Living the ‘Skiff Life”

 

Living the ‘Skiff Life”

By Craig Lamb

Fishing hard. Playing harder. Cruising the skinniest of water, or heading out miles away from shore into the blue water. Doing the heavy lifting and transporting the goods for a job. Spending quality time with family and friends on a secluded beach. Watersports? Yep, you do that too. Scuba diving over a wreck in the bay. Snorkeling over a reef on the lookout for a lobster dinner.

All of the above describes the Skiff Life. Carolina Skiff owners have been doing it now for 30 years and counting. After three decades of building loyal customers, those owners define what fishing, playing and working mean in a skiff-designed boat.

Carolina Skiff continues responding to the needs of its loyal owners by designing and evolving with what it takes to live The Skiff Life. Need proof? Here you go.

For novices and skilled boaters, the J-Series is the perfect skiff for entry-level boaters or anyone looking for an affordable boat. The J-Series is the perfect skiff for just knocking around the marina or in the skinniest of sloughs, backwaters or mangroves. With 100 percent composite construction the J-Series doesn’t have an expiration date when it comes to rugged durability and a long lasting finish.

 

A pillar of the brand is the DLX Series, tracing its roots back to the first model built in 1983. Since then the DLX has built a loyal following as one of the most durable, versatile and stable boats on the water. Plain and simple, you just can’t beat it as a runabout, commercial workboat or for just about any activity on the water.

Could the DLX get even more versatile? Yep, and the proof is in the DLX Tunnel Series. The DLX is known for shallow draft, and that gets even more of a lift with the Tunnel Series.

What gives tunnel hulls an advantage is the higher outboard motor mount. Water is dispersed from the hull into a tunnel. Undisturbed water is then funneled to the prop for better bite and less cavitation. Throttle the outboard and the boat quickly gets on plan and stays there without porpoising. What else happens with a tunnel is better performance and even fuel economy. Less hull in the water means less drag, which also means less fuel consumed.

High payload capacity, extra wide body, tough and reliable. Reads like the advertising tag line for a pickup truck, right?

The reality is those words also describe the DLX Extra Wide Series. The DLX-EW draws very little water while remaining stable. You can carry more weight further and faster using less horsepower. Those unique qualities come from a patented hull design with bow splash guards to keep you dry from spray over the bow. And positive tracking keels on the running surface keep the boat tracking true while maneuvering without the typical flat-bottom slide when making turns. Go extra wide with three models with 103” beams with lengths overall from 23’ 2” to 27’ 1.”

A top choice for fishing in shallow water is the JVX Series. A lightweight hull and modified V-hull design combine for a boat that will carry more, go further and faster with less horsepower. You get excellent maneuverability and handling with the positive tracking keels. Patented splash-guards provide the smooth, dry ride. Choose from nine models in center console, side console or stick steering.  

Fishermen have plenty of options from which to choose. Nine different models are in the JVX Series lineup, and you can customize the rig to fit angling needs.

What’s in a name? When the boat is the Ultra Elite Series. The proof is in the name. Ultra means extreme. Superior defines elite. The Ultra Series delivers with three boats in one. Equally at home inshore lake or river, in the bays along the coastline, fishing the tidal creeks and offshore exploring. Whatever the adventure the Ultra Series can do it all. Choose between four models from 19’ to 24.’

Are you ready to live the Skiff Life? Get started using the the Build A Boat feature. On the website, you can find a dealer, request a catalog and more. Check out the loyal following of Carolina Skiff Life fans and owners on Facebook.

 

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

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Go Skiing With Tidewater

 

Go Skiing With Tidewater

By Craig Lamb

Thumbs up. Thumbs down. Those hand gestures mean more than acknowledging that you like something.

In skiing terms, the thumbs up gesture means the skier wants boat speed to increase. Back off the throttle when thumbs go down. Those are just two of the seven skier hand signals that are fundamentals of learning the original powerboat watersport.

First timers will do well learning the fundamentals of skiing on land. Learning the hand signals, placing feet in and adjusting bindings and holding the handle properly are on the list. So is proper body position for starting and body position while skiing.

Learning the basic safety codes before jumping in is another good idea. Topping the list is wearing a properly fitting personal flotation device. Choose a PFD that is designed for skiing and put it on before getting into the water. Don’t give the starting signal until ready. Make sure all slack is out of the towline, and you are clear of any dangerous obstacles.

Falling is a given until your practice instills the confidence you need to stay up. When a fall is inevitable, try to go backward or to either side. A forward fall, obviously, increases the chances of hitting the ski.

Remember those diving board cannonball plunges you made as a kid into the swimming pool? That is also the proper body position for starting. First, practice it on land, wearing skis. Grip the handle, knuckles up, and have a partner pull on the rope to help pull you up. This will give you the feeling of being pulled up by the boat.

While practicing, make sure the knees are together at all times. Let the boat do the work for you. Once up remain in a chair position with the arms straight, shoulders and knees flexible. Once comfortable, bring your hips underneath your shoulders, and away you go!

Watersports, cruising, and fishing all go together. You can it all aboard the all-new Tidewater Boats 220 CC Adventure. Like all Tidewater Boats, this beauty is where luxury meets functionality. A yacht-style helm station, backlit aluminum carbon fiber dash panel, wrap-around bow seating with flip-out backrests, and so much make this a dream boat for a family outing.

Click here to view the spec sheet for the 220 CC Adventure.

The 220 CC Adventure is loaded with popular options that put smiles on faces. A bow table with cushions, TH Marine LED Underwater Lights, Taco 270 Series Outriggers and a Fusion Stereo prove the point.

Tidewater Boats are designed with distinctive Carolina Flair, setting up the dry ride, to direct waves away from the hull using reverse chines.

Composite construction, foam filled hulls, cored decks, and gunwales plus much more quality design, materials and construction are extras that come with the price of a Tidewater.

By taking extra steps not found in most brands, Tidewater has the confidence in providing owners a 10-year, transferable warranty that covers the hull.

Add it all up, and the 220 CC Adventure makes the perfect boat for water skiing, fishing, cruising and anything else a family likes to enjoy on the water.

Visit Tidewater Boats.com Today!

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Come See Tidewater Boats at Miami’s Favorite Boat Show

 

Come See Tidewater Boats at Miami’s Favorite Boat Show

By Craig Lamb

Water and boats go together, but you don’t always find both at a boat show. You can now find those and more at the 2017 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show.

This year’s event, conveniently scheduled during President’s Day weekend, is Feb. 16-20. The show has a new home at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Biscayne Bay. The location on Virginia Key is easy to get to by land and water.

Shake the winter blues and head to Miami to get your boating season kicked off early. You can do that by visiting Booth B147—B Tent, where Tidewater Boats will display the latest models. Dealer reps and factory experts will be on hand to meet, greet and help visitors turn their dream into reality of enjoying an ultimate day on the bay and elsewhere. 

Visit the booth and find front and center the new Tidewater 320CC, the premier model in the lineup. The 320CC center console boat is designed for smoothing out pounding waves on long offshore runs. With a length of 32 feet and a beam spanning 10’ 4” the boat can handle big water and is loaded from bow to stern with features for the serious blue water angler.

Luxury and functionality are unique in a center console fishing boat, and you get both with the Tidewater 220 LXF. A boat designed for fishing with ultra comfort features for cruising and family outings.

Find luxury from stem to stern in this boat with a centerline of 22′ 2″ and a ultra-wide beam of 8′ 10.” With a transom height of 25″ and 18-degree deadrise the 220 LXF is built for performance with a smooth, dry ride. The 220 are part of the LXF line. Read more about the models here.

Tidewater Boats engineers succeeded in a designing a boat with comfortable, spacious family seating, abundant storage and all the features serious anglers seek in an offshore center console rig. Best of all, the design is family friendly when it comes time to welcome aboard passengers for a cruise. 

You can also check out the 280 CC Adventure, 230 CC Adventure, 210 CC Adventure, 2500 Carolina Bay and the 252 LXF.

Tidewater Boats are designed with distinctive Carolina Flair, the most in class, that provides a softer transition between chop and big waves. That sets up the dry ride, to direct waves away from the hull using reverse chines. Tidewater likes to appropriately call that feature the Dry Chine Ride.

The smooth ride comes from the wave-shock absorbency of the Corrugated Grid Stringer Vertebra. Filled with foam to reduce noise and vibration, the stringer system works like a human skeleton to create a rigid, unified construction that tightly secures all of the internal parts. Those include fuel tanks, consoles, seating and storage compartments that are fastened to the stringer system. To ensure a solid, tight fit every stringer system is customized for each Tidewater model.

Another defining Tidewater feature is the Spray Relief Point. That is the point of impact on the hull deflecting water away from the boat. Multiple SRP areas enhance the characteristic dry ride of the Tidewater.

Read more about all the performance details and features here.

By taking extra steps not found in most brands, Tidewater has the confidence in providing owners a 10-year, transferable warranty that covers the hull.

There will be plenty of boats to see and much to do. More than 1,300 boats on land and docked within 550-plus slips, including a deep-water basin for yachts, will greet visitors. There’s a closed and open-air tented exhibit space for marine accessories, electronics, engines and apparel.

The show address is 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami. Water taxis, shuttle buses and adequate parking for vehicles and boats will be available.

Tidewater stays close to it’s saltwater roots with the manufacturing facility located in Lexington, S.C. Find out more about the complete lineup of models, view the brand catalog, and find a Tidewater dealer at tidewaterboats.com. Visit the growing community of Tidewater owners on Facebook at Tidewater Boats LLC.

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