Since 1983, Carolina Skiff has been building boats for commercial fishermen, guides, government agencies and family boaters all over the world. Of course, you are probably thinking about the flat-bottomed skiff that made them famous. This is not that kind of Carolina Skiff.
The Sea Chaser line of skiffs is not new, but the flats models are. Like all Carolina Skiffs, the 180 Flats is built tough and virtually unsinkable using a wood-free, sealed foam construction process. Each hull is hand-laminated using a combination of woven roving and tridirectional fiberglass. Closed cell foam blocks are used for the structure of the deck liner, which is then bonded to the hull with fiberglass and resin, forming a solid singular unit.
The new 180 Flats runs quietly while staying dry, affords excellent shallow-water capability – it floats in 8 inches with a normal load – and tracks well while being poled.
There’s enough undergunwale storage space for 10 fly rods in addition to space for gear, including a foredeck dry-storage compartment that can double as a cooler. With a beam of over 85 inches and a large forward casting deck, the 180 Flats offers plenty of room for casting. The deck hardware is recessed, just like you’d expect on any serious flats boat.
Options are limited to a steering upgrade, a poling platform and trim tabs, including trolling motor-mounted tabs; everything else comes as standard equipment. And although this new flats series may be different from other Carolina Skiffs you’re used to, you’ll recognize the affordability.