Tom Gordon built this boat for me according to my specifications. I originally opted for the coffin box inline with the keel and a stand-up bar on the back. The tach and water pressure gauge were installed on the back end of the coffin box, tilted up slightly for ease of viewing. This configuration was fine for one other person fishing with me, although even for one the seat on the coffin box wasn’t the most comfortable for them. It didn’t seat two passengers well unless they were a “couple” who didn’t mind cuddling.
So after 3 years, I took the boat to Tom at Islamarine and had him modify it to the HB Lodge model. They cut the coffin box out, resprayed the floor and coffin box, and added two removable seats mounted tandem. The gauges were moved to the back side of the coffin box. This configuration is much more comfortable for two passengers, although it seems I fish by myself most of the time.
A few years ago I saw an older model HB with a bulkhead compass installed on the forward bulkhead, right side. A compass is something we rarely use anymore, but I had to have it. So, I took the boat to Kevin at East Cape Skiffs and he ordered and installed a nice sized Ritchey bulkhead compass forward of the coffin box, on the right side forward bulkhead, actually just right of the fuel tank. It’s not something you see very often, and I certainly don’t need it to get around, but I thought it was cool.
I love my Skiff!
Current Hell’s Bay Waterman Information:
2015 Hell’s Bay Waterman Standard Specifications
- Weight – 610 lbs.
- Draft – 4.5″ with engine & fuel
- Length – 18′
- Beam – 73″
- Recommended Power – 50 hp – 70 hp
2015 Hell’s Bay Waterman Detail Specifications:
50 hp – 70 hp motor
Stainless steel prop
|Steering & Handling|
Lenco™ trim tabs
Aluminum steering wheel
|Quality Finish & Construction|
Vinyl ester resin 100%
Heavy duty rub rail
Vacuum-bagged Core Cell™ construction throughout entire structure
Easy clean non-skid deck
Spray rails incorporated in hull
Rod racks with rod tubes for 7 rods
Stiffy push pole holders
Anodized poling platform with SeaDek top
|Livewells & Pumps|
Bilge pump, Rule® automatic 1100 GPH
Livewell – ready for plumbing
|Cockpit & Storage|
Quiet & dry hatches with rubber gaskets
|Saftey & Convenience|
Rear deck seat cushions
Custom galvanized trailer
Running lights/Livorsi LED