The plans show a standard deck layout with, starting from the bow, a large anchor locker, ample storage space under the foredeck with access from the cockpit side, a large self-bailing cockpit with ample storage for fishing rods under the sides, a center console with more storage under the seat, an aft deck with, in the center, a large circulating baitwell, a fish box and a tackle locker. Lighter yet stronger thanks to the composite materials which translates in a faster boat with better fuel economy: a 90 HP pushes her at 50 mph.
The plans include at least two plans for different center consoles and those can be built larger or smaller. The fuel capacity is 36 gallons under the floor, with standard tanks but this can be increased to 60+ gallons with a tank under the center console or with custom sized tanks. Baitwells, cooler and all kind of dry or wet storage can be build: what we show is only a suggested layout.
The boat was tested with a 70 and a 90 HP, some builders installed engines up to 115 HP but we do not recommend more than 70. Lighter yet stronger thanks to the composite materials which translates in a faster boat with better fuel economy: a 70 HP pushes her at 50 mph. The Flats Stalker is a simple but rugged and easy to pole boat designed for hardcore skinny water sight fishing.
The FS18 has the same waterline beam and is just as stable as some fiberglass production boats 1' wider at the deck.
This is a tiller boat but many will install a grab rail in the middle, maybe on a central box.
However, for thsoe who prefer the flsuh deck (straight sheer) look, the plans include the dimensions for that version.
Keep in mind that our design priority was seaworthiness and comfort (smooth ride) , not speed. The plans show all dimensions to build the boat with a closed transom for an outboard bracket, single or twin or single with a kicker engine.
In the case of the bracket version, there is sufficient room in the stern to have a removable bench.
At the same site, you will find hundreds of pages of tutorials, plans updates, a forum to share ideas about our boats and thousands of pictures - see completed boats and many of the building steps done by builders like you.

With a 70 HP, she will go faster than a fiberglass boat of the same size fitted with a 125!
That extra length is all in the cockpit: foredeck and aft decks are exactly the same than in the 16' model. Simple and clean design, uncluttered deck yet highly customizable to fit the fisherman's personal requirements.
They share the same shallow draft and hull shape but the 22' hull offers more freeboard, comfort and capability.
For inshore fishing, she has shallow draft, moderate freeboard, a clean deck and plenty of room for baitwell, fishbox and storage.
The boat can be kept very simple with access holes cut in the bulkheads or one can use the hatches that we specify with part numbers. It is designed for tiller steering first and has a clean open layout that is easy to customize.
Our FS18 is not as narrow as the traditional Everglades Skiff, but it is easy to pole and more stable. Most of today's small and fast planing hulls have parallel buttocks or, in other words, a constant deadrise from about the middle to the stern.
The transition between displacement and planing speed is much smoother than in a constant deadrise hull.
The payout is simple and uncluttered but see the available options further down if you need more seating or a different layout.
A single engine fits her style and those who want back up power should consider a kicker outboard on a lifting bracket. Battery, pumps, filters and drain valves are located under the outboard well, accessible through a large hatch. The side seats of the casting deck shown on the plans are small for maximum floor area but they can easily be made wider.
It will pole effortlessly into the wind and against the tide thanks to it's narrow and shallow hull.

The best example is the XF20 in which we extended the water plane area in an extreme way: 2" draft in a boat that can handle up to 5 people with gear. The hull shape and styling is inspired by the rugged Bahamian outboard boats from the Abacos, therefore the name. The Abaco 23 has a hull closer to large deep sea fishing planing boats or classic hulls from before Ray Hunt.
She is not a sluggish boat, even with a smaller engine like 150 HP, top speed will be 32 mph. We suggest to move the fuel tanks around to make room for the head between the mid stringers. For cruising with family and friends, she has plenty of seating and storage plus a large persons and gear capacity. The self-bailing cockpit is more than 20" deep and optional handrails will increase that height by another 6 to 8".
The Abaco 23 has a variable deadrise with a sharp forefoot to achieve high speed rough water comfort. The fuel tank can be located under the foredeck, just behind the chain locker or under the center console. The plans show rigging pipes running from the console to the outboard well, under the cockpit floor. If not, it is easy to make a raised mount from a couple of layers of plywood epoxy glued to the deck.
Another solution is to cut a notch where the motor mounts or to cut the sides down and make her a flush deck but the sheer line will not be as pretty.

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