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Hey guys, I am looking for an opinion on which boat I should buy. I started with a 16' Grumman w/ a 35 hp Johnson about 8 yrs ago. It started to leak real bad so two yrs. ago I moved up to a 19' Key West w/ a 150 hp 2001 Mercury. That motor decided to blow up in October. So that's where I am.

I am looking real hard at the Carolina Skiff's. I want something that is alot better on gas than the Key West. I mostly fish in the back bays, sneaking out front once in a while and also hitting the Delaware Bay a few times a year. It seems that the CS 198 DLV would suit my needs very well. Looks to be good on gas (w/ either a 90 or 115) and looks like it would be very comfortable to fish in the back with, has a very shallow draft (4 - 8 inches) yet looks to be stable enough to sneak out front or hit the D. Bay on the right days (the only time I could or would fish them anyway with the Key West)

So I'm looking for opinions from everyone. I would like to stay around $15,000 (obviously less is not a problem). Anyone have one of these Carolina Skiff's or another model that can give me some input? Is there something else in that price range that might suit my needs better? Thanks in advance. I will be going to the boat show next week.
 

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I assume your old Merc was a carb 2 stroke. If you liked the boat, why not repower with an ETEC, Merc DFI or 4 stroke? These motors get about double the milage as the same hp carb 2 strokes. Your 19 KW with a 115ish new motor would be fine for your needs.
 

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I had a 198dlv with a 90 Suzuki. Bought it new in 07. I think I paid 14,500 then. Easy to trailer, ridiculous gas mileage with the four stroke and stable.
Lots of deck space. I fished DE Bay in the spring and Ocean City all summer.

The 198 Dlv will ride rough in chop. It will outright beat you up in steep real 2 footers. If you really want to go out front or fish DE bay on less than perfect days then look at the bigger skiffs like the 21 or 23. they ride much better than the 198. I had a few days running back to the Fort going airborne and getting soaked.

I loved it in the back - it cant be beat. Tough boat as well. I eventually went the total opposite to a 24 degree deep v hull so I could fish the reefs and do some trolling on the ridges.
 

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I am still toying around with the idea of repowering. Problem is that I had gas problems twice with the Key West and if I were to keep it I will put a new gas tank in. So I'm still trying to decide but I figure if I repower I will be around 10k. If I sell the key west (figure I can get around 2k for it as I just had the boat completely rewired and also hydralic steering and the hull and deck are in good shape) so the difference between repowering and getting a new boat is around 3 - 4k which is why I'm thinking about going new. Thanks.
 

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I'd repower myself, but you have to figure out where you want to do ost of your fishing, the Carolia skiff is going to ride hard and not be goos in any chop.
 

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What others have said - the skiff is great for flat back waters and sliding in to skinny water, but with any weight on the boat, or chop, it will knock your teeth out. I could never imagine taking the one we used to sneak out on past the inlet.

Re-power all the way unless you can find a deep v with new motor for less money new.
 

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Take a look at Twin Vee power cats....tremendous deck space...likes skinny water and runs great in sloppy water also,,,handles much better than a carolina...dealer in Somers Point.Worth checking them out.
 

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I would recommend you check the Nautic Star 19RG this boat is an excellent back bay boat. They just introduced it this year and it costs less than a carolina skiff and is a true v hull. I have the 21 footer which I use for charters the boat rides great and gets 5mpg at like 30 mph. I ran my like 16 miles offshore this pass summer with one of my buddies on a beautiful day. The boat handled it like a dream. I will be working the AC boat show in either the Yamaha outboard booth or Pier 47 Booth and we have this boat there in the affordability booth. If you want stop by and I will show the boat. We also sell Carolina Skiffs but I would tell you definetly check out this nautic star. Here is the link to pictures and specs
http://www.nauticstarboats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Product.display&product_id=79
 

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I can vouch that Rob was 17 miles off at Site 11 in his little Nauticstar. Looked like she fit right in out there. I was a BEAUTIFUL day, too! Flat seas and a load of big fluke!

Nauticstars are sweet little rigs!
 

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I can vouch for the Nauticstar too. My ride is the Nauticstar 1900 sport and while I've never been to Site 11 with it; on the right day I'd feel comfortable with making that run. Affordable and well built.
 

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I don't have a dog in this fight, nor am I working the boat show, or do I sell boats. But I DO have a 2008 238 DLV Carolina Skiff with a 140 Suzuki, so If your interested in hearing about a Carolina Skiff, I'm a little qualified to tell you about them.:cool:

As an owner I can tell you for the money it's a great bang for the buck, Will float in 8" of water, and skim across 18" & a great back bay & inlet boat. Likewise I have been to all the reef's and to 2FB from GE inlet with a stiff breeze at my back. I had to duck and weave on the way home, but NEVER felt threatened or unsafe.
I've been in 36' Regulators, Sea Vee's, and Juipters and been soaked to the bone. It's all about picking your days.

I know Fillet1 had a 198 DLV (so did I) and he's right, in a tight steep chop you'll get wet. One reason I stepped up to a 23 footer. Rides MUCH better than the 198.

The DLV is basically the same hull as a Boston Whaler at a 1/4 of the price.
The 4 stroke sips the fuel too.

Good luck.

 

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I just checked out the Nauticstar website. That looks like a really sweet rig! I will be at the boat show probably Thurs. so I will definately stop by. Thanks.
If You decide to sell the Key West give Me a call 610-357-9180,thanks Scott
 

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Carolina Skiff is a great boat for the buck I own a 198DLV great for back bay and out front on good days. Although CS is a great boat I would not recommend it if you do most of your fishing in the Delaware Bay its a long ride back in a CS if the wind kicks up.
One other note if you decide on a 198DLV go with 115HP
 

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I just checked out the Nauticstar website. That looks like a really sweet rig! I will be at the boat show probably Thurs. so I will definately stop by. Thanks.
Glad to help I think you will like it.

I don't have a dog in this fight, nor am I working the boat show, or do I sell boats. But I DO have a 2008 238 DLV Carolina Skiff with a 140 Suzuki, so If your interested in hearing about a Carolina Skiff, I'm a little qualified to tell you about them.:cool:

As an owner I can tell you for the money it's a great bang for the buck, Will float in 8" of water, and skim across 18" & a great back bay & inlet boat. Likewise I have been all the reef's and to 2FB with a stiff breeze at my back, and had to duck and weave on the way home.:D
I've been in 36' Regulators, Sea Vee's, and Juipters and been soaked too. It's all about picking your days.

I know Fillet1 had a 198 DLV (so did I) and he's right, in a tight steep chop you'll get wet. One reason I stepped up to a 23 footer. Rides MUCH better than the 198.

The DLV is basically the same hull as a Boston Whaler at a 1/4 of the price.
The 4 stroke sips the fuel too.

Good luck.

I will be working the show and we offer both boat lines so I have no reason to steer him away from a skiff. I am not a sales man I work on boats day and day out. If it is repairing them or fishing I spend everyday form March to Jan. on the water. As for Carolina Skiff they make a great product and I do like there boats for certain purposes. The thing is that the nautic star is a much drier and smoother ride and cost less than and carolina skiff. I am only given suggestions to someone not telling them what to buy. I personaly own a nautic star and love the boat just as you love your skiff. It is all in what you like as a person mainly.
 

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I don't have a dog in this fight, nor am I working the boat show, or do I sell boats. But I DO have a 2008 238 DLV Carolina Skiff with a 140 Suzuki, so If your interested in hearing about a Carolina Skiff, I'm a little qualified to tell you about them.:cool:

As an owner I can tell you for the money it's a great bang for the buck, Will float in 8" of water, and skim across 18" & a great back bay & inlet boat. Likewise I have been to all the reef's and to 2FB from GE inlet with a stiff breeze at my back. I had to duck and weave on the way home, but NEVER felt threatened or unsafe.
I've been in 36' Regulators, Sea Vee's, and Juipters and been soaked to the bone. It's all about picking your days.

I know Fillet1 had a 198 DLV (so did I) and he's right, in a tight steep chop you'll get wet. One reason I stepped up to a 23 footer. Rides MUCH better than the 198.

The DLV is basically the same hull as a Boston Whaler at a 1/4 of the price.
The 4 stroke sips the fuel too.

Good luck.
Can't take this guy seriously...he's a Cowboys fan... :wave::D;)

Just kidding...nice rig there.
 

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Can't take this guy seriously...he's a Cowboys fan... :wave::D;)

Just kidding...nice rig there.
I was thinking the same thing, how smart can he be. :D

Sorry, early morning and haven't had the first cup of coffee finished yet.

That rig is a nice fishing platform for the calm sees and near shore wouldn't want to be in it in 3'+ chop in the bay.
 
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