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Inshore Fishing in Southeast Louisiana

Critchfield boats

Was looking for information from anyone owning a Critchfield boat. I am looking at an 18' bay boat with a 115 four stroke Yamaha and was just wanting to get information from others that may help in my decision to purchase. They look like they are well made --- can anyone else give me positives or negatives???

Thanks,

Tommy
May 19, 2011 at 8:12am
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Reeshard Profile Photo
Posted May 19, 2011 at 8:46am
Critchfield Boats

I have an 18ft walk thru Critchfield bay boat with a windshield that I bought from H&H Marine in Houma in 2000. I have a Johnson 115 Ocean Runner on it. These boats were originally made in Florida, the last of the so-called fan tail boats made during the 70's such as Spartan, Fantail, Saber, etc. Critchfield molds were bought by Huey Bell who used to run B.R. Boat Service in Baton Rouge and he bought the molds and set up shop in French Settlement. He made them in center console and walk thru models. Only a handful of dealers carried them when I bought mine, don't know if they are still made. They are rugged boats basically made one at a time, however the decks, console,transom are wood covered fiberglass, not solid fiberglass. So, the boat is inexpensive but basic, no frills. Can't be left out in the weather. No fantails anymore, they are regular transoms. Mine has a front & rear casting deck. The windshields protect from spray, rain, cold wind. Plus I had a canopy made that snaps to the windshiled for a snug ride in bad weather. A bimini top lets wind and rain through.

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z-man67 Profile Photo
Posted May 19, 2011 at 1:29pm
Critchfield Boats!

That's what I like about the boat I am looking at---it looks like a fishing boat! Not too many bells and whistles and I'm not really looking for all of those extras anyway. How does your boat ride?? Are you overall satified with it??

After looking at a video on the construction of one I think the use of wood in it won't even be a factor.

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AllisonXR-01 Profile Photo
Posted May 19, 2011 at 3:12pm
re: Critches

Seen em',,, like the looks,,, but can't offer any 'owner' type advise,,, but offer one opinion on wood used in a boat...

There is nothing wrong with having wood used properly in manufactering a hull. As long as the wood is sealed properly, there should be no problems with the hull for years to come..... the ONLY catch to the wood thing, is you HAVE to respect the fact there is wood used and maintain the boat accordingly. Stored right and bow elevated, so that water can not stand freely in the boat and it will last. Although I may not buy a used hull knowing there is wood in it, I would not hesitate buying new, as then I would know how I needed to care for the hull properly.

Are the Critchfields still made in French Settlement ?

R

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spedbump21 Profile Photo
Posted May 19, 2011 at 11:05pm
Critchfield boats

I have an 18' and love it. Had some trouble with trailer called the man who make the boat help me out with no problem. If you have an question about the boat let me know. Also they is one just like mine for sale down string bridge road in St. Amant. Dont know what they or asking.

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z-man67 Profile Photo
Posted May 20, 2011 at 8:51am
Critchfields

Was just wondering if you had any problems with backwash when coming to a stop?? The person I spoke to said because of the location of the fuel tank towards the center of the boat there isn't a problem with that.

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spedbump21 Profile Photo
Posted May 20, 2011 at 11:20am
No really

No problem as long as you don't stop fast. I always ease off full throttle.

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