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Happy New Years everyone.

Long time boater having owned several boats and used them in Central Texas area now living/fishing the LLM out of Arroyo City.

We came down. With our Mako19 Pro Skiff and were not happy with how it performed in the flats(imagine that).

We promptly started looking for our next boat. Primarily my wife and I with an occasional 3rd person will be fishing on the boat. After talking to folks, visiting a couple of Rio Grande Valley dealers and boat builders..... we decided to have Cougarmarineusa.com out of San Benito build us a South Bay 160.

They went under new Management about a year ago and have continually improved their lineup in the past 12 months. I wanted a dealer that was close to Arroyo City, that would know the boat top to bottom and that was competitively priced. The 160 hit all the buttons for us.

Cougar Marine sold the Mako for us and put our new custom boat on the build list the last quarter of 2021. It is scheduled to be built and delivered in the next 30-45ish days.

Not much info out there on current builds of the SouthBay160. If you are interested... tag along as I will be adding pics of the build (if I can swing by the shop and take them) and ride reports on how the boat does in the LLM.

In the past 6 months ...I have been on the LLM on the Mako, a Chiquita, and a 20ft Shoalwater Cat. So I am eager to see how the South Bay 160 performs.

See attachment for basic specs on our order.

Will be happy to answer any questions you might have as we go along.

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I would love to see some photos of the build! Congrats.
Cougar marine should start it here pretty soon. I am lucky to be retired..so I will swing by often and snap pics of the progress once they get going on it.
 

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Good Afternoon everyone. I dropped by Cougarmarineusa.com to see if they are close to starting mine...getting closer. They had a new South Bay 200 (20ft) that they are finishing up. Mine will be the same color except mine will have a white rub rail and all the aluminum will be white powder coat
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They also had a red/white C-17 they were finishing up. My rod holders will be like these.
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Notice the tech bringing down a piece of the tower. They build their boats in house from bottom to top. This is one of the reasons I went with them. Any issues and they know how to fix 'em since they built them!
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No questions regarding your build. However, I do take my boat there for any work I need done. Had my transom rebuilt about 2 years ago. Great company and fast turn arounds.
 

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It's good to hear that they are under new management. The old owner was to dang arrogant. I have been following their social media posts and like the updates they have made to each line. Best of luck on your new build
 

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SemiVee... This is a previous build of one of the first ones made 10yrs ago. Couldnt find any newer pics...(that's why i am doing a build thread). Everything you see in black is Carbon Fiber.
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It's good to hear that they are under new management. The old owner was to dang arrogant. I have been following their social media posts and like the updates they have made to each line. Best of luck on your new build
Yep... NEW owner... NEW Management... I read a lot about the previous owner. Seems he was pretty stuck in his ways.... Good boats even then...just seems like he needed to work on his people skills.馃し馃徑
Regardless.... current employees are great to work with. Every time I go in there is sure seems like a family business with everyone looking out for each other. Can't wait for them to get mine in the mold!!!
 

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Just got word...the mold is getting readied...stringers as well...WooHoo... one step closer. Will try to get some pics to post next week. Have a great weekend everyone... tight lines!!
 

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The lines are very clean on that boat. Looks a little familiar but the build looks clean. My only question is after going through all the trouble to make it so seamless, why do they screw the console down instead of glassing them?
 

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, why do they screw the console down instead of glassing them?
Good question. Costs? Ease of console replacement? Not really sure, but I will ask when I swing by the shop this coming week.
 

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Looks like screws might be stronger since it's so close to the edge of the elevated portion of the console. That's my guess.
 

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This WAS the shape of the console on the South Bay 160.. they just redid the mold for 2022 and I think mine will be the second one with the new console...it will be one piece and will go all the way to the floor. The small "step" is no longer included on the 2022s. The height is the same...just a couple more inches of fiberglass to make it one piece.
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Stopped by the shop.. a seafoam 160 was getting ready for rigging. My 160 goes to mold on Monday..
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Here is what I was talking about ... old(grey) style console... and new (seafoam) style console....same overall height.
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I also asked about reason for screw on console... ease of removal..but otherwise no reason not to glass it in... sooo...mine will get glassed in. Pictures will be taken and hopefully buyers will have their choice of attachment in the future.
 
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