Yes the skiff is awsome boat,I have the 18 ft sea ark and it is great. If i can figure out how to post a pic of it i will and the jugs i have made also. But i have not figured out how to insert pics.
2-stroke Yammie would be perfect or a 4-stroke if you like them. Hondas are too heavy. I see that the 2380 is rated for a 150. get the 150 and the 2480 is rated for a 130, take a 130 or 125. get all the ponys you an get. you won't regret under powerin your rig when you have the boat loaded down with trophy cats and 5 people. take the biggest fuel cell you can get...............JJHawkeye said:These are the two models I'm currently looking at:
2380V comes with 90hp Yamaha (pictured with a Honda)
2480DLX comes with 90hp Yamaha
I can get either boat, motor and a trailer (pre-rigged versions) for $14,000 and I don't know if that's a really good deal or not, but I haven't seen anyone else offering a 23' or 24' boat, motor & trailer for anywhere near that price... these are new, never titled boats....
I'd have to add on a bimini top to keep the sun off the kids... The standard fuel tank is 18 gallons, so I might want to upgrade to the 27 gallon tank to increase range a little, but I don't know about that yet. According to the performance charts on the Carolina Skiff home page, both boats will get about 5 mpg running at 25mph which gives me a range of about 90 miles on 18 gallons of fuel or 135 miles on 27 gallons. Not too shabby. I'm considering an engine upgrade to 115hp too, which should give me a few more options for speed and capacity if needed. The difference between the standard 90hp and the 115 is only about 500$ and I think it's worth it...
So, I figure I can get either boat for about $16,000 set up the way I want it.. larger fuel tank, soft top and bigger motor... any thoughts?
I definitely agree on the HP thing. More is always better. It's like hunting Polar Bears... bring more gun than you need... When comparing performance it's easy to see that there isn't a single example of where the engine performed most efficiently at WOT(wide open throttle), and that most engines tested ran at their best efficiency at about 4000 rpms.... a 130 will generate more horses at 4000 than a 90 for sure.... and probably burn the same amount of gas.JettyJumper said:2-stroke Yammie would be perfect or a 4-stroke if you like them. Hondas are too heavy. I see that the 2380 is rated for a 150. get the 150 and the 2480 is rated for a 130, take a 130 or 125. get all the ponys you an get. you won't regret under powerin your rig when you have the boat loaded down with trophy cats and 5 people. take the biggest fuel cell you can get...............JJ
The Bayliner is about two times the $ as the Skiff, and I already have a ride out on a 24' Trophy about anytime I want to fish "blue" water... I hear what you're saying, and I am not going to jump to far into this thing until I've had an opportunity to have a really good look at a bunch more boats... I'm just thinking that the Carolina Skiff has about everything I'm looking for in a boat (except a place for the girls to pee) and at a darn good price...NightTrain said:Hawkeye,
If you are doin catfishin',on lakes,the Carolina Skiff is an excellent choice.Prolly what the next thing to tie up to my dock will be.But...if'n ya goin' to fish the bay and the James pick your days CARELULLY.The larger vessel(EXAMPLE:22'BAYLINER-cuddy)would be perfect for that(family style).Your versatility and towing would be issues to consider there.That and your draught would be limited.
Somebody told me that there's a porta pot with a curtain around it made. You step into the curtain thing and pull it up and it blocks everyone's view of you while you do your business... and then the curtain folds back down again... never seen one, but it sounds good... and protects the women folks better'n a beach towel.... I just pee in a bucket and I always try to do my serious business at home before I go out on the boat... no magazine rack in the boat.NightTrain said:Yeah,a 5 gallon bucket and a beach towel is a money concious solution to that problem.:rotfl:
LOL....hang it over the splash guard on the transom darlin! - ain't nobody watching anywaysNightTrain said:Yeah,a 5 gallon bucket and a beach towel is a money concious solution to that problem.:rotfl: