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troutmaster1troutmaster1 Posts: 12 Greenhorn
I'm looking for a bay boat in the 20-25 foot range for around $25000 needs to be able to get in really shallow water

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  • linesider 159linesider 159 Posts: 828 Officer
    How shallow?
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  • BakermanBakerman Posts: 1,222 Officer
    9" to float or operate?
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  • Capt. PantsCapt. Pants Posts: 667 Officer
    9"? In all honesty, I don't know of many flats boats and skiffs that can get that shallow? Realistically, 12" is even a stretch for many. "True" draft on most will be around 14-16", especially if it carries any kind of "V" to the stern.
    I fish out of a 2103 Kenner Vision Tunnel. The tunnel gets me about an inch or two shallower than the non-tunnel at rest. On-plane though, totally different story being I can raise my engine to where about 2" of skeg are below the hull.
    Is there a special reason why 9"? A canal or bar you hav3e to get out and push across? Just curios.
  • bonephishbonephish Posts: 1,488 Officer
    There are no bay boats that float in 9". If 9" is a realistic number you should be looking for a used Beavertail or Hell's Bay.
  • Capt. PantsCapt. Pants Posts: 667 Officer
    bonephish wrote: »


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  • Capt. PantsCapt. Pants Posts: 667 Officer
    Maybe something along the lines of a 28' Carolina Skiff with a 6 gallon tank and a 15hp 2-stroke? :grin

    I'd imagine if it's possible it'll be a flat back for sure.
  • troutmaster1troutmaster1 Posts: 12 Greenhorn
    the water gets down to 9 inches on a low tide at my dock it is really shallow
  • Reel TealReel Teal Posts: 3,962 Captain
    Might need to buy a lift or get a skiff. My ankona will float in 5" with 2 anglers, not fat ones though. A skiff probably isnt what you need, get a boat lift if it cant set on the bottom. Personally it seems like a bad spot for a dock
  • troutmaster1troutmaster1 Posts: 12 Greenhorn
    i have a 20 ft Chawk and it gets stuck on the bottom and i can't even push it out
  • linesider 159linesider 159 Posts: 828 Officer
    I think you need to look at flats boats. I have a hewes 16 redfisher for sale and it floats in 9 inches. Let me know if interested
    2016 Sterling 220XS (SOLD), see build thread here: Here
    2005 Lake and Bay Backwater (SOLD)
    Current Boats: 2008 SCB Topcat 250 XS
    2014 SCB Stingray Sport Merc 300XS
    gCFWQPq.jpg?1
  • SullyKeysSullyKeys Posts: 92 Deckhand
    i would take a look at Scout's bay boats, they have some good options
  • bighardeybighardey Posts: 418 Deckhand
    22 Shearwater with a Yami 150 4-stroke....they are great boats and used ones are in your budget, I had a 2005 Coastal with Yami 150 and was very happy with it. Flats fished all day long and then on calm days went out the inlet trolling. Easy to push off when on a sand-bar. Good luck!
  • Reel TealReel Teal Posts: 3,962 Captain
    bighardey wrote: »
    22 Shearwater with a Yami 150 4-stroke....they are great boats and used ones are in your budget, I had a 2005 Coastal with Yami 150 and was very happy with it. Flats fished all day long and then on calm days went out the inlet trolling. Easy to push off when on a sand-bar. Good luck!
    I dont think shearwater makes a boat that drafts less than 10". Wont work, if you're looking at those family of boats I'd suggest sterling. They are pricey skiffs. Hewes and maverick may get you what you want

    Trout-. Where are you located and what kind of fishing do you do? Seems you really dont want the flats boat, but you seem to be in an area thats a flat
  • linesider 159linesider 159 Posts: 828 Officer
    A shearwater x22 has a bay boat layout and will get in about 12 inches. Same hull as my sterling just different cap
    2016 Sterling 220XS (SOLD), see build thread here: Here
    2005 Lake and Bay Backwater (SOLD)
    Current Boats: 2008 SCB Topcat 250 XS
    2014 SCB Stingray Sport Merc 300XS
    gCFWQPq.jpg?1
  • SwampratSwamprat Posts: 1,058 Officer
    the water gets down to 9 inches on a low tide at my dock it is really shallow

    Get a bad wind pushing water out or a really negative low tide and that bay boat could be sitting on the bottom. 9" of water leaves no wiggle room.
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