When the first Carolina Skiff boats were built years ago, some people thought of them as budget Boston Whalers. That was when Toyotas and Hondas were considered foreign cheapies. Now those cars are known as well-built, high bang-for-the-buck rides. So are today’s designs from Carolina Skiff.
Their main engineering and layup is solid, with box-beam construction and plenty of flotation. They’re tough, they’re fuel-efficient, and they provide a lot of fun and utility for all sorts of boaters, from solitary anglers to beach-bound families. It’s a testament to the builders that Caroline Skiffs (now in many models) are used day in and day out by professional watermen, harbormasters, law-enforcement officials, and fish and wildlife pros. The relatively low pricing of the boats is still a factor, but so are the design details and durability.
The Sea Chaser 210LX Bay Runner is a case in point. It’s a dedicated bay boat aimed at anglers – a beamy, shallow-draft center-console with a level casting deck forward, minimal obstructions, and wide side decks. Movement on those side decks and elsewhere is made easier by the boat’s high initial stability, courtesy of the 8’7” beam, and by aggressive nonskid surfaces. The shallow, planing hull is easily driven and therefore fuel-efficient.
The 210LX is rated for a 200-hp engine and six people. Standard features include a trolling motor control panel and power plug, six console rod holders, stainless-steel steering wheel, 70-quart cooler/seat, insulated fish box, insulated and aerated bait well, and lockable storage areas.
If you were in the market for an affordable turn-key fishing platform for protected waters, this would be a good bet. Pick your powerplant and off you go.
Lenny Rudow ran the Sea Chaser 210LX with a Suzuki 175 for a boats.com review, Sea Chaser 210LX Bay Runner: Get Hooked.
Watch Lenny’s First Look video of the boat below. For more information, visit Carolina Skiff.