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16' Sturdee Skiff

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Thread Starter 
Looking for some feedback on a Sturdee Skiff as a fishing boat... Any experience out there?
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I have a 14' that I am completely rebuilding right now. There great little boats, they don't require alot of hp to get them going, a 25 hp would be great on a 16'. They work really well in the back bays and rivers, but if you get them into some chop, be prepaired to take a beating. So its really gonna depend were you plan to fish. If your wanting to go out into open water or any were that gets chop, I would look for something with a v hull, otherwise they make great little fishing boats.
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Originally Posted by paulmv17 View Post
I have a 14' that I am completely rebuilding right now. There great little boats, they don't require alot of hp to get them going, a 25 hp would be great on a 16'. They work really well in the back bays and rivers, but if you get them into some chop, be prepaired to take a beating. So its really gonna depend were you plan to fish. If your wanting to go out into open water or any were that gets chop, I would look for something with a v hull, otherwise they make great little fishing boats.


Agreed.
Mine is a 12' that I use primarily on the local lake, and take on weekend excursions when time permits. Great little boats. This is a 2004 that I added some storage and other items to make life easier. They are indeed a fine fishing boat, and with the 16' you have the option of going with a side console.
Heidi, at Sturdee is also a pleasure to deal with if you have any questions.
525
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Sweet looking boat ,...love the mahogany .
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Had a 16 for a few years and I loved it. I fished in LI sound with it killed alot of fish with it. It is a flat bottom boat so it can be uncomfortable in a chop. Mine was popwered with a 28 Johnson....sorry I ever sold it.
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The Sturdee is a nice looking boat, but if you are going new I would check out the Holland 14'. It is over 6' wide and more stable. I have a hull being laid up as we speak. $2500 can get you a bare hull.
525
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Thanks to all... for the great feedback...
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post #9 of 20
I had one (16') years ago, due to it's shape, the flat area of the bottom is small so it acts more like a displacement hull when you have 2 or more "large" men in the boat which means 25-35 hp may not get her up on plane.



It's great for small light people, I had a center console and had many complements on her.
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I have a 16' with an 18hp motor; no problems at all. I draws so little water you can launch it on a damp lawn; but as mentioned above you have to take it very easy in any chop or it'll beat you to death. Great backwater boat; outside not so much.
post #11 of 20
That 14 foot Holland is a nice looking little boat. Man, if I were a kid I'd be drooling for one. Come to think of it, if gas gets to where I think it's going to go, I may be selling what I've got and buy the Holland. I could probably putt putt around in a boat like that all day on just a few gallons of gas. Hmmm, I got some thinking to do.



Valentine
post #12 of 20
If you're handy, you might give some thought to building your own. The new Small Boat magazine from Woodenboat has a couple of very nice skiffs, both scratch and kit built. Modern wood boats require little maintenance, and carry a lot of curb appeal. My skills, alas, don't approach the level needed for a build, but if yours do, take a look.



Best regards,

Irv
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Thread Starter 
Thanks guys
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nice looking ride
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I am picking up the boat his weekend after working the Maine Boat Builders show. This is the best show going. You can pick up hemp twine, tar, stanley #5, kirby paint.....all the good stuff.
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