December 8th was the delivery day and after just six weeks the Chittum Skiffs, Mangrove 18, was on her way home. The wife rode down with me to their Palm City, FL facility to do a final walk through and see the place. Her last visit down was during the initial test ride and looking at colors and layouts. She was a big help during the process as she spends quite a bit of time on the skiff and has to constantly listen to my ideas or thoughts on making improvements to the setup on all my past skiffs.
This one was different. I had notes, sketches, and ideas on how I wanted the side console, casting platform, fuel capacity, rod holders…etc. George and Hal and even a few of the team members there walked me through all options and ideas I had to make sure this was the skiff to end all skiffs.
Options were as follows, Carbon package, Side console, quick release trolling motor mount, Simrad NSS9 EVO3, Florida Marine Tracks, Setup on Poling platform, Aft facing stair stepped rod holders, 13.5gal tank(which could be replaced without cutting the deck), 12in heigh casting platform with deck fittings, Tohatsu 50Hp as the power and a Ram-Lin Aluminum trailer.
As you can imagine, our first trip was the following morning and it did not take long for Melissa to claim her spot on the bow and land a beautiful over slot fish to claim the, “Queen of the Boat” title.