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Boat Reviews By Owners

2002 -- 17' 2" HOLBY

Model: Bristol Skiff

Cockpit: The combination of molded in flotation seats down sides, covered storage for fuel and battery across stern, and anchor well at bow means good seating for family. Seats have molded in non-skid for easy boarding or putting a foot up to retrieve a fish. Console is off center for easy walk around on port side.

Cabin: None. I suggest getting the optional bow compartment for storing life jackets and other items. Along with cooler seat, console, and stern there is sufficient storage. No rod storage included, but can be easily added to front of console.

Construction: Built using a vacuum bagged SCRIMP process and Klegecell core, which results in a very strong and light hull. Foam injected under floor and seats. Mahogany wood trim shows off nicely against colored hulls.

Handling: This seaworthy light and narrow hull allows great performance with a small engine. Surprisingly smooth for a flat bottom boat. Rides a little bow high, typical of a flat bottom skiff. High bow and sides keep you dry and kids safe. Handles nicely all around.

Engine Room: 40 HP Honda 4 stroke. Max of 32 MPH with 2 adults. Wonderful part is that it planes around 6 MPH and stays very quiet and smooth up to 18 MPH. Little transition from planing back to displacement. Goes all day with 6-1/2 gallon tank and room for additional portable tank under center stern cover.

General Comments: Great combination for family cruising and fishing. Loaded trailer weighs less than 1300 pounds, so it's easily towed by a car or mini-SUV. I get comments about how pretty the boat is every time I take her out! If you want high speed keep looking, but if you want something different that runs efficiently and quietly at moderate speeds this is a great boat.

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Date Submitted: 2004-10-20

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