We Say: The Carolina Skiff 24 Ultra is a coastal fishing boat with enough creature comforts to make it more than family-friendly.
Evidence of the 24 Ultra’s multipurpose nature can be seen in the bow, where cushion fillers convert the elevated casting platform into a full-on sun pad. Twin forward-facing backrests can be inserted on either side to create lounges. There’s also a padded bench seat on the front of the console, which lifts on gas struts to reveal a head with a portable potty and privacy shade inside. Need more seating? The aft casting platform houses three flip-up backrests that hide cushioned seats underneath.
Ready to fish? Remove the cushions in the bow on the casting deck. Hatches on both sides lift to show the U-shaped stowage compartment underneath. The standard twin-seat leaning post features four built-in rod holders, with a removable cooler underneath. The inwale rod racks can hold three rods per side. And the aft casting deck comes with a built-in livewell. With the coaming bolsters extending along the gunwales all the way fore and aft, this boat has true 360-degree fishability. And when you get tired from fighting that fish all around the boat, rest assured you’ll be able to take a seat.
Who’d Want One: The coastal angler who also likes to entertain a crowd.
Another Choice: The Key Largo V24 CC ($63,075 with a 175 hp Yamaha) offers an optional cushion package.
Bottom Line: $41,658 (without power); carolinaskiff.com