|The 17' Beavertail Strike|
|The 18' Beavertail BT3|
Guiding here off Pine Island, the majority of my charters are spin fishing trips and I routinely get booked by groups of three anglers. The ultra-stable BT3 with its 82" beam is the perfect platform for trips like that. While the Strike is also Coast Guard rated to carry four people, its 72" beam makes that a tight squeeze. It's really a perfect boat for two anglers and a guide. If I were back in Key West again, where the majority of my charters were just a pair of fly fishermen, I would own a Strike in a heartbeat. You're going to see a lot of Keys guides running new Beavertails down there in the next few years.
I still love the hell out of my 2012 BT3. It's more than exceeded my expectations over the last two seasons, but I have to admit that my new dream boat is a BT Strike. I'd pick a light blue Elite model, with an all Kevlar hull and carbon fiber hatches, powered by a Yamaha F70. That's as close to perfection as you're going to find in a flats skiff.