SEVEN HYBRID BAY BOATS
Hulls that Truly Fish Inshore Bays and Blue Water
FLATS SKIFFS INITIALLY spawned the bay boat, a slightly larger alternative vessel that floats fairly skinny and accentuates casting fore and aft while providing a comfortable ride in chop. Now it seems bluewater boats have been bred for diminutive size, shrinking the offshore center console to fit the bays and backwaters.
Bay boats now range from compact, lightweight 22-foot technical tournament skiffs to 26-plus-foot hybrid inshore/offshore vessels with greater cockpit depth and slightly sharper deadrise. To explore this crossover market further, we identified almost a dozen branded bay boats with cockpits measuring at least 19 inches from deck to gunwale cap. Seven builders responded by our deadline and provided more information about these designs. (Boats are ordered from shortest to longest.)