a little practice, you’ll soon see improved performance and gain the ability to fish in waters “the other guys” can’t. Y

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Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Skiff-style boat launching

 

Skiff-style boat launching

 

With an overall length of 19 feet and weighing just 1,660 pounds (without power) the Carolina Skiff 198 DLV is the perfect choice for novice or seasoned anglers looking to venture inshore saltwater fishing. The spacious layout makes it great for families and friends who enjoy coastal nature touring.

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With a maximum rigging horsepower of 115, the boat performs extremely well in light chop and is at home near shore or calmer bay waters. The smooth, dry ride comes form the Carolina Skiff’s popular modified Tri-V hull skiff design that allows boaters to venture into deeper waters than other skiffs.

 

Standard features include quality stainless steel components, plentiful storage space, wide-open deck space and large front and rear fishing decks. Rear cushion jump seats and a console with an open face for mounting up to a 10-inch flush mount electronic screen are top of the line fishing features. For convenience, you get three stainless steel cup holders, a stainless cooler seat frame with adjusting flip flop back rest and your choice of a Bimini top or a T-top.

 

On top of it all, you get peace of mind knowing the 198 DLV is backed by more than 30 years of quality design, innovation and boat building that are part of the Carolina Skiff heritage.

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The 198 DLV is part of a lineup of skiffs ideally designed for accessing skinny water off limits to bay boats and larger skiffs. Endless adventures await in shallow estuaries, bayous and backwaters. That makes accessing those waters likely by way of backroads and launch ramps with steeper inclines or short on length. On a low tide launching can be tricky in such spots.

 

Follow these tips and you can explore new places and enjoy boating like never before.

 

Wax on, boat off

Gulf Wax is a paraffin wax used for canning, candle making and many other household projects. You can also apply it to your trailer bunks to send the boat on it’s way into the water. When there’s not enough and the ramp ends too soon this trick really works. Initially the boat must be in the water so the bunks are exposed. Apply a thin coat and keep the bar in a plastic storage bag for later use. Keeping the winch strap connected to the boat is a must. Unhook it the moment you are ready to launch.

 

Wading in

You’re likely going to get wet, either wade fishing a flat or beaching the boat on a remote island, so wearing shorts is probably a given. There is no shame in getting in the water, just because you have a trailered boat, to walk it off or on the trailer.

 

Find a finger dock

If alone your best mate might be a small dock. Here’s a tip designed to keep the boat from floating away if you are solo. Back down the ramp, so you are launching the boat near the dock. Tie a long line to the boat and the dock so it won’t float away once launched. Pull out and park your trailer. Your boat will be waiting for you at the dock. 

 

No dock, no worries

Lots of remote ramps don’t have docks at all. If you arrive at such a ramp, there is an easy way to get around the boat floating away when launched. Back the trailer to the water’s edge. Unfurl 10 feet or more of winch strap while keeping the hook attached to the bow hook on the boat. Back down and allow the boat to float free of the trailer. Then put the vehicle in drive and allow the line to gently become taught. That will nudge the boat and send it floating toward you. Put the vehicle in park, get out and unhitch the winch cable. You can either tie it off or beach the boat.

 

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Original source : Sportsmans Lifesytle.com 

Looking for a Boat that will Work for You? Well, look no Further.

 

Looking for a Boat that will Work for You? Well, look no Further.

By Ted Lund

Chances are, Carolina Skiff has the boat for you. And a great, family friendly choice is the JVX family of boats, available in the Center Console (CC), Side Console (SC) and Super Shallow (SS) series. The JVX Series is designed and rigged with fishing in mind. With the JVX, getting in the shallow creeks and rivers is never an issue. Its light-weight hull with the modified V-hull design gives you a boat that will carry more weight further and faster with less horsepower, while delivering outstanding performance.
No matter why you need the JVX, we offer a full array of accessories and options, so you can rig the JVX to fit your needs. The JVX has the patented splash guards to help keep you dry and the positive tracking keels for enhanced maneuvering. From the open bay, to the shallows, chances are, the JVX is exactly the right boat for you and your family.

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The Center Console, Side Console, and Stick Steering JVX models are available in 16-, 18- and 20-foot versions, and each offers a unique layout perfect for a variety of situations.

The Center Console JVX is perfect for shallow bay and estuary fishing, where anglers might need the comfort of being able to distribute weight and passengers along the centerline afforded by the center console layout. The Side Console features a similar layout that is perfect for bass, walleye and pike fishermen, looking for a minimalist approach with a wide-open deck layout fore and aft. For anglers seeking super-shallow performance where deck-space is at a premium, a tiller-rigged Stick Steer JVX is perfect for fishermen wanting to chase tailing redfish, speckled trout, snook and tarpon in the Southeast and Gulf Coast as well as striped bass and bluefish on the shallows of Nantucket and the rest of the Northeast.

Regardless of series, the JVX family shares similar characteristics. The 16 tapes out at 15-feet, 10-inches in length and weighs in at 973 pounds and is rated for a maximum six people or 1,652 pounds with a 60-horsepower engine. The 18 measures out at 17-feet, 9-inches, weighing 1,073 pounds and is rated for a 70-horsepower engine. It will take seven passengers with a total weight of 1,652 pounds. The 20 hits the 20-foot mark exactly, and with a 90-horsepower engine will handle up to eight passengers or 1,836 pounds.

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Each of the three will handle 15-, 20- or 25-inch shafts, and the entire JVX family enjoys a super shallow four-inch draft. And like every other member of the Carolina Skiff, Sea Chaser, and Fun Chaser family, the JVX Series enjoys 100-percent all-composite construction, meaning your boat will be around to provide decades of fun on the water for the whole family.

Boaters know Carolina Skiff is the most durable, versatile, stable and economical boat on the planet — and they’ve maintained their reputation for more than 30 years. From fit to finish, Carolina Skiffs provide the most features and the best functionality available on the market, giving boaters and anglers the best value in both performance and comfort. With more than 60 models across the Carolina Skiff, Sea Chaser and  Fun Chaser lines, you are sure to find a boat that meets your personal recreational or commercial needs.

To learn more, build a custom boat or locate a dealer near you, visit www.carolinaskiff.com or call 800-422-7282.

 

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com