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A new breed of boat introduced by Carolina Skiff for the 2012 season. This is the crossover boat of the year. The Carolina Skiff Fun Chaser Deck Boat.
The most distinguished aspect about this boat is that there is nothing quite like it on the market. It is not a skiff, but it has a skiff-like cathedral hull with a 12-degree deadrise at the transom and full sections forward with a beam that is pretty much the same from front to back.
It has pontoon-boat style fencing all around the deck, and a pontoon boat style helm, but it is not a pontoon boat because it doesn't have any toons. It has lots of open space and lots of seating like a deck boat, yet it is certainly not like a conventional deck boat which has bottoms that are pretty much like those of sport boats, and few if any have a cathedral hull these days.
Thanks to Carolina Skiff, now boat owners won't have to choose between the fun and performance of a v-hull boat and the family-friendly roominess of a pontoon boat. The Waycross, Georgia boat builder has announced the official release of its revolutionary new Fun Chaser line of high-performance fiberglass deck boats.
"When people first see the Fun Chaser line, they assume they're pontoon boats," said Joe Kirkland, President and CEO of Carolina Skiff. "But these luxurious and roomy pontoon-like decks are actually built on a high-performance mono v-hull. Their ingenious design will enable families to enjoy all the space and luxury of a traditional pontoon boat while still having the power needed to pull skiers and tubers with ease. It's really the best of both worlds."
After teasing the industry with a soft introduction of these innovative hybrids at last year's Miami International Boat Show, Carolina Skiff now has the fully developed Fun Chaser line in production, at dealers and ready to go.
"It's really a unique crossover niche in the recreation and family boating marketplace," Kirkland continued. "No other manufacturer is offering boats with this creative combination of space, performance and, especially, value. We believe there's nothing on the water that compares with them."
Kirkland also noted that, because of the Fun Chaser's fiberglass construction and stainless steel railings, gates, and fixtures, boat owners will be free to take their Fun Chasers into both fresh- and saltwater.
"We think their saltwater readiness is something boat owners will really respond to," Kirkland said. "It's going to be a game changer."
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Boat Tree Marina located in Central Florida offers non ethanol fuel for its boaters. Boat Tree Marina is a full service marina located in the metro Orlando area offering wet boat slips, dry boat storage, covered boat storage, boat sales, boat consignments and full marine service. Other amenities included are Free pump outs, Crawdaddy's riverside restaurant and pool side bar, locked gates, boat rentals, non ethanol fuel, 25 ton travel lift & 100% floating docks.
Why is ethanol a problem for marine motors? Two reasons.
First, alcohol is a great solvent. It can dissolve many materials used in engine construction before ethanol mandates (1995), including hose materials. It also removes the petroleum "varnish" that always builds up in engines.
Deteriorating hose lines can lead to dangerous fuel leaks. And the solids from hoses and varnish can be rendered in such fine particles they pass through fuel filters and clog other engine parts, including fuel injectors.
Second, alcohol is hygroscopic -- which means it absorbs water.
If left in a tank long enough, the ethanol in a humid environment will separate, creating a sludge on the bottom of the tank where it will flow into the fuel line pickup, causing more problems.
This isn't a big concern for cars for two reasons. First, drivers typically use a fill-up in a matter of days. Second, there is no way for outside moisture to enter a car's fuel tank.
Boat owners are not so lucky. The typical boater will leave fuel in a tank for weeks or even months. And because boat fuel tanks must be vented, the humid Florida atmosphere has an always-open avenue to the water-absorbing ethanol.
Is this always a problem for boaters? It doesn't have to be, and it shouldn't be.
Marine manufacturers consider E-10, which is supposed to have no more than 10 percent ethanol, safe for use in motors fewer than 10 years old. Federal figures show 70 percent of the gas pumped today is marked as E-10, and many states, including Florida, require retailers to mark the ethanol blend on each pump.
Unfortunately, retailers often don't follow that mandate, and the gas they carry may contain a higher level of ethanol than the refinery reported. Independent studies have shown some fuels marked E-10 containing as much as 40 percent alcohol. And in an effort to meet federal guidelines, car makers are producing more flex fuel vehicles (FFV), which are engineered to use E-85 fuels -- 85 percent ethanol, 15 percent unleaded gasoline.
What can boaters do? Be proactive.
First would be to always use non ethanol fuel in your boat.
If the option is not available to use non ethanol fuel in your boat check to make sure the station where you purchase your fuel is listing the ethanol blend on its pumps. If it is more than E-10, search for another retailer, and tell that retailer why he is losing, or gaining, your business. Share that location with other boaters.
Don't stop there. The retailer may be
unwittingly selling fuel that has more than 10-percent ethanol, but you can check his product by purchasing a fuel tester. These devices are available from a number of online sites for as little as $25, and they are reusable.
Boat Tree marine mechanics say it is a wise investment. They would use the device with every fuel stop.
"Motors made recently won't have any problems with E-10, but the problem is a lot of times you're shopping blind -- you're just not sure what you're getting. Reports have been made on cases in which the modern, high-horsepower outboards that use fuel injectors have experienced blown blocks.
"If you're using fuel with a high enough alcohol content, it will break that varnish down into such fine particles that it can get through the fuel filters, then clog the injectors, and that cylinder to run lean."
That will cause overheating, which can result in the engine throwing a rod or simply seizing. The news can be even worse.
"The motor can be under warranty, but if the problem is found to be caused by using fuel higher than E-10, the manufacturer might not cover the damage.
Even then, there is no guarantee problems won't develop in our humid local environment. Since E-10 has less alcohol than other blends, it wil
l absorb less water, but the potential is still there.
With that in mind, there are two steps that can help reduce the chances of a problem.
First, try to find a station that sells alcohol-free fuel. There reportedly are some in the metro area, but also be sure to use your fuel-tester to make sure.
Second, try to plan your fuel usage so you never store the boat with much left in the tank. This is especially important if you're one of those boaters who won't be boating much during the winter.
Last updated 6 years ago
The Carolina Skiff 23 Ultra Elite is made for ocean-going fun with plenty of room for all of your friends and family. The Ultra Elite SS is a cruiser’s dream because it’s actually three boats in one: a deck boat, a bay boat and an offshore boat, or any combination of the three.
How is that possible? The Ultra Elite SS features plush front-deck seating around a large deck table for a roundtable of comfortable cruising. But, what if you suddenly run across mackerel marauding bait pods? Not a problem. Quickly stow the cushions and table, reach for your rods stored neatly under the gunnel and, within minutes, you’ve converted this deck boat into an open-bow bay boat. When it's time to return home with your catch, put the comfy cushions and table back out and let the sunset cruise begin!
And after hours and hours of offshore fun, what if someone needs to use the "facilities?" No worries. The Ultra Elite SS comes complete with a private port-a-potty.
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The new Ultra Elite Series shares the hull design of the Ultra Elite SS models, but in slightly smaller LOAs of 19 and 21 feet. The result is a boat of tremendous value, with a lengthy standard feature list, excellent fit and finish, and above all, outstanding versatility and comfort. This is one boat that will be going on fishing trips, day trips or cruises on the lake (or bay or river) for a long, long time.
The modified-V hull provides a smooth ride, cutting through chop, and tracking with ease. This new hull incorporates Carolina Skiff and Sea Chaser designs, while maintaining our traditionally shallow draft.