Friday, June 8, 2012

The Latest Boats From Aeon/Beavertail

I took a quick trip up to Palmetto with my neighbor Claude to pick up his brand new Beavertail BT3.
His stripped down rig is going to be perfect for the flats off Matlacha and Pine Island.

Tons of free deck space and a big removable bait well will make this a great snook and redfish boat.

With its Yamaha F90 this boat will top out in the mid 40mph range.  Yes, it does look a little naked without a poling platform but this isn't a guide's skiff and Claude mostly fishes solo and Beavertail will rig their boats any way the customer wants.

In contrast to Claude's bare-bones skiff, here's Stu Apte's latest BT3 which was at the shop for some demo rides and is currently for sale.  This boat has every possible option available and will still float in 8 inches of water.

 I also got to check out this absolute stunner of an Aeon 23 CS that's heading to its new owner's place in the Bahamas.

That's a 300hp Yamaha on an Atlas jackplate and huge stern bracket.  This boat will easily make the crossing from Miami to Bimini and still and still float in a foot and a half of water.  It's new owners could catch blue marlin and bonefish on it in the same afternoon.

It's always great to catch up with Will and Liz up at Aeon Marine and see what they're building.  I can't give away any details but there are definitely some new projects in the works that should debut later this year.  In the meantime, the first annual Aeon/Beavertail owner's tournament it now set for November 10th.  Shoot me an e-mail if you'd like some more info.