Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Beavertail Skiffs New BT-3

An amazing piece of work from the gang up in Palmetto, FL.

I can't say enough about Aeon Marine/Beavertail Skiffs and especially its owners Will and Elizabeth Leslie.  Building this Beavertail with them was a blast and I wish I could order another one just because they made the process so effortless and enjoyable. 

I've still got a few hours of engine break in time but the boat is ready to fish and I'll post a full performance report by this weekend.  If you're in the market for a new flats boat call me at 239-565-2960 and I'll give you free test ride.  All of the Beavertail models are in the same class as any Maverick or Hell's Bay skiff and they have a price tag that will stun you when compared to those companies.  I'm talking $15,000 to $20,000 less.  If you're in the market for a new boat, be sure to test drive everything else first and then check out a Beavertail. 

Update:  Since I first wrote this post a few years ago there have been two new additions to the Beavertail lineup, staring with the BT Strike which is pictured below and launched in late 2012.  In less than a year this 17'6" hull has become one of the best selling technical skiffs on the market with a base price of just $26,000.  You can read a full review of it here

The latest Beavertail is the 16'8" Micro, which began its development right after the launch of the Strike. This boat was a direct response to all the customers who wanted a stripped down poling skiff at an entry level price. With a 30hp tiller and trailer, 2014 Micro is only $18,000. You can see some more photos of this boat here.