It's time to replace my 8' inflatable with something bigger and a bit more durable for landings at the light house (lots of sharp rocks, barnacles, etc.)
After much thought and a bit of measurement, I figure an AL skiff is the way to go, and now I need some advice and brand-name suggestions. Here's the catch: It's got to fit under my radar arch... at it's base, I've got almost 65" inches of clearance (beam), but at the top of the arch, I only have 55". Since most skiffs I'm finding have a beam in the 60"+ range, I'll have to do some careful measuring before I order anything. Example: I know a 57" beam will fit if it's not more than 29" deep because of the taper.
Here's where I need a bit of help. Can you guys (and gals) toss out the names of any aluminum boat builders you know of who make a 12' utility skiff? Other priorities include:
- weight: I'd like it to weigh less than 300# with an 8-10 horse motor and 5 gallons of fuel.
- I'd prefer welded vs. riveted, but the fit and overall size is more important.
Any help will, of course, be greatly appreciated.