My obserations of y'all's conversation is: 1) I doubt that a skiff coming out of HB's shop isn't set up to run properly, no matter where you live. 2) Over my last 5-6 skiffs I've tried most of what you suggest to run skinny. 3) No offense to Scissorhands, but what I saw him do getting his skiff up was no way to protect our bay bottoms. Again, no offense, I've done that many times, however as I am now in "Senior" staus I know that in order for the following generations to have a place to fish in the future we need to find deeper water to get up and run. Take a look at google maps and see the "kicker trails" where you fish. 4) I have a HB's Eldora tiller being built as we speak, cap to hopefully go on this week, but we all should strive to pilot our skiffs in an environmentally friendly manner and not try to run in water where we shouldn't. Get over how shallow your skiff will get up or run and learn the channels to your to spots as crboggs suggests. "Just sayin" as they say!