While the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is known for its big (sometimes very big, as in mega-big) yachts, docked at the Bahia Mar, those who attended the show wanting to see bay boats and skiffs weren’t disappointed. The convention center housed a sprinkling of these inshore/nearshore fishing boats. Here’s a look at nine of them.
A generous foredeck offers a great, open casting platform for calm waters. The 270Z is 27 feet long with a 9-foot, 1-inch beam, weighing 3,000 pounds. With 17 degrees of deadrise, it has the size and configuration to take on the heaviest bay chop or head offshore.
A view of the boat’s interesting integrated bracket, which allows the engine to be mounted higher. Also unusual for most bay boats, the 270 has a twin-stepped hull.
The 221, foreground, drafts 14 inches with engine up. That engine can be up to a 250 hp. The boat, which weighs 3400 pounds, has a 15-degree deadrise.
While the GoPro Hero5’s wide-angle perspective of the previous image makes for an interesting shot, this shot offers a better idea of the boats’ hull shape.
This Barker Boatworks 26 Calibogue Bay shows its striking lines. The 25-6 boat sports a 9-3 beam, the hull drafting only 14 inches but offering 18 degrees of deadrise. The 4,500-pound, 100-percent vinyl ester/composite-cored hull can take up to a Seven Marine 627 outboard.
The generous console has loads of space for storage.
Jupiter Marine 25 Bay
Jupiter Marine’s new bay boat sports a modest 14-inch draft but offers rough-water capability. With a maximum 300 hp, look for speeds up to 55 mpg.
The Jupiter Bay has somewhat higher gunwales than traditional bay boats to augment its performance in heavier seas.
This 26-footer (8-8 beam) drafts 16 inches. It weighs 5,000 pounds with up to 400 hp and options include a second-station T-top.
Aft seating offers a comfortable spot for three; when not in use, the seat back folds down for a flush deck extension. Several leaning-post configurations are available including the rocket-launcher version shown.
This 24 ½-footer, with an 8-7 beam, weighs in at 2,700 pounds and is good for up to 300 hp. Its 50-degree entry deadrise flattens to a moderate 15 at the transom. Draft is 15 inches.
A wide forward casting deck offers plenty of elbow room on the relatively beamy 24 ½-foot Cayman. The 3,700-pounder is rated for 300 horses. Its 16-degree-deadrise hull is rated at 12 inches draft.
Touted by the manufacturer as a particularly versatile flats skiff, the 17 ½-foot Professional drafts 4.5 inches with engine and fuel. With a beam just under 6 feet, it’s rated for up to 90 hp. The hull weighs in at a modest 550 pounds.
Built in South Carolina, this 26-foot bay boat with 15 degree of deadrise drafts 16 inches. It weighs 3,100 pounds and is rated for up to 400 hp.