Five tips to make your skiff lose weight

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Dropping excess weight can help your boat get faster and leaner.
Courtesy of Maverick Boat Company

Choose the right powertrain. Of course, we all want to go faster, but big engines come at a cost. Not money, silly… weight. Remember that Xplor X7? Draft can vary by up to 2.5 inches depending on which outboard motor you choose, and it’s no slouch in the performance department no matter what you rig it with.

Check yourself on your tackle. If your shoulder stretches when you retrieve your tackle box, consider ditching some of the lead, or better yet, consolidate it into a small box that you can modify for your target for the day.

Switch to an aluminum anchor. An 11 inch aluminum fluke anchor is large enough for most flat skiffs and weighs only 2.5 pounds, about a third of the weight of a common Danforth.

Get a plastic emergency accessory (and the right adapter to fit your hub). Many of us like to have a spare accessory on board just in case we get a little too skinny at some point. Although the plastic ones don’t perform incredibly well, they weigh next to nothing and will get you home in no time.

Get a lighter battery. With a modern LiFePO4 starting battery, you can get 1,000 cold cranking amps for just 16.5 pounds. How about you guys who use trolling motors? Typically, you can cut your battery weight in half.

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