Bay skiffs could well be the most utilitarian type of fishing boat available today. They work well in shallow water and at the same time, given reasonable conditions, you can run them offshore in search of larger game too. One of the pioneers of the bay-skiff movement has been Pathfinder. Built by the company that makes Hewes and Maverick, two lines of exceptional flats skiffs, Pathfinder blends outstanding flats traits with the higher freeboard and revised design of the bay skiff, affording it the ability to not only fish shallow, but run across the open mouth of that bay to get there.
The newest Pathfinder has an oversized cockpit to handle multiple anglers at once, wide gunwales to facilitate walking around the boat while fighting and casting, and a hydraulic jack plate and trim tabs as standard equipment to get you into the shallow water – and back out again. And while fishing, you’ll never be without exactly the right tackle thanks to five vertical rod holders in each side of the console as well as additional horizontal rod carriage under each gunwale. Other fishing amenities include a base plate for a swivel stool on the bow, backing plate and wiring for a bow-mounted trolling motor, an in-deck cast-net storage locker, a 25-gallon livewell and expansive bow and stern decks for fishing.
You won’t find more rabid fishermen than the people who work at Pathfinder. That’s why they make sure that every cleat and running light is the pop-up variety. They even install completely flush, molded-in hinges on all hatches.
Admittedly, less than 2,500 pounds including power makes for a pretty light 21-footer. That’s how the 225 or 250 hp outboard can move this boat like lightning. And the standard hydraulic steering guides it through serpentine channels with ease and grace.
BEAM……7 ft. 10 in.
WEIGHT……2,450 lb. (w/ power)
MAX POWER……250 hp OB
MSRP……$46,447 (w/ 225 hp four-stroke OB)
_Pathfinder Boats / Fort Pierce, Florida / 772-465-0631 / _www.pathfinderboats.com