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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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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”
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.
 

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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”
Actually looking at the measurements side by side, it surprises me that everyone says the Caimen is a drier ride vs the Waterman. Never been on a Waterman so be curious to know why. I love the Caimen and the ride, but wouldn't give up the space/versatility my Fury has for what I do.
 

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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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If you want a caimen ride just shoot me a message.
Thanks Austin, I've spent a lot of time poling and fishing from a couple of different Caimen's. They impressed me with how they handle a chop and they pole just fine. Some folks think they are a little tippy, but I've spent a lot of time on a platform so I guess it jsut doesn't bother me.
 

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Thanks Austin, I've spent a lot of time poling and fishing from a couple of different Caimen's. They impressed me with how they handle a chop and they pole just fine. Some folks think they are a little tippy, but I've spent a lot of time on a platform so I guess it jsut doesn't bother me.
Same offer if you want to spend some time on the little cayo skiff. You got a standing invitation any time you want to go. I'll give you a buzz over Christmas break.
 

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Same offer if you want to spend some time on the little cayo skiff. You got a standing invitation any time you want to go. I'll give you a buzz over Christmas break.
Hey I'm off the week between Christmas and New Year...
 
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Actually looking at the measurements side by side, it surprises me that everyone says the Caimen is a drier ride vs the Waterman. Never been on a Waterman so be curious to know why. I love the Caimen and the ride, but wouldn't give up the space/versatility my Fury has for what I do.
I can give a reply if you/others want to know why the Caimen is a dry/great riding skiff?
 

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I can give a reply if you/others want to know why the Caimen is a dry/great riding skiff?
Kevin, I’ve always been impressed with the ride of a Caimen for a boat of its size. Of course there are trade offs with all skiffs but you found a nice balance of ride and fish ability with it.
 
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I can give a reply if you/others want to know why the Caimen is a dry/great riding skiff?
I'm not in the market for either skiff, but I'd love to hear what makes it dry/great riding, just to satisfy my own curiosity. I really like the Caimen but haven't ever been on one.
 

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I cry a little every time I see those pics....
You were always good company when you joined me in her. Hopefully I'll have a new sled by, or shortly after the first of the year, and if it's something that's better in a chop it will be great for all the crappy weather you always bring with....
 

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Thanks Austin, I've spent a lot of time poling and fishing from a couple of different Caimen's. They impressed me with how they handle a chop and they pole just fine. Some folks think they are a little tippy, but I've spent a lot of time on a platform so I guess it jsut doesn't bother me.
They do quite well, supposing that you have a sane person driving the skiff.......
 

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They do quite well, supposing that you have a sane person driving the skiff.......
Well that eliminates someone we know...lol
 

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Ya but without a boat to fish, think of all the free time you’ll have to finish it!



turns out it drives pretty good with no one at the the helm
Ouch
 
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