Re: Critchfield boats
June 22 at 3:16pm
As the owner of a 2001 21' dual console Critchfield, I can tell you that this boat is well built. I powered mine with a 150 Opti-Max. I bought the boat in 2004 from Ronald Delatte in Gonzales where the hull was his dealer demo at the time, and it has been an absolute jewel ever since. I primarily use it as a skinny water fishing platform, but I've had it out in the gulf numerous times with no issues, and a dry ride every time. I ended up putting a lot of bells and whistles on mine, because as it was stated, it is a no frills hull. So after an ATLAS 10' jack plate, SEA-STAR hydraulic steering, an 86 pound thrust MOTOR GUIDE, and an 8' Power Pole, it is now set up for comfort and convenience. Redfish don't stand a chance. Ha! I also had a local upholstery shop here in Houma fit the boat with a full canvas top that attaches to the windshield. My boat has a 43 gallon fuel tank under the middle section of the floor. As far as backwash goes, I really have never had a problem with mine. The self-Bailing scuppers will definitely allow small amounts of water to migrate back into the boat if they stay submerged for any length of time. I regularly fish shallow duck ponds all over southern Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. With 2 average size guys and myself (360 pounds) in the boat, it will jump right out of the water. The boat responds as expected when using the Jack plate and engine trim together. I can't say enough good things about this hull. I'm just really disappointed they are no longer made. About 3 years ago, I contacted Ronald to see about buying another one. That's when I got the bad news. Yes, it does have wood in it, but the only issue I've had in 13 years is a small area around the front and back seat pedestals. They were not sealed properly when installed. I actually pulled mine next to a Blazer Bay while at a gas station, and the hull lines are almost identical. It's a shame Blazer Bay doesn't offer a dual console. That would be my second choice if I were still shopping. I hope this info has been helpful.