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April 14, 2011

Carolina Skiff goes premium with Ultra Elite SS and Ultra Elite

The day of having to settle for one particular style boat is over.

WAYCROSS, Ga. - Three years ago, Carolina Skiff plotted out a new course in boat building: to produce a premium line of pleasure boats bearing the Carolina Skiff name. In February of 2011, the Ultra Elite SS and Ultra Elite Series have landed right on the mark, putting boat buyers in a completely new class of boat from Carolina Skiff.

The day of having to settle for one particular style boat is over. The Ultra Elite SS gives you the versatility to do it all, from fishing in 10 - 12 inches of water to going out fishing offshore on a good day. The Ultra Elite SS is a cruiser's dream, featuring plush front-deck U-shaped seating around a large lock-in table with plenty of room for family and friends to enjoy a day out on the water. Within minutes, the cushions and table can be cleared and stowed, revealing a wide-open bow, tailored for fishing.

"The idea behind the Ultra Elite SS was to package three different boat types into a single craft by redesigning the hull, upgrading the fit and finish, adding top-end amenities and making items transferable and storable," said Joe Kirkland, President and CEO of Carolina Skiff. "Now we have one boat that performs as a deck boat, bay boat and offshore boat, so any combination of the three will meet most family's boating needs."

The new hull under the Ultra Elite SS is a hybrid V-hull that combines the shallow-water draft of the Carolina Skiff hull (drafts 9 to 12 inches) with the proven performance ride of the company's Sea Chaser bay boat hull.

The Ultra Elite SS comes with a list of high-grade standards that set it apart, starting with deluxe wrap-around seating in the front, plush coaming pads in the deck and along the gunnels, stainless steel bow rails, 16-rod capacity rod holders, walk-in console, rear fold-down bench seat, transom sink with hide-away facet and a private port-a-potty, just to name a few.
 
Available options to take your boating experience to the next level include an offshore T-top with docking lights, a 9-gallon freshwater tank with a shower nozzle and an FM/XM radio with iPod dock.

Shane Watson, a life-long striper guide on Lake Lanier and recent inductee in the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, was one of the first to test the new 2011 Ultra Elite.

"The 23 Ultra Elite SS combines all of the stability and room that Carolina Skiff boats are famous for with a smoother 'V-bottom' ride," Watson said. "Combine the Ultra Elite's long list of standard features and available options with one of the great exterior colors offered and you'll have a great-looking fishing boat that will perform well on the coast, in bays and in lakes."

Carolina Skiff's new premiere boat comes in two sizes, the 25 Ultra Elite SS (25 feet) and the 23 Ultra Elite SS (22 feet, 11 inches).

Ultra Elite

In February, Carolina Skiff also unveiled the Ultra Elite, a smaller cousin of the Ultra Elite SS

"The Ultra Elite is built on the same hull design as the Ultra Elite SS, giving it a performance ride in waves and shallow draft back in the bays," added Kirkland. "The Ultra Elite is smaller, lighter and is more of a true fishing boat without the U-shaped seating. Instead, the spacious bow area in the Ultra Elite is dedicated for fishing activities.

Premium standards on the Ultra Elite include a pre-wired trolling motor plug, fiberglass rod holders, two rear fold-down jump seats and a lighted 20-gallon baitwell.

The smaller Ultra Elite comes in two sizes, the 19 Ultra Elite (18-feet, 11 inches) and the 21 Ultra Elite (20-feet, 10 inches).