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There are two big pieces of news from the boys in POC.

1st - The first post-fire boat is near completion and set for delivery to Gander Mtn. this week.

2nd - Shoalwater announced a new Bay Boat Model Today which will began production shortly. Out of the ashes rises 201 SS Phoenix, this marks 4th New Model for Shoalwater this Year. The phoenix will feature the new low profile look with a v-bottom featuring a padded pocket tunnel, built for speed.
 

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Not a knock off, the answer is pretty straight forward though. Checkout Shoalwaterboats.com or shoalwaterowners.com. Maybe do a search for shoalwater 201 and see where it takes you. Exciting stuff though the future is bright.

I know you guys can put the pieces together.
 

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I read somewhere that Shoalwater had bought the old Cobra/Viper molds. If that is what the boat is based on, you can bet on is being a screamer.

History: Champion bass boats exploded onto the scene in the late '80s or '90s. Set a new standard for bass boat performance, according to some. As a quickly growing company, it was quickly bought by a larger conglomorate. The original owner was prohibited from making boats for 3 years under a noncompete clause. During that time, he developed the molds for a new brand of boats, called Cobra or Viper. Those hulls were SWEET. But they never captured the market share that Champion had developed, and the new company eventually failed.

Those molds still exist, and have been bought by other companies. Rumor was that Shoalwater had bought one of the molds. I hope that is true, and that Shoalwater is developing off of that near-legendary design.

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I like it, only one thing s is wrong they picked up more then just one model, they have 99% of the line.

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I read somewhere that Shoalwater had bought the old Cobra/Viper molds. If that is what the boat is based on, you can bet on is being a screamer.

History: Champion bass boats exploded onto the scene in the late '80s or '90s. Set a new standard for bass boat performance, according to some. As a quickly growing company, it was quickly bought by a larger conglomorate. The original owner was prohibited from making boats for 3 years under a noncompete clause. During that time, he developed the molds for a new brand of boats, called Cobra or Viper. Those hulls were SWEET. But they never captured the market share that Champion had developed, and the new company eventually failed.

Those molds still exist, and have been bought by other companies. Rumor was that Shoalwater had bought one of the molds. I hope that is true, and that Shoalwater is developing off of that near-legendary design.

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Extra-Sweet! I was worried that those molds had been lost in the fire.

Those hulls, if I remember, had a fine entry created by a carolina-style flare in the front end. That would make them softer in the chop than some competitors.

Word on the street way back when was that the Cobra/Viper boats were the cleanest molds in the bassboat industry. Largely because he had so much time to perfect them, I guess.

I've always loved the boats, but had no use for a bass boat. Fit that thing out with a center console topsides and a good jackplate, though, and the whole game changes...

Tran, Southshore, and all the other go-fast builders better watch out. Shoalwater is about to up the ante.

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Yep, it's a bass boat design. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. In many ways, bass boats are the corvettes of the boat world. They go fast better than most anything else. :) :) :)

If anyone looks at a shallow V hull, with about 15^ of deadrise, lots of turning chines, a pad to increase speed, and a "pocket tunnel" to give the motor some extra setback, and think its not a bay boat, then I'll invite them to reexamine the Southshore VDR, the TranSport XLR8, the entire Lake & Bay line, and a dozen other designs.

I've often thought about buying a used bass boat and converting it to a center console, just to get that sportscar design.

Best of luck to Shoalwater!

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