The newest skiffs from Beavertail got a lot of attention at last weekend's Florida Sportsman Expo and one of the reasons was their price. These boats can easily be ordered for almost $10,000 less than the 18 foot models built by their competitors at Maverick or Hell's Bay. A base model BT3 starts at $27,500. A complete package like mine, pictured above with its Yamaha F70, Power Pole, Yeti Cooler, 80lb. Minn Kota remote trolling motor, Garmin GPS and trailer, is $36,000.
If you want to go crazy and check all the boxes on the order form you can get a boat just like Stu Apte's 90 horsepower Signature Series pictured below for $41,500. Stu has just about everything Beavertail offers for this boat but the BT3 is still rated for a 115HP motor. If you want to hit 52mph with one of these skiff it will only cost you an extra $750.
I've had my new boat for just over two months now and have run more than three dozen trips on it. Every one of my charters immediately comments on how great it looks as soon as they step on board. They're even more impressed with the quality and dryness of the ride, especially running across a stiff chop in Charlotte Harbor.
As a guide, owning this new Beavertail is a no-brainer. The factory is located right up the road and they're great to work with during the construction of your boat. The owners of the company, Will and Elizabeth Leslie, personally answer the phone when you call them. That doesn't happen with too many other boat builders.
For my money, the BT3 is still the best 18 foot flats boat on the market. If you're in the market for one and would like a free test ride just give me a call at 239-565-2960.