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Old 02-04-2014, 03:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My SS skiff

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I finally decided to build my own Islamorada 18 but with a few changes and wondering what you guys think about it. Might try and market it down the road if there is interest, but like I said this is my own boat for now. Should be done in a couple of months as its being built in between clients boats at the moment.

SS 2 degree hull, No hatches, no liner-floor, only enough front and aft bulkheads for support and rod tube holes, possibly no tubes, just holes for the rod tips.

I am going lighter on the layup on the hull due to hp max at 50hp

Removable 6 gallon fuel tank, set up for three tanks, two forward one aft for extended trips and one up front for short trips.

I plan to start out with a 20hp tiller so I can fish the no motor zones and a 50hp later that I will keep in the garage on a stand for ease of changing when I want some speed.

Aluminium trim tabs, lighter then our standard tabs.

Going Tohatsu for the 15 inch shaft....

The object is to be a plain jane and as light as possible.....
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks confusing in it's present state?

If no hatches, why have the cut out for the hatches?

Where is the seating for operating the tiller?

Is this your project or Hal's?
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Looks confusing in it's present state?

If no hatches, why have the cut out for the hatches?

Where is the seating for operating the tiller?

Is this your project or Hal's?

The deck is pulled out of the same mold we do all our skiffs from and it has hatch drains. When infused we have to make a complete deck then we cut the hatch drains out. Then we will come in and add core and glass to get the same camber as our other boats.

I plan on standing and leaning on the poling platform for now.....

It's my project!
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Old 03-06-2014, 09:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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What is the SS number

When you refer to SS, what is your expected real draft fully rigged with two fishermen? With all the hoopla on the Chittum price and draft I think you'll build a following over time. I look forward to following your progress for my personal education.

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When you refer to SS, what is your expected real draft fully rigged with two fishermen? With all the hoopla on the Chittum price and draft I think you'll build a following over time. I look forward to following your progress for my personal education.

Thank you

Sorry for taking so long to reply, I have been traveling but did finish closing in the hatches and now ready to start paint and non skid on the deck.

I was going to build this skiff without a liner/floor but after doing the math on labor and materials I decided to go with our liner from the mold we have but still cut the bulkheads out.

As I said I am building my own boat here so it will take me some time to complete, but I'm building it a bit different then our regular Islamorada 18s. Since it will only take a 50hp short shaft I am changing the laminates to be lighter then our standard boats that are built to take a 150hp. I can't tell you until the boat is finished what it will draft or how much one would cost to build if someone is interested in the same rig yet, but it will be the lightest I18 SS built so far. Hopefully I get time to complete it soon.
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Looks nice and skinny. I fished with Gregg Arnold while home and I believe he eluded to changes to come. As with many fishermen cost is an issue even when it's not. I had been focused on a used HB Whip but recently started following one of Harry Spears builds, (Glade X) and I'm about as committed as committed could be for a build in Dec for Feb Delivery. On the flip side, I'll keep following your build and am very interested to see the final build rigged and the price. A new Whip is in excess of $45 K when you're done.
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Looks nice and skinny. I fished with Gregg Arnold while home and I believe he eluded to changes to come. As with many fishermen cost is an issue even when it's not. I had been focused on a used HB Whip but recently started following one of Harry Spears builds, (Glade X) and I'm about as committed as committed could be for a build in Dec for Feb Delivery. On the flip side, I'll keep following your build and am very interested to see the final build rigged and the price. A new Whip is in excess of $45 K when you're done.
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We are about to start the hull this week, we are running a bit behind as one of our lead guys was bit by a Pygmy Rattler last week....

If I had to guess at this point what I am building will be about $43K, should have exact numbers soon, still a work in progress. Side console, Tohotsu 50- 15 inch shaft, 12 gallon removable fuel tank,room for second under back deck, galvanized trailer, running lights, compass..... Pretty plain Jane except Carbon Fiber rod racks.
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finished

Should have added some more photos but better late then never...
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SS pics

Console and fuel tank....
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Looks nice and simple…nicely done. Love to see a profile shot…...

Any specs like weight, draft and final cost of the build?
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