Applying the fiberglass coating
Painting the hull
The finished product
The patented construction process begins by prepping, waxing and spraying the mold with a high-gloss exterior gel coat. Then a layer of fiberglass and resin is sprayed into the mold and rolled to eliminate air pockets.
Our factory uses only Coast Guard approved foam flotation to build closed-cell logs that are custom-fitted to each Carolina Skiff model. The shaping and forming of each foam log is done with precision to ensure the highest quality. Each foam log is hand-laid with a layer of woven roving fiberglass. Resin is applied between each foam log, creating the box-beam stringer. This process allows for a solid, durable, non-flexing hull without the use of wood in any way.
After each foam log is hand-laid in, layers of fiberglass matt and tri-directional fiberglass matt are also laid in by hand. Finally, everything is hand-rolled to squeeze out any air pockets and extra layers of tri-directional matt are used in key stress areas of the hull. Once the entire laying process is complete, the composite material is given time to cure. Finally, the new hull is pulled from the mold and inspected for quality.
The Carolina Skiff Advantage
- Patented box-beam construction produces a solid, durable, non-flexing hull that is completely wood free.
- Foam flotation exceeds Coast Guard requirements, providing positive flotation for shallow draft and quick-planing characteristics.
- With the proper weight balance, Carolina Skiff boat hulls will self-bail, though we cannot guarantee each boat will self-bail under all conditions.
- The Carolina Skiff model line require little to no outboard engine trim for proper performance. See your nearest Carolina Skiff Dealer for further details.
- For proper performance with the Carolina Skiff model line, Carolina Skiff LLC recommends that your engine cavitation plate measure 3/4" to 1" below the bottom of the hull. All weight should be distributed as evenly as possible for best performance. Each outboard engine horsepower and boat combination may vary with mounting height and prop selection.