Hand Made Flats Skiff

I built a 16ft flats skiff about two years ago.

Josh Stewart, Jul 20, 2017
    • Josh Stewart
      I built a 16ft flats skiff with my father about two years ago. We purchased marine grade plywood and used copious amounts of fiberglass resin and cloth everywhere. My father and I are attorneys; not boat builders. However, we both share a passion for the water and building this boat has been a fun project. Most recently, we had a brand new 2017 Yamaha 4 Stroke F25 outboard installed along with the controls and a steering wheel by Pelican Marine in Hudson, FL. I work with a fishing tackle, gear, apparel, boat supply, and marine equipment store, Live to Fish, 9942 State Road 52, Hudson, FL 34669 www.livetofish.com which was a big advantage in outfitting this skiff properly. I installed a 30 gallon oval livewell towards the middle of the boat; accessible via a marine hatch on the deck. It's fed through a Rule Tournament Series through hull pump. It's only a 500GPH pump, but it works well in this livewell. Under the hull and where the pump picks up water, I installed a brass Perko strainer. Fully loaded with 2 anglers, she'll float in about 4" of water. I think she runs in about 10". I've been considering having a micro jack plate installed. It's a flat bottom boat; so I have a concern about potential cavitation. However, I've been informed that a jack plate will be advantageous regardless of whether I have a flat bottom boat or had something as advantageous as a tunnel hull. The boat runs dry; even in a 3 to 4' foot chop. I love that. She runs just over 30 knots fully loaded with two anglers.
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