Maybe you need more of a bay boat type hull. more dead through the entire hull and a fine entry with some flair. Is the "carolina" look super important to you? My phantom will float VERY shallow, I was drifting over a sand bar in 5" last night and didnt have to get out to push - but coming home in a 20 mph wind and true 2' chop..... well it was wet and rough.gcredle wrote:I would be very interested in a flats/bayboat that is a marriage of your Carolina Sportfish design and your Phantom line up. I live and fish in Eastern NC in the Pamlico Sound and its tributaries for trout, drum, tarpon, etc and while I woule love to build a phantom for shallow water use, I do not feel that I would be comfortable crossing the rough bodies of water that I must cross with that but--a larger boat with a big bow is more favorable--but once I get to where the fish are---a big boat is a pain and is not the best tool. I am thinking of a carolina styled flats/bay boat in the 18-20ft range with a low deadrise aft section and a sharp fore entry and flared bow and dropped shearline along the lines of the bayshore boats built in wilmington w/o the heart stopping price tag. I have spent the past couple of days trying to figure out if I could modify the phantom to fit my idea in stitch and glue. Just an idea of what I am looking for.
Growing up with the same sort of waters you are talking about (sounds and tidal rivers) I would not pick a flats boat as my primary fishing boat. You really donâ€™t need the super shallow draft, so you can trade that for a better ride in chop.
Look at the OB17. you could add casting decks - just a thought