Holmes & Owen is proud to announce that we are the new dealer for Holby Marine and the fabulous Bristol Skiff for the southeast US. The Bristol Skiff is a modern day classic; she is a practical and good looking center console with classic lines, perfect for a day on the water running around or fishing. While her looks are traditional, her construction is state of the art. This boat is built with high-tech resin infusion which makes her stronger, lighter and more fuel efficient; this just may be the best built 17' on the market today. Easily trailered behind virtually any car, she is very economical to run burning less than 2gph at 23mph with the all-new Honda 40hp EFI 4-Stroke motor.
Hull Design - The Bristol Skiff's hull is based on the classic skiff design made famous by fisherman in New England for generations. The design features include a proud bow, plenty of hull flare, flat running surface with lots of camber and a pair of directional skegs aft. The end result is a very efficient running hull with great sea keeping abilities and fantastic stability. She planes at speeds under 10mph and in good conditions, will cruise at 23mph burning less than 2gph while getting close to 15mpg (please note that marine conditions and vessel loading will affect perform).
Construction - There are many reasons why the Bristol Stiff stands out so prominently from most other boats in here size range, but it is her classic good looks that always stops people in their tracks. While the Skiff is beautifully finished on the outside, it is what is underneath her gel coat skin that truly puts this 17 footer in a league of her own. She is built by a process called resin infusion. Each hull is laid-up with dry uni-directional fiberglass cloth and is then covered with a special plastic bag. This bag is secured with an air tight seal around the perimeter of the hull mold. At that point, a number of injection hoses are attached at the center of the mold and additional vacuum hoses are place around the outside of the mold. A vacuum pump then pulls catalyzed resin through the injection hose and throughout fiberglass cloth, completely infusing the fiberglass with the perfect amount of resin. The end result, every boat is built with the highest resin-to-glass ratio in an environmentally safe manner without the voids and excess resin that is found in a conventionally laid-up hull. All hull laminates are designed for optimum strength and weight. A beautiful finish is provided by an ISO-NPG gel-coat, specifically formulated for the rigors of the marine environment. Each seat compartment is filled to capacity with positive foam flotation, and satisfies USCG flotation standards. Each skiff is backed by a full two-year factory warranty for years of enjoyment. What does all this technology mean to you as a Bristol Skiff owner, the strongest possible boat with no voids and superior performance. As you can imagine, resin infusion is not the least expensive way to construct a boat, but it is the best way and no one buys a Bristol Skiff because it is inexpensive, but because it is the best.
Mechanical - We are pleased to announce that all of our stock Bristol Skiffs will be factory equipped with Honda's BF-40 EFI 4-stroke engine, which is new for the 2009 model year. This new engine is equipped with Honda's Programed Electronic Fuel Injection which should deliver 20% better fuel economy at cruising speed over other outboards. What this meaning to the you is that your new Bristol Skiff will be one of the most gas efficient boats on the water. The price of a gallon of gas will never keep you from using your Skiff. Honda has also announced that all 2009 motors will come standard with their factory-direct True 5-year Limited Warranty, which means the best outboards now have the warranty in the business.
The Bristol Skiff is one of those rare boats that gets admiring looks and glowing comments from young and old alike. From her traditional lapstrake fiberglass hull to the mahogany rails, this is a modern day classic. By using the finest materials and resin infusion, "Holby Marine produces the highest quality hull in the industry". Her classic skiff hull design features twin deep skegs and plenty of flair at the bow. This boat have excellent stability, maneuverability and has a comfortable, dry ride. Call today to lean more about why the Bristol Skiff should be your next boat.