Islamorada 18 | Mangrove Edition
The Islamorada 18 Mangrove Edition uses all of the same materials and construction methods as the Islamorada 18 Legacy and Snake Bight Editions. The Core thickness and density has been reduced as well as the lamination schedule to make our lightest boat to date. Same Patented and proven hull design with massive high volume built in spray rails, a staggered split chine below the waterline for silent poling and a radiused transom. No sponsons.
Specs & Highlights
LENGTH 18′ 0″
BEAM 6′ 8″
- Offered in two hull forms: the 12-degree and 2-degree SS (Super Shallow) dead rise.
- Standard engine is the all new 50 HP Tohatsu 4 stroke with stainless steel prop, premium shifter.
- Custom Galvanized Trailer with walk board. Three galvanized wheels, Goodyear radial trailer tires and LED lights.
Center console with storage for up to four 12-volt batteries and SS knot tying ring . Optional side console at no extra charge.
Gelcoat finish with choice of six standard colors.
Oversized hatch gutters with rubber gaskets.
U Flex hydraulic steering with high-speed 3.5 lock to lock steering.
Stainless steel 13” Edson steering wheel with ball bearing suicide knob, black or silver.
One large dry storage box aft with easy access lockable hatches, accessible from boat or trailer.
Large dry storage under forward deck.
All hatches fitted with Gemlux 316 stainless steel flush mounted twist lock tension latches, Gemlux 316 stainless steel flush mounted hinges and stainless steel gas shocks.
Carbon fiber high capacity rod racks under gunnels with 10 large diameter flush fly rod tubes running forward. Cockpit sides and rod racks covered in water resistant Marine Mat.
23/21-gallon fully baffled marine aluminum fuel tank.
4.5-gallon bait well with drain aft port side.
Poling platform anodized aluminum with SeaDek pad.
LED lights in all compartment lockers/hatches/console/bait wells/under gunnels.
Billet Stainless Steel LED shark-eye navigation lights by Livorski. LED stern light.
Stiffy push pole holders.
Engine manufactures fuel filter/water separator.
Console Switches, Rocker or Toggle In Custom Carbon Fiber CNC cut Bezel.
Trim Tab Rocker Switches in Custom Carbon Fiber CNN cut Bezel.
12-volt Optima battery with on/off switch in console.
1100 GPH Rule bilge pump, with Ultra automatic switch.
Lectrotab 316 Stainless Steel 12”x 12” trim tabs.
Heavy Duty Black Rub Rail.
316 SS Bow and Stern eyes.
All wiring is of highest quality / tinned with heat shrink connectors.
All Chittum Skiffs are water tested and triple checked before delivery.
Prices and features subject to change without notice.
About the Mangrove Edition
This is the lightest skiff we have ever built, just like the 2 Degree Mangrove but with 12 degrees of deadrise for a great ride in the worst weather. It is definitely in a class by itself. We are able to reduce the weight because we will limit the horsepower to 60. Again, not because the skiff can’t handle more power but the weight on the transom of a larger engine will make the stern squat unless counterbalanced with weight up front which does not make sense. This skiff will run over 40 MPH with the new 60 that only weighs 213 lbs. With this engine it will jump on plane instantly with no bow rise, eats up rough water and is extremely dry. When you pole this boat it will be something you have never experienced before. If you need to pole into a 20 knot wind in 6-8’ of water this boat makes it very doable. Most skiffs would not be able to hold in those conditions much less pole forward. This is a great platform for tiller steering if you are a fan of a simple skiff.
As with all of the skiffs we can add any options needed but you may find out you can do a lot with this boat with less gear.
This will be a great skiff for the bow of a sport fisherman and the lightweight will not affect the performance of the yacht.
The draft of this skiff with engine, fuel and gear is 7″.
Build & Quote
If you would like to be able to pole where no other skiff can float, this is the way to do it. This is the shallowest poling skiff we have ever built and will go places our old Glades Skiff cannot begin to float. If you know the places that hold fish when the water to get to them is too shallow for the fish to leave, this is the right skiff.
You will be able to be on the flat before the fish are so you are in front of them as they come up instead of following them from behind. It will still run rough water and be very dry and comfortable. Just like the 12 degree Mangrove this skiff is great fun to pole even in the worst conditions.
A 50 Tohatsu is more than enough engine and weighs only 209 lbs. we have lots of these engines on our skiffs and they are the best weight to horsepower ratio in this class. Side console, center console or tiller, this is a hard core as it gets and nothing in this class can compare to what it can do.
We also build this skiff as a no motor zone skiff with a 94 lb Tohatsu 4 stroke that runs great and is easy to remove from the transom when needed. The skiff can be pulled over dry ground to get to the areas cut off by low tide but still hold fish that no one can reach. This is the 4 wheel drive of skiffs.