Your Guide to Piloting a Flats Boat in Shallow Water



Posted  by Dolphin Boats on Oct 27, 2014

fishing-at-duskPiloting a flats boat correctly in shallow water will help you avoid damaging the boat and the environment. Damage to your boat can be costly and unfortunately environmental damage can take years to repair naturally. Below are a few tips to guide you through correct flats boat and shallow water skiff piloting:


  • Know the area you are entering. It is always advisable to use an experienced guide when entering new flats so that you can learn the extreme limits of those particular flats.
  • Be cautious when polling across shallow grass flats unknown to you. Running across these areas can cause environmental damage by churning up the bottom and ripping out grass.
  • If you don’t know just how shallow you can run your flats boat, be very cautious. Go slow and fell around. Do not charge into new flats without knowing the limitations of your boat.

Why Dolphin Boats’ Flat Boats are a Wise Investment

At Dolphin Boats we don’t just sell flats boats and shallow water skiffs, we custom design and build these boats according to your specifications. With our assistance you can bring your dream flats boat to life and benefit from our professional advice and input along the way. We build one boat at a time which means your project will be given our undivided attention.

With over 54 years of experience in the industry, we are confident our flats boats will impress even the most meticulous of anglers. All boats built by our team are done to exact NMMA standards and we handcraft each unit with only the finest quality materials. By building the best performing flats and shallow water fishing boats, we can provide you with an uncompromised and performance enhanced boating experience. Contact us at Dolphin Boats to find out why so many fishing enthusiasts turn to us to bring their dream shallow water skiffs to life.