My first words when I saw this boat were “wow, what a cool little skiff “. While I am waiting for my East Cape Vantage to be built the guys at Inshore Power Boats let me borrow their new Inshore 16. From what I can see the boat looks like a mitzi style hull but when you walk up to it you can tell the difference right away. The new IPB 16 has a finished liner which makes the cockpit look much more presentable then the older style mitzi’s. The cool thing about this boat is that it seems like you can set it up how you like. If you want a front or rear deck, coffin box, hatches, livewell, casting platform, etc. you can set this boat up however you want to for the way you fish. I love the set up that the IPB 16 has that I have been running the past few days in the Louisiana marsh. It has a Honda 50 4 stroke, polling platform, forward casting platform, coffin box with lean pad, rear bench seat with dry storage underneath and a few other cool options.
The boat is set up perfect for the marsh and catches a ton of fish. I am a sucker for tiller engines which this one has. The boat has tons of cockpit space to move around and has the coffin box for extra seating. I have been fishing with 10 gallons of fuel, two gear bags, rods, ice/water, and two clients for the past three days and the boat performs really good. It gets a top speed around 36 mph with all that weight, drafts in about 6 inches, and carves around corners and polls like a dream. I have been making 30 mile runs each way to the outer portions of the Louisiana marsh and the boat has been burning 6 gallons of fuel per trip and I haven’t been laying off the throttle. The boat handles rough water really well for a shorter skiff and when you get to your fishing spot it polls in tight corners, creeks, and cuts. I have been really impressed with the boat and I would reccommend it to anyone getting into the light tackle fishing game.
The boat is built for simplicity and is a great boat for the hardcore fisherman or the weekend warrior. I can’t wait for Brad to bring the IPB 16 mud boat over here so we can shoot some ducks in it this winter. I think IPB has a winner and I look forward to great things from them in the future. Inshore Power Boats Website