Skiffs We Like – Fly Boatworks F-18

Fly Boatworks FS18 2A newcomer into the skiff market, Fly Boatworks is making a splash with their new decked out ‘F-18’ skiff. The Fly F-18 is the first boat the company is offering and it looks to be a lean, mean, fishing machine. When I say lean, I mean it! To save weight on the skiff, Fly Boatworks elected to use carbon fiber platforms. This is just one of the awesome features you’ll find on one of these skiffs.

Out of all the new skiff companies that have emerged in the last couple of years, Fly Boatworks seems to stand out in a positive way. While their features may not be anything new or completely game changing…we like where Fly is headed with their vision and design.

Here’s an excerpt from the Fly Boatworks website about the skiff:

What do you get when you blend classic, time-tested craftsmanship and cutting edge design? The all-new F-18 Series skiff from Fly Boatworks — a boat that epitomizes  versatile performance.  Let’s be honest, no two days on the water are ever the same.  Tides and winds change constantly, and as an angler you need an edge in an ever changing environment.  Meet the F-18 Series.  An eighteen foot technical skiff with the chop-devouring attitude of a bay boat combined with the shallow-draft, stealth and easy-to-pole dexterity of much smaller flats boats, the F-18 will push the boundaries of all your fishing pursuits.

And the specs:

Length Overall (LOA): 17′ 8″
Beam: 5′ 10″
Draft: 5.5″*
Gross Weight: 650 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 19 Gallons
Speed: 35 MPH WOT with 4 blade Rogue Prop
*Real Draft with 2 adults and gear, fuel, etc.
Power Options

Notice something in the specs? The asterisk leads you to a note stating ‘REAL DRAFT’. Many manufacturers test their hulls out on the water without center consoles, platforms, or even people in the skiff itself to get a ‘draft number’ that they place on their website. It’s refreshing to see a company put out a ‘real draft’ with a real scenario on the skiff. Two adults, gear, and fuel are something that will be on most skiffs 99% of the time. Why not measure it that way?

Visit their website for more info!

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