The Laguna Madre was designed and built for Texas. It is our 2 degree deadrise hull and is rated for up to a 70 HP engine. This skiff comes with a tunnel, tunnel extension, custom prop, Shawing cavitation plate, Bob’s Machine Shop 6” jackplate, a taller poling platform to accommodate the jackplate, jackplate switch and can be rigged with any options required. The engine is set up with the skeg slightly above the hull bottom and it will jump up and run with the plate all the way up. We have been building tunnel boats for Texas for more than 20 years and this skiff will do what is needed for the special demands in Texas waters. Like all of our skiffs, the Laguna Madre is exceptionally light and will get you to the fish, let you pole in water too shallow for the fish to swim in and take you home with a comfortable dry ride.
There is a lot of smoke and mirrors in the skiff world but this boat will do every measurable requirement for Texas waters better than anything ever built if you want to catch shallow fish.
If you would like more information you are welcome to call us or contact our Texas representative, Stephen Ford, in Rockport. He will be happy to get you on the water and show you what the skiffs can do.
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This is our newest skiff and we built it primarily for Texas and it is the lightest boat we have ever built! We started the Technical Poling Skiff category more than 20 years ago at Hells Bay Boatworks and this skiff is the culmination of everything we have learned over that time and the use of the most advanced new technologies and materials. Many of the materials and technology came from the aerospace industry and the America’s Cup racing developments. As our structural engineer told us, there is nothing more we can do to build a lighter and stronger boat with any available materials or processes.
This boat can be built to weigh about 300 lbs before rigging, depending on the level of carbon usage and options. When we first built the prototype, we were very interested to see if there would be some downsides to a skiff like this at a weight no one has ever tried. We were very happy and a little surprised because not only is there no downside, these skiff do EVERYTHING better than a heavier skiffs! There must be a point where lighter weight will start to show a problem but we are not able to build anything lighter at this point so we will explore it more when the Unobtanium becomes available!
We are limiting this skiff to motors that weigh less than 220 lbs and 60 horsepower or less. The reason is not because the skiff is not strong enough to handle more horsepower. The reason is because the lighter a skiff becomes, the more critical weight distribution becomes. If a poling skiff does not float level, the draft is increased and the skiff will not continue to glide after a push with the pole. The Yamaha 70 is a great engine but it weighs 258 lbs and will make the stern squat. Right now, the 50 Tohatsu 4 stroke engine is the best one for this skiff. It will run up to 40 mph depending on the weight and options.
We have been doing something that will sound a little crazy to most Texas flats fisherman. We are building quite a few of these skiffs with no tunnel. We know that many people will rig it with a tunnel and it works great that way but because this boat is so light, it is running very close to how shallow the tunnel boat will run with just a jackplate and cavitation plate. It takes about 2-2 1/2” more water than the tunnel can run in. It will jump up in virtually the same water the tunnel can jump in. Both boats are very close in performance. The advantages of the non tunnel are 1) The non tunnel will be about 3-4 mph faster than the tunnel skiff. 2) The non tunnel will float a little shallower than the tunnel boat because a tunnel takes away displacement. This skiff is in a class by itself with or without the tunnel. Our suggestion is to test the no tunnel version before you decide. Either way, you will be fishing in water that no other skiff can reach.
This skiff can be rigged with a tiller, side console or center console and any options needed.
If you would like more information you are welcome to call us or meet our Texas representative, Stephen Ford, in Rockport. Stephen will Show you what the skiffs can do on the water and around some fish. We have some of the best guides and anglers using our skiffs in Texas and every person that has tried the skiff in Texas has told us that no other skiff can come close to what this one does.
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