Want a solid boat that you can fish in skinny water, yet still cross open bays, and even take offshore on days when you can pick your weather - but suffer from that middle-class conundrum called a budget? Then Trophy's 1901 Bay Skiff deserves your attention.
Built by US Marine, the Trophy line represents years of research, engineering and development by the largest boatbuilding company in the world.
The 1901 helm console features storage on the front and a cooler seat with a flip-flop seat back. Aerated 15- and 20-gallon baitwells assure that you will never run out of space for a variety of baits. Each also doubles as a release well. Trophy provides "plug-in" seats for the forward and aft casting decks so you can take a load off as you slow-troll and cast. Speaking of slow-trolling, each 1901 comes wired and with a flat for mounting a trolling motor on the bow. A dry-storage compartment has an inset specifically designed to accommodate the 5-gallon pail in which you undoubtedly keep your cast net. Yet another storage locker forward holds six rods in PVC to protect the guides. You get additional vertical rod storage on the console sides. An insulated fish box forward keeps your fish well-iced even on the hottest days.
As I've said before, both the materials used and Trophy's construction methods qualify as advanced state of the art. I'll put a Trophy's quality up against any production boat in America today.
For example, every Trophy has a specially designed system for keeping water off your cockpit deck. Called its Drainage Response System, the carefully crowned deck hurries water into the large scuppers.
Walk through the Trophy factory, and you'll see that each Trophy uses the same advanced materials as the more expensive boats do. A vinylester-resin skin coat, rather than polyester, does a superior job of preventing osmotic-blistering problems years down the channel. A monolithic, foam-filled fiberglass grid system gets bonded into each hull for structural strength. The deck gets glassed to the hull, then mechanically bolted together for additional security.
You might not expect it from a boat this size and price, but the 1901 comes jack plate ready with hydraulic steering standard. Add to that a raw-water washdown, an integral swim platform with a ladder deployable from the water, five cleats, and bow and stern eyes all through-bolted with metal backing plates. That's a whole lot of bang for your buck!
LOA...... 19 ft.
BEAM...... 8 ft. 2 in.
DRAFT...... 1 ft.
DEADRISE...... 14 deg.
WEIGHT...... 2,627 lb.
FUEL...... 55 gal.
MAX HP...... 150 hp OB
MSRP...... $23,921 (with 115 hp)
Trophy Sportfishing Boats / Knoxville, Tennessee / 865-582-2200 / www.trophyfishing.com