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Caimen vs Waterman 18

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I fish the Louisiana Marsh, spend a lot of time poling quite shallow, but a lot of what I fish requires some significant open water crossings. I'm in the market for a new to me skiff. Given the choice of a Caimen or a Waterman 18, similarly rigged and priced close enough for it to not be a factor, which would you choose and why? Any other strong recommendations in the 18 foot range for those criteria, and again, why? Thanks.
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Waterman 18 if you need a stable platform. I run a Caimen and it’s definitely less stable, but runs excellent in a chop and the open water La runs. I have guided 2 clients out of it multiple times, but it does get friendly during double-ups.

wet test and get what you like!
 

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On a side note, I don’t think comparing those 2 skiffs is apples to apples per say.

Measurements from manufacturer website.
Waterman- length 18’ beam 73”
Fury- length 18’1” beam 72”
Caimen- length 17’10” beam 61.5”
Glades Skiff- length 17’8” beam 58”
 

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Austin, certainly not apples to apples in layout/size, but a fairly good comparison in terms of being able to do what I need them to. Both will fish well in shallow water, both have OKish ability to cross some open water. Keep in mind I'm moving from a Carolina Skiff, so anything will be an improvement in that regard.
If you want a caimen ride just shoot me a message.
 
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