Looking for a good used flats skiff that is capable in open water. Hear great things about the 1890.
1) What is the real world draft?
2) Can you pole it for short periods? I know its not going to be good to pole, but our poling is typically not all that far. For winter reds, you generally know where they live, just need a quiet way to sneak in.
3) Is the 150 enough? See some guys repowering with 200's.
4) I heard it had a great ride but then read somewhere people complaining about it being a wet ride? I know all skiffs will be some wet in the right wind but hoping its not known as a particularly wet ride?
1) Mine drafts about 10-11" fully loaded. I'm still surprised at some of the stuff I float over.
2) I have poled mine before. It is doable, but pushing a loaded down 2500 pound boat around is not for the faint of heart.The boat tracks fairly well, but definitely requires some effort. I would not want to pole for long periods of time.
3) I'm sure the 150 is enough. I have a 200 on mine. Depends on how much speed you desire. I think the boat cruises best around 40 mph. For me that corresponds to 4000 rpms which is hardly pushing the motor. The 200 allows me to keep the rpms down.
4) Not a wet boat if you learn how to use your tabs. Hard quartering towards winds 15+ mph can be challenging to keep the spray down. Spray will stay down if you go faster. Ride quality may suffer in a chop, but you're less likely to have to deal with spray. It's not a bay boat or center console, but I think the boat is reasonably dry for a flats boat.
Do you think it needs a tandem axle trailer? I am thinking it does not.
No it doesn't. Mine is on a single axle with "D" range load rated tires.
1. Floats in about 10-11 inches and you would be surprised how skinny she can run with a jackplate and tabs for a 19ft boat.
2. Pole mine all the time. Its a heavy boat to pole but she will get the job done, bring some aleve. Theres a bit of hull slap on mine cause no qui-dry, but she will get you to the tailers without problems. Its prob about as big of a boat you want to pole.
3. I have 150 yami 4 stroke with 18P 3 blade prop. She will do 50mph with just me and gets out of the hole plenty quick when loaded down. Honestly, if a 200 is the same weight as the 150, most are, then go with the 200. A little extra power never hurts when the storm comes up quick on you. For me, 50mph is just fine.
4. This boat likes some tab for it to ride smooth and solid. I usually ride with the tab down a bit and she rides like glass even in a decent chop. Have had it in pretty rough water and she handled nicely.
For what its worth my family of 4 uses it every weekend and it gets us too and from the fishing grounds and beach without issues. It fits in my garage and its a pleasure to tow. I put a bimini on her and it truly accommodates all of our needs whether it be beach, fish, or pleasure cruise. Good all around FLATS BOAT, by no means is it a bay boat.
single torsion axle trailer just fine. The 2020 def needs a double axle, but single good for the 1890.
Wont go wrong with this boat or the manufacturer. Chad and the gang at AC are good dudes who wont lead you wrong and stand by their product.