Skiffs made for prowling the shallow waters haunted by bonefish, tarpon and permit are, by definition, highly specialized. The best models run dry in chop, float flat and steady for accurate casting, and respond quickly to a push pole in predictable fashion. That they can be customized precisely to suit a particular fishing style is a bonus for yachtsmen who love shallow-water fishing. An example is the [Dragonfly] 17, which has a studied list of standard gear plus the most-wanted options gleaned from the builder’s years of experience.
ONLY ON THIS BOAT: Dragonfly skiffs feature a range of hydrographically printed finishes, including one that emulates teak trim without the need for tedious wood maintenance.
WHOM IT’S FOR: Yachtsmen craving a simple way to reach the flats. Pony up the $27,000 base price, add a 90 to 115 hp outboard, and then include options like a console with vertical stowage for six additional rods.
PICTURE THIS: You’re floating in 10 inches of water when you spot fish tailing in the mangroves. You pivot the boat, give a push, step down from the poling platform, grab a rod and cast as the Dragonfly 17 glides into position. And the hunt is on.