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Young 20

Young Boats brings a new twist to the theme - a custom builder that has introduced a production flats boat.

October 3, 2001

The idea of a custom flats boat is no longer as odd as it once might have been. More and more custom manufacturers are making smaller boats designed for shallower waters. Young Boats brings a new twist to the theme – a custom builder that has introduced a production flats boat. Expect to see custom details in every aspect of the new Young 20, and at a reasonable price, too. With a draft of 11 inches fully loaded and a beam of 8 feet, the Young 20 offers 25 square feet of forward casting deck on a very stable platform. Raised hull sides offer a feel of security and keep fly lines in the boat on windy days. Young designed the hull with full reverse chines to knock down spray and deep-running strakes to provide lift and control. The sharp entry slices through chop to provide a smooth ride, while an 8-foot beam gives side-to-side stability. The design requires little to no trim tabs and planes quickly.Hand-laminated using advanced knitted fiberglass and lightweight resins, the hull contains no wood at all. The cockpit, deck and hatches, as well as the transom and stringers, are created from high-performance structural cored composites. Skid-resistant surfaces are molded into the deck and surface components. The boat features nine storage compartments with fitted hatches, including two 15-gallon dry storage compartments, as well as flush-mounted recessed hinges and deck hardware to keep the decks clear of casting obstructions. A 37-gallon livewell comes standard. Options include a poling platform, jack plate, additional livewell conversions, push pole holders and a trolling motor package. Engine options include 150- to 200-hp Mercury EFI or Optimax outboards.

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