announced today that they’ve begun to release weekly reviews of skiffs and other flats boats. With the onslaught of new boat builders in 2017. Skiff Life says, “With so many skiffs and flats style inshore boats on the market today, a voice is needed to week through the choices to help our fans find the right boat for them.” Skiff Life released Volume 1 of their popular Living the Skiff Life article that acts as a primer for purchasing a skiff, flats boat or other inshore style fishing boat.
Following up on this skiff related article are a series of features that highlight specific boats, their specifications and in some cases pros/cons of a particular builder or boat. Skiff Life plans on following many of the top inshore skiffs such as East Cape, Hell’s Bay, Maverick, Skimmer Skiffs, Action Craft and Bonefish Boatworks to name a few.
While many of today’s boat builders use the same materials such as fiberglass and resins, their build methods and the quality of these skiff building materials vary greatly. Topics such as vacuum bagging vs. old school fiberglass lay-up and vinylester vs. epoxy resins will be discussed to try to give the prospective skiff buyers an idea of what is involved in building a flats boat and why the prices vary so greatly on today’s inshore boats. With an entire new slew of boat building materials such as kevlar, carbon fiber and basalt available to choose to build a boat with, it’s important to find a builder that understands these materials and their proper use in skiffs to avoid delamination and faulty product failure. Visit Skiff Life under their Boats We Like section to see more.