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    Default Newbie - Thinking hard about a 2014 218 DLV

    Hello all, I am up in the Northern Neck of Va. Just joined this week and this site is awesome. Wealth of information. I will be fishing around the Smith Point area - alone a lot too. Kinda worried about the Bay chop and ride - CS has stopped recommending tabs on the 2014's.

    Never had a boat larger than my jon boat used in freshwater rivers. This will be new for me. I don't intend on fishing rough days, however, the Bay is windy and 2 ft chop all the time usually. I see others out in their CS's and they certainly sell well so maybe I am just getting buyers jitters. Any votes of confidence in the purchase would help.

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    CowboyHokie, I have never fished there, but I have been in some rough water. We have no problems with our boat, and find it a very stable, and safe vessel. We have a 2012, 238DLV with 150 Yamaha engine.
    I DID install 12 x 12 Lenco Edge Mount trim tabs, and we love those too! All it does is take some of the bang out of riding on small chop. Nothing will take the bang out of 6ft waves lol.
    I am quite sure you will enjoy the boat you get, 198, 218, or 238 DLV. If your wallet lets you choose, go for the largest engine that you can put on your boat. NO ONE ever says, "wish I had gotten a smaller engine" Its just more economical, and less stress on engine to go same speed, pull the same weight as the smaller engine..

    Hope this helped you some, and good luck with your purchase..
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    Thanks. I have heard CS is not recommending the tabs on the 2014 and today a dealer mentioned the removal of the tunnel in the hull. Previously I had heard no change to the hull. I will see a 2014 on Monday. I see you have the Flip down T-Top. I will garage my CS so I am really interested in the top. How do you like yours?

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    Default Fishmaster T-Tops

    My Fishmaster T-Top, was the FIRST thing installed on this boat! Wouldn't be without it!!!

    Fishmaster is a sponsor on this site. They have quality pieces for your boat. Check em out on our site. They have the BEST customer Service of anyone I know of! You order it today, its on your porch in no more than 3 days! Greg at Fishmaster is the Go-To guy if you have any problems, or even questions. Very simple to put together, and install..

    Go on Fishmasters web site here, and look at Carolina Skiffs, you will see a few of our members boats on there, ours included!

    Hope this helped you a little more!

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    Welcome aboard buddy.
    2008 198 DLV 115 Yamaha 4 stroke,Riptide ST80 W/I-pilot

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    Welcome aboard! I echo everything Capt Jim said about the Fishmaster T Top. It is a good top and Greg @Fishmaster stands by his products 100%. To prove how much I like them, I've bought two . They are very reasonably priced too. I highly recommend Fishmaster.
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    Default Carolina Skiff in chop

    I live on the Gulf Coast, and routinely take my 198DLV out in 2ft seas... nothing to worry about. The boat is very stable and safe. It will rock a bit (as expected) when idling, but under power, she's about as smooth as one could expect.

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    Default Hello fellow 'Necker

    I purchased a 2013 DLV 218. I have installed Lenco 12X12 trim tabs. Had the 9X12's. Were not enough. Amazing how they help, especially in chop. Fella in White Stone can help you with the TTop and Leaning Post. Very stable fishing platform. Come on board.
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    I Have a 2013 238 with a E-TEC 150. It is a perfect boat for a guy with a family who still wants a fishing boat. We love it

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    We're on the Northern Neck too, on Morattico Creek, off the Rappahannock. Part time for now but working toward soon making it our full time residence.
    I've had a 198DLV almost a year now and it's been a great boat for the river. It's ok on choppy days, I just go slowly if need be. I'd bet a couple of extra feet of skiff would be a plus on those rougher days.
    I've only run down to the bay twice as it's a bit of a ride and there's lots of good fishing up this way too. I'll probably make a few trips down during the fall though.
    2010 198 DLV, 115 Yamaha

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