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The New Deadrise Zero18


 

 

 

 

Redefining Custom Skiffs

The New Deadrise Zero18

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The New Deadrise Zero18


 

 

 

 

Redefining Custom Skiffs

The New Deadrise Zero18

 

Painstakingly Engineered, Individually Hand-Crafted

The new Zero18 from Deadrise Custom Boats combines state-of-the-art materials and build techniques with an outside-the-box approach to design details, yielding a technical poling skiff we believe is second to none.

Designed and built on the shores of Mosquito Lagoon by a fourth-generation Florida builder, this skiff represents the culmination of more than two years of exhaustive R&D. Production is slated to begin in late 2017.

 
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Specifications


Specifications


 

Specifications and Construction

The Zero18 has an overall length of 18'2", a 73" beam, and a zero-degree deadrise at the transom. Center console, side console, and tiller versions will be offered. Power options range from a 40 hp tiller to the rated maximum of 70 hp, which delivers a top end of around 40 mph with two men, fuel, and gear. Static draft ranges from 4" to 7", depending on options, power, and load.

A three-piece skiff, the Zero18 employs a bonded butt joint — as opposed to the more common shoebox joint — between hull and cap.

The butt joint requires a more exact fit between parts but yields greater strength and rigidity and a cleaner, more finished appearance with no visible trim edge.

All parts are vacuum-infused with vinylester resin and cored with specific density foam. No wood is used in the construction of the Zero18.

Rigging and wiring strictly adhere to ABYC standards, and only resettable breakers are used — no fuses.

 
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Details


Details


Rethinking the Details

 

In engineering the Zero18, we re-examined every detail of poling skiffs, and if we could make something better, we did.

For example, you won't see a single hinge on deck; they're all hidden underneath the hatches. Around those hatches, deep gutters quickly and effectively drain water directly overboard — not into the bilge or cockpit — via hidden openings under the integrated spray rails.

You won't see a transom drain plug either. The Zero18's bilge is completely watertight. Water that reaches the cockpit collects in a small well amidships, where it can be pumped out or drained overboard.

Forward of the ergonomically designed center console, a fully finished heavily insulated 35-quart fiberglass jump seat/cooler locks in place via an innovative, hidden retention system free of moving parts. It can be easily moved to the bow to serve as a casting platform. The console door and frame are molded, color-matched parts; no fasteners are visible.

An optional large forward livewell can be built with a transparent, half-inch acrylic window in the forward bulkhead — a staple on large sportfishers but a first, as far as we're aware, on shallow-water skiffs.

 
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Customization


Customization


Unprecedented Customization

Perhaps the most unique thing about the Zero18 is our completely customizable deck layout. There's no such thing as a "standard" layout. Because our deck mold has no hatches built into it, we can place a variety of hatches, lockers, and live and pitch wells wherever you want them without the excessive cost typically associated with one-off customizations. Here's what veteran boat designer Chris Morejohn said after reviewing our process:

His deck mold has no hatches molded into it. This means that he can move his separate hatch molds where ever he or the clients want them. Because of his perfect moldings he just puts the finished part on the deck mold. He then gelcoats the deck around this part, and when it cures this part is then glassed in as part of the deck. When it's all pulled out of the mold all he has to do is just trim and slightly buff in the transition edge of these two parts. To me this is brilliant.

Our intention is to continuously develop new well and locker designs based on customer feedback. Current options include:

  • Offset bow hatch with hidden cleat that can function as a rope or small anchor locker. Also serves as an ideal location for a trolling motor plug. Small opening allows rope or cable to pass through while hatch is closed.
  • Bow storage hatch. Large opening follows contours of deck.
  • Rectangular hatch with oval livewell or dry storage. Volume varies from 15 to 35 gallons depending on depth. Acrylic window in forward bulkhead is optional.
  • Three side-by-side aft hatches for dry storage. Livewell in center hatch is optional.
  • Small square hatch (17" x 17") with round four-gallon pitch well.
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Pricing


Pricing


Projected Pricing and Timeline

 

Pricing will be competitive with other high-end, builder-direct poling skiffs. A side-console Zero18 with dry storage hatches bow and stern, a 60 hp engine of your choice, and an aluminum Rolls Axle trailer with aluminum wheels and stainless hubs will start at $40,000. Other hatches, livewells, and consoles will be priced as individual options.

If you'd like to receive email updates about availability, pricing, and design advances, please send us your address. We are currently answering questions and setting up demos via our contact form.

 
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Photos of the Deadrise Zero18 Poling skiff


Photos of the Deadrise Zero18 Poling skiff


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