Carolina Skiff Ultra 24: 2017 Boat Buyers Guide

Just because a boat is a rock-solid fishing craft doesn’t mean it can’t be a mighty-fun family boat too.

December 20, 2016
Carolina Skiff Ultra 24 Elite
LOA: 23′ 9″ | Beam: 9’6″ | Fuel Capacity: 78 gal. | Dry Weight: 3,168 lb. plus power | Max HP: 250 | Certifications: NMMA | Seating / Weight Capacity: 16 / 3,337 lb. Courtesy of Carolina Skiff

Carolina Skiff calls any of its more than 60 models and sizes “the most durable, versatile, stable and economical boat on the planet,” and those who have owned or experienced a Carolina Skiff echo that assessment.

They cherish a boat they call rock solid, enjoyable and affordable. The fourth-most cited (selected) brand in our survey, Carolina Skiff drew top marks for brand reputation, fuel efficiency, price, customer service and cockpit space — all bedrock attributes.

Patented box-beam construction produces a solid, durable, nonflexing and completely ­wood-free hull known for shallow draft and quick on-plane performance. Foam flotation exceeds U.S. Coast Guard requirements. And thanks to its design, the Carolina Skiff line requires little to no outboard engine trim for proper  performance.


Carolina Skiff boasts three brands: the namesake plus Fun Chaser fishing and cruising deck boats, and Sea Chaser crossover boats on a distinctive hybrid fish and cruise (HFC) hull. Together they comprise a rich line of pleasure, fishing, runabout and commercial/work boats. While they come ready to fish, there are plenty of options available, in addition to a range of boat sizes.

No wonder they’re among the most seen brands at practically any marina or fishing port!


Just because a boat is a rock-solid fishing craft doesn’t mean it can’t be a mighty-fun family boat too, Carolina Skiff says — and proves – in its new Carolina Skiff Ultra 24, largest of the Ultra Elite series.


Load up with family and friends (the bow cushions love a crowd), and head for some cruising fun afloat. In minutes, you can swap those cushions for bow and stern fishing seats, and you’re ready for hardcore fishing.

The family will love the ­flip-up console with Porta Potti and a ­privacy curtain; U-shaped bow seating with removable back rests and seat cushions, and drop-in table; and the swim ladder.

Carolina Skiff 24 Ultra Elite console
A private changing ­enclosure pops out of the console and can house a portable head. Courtesy of Carolina Skiff

Come fishing time, that table’s part of a bow casting deck, complementing the full fishable rear deck (with three jump seats) and rear 20-gallon baitwell. Gunwale racks keep rods at the ready. Nine-inch draft makes it a dream for poking — maybe even poling — around in the shallows.


Everybody will appreciate the generous storage bins beneath seats and in-deck.

An aggressive hull design handles a wide range of sea conditions.

Options include Bimini top, T-top or molded hardtop; electric flushable head; freshwater tank with shower; deluxe leaning post with tackle center; and 6-inch ­hydraulic jack plate.


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