RF-170TS Tunnel Skiff Hull Kit
Stealthy in the bay:
When it comes to fishing skinny and handling rough bays to get there, we at RoosterFish know what handles both environments.
This 17′ skiff allows our builders to pole to within casting distance of the wariest fish, fish the jetties and bays, and with the stealth and precision of the most expensive skiffs on the market.
RoosterFish composite core construction and advanced boatbuilding techniques have resulted in this excellent low cost tunnel hull skiff.
The difference between this boat and the RF-162TS is a tunnel, higher freeboard, and inverse chines that act a bit like a cat when moving slow. In addition, these inverse chines prevent slide-outs associated with traditional tunnel hulls. Solid cornering and rested stability are what this hull is all about. Shallow too!
Our Unique Hull:
- Displacement: Approx. 750 lbs. total weight with 70 hp outboard, fuel, ice, and all rigging
- Outboard max weight 250
- Dry hull weight 350 lbs.
- Room for 2 – 6 USG fuel tank / battery
- Easily repaired (unlike carbon)
- 3D Engineered hull designed to exceed ISO 12215-5:2008 and 12217-1:2002 standards for strength and buoyancy
- Precision CNC-cut interlocking hull components
- Hull length: 17 feet
- Waterline length: 14.5 feet
- Hull beam: 5.5 foot deck
- Draft: Approx. 5 inches at rest
- Occupancy: 3
RF-170TS Inverse Chine Tunnel Hull Features
RF-162TS ES Product Info:
Q: Why should I buy a Roosterfish Boat kit instead of retrofitting an older wooden boat?
A: You will spend far less time building our boat kit out than it takes to strip an older hull in preparation for retrofit. You will also likely find in the strip you have wood rot that must be replaced. The transom area is always suspect.
Q: It seems your boats kit is more expensive than others I have seen. Why is this?
A: Our price itself does not tell the full story. Composites are inherently more expensive than plywood because they will not rot, mold, and are bug resistant – a huge bonus is they are also 30% lighter than plywood. However, using composites and precise machining, our boat kits are designed to create strong assemblies as every piece precisely and quickly nests together. Since no fasteners are required as parts are tab glued together, the overall time to the water is greatly reduced and expensive shop manufacturing isn’t paid for as in expensive dealer boats. Bottom line, you save 30%.
Q: How does your after sales support work?
A: We offer 3 levels of support ranging from phone calls and emails to video conferences that walk our builders thru issues and questions. Other wood kit providers will sell plans or pre-cut plywood panels and a minimal set of drawings.
Q: How much of your kit is recycled materials?
A: Great question! Around 90% of the materials in this great boat are recycled composite cores like PVC and PET. When laminated, they provide higher strength to weight ratios over other wood products.