May 19, 2011 at 8:46am
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 These boats were originally made in Florida, the last of the so-called fan tail boats made during the 70's such as Spartan, Fantail, Saber, etc.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.