Skiff-style boat launching


Skiff-style boat launching


With an overall length of 19 feet and weighing just 1,660 pounds (without power) the Carolina Skiff 198 DLV is the perfect choice for novice or seasoned anglers looking to venture inshore saltwater fishing. The spacious layout makes it great for families and friends who enjoy coastal nature touring.


With a maximum rigging horsepower of 115, the boat performs extremely well in light chop and is at home near shore or calmer bay waters. The smooth, dry ride comes form the Carolina Skiff’s popular modified Tri-V hull skiff design that allows boaters to venture into deeper waters than other skiffs.


Standard features include quality stainless steel components, plentiful storage space, wide-open deck space and large front and rear fishing decks. Rear cushion jump seats and a console with an open face for mounting up to a 10-inch flush mount electronic screen are top of the line fishing features. For convenience, you get three stainless steel cup holders, a stainless cooler seat frame with adjusting flip flop back rest and your choice of a Bimini top or a T-top.


On top of it all, you get peace of mind knowing the 198 DLV is backed by more than 30 years of quality design, innovation and boat building that are part of the Carolina Skiff heritage.


The 198 DLV is part of a lineup of skiffs ideally designed for accessing skinny water off limits to bay boats and larger skiffs. Endless adventures await in shallow estuaries, bayous and backwaters. That makes accessing those waters likely by way of backroads and launch ramps with steeper inclines or short on length. On a low tide launching can be tricky in such spots.


Follow these tips and you can explore new places and enjoy boating like never before.


Wax on, boat off

Gulf Wax is a paraffin wax used for canning, candle making and many other household projects. You can also apply it to your trailer bunks to send the boat on it’s way into the water. When there’s not enough and the ramp ends too soon this trick really works. Initially the boat must be in the water so the bunks are exposed. Apply a thin coat and keep the bar in a plastic storage bag for later use. Keeping the winch strap connected to the boat is a must. Unhook it the moment you are ready to launch.


Wading in

You’re likely going to get wet, either wade fishing a flat or beaching the boat on a remote island, so wearing shorts is probably a given. There is no shame in getting in the water, just because you have a trailered boat, to walk it off or on the trailer.


Find a finger dock

If alone your best mate might be a small dock. Here’s a tip designed to keep the boat from floating away if you are solo. Back down the ramp, so you are launching the boat near the dock. Tie a long line to the boat and the dock so it won’t float away once launched. Pull out and park your trailer. Your boat will be waiting for you at the dock. 


No dock, no worries

Lots of remote ramps don’t have docks at all. If you arrive at such a ramp, there is an easy way to get around the boat floating away when launched. Back the trailer to the water’s edge. Unfurl 10 feet or more of winch strap while keeping the hook attached to the bow hook on the boat. Back down and allow the boat to float free of the trailer. Then put the vehicle in drive and allow the line to gently become taught. That will nudge the boat and send it floating toward you. Put the vehicle in park, get out and unhitch the winch cable. You can either tie it off or beach the boat.


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