Technical poling skiffs are, by design, relatively small, according to Chris Peterson, owner and president of Hell’s Bay, which specializes in building these vessels and offers nine models. “For example, our Marquesa skiff is 18 feet in length and has a 6½-foot beam,” says Peterson. “The smaller footprint allows the skiff to more easily slip through the water, which is an important consideration when you’re poling all day.” The largest skiffs measure 18 to 19 feet in length, with many others in the 16- to 17-foot range. Technical poling skiffs also have lower profiles than flats or backcountry boats, and this helps achieve two goals, according to Johnson. The first is to reduce wind resistance. “The sheer line of our Mirage HPX skiffs is very close to the water, and so it virtually sneaks under the wind,” he explains. “This makes it easy to pole on a breezy day.