Carolina Skiff continues to evolve beyond the classic work skiffs upon which the company built a reputation, but models such as the 23 LS still bear the brand’s signature traits. It’s versatile enough to handle a variety of water conditions and passenger uses, durable enough to last for many years to come, and is priced with value top of mind. One look at the boat’s attractive two-tone exterior, molded fiberglass cockpit liner and dare-we-say almost upscale finishing touches, however, and it’s clear that the 23 LS is a thoroughly modern center-console.
That molded fiberglass hull liner is the biggest departure from the rolled-edge finish that long defined the brand. Along with the fiberglass stringer grid and foam-cored transom, it adds rigidity, while the wood-free construction removes any worry of rot years down the road. Foam flotation exceeds US Coast Guard requirements while giving the hull a quick time to plane and shallow draft to get into skinny waters. The self-bailing cockpit channels water overboard and is easy to wash down at the end of the day.
The 23 LS’s raised decks and interior compartments are an integral part of the boat’s construction. At the bow, the LS features a platform across its full 8-foot beam, with covered anchor locker. Step the short drop onto the elevated forward deck, and two sizable storage compartments await various tackle and gear. Lids are composite Marine Board with stainless latches and friction hinges. Option a 12/24V trolling-motor plug with trim and swivel, 11-inch pedestal fishing seat, and spilt stainless-steel bow rail.
The center console adds an upholstered seat forward with additional storage below; convert into a livewell if desired. At the dash, analog instrumentation is neatly arrayed behind the five-spoke stainless wheel, with enough leftover space for additional electronics. The stainless-framed leaning post with backrest features a removable 70-quart cooler below. Aft, a raised platform incorporates twin jump seats; fold them down to fashion a broad casting deck with recessed 18-gallon livewell.
As for the ride, the LS hull retains Carolina Skiff’s legendary stability, but its bottom has morphed into a tri-V design, with a shallow-V forward to cut through chop, broad chines, dual lifting strakes, and a forward brow to knock down spray. It gives the LS all the function of the classic design, with a more passenger-friendly ride sure to be appreciated by friends and family.
- Full cockpit liner offers far more finished appearance, incorporates all compartments, includes nonslip finish and self-drainage.
- Choose from overhead Bimini or selection of T-tops, including molded fiberglass hardtop with overhead electronics box.
- Standards include stainless-steel flip-up cleats and cup holders, diamond-pleated upholstery, port and starboard coaming pads, lockable helm storage, stainless-steel boarding ladder.
- Choice of six hull colors, including black, electric blue and seafoam green.
|Single outboard to 200 hp
Carolina Skiff – Waycross, Georgia; 800-422-7282; carolinaskiff.com
MSRP: For pricing and additional details, please contact your local authorized Carolina Skiff dealer.