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#11151434 - 10/07/15 10:43 PM caralina skiff DLV series boats, would love some input....
paul j Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 06/10/15
Posts: 16
been looking at the skiff series of boats and the DLV in a 19 foot realy peaks my intrest. i want to get away from the flat bottom design, rides to rough and always getting splashed ! just want to use it for inshore fishing and freshwater lakes, i'm not into that shallow pole pushing stuff. if you have any experience with skiff's please share your thoughts.

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#11152028 - 10/08/15 11:11 AM Re: caralina skiff DLV series boats, would love some input.... [Re: paul j]
Capt. Andrew Offline
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Loc: Port Isabel/SPI
I wouldnt touch it. There is a reason they are cheap and aways for sale.
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#11153147 - 10/08/15 08:37 PM Re: caralina skiff DLV series boats, would love some input.... [Re: paul j]
paul j Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 06/10/15
Posts: 16
oh my, that was unexpected. i've always good comments about the skiffs. perhaps some owners will chime in on the topic and we'll get some hands on advise.

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#11153608 - 10/09/15 07:51 AM Re: caralina skiff DLV series boats, would love some input.... [Re: Capt. Andrew]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 01/25/05
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Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: Capt. Andrew
I wouldnt touch it. There is a reason they are cheap and aways for sale.


roflmao How many have you owned and operated?

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#11153616 - 10/09/15 07:56 AM Re: caralina skiff DLV series boats, would love some input.... [Re: paul j]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 01/25/05
Posts: 6159
Loc: texas
I would disregard Capt. Andrew unless he actually has experience with them other than if you don't pay an arm and a leg for something it cant be good philosophy.

We have had 2, a 1993 19-foot flat bottom bought it new sold it this year, the boat has been flawless other than a wet rough ride. Have two other family member that own them, they bought them because how happy we have been with ours, one is a twin to our old one other is a 21-foot dlv both have been equaly happy and no issues. We recently sold our 19-foot and bought a 24-foot dlx, its 10 times the boat the old one was.

They are cheap because they are relatively no frills boats, not because they are poorly made. The DLV is a much drier smoother boat than the DLX's, that said the with the added length of the 24-footer we have yet to get wet in our new flat bottom DLX and we put it through some reasonably rough stuff already.

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#11153964 - 10/09/15 10:28 AM Re: caralina skiff DLV series boats, would love some input.... [Re: paul j]
Grinder55 Offline
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Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 749
Loc: Rockport, Texas
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... that said the with the added length of the 24-footer we have yet to get wet in our new flat bottom DLX and we put it through some reasonably rough stuff already.


I guided out of a 24' CS for over 10 years - great boat, you can go skinny or go deep ... it IS a "Fishing Machine" !!!
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#11154044 - 10/09/15 11:06 AM Re: caralina skiff DLV series boats, would love some input.... [Re: paul j]
paul j Offline
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Registered: 06/10/15
Posts: 16
that's a little more in line with what i had expected to hear, i made a recent trip to the florida gulf coast & that is a very popular boat sitting at the docks, probably owned by guides, anyway i also did a search on the forums here & found some old post's with good reviews. thanks for the input. if there is any other good or bad news on em please post it.

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