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Hello Everyone,
Not sure if this is the right spot to post.
There is not much in the way of flats skiffs to purchase up here in Ontario Canada.
So I have been looking at potentially building my own 16 foot tiller skiff (30 hp max) with casting deck up front and platform in the back. I flyfish the lakes and rivers up here (protected waters).

With nothing to purchase on the used market up here, I was thinking of doing a resto-mod project and taking a good used hull and doing some work on it as a winter project.
I expect that I would need to reconfigure the interior, putting some added stringers or support, work on the transom, wiring, and putting a completely new top on the boat.
I have a good heated shop with tools and pretty handy (when I have instructions).

There are alot of old fiberglass runabout fishing hulls available in my area that look to be in good shape (dry, sturdy). Most have a fairly deep v up front.
My question is what is the ideal hull as a starting point for the project. I would want it to get in some shallow water..but probably nothing less than 10-12 inches.
My ideal designs are like the SimpleBoats CF16, Hells Bay Guide or Eldora, etc.....

I have attached a few pictures of what is typically available around here. I am trying to find some with a little bit less of a deep V . Not alot of old bass boats around here and they would seem like a bit more work because they center consoles...which I would want to remove.

Any suggestions or comments are greatly appreciated.....this is a great community and site and look forward to contributing.

Andy
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I have always wondered how long it will be before the poling skiff-style boat catches on up there for backwater fly fishing!

If you're not trying to get in anything skinnier than a foot, any of the older glass boats you described will be great candidates for a resto-mod skiff! Strip it, repair the hull/transom/stringers if needed, glass in a false floor & decks, & you'll be good to go.
 

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I have always wondered how long it will be before the poling skiff-style boat catches on up there for backwater fly fishing!

If you're not trying to get in anything skinnier than a foot, any of the older glass boats you described will be great candidates for a resto-mod skiff! Strip it, repair the hull/transom/stringers if needed, glass in a false floor & decks, & you'll be good to go.
Thanks. It is surprising there are not more poling/flat water skiffs up here. There are lots of flat bottom aluminum jon boats.
 

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The hull looks like it would ride good in chop. Don't put too much weight in it and it should draft shallow. Are you going to set it up like a flats skiff, PP platform, pole, casting platform?. I like it
 
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Following along in hopes of seeing thoughts and ideas on this. A simple skiff style that will handle a little chop. Right now I am using my drift boat for fishing stillwaters, while it works it is not ideal for getting very far from a ramp.
 
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