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May 23, 2011

Carolina Skiff 23 Ultra Elite SS

This represents the best-running Carolina Skiff I’ve ever driven.

Design and Construction
The Ultra Elite SS series comes with loads of standard features, unlike the original Carolina Skiffs, where all items other than the bare hull were optional.

The 23 sports a very nice console with room for a head. It has a wraparound, Lucite windscreen and a cushioned cooler forward of the console to store cold items and sit comfortably. A second, larger cooler fits beneath the leaning post. The foredeck comes with a receiver, so you can mount a pedestal table and use the forward seating as cocktail or lounging space.

So actually, you might consider this as three boats in one, as the cruising aspect borders on deck-boat comfort.

Carolina Skiff molds high-density foam blocks from the heart of the deck structure. The hull of the 23 consists of a thick 22-millimeter gelcoat layer, fiberglass mat, Coremat, tri-directional fiberglass in all high-stress spots and woven roving. The company fits a closed-cell foam-filled stringer grid into the hull, and bonds the deck to it with a fiberglass and resin mix, making for a very stiff, durable, virtually one-piece hull. Anyone who trailers his boat and has had to clean the bugs and grime off the windshield should particularly appreciate the removability of that piece of equipment. Stowed in the console while on the highway, it should last forever without your having to scrape a lovebug ever again!

LOA......22 ft. 11 in.
BEAM......8 ft. 4 in.
HULL DRAFT......1 ft.
DEADRISE......15 deg.
WEIGHT......2,800 lb. (dry)
FUEL......85 gal.
MAX POWER......250 hp OB
MSRP......$26,429 (base boat)

Carolina Skiff / Waycross, Georgia / 800-422-7282 /