Testimonials from NewWater Owners
I thought you would enjoy these pictures from our trip to Mansfield this past weekend. There is nothing like running two Curlews side by side on a mirror, in skinny water. By the way, we caught roughly 80 Redfish in 2 1/2 days on our fly rods. It was the trip of a life time.
Tim, Leslie and Barbara,
This time last year we were very busy with a few big projects and kids activities. I was concerned the Curlew would sit in the boat lift, so we considered selling it. After bringing it home, my family insisted we keep it and "make time" to use it. We did and now I fish every Wednesday with my 11 year old son. Thanks for a beautiful, great boat and helping our family reconnect with each other on the water.
Hope all is well at NewWater.
Thanks again for a great boat!!.
My NewWater Curlew has caused quite a stir here in Savannah, Georgia! The Naturalist here and I went out, really just to give me some pointers so I don't run aground at low tide (9 ft tides here) and when he saw how little water it needed he said you can't run this boat aground. Also, when he saw how well Lamivent worked he was astounded.
I am sure you will sell some boats in this market!!!
I just cannot help but tell you of our adventures on Fourth of July. Eric and I took my Stilt for quite a distance off the beach into half-foot seas in search of Tarpon. The boat handled the job like it wasn't even there. With the addition of the forward-mounted Yeti ice chest and the Lineminder, I had no trouble standing on the forward deck and after some searching was able to put a 50-pound Tarpon in the boat. It was the first adult Tarpon on my Stilt but I'm sure itwon't be last. Hope you and your family had a great Fourth of July.
I gotta tell you, I love this Ibis! I really liked my Curlew, and if it wasn't for Beth, I would probably still own it. She called it the "Boy boat.” Her comparison was a 24' ShearWater (i.e. the "Girl boat"). This is the 6th boat I have owned, and the 3rd fishing boat. Hands down, it is my favorite boat! I actually look forward to cleaning it! How numbskull is that?! Performance-wise it is a "hoss”––it does everything I want a bay boat to do, and does it in style. And forgive me for the pride of ownership, but, wow! It is very cool. I try to relate it to cars since that seems like a good analogy, but I am not sure I have found the right comparison, yet. Could easily be a Lexus, BMW, Range Rover, etc., but it's almost like a cross between a Ferrari and a Range Rover, and that doesn't quite make sense! Anyway, as a former "happy Curlew" owner, I am now a stupid-giddy-elated Ibis owner! Beth loves the ride, and both our boys & girlfriends think this is the ultimate, so I don't think I will be selling it anytime soon. I do want to ride in a Stilt, as I think I might need to add to my flee as we become fly-fisher types. Or perhaps we will get the new one? You guys build a great boat, and you make happy customers! I am so glad you are going to be sticking around a while longer, because we are blessed to know you!
Curlew and Ibis owner
Just want to drop you a note and brag about my boat. I have about 14 hours on the new Yamaha w/TRP and have come to the decision that this has to be the best boat I’ve ever owned for what I do.
The boat seems to almost leap completely out of the water during hole shots. With the wheel turned completely in either direction and moderate power you have to steer hard out of the turn or you will be in the second lap before you know it. This is the first boat that I can truly say “If the boat floats it gets up”!
Overall much more maneuverable than the three previous skinny water brands I’ve owned. The Lamiflow Tunnel is brilliant with it’s efficient ride for the trips up and down the Arroyo and the Intercoastal. Fewer RPMs (less fuel used) and a great solid ride.
With the boat’s good looks it’s a head turner and I definitely pull into the boat ramp with a lot of pride.
Thanks Tim for a great design and for all your help and attention to detail. Can’t wait to spec my new Ibis.
Just a short to tell you how much I am enjoying my new Stilt. What a boat! Gets up as I hoped....poles as I hoped...quieter than I thought possible...drier than my HPX ....and is just an all around fabulous skiff. Thank you for your genius and craftsmanship . I hope this finds you feeling well.
I have been guiding so much the last two weeks. I have seen probably half a dozen clients catch their first red on a fly in that time! Yesterday I poled the same line all day long in a west side lagoon while another fly fishing guide poled a parallel line about a half mile east of me.
Dear Tim & Leslie and staff:
I can't say enough good things about this Ibis. First to let other people have a little history on me; I'm originally from Corpus, and have been running boats since I was 12, I am now 65. You name it, I've ran it. Including an airboat for almost ten years. I think this boat runs almost as shallow as the airboat, but its a lot safer. I can tell you from the short time I have owned the boat, that it will run in water that big redfish cannot swim in. I've never had as much fun running a boat. It's a very dry boat which surprised me, even in 25 mph quartering winds. It's also a lot smoother than other shallow water boats that I have been in.
The Stilt has been everything you promised and then some. The boat gets up with ease very shallow, poles better than any other skiff I have been on, takes choppy water well
I thought you might enjoy these pictures from the bow of my Curlew at Port O’Connor this weekend. Talk about a good South Texas ass whipp’n, try catching a 76-inch, 126-pound tarpon at Port O’Connor on a 20-pound leader, in 95-100 degree heat and fighting him for over an hour. It was one of the most exciting things I have ever done. With its low sides, the Curlew was perfect for hauling that beasty out of the water and on to the deck.
Tim and Leslie:
Sorry I missed you when I picked my boat up last Thursday, but I would like to thank you for the way you have treated me on repair work. Other than the fact the trip takes a few hours, I have always appreciated your friendly professionalism and attention to detail. Thanks again for everything.
Tim and Leslie:
You guys should really be proud of the end results of your efforts, with modifying this boat to accommodate my son. I hope these and future photos you will receive, assist you with your future marketing efforts. I am sure there are thousands of physically challenged individuals out there who would love to know about your abilities, and willingness to adjust in order to accommodate their specific needs.
I had not had the chance to thank you so much for everything that you and Leslie did to make my IBIS a reality. After months of working with me to get all the particulars down, I have a truly custom boat that I could have only dreamed of. With my many fishing adventures over this past year I can truly appreciate your overall design and quality of construction of this IBIS. I looked, tested, chartered and talked with many friends on many different makes and models of shallow water boats. New Water was always on top. Without putting an IBIS or any other New Water in the bay, one cannot appreciate what this boat can do.
Missed you when we came through to pick up the boat. I just wanted to know the guys did a great job. The new elevated seat worked out perfectly and I could not have been happier with the work that was done. I told them they did a great job, but wanted to convey it to you. We will be doing more from time to time and I promise that I will be back.
Thanks so much.
Since '96 I've been in search of the perfect bay boat to fish the Rockport area from San Antonio Bay to Corpus Christi Bay. I've owned a Cajun, two Mowdy's, a Curlew, and now an Ibis. For what I like to do I can't imagine a better boat than the Ibis. When I took possession of my Curlew in '2006 it was the best boat I'd ever owned, but I like my Ibis even better because of increased room and speed. The live well in front of the center console not only makes it easy to access bait, but it also doubles as a great ice chest if you're out with the family or friends. And Lamivent.....well, I still can't believe what you've been able to do with Lamivent. The speed and low rpm's make running with Lamivent engaged so efficient and a pleasure to be a passenger.
Tim...you and your team must be proud. I can't tell you how happy I am with my Ibis.
Dear Leslie and Tim:
In March of 2004 you delivered my Curlew which we tweaked several times to get my netted casting towers the way I wanted and they worked great. I am sure they my have been the second fully netted front tower and back poling tower fully netted. The first was my old boat which served its purpose for many years. As you remember my biggest concern was how the Curlew would track, took a little time but using my power pole and my engine it became a tracking fly fishing machine. All new boats take awhile to learn, like a good woman, you don't learn her over night. We named my Curlew the Numero Uno, she helped set two IGFA world records for me as well as putting Dr. Tom Dorrell and his wife Patty on her IGFA world record trout for women which is the largest spotted sea trout on fly for women. Yes this boat has performed. Due to some health concerns, I felt I needed a larger boat so I decided to go to the larger Ibis, bigger engine, more speed, a huge catch and release box, heavy duty remote
Hi Tim and Leslie:
Just wanted to say thanks again for my new Curlew. What a fantastic boat it is. I've owned many boats in the past and have never had one that is crafted so well and will do everything it is designed to do. As you know I spend much of the winter chasing redfish and snook in southwest Florida. The winter tides for the most part are extremely low. My new Curlew allows me to get into holes that I always new were there but could not reach with a conventional flats boat. I have been catching 30 - 50 fish a day within a mile of home. I have also taken the Curlew out to the passes and trolled for grouper. It handles extremely well in rough water and has a remarkably dry ride. Just wanted to thank you again for your fine product and personalized service.
As we spoke I wanted to let you know how I feel about your customer service. I love a businessman that under promises, and over-delivers, and you did just that.
I expected about a 30 day turnaround to replace a poor quality poling platform I had bought elsewhere, trying to poor boy my way around, with the high quality you installed. I wasn't really prepared for your call about 10 days into the job.
Thanks for the extremely professional, friendly customer service I received from you personally, as well as each person I spoke to during this little project.
Good luck with your business.
Executive Vice President
Frost National Bank
P.O. Box 1600
San Antonio, TX 78296
Tim, my initial experience on the Stilt confirmed my highest expectations. On the way to the bay, we engaged the Lamivent, and we shot from 32 mph to around 40 mph. When we reached the mouth of the Arroyo, the wind was above 20 mph, and we faced a heavy afternoon chop that was quartering into the bow. It handled the chop with the authority of a heavier boat, crossing the wave crests with its prodigious length, and keeping us dry the whole time.
Fly fishing is my passion and I elected to buy the 21' 8" Ibis since it weighed only 1000 pounds not counting motor and accessories. My goal was to have a boat that had a draft of 7 inches with 2 persons fishing, one poling and the other casting.
Tim and Leslie,
I came by my boat addiction from my father. From birth, over 70 years ago, there has always been a boat at our house. All were fishing boats of one sort or another. In my earliest memory we had cypress john - boats with bait wells in their center. Then came some of the earliest Hilton's, Asbury's, McWirter's, and Holme's. These were wooden bay boats. We even had a hopped up Yellow Jacket that we fished offshore for kings. It was 14' long.
Later we had some of the first Mako's and Shallow Sport's then evolved over to the Florida style flats boats. I have had two Mavericks, and Action Craft and a Mako flats. I was/am so obsessed with inshore boats that I go almost every year to the Miami boat show. I know or have met many of the Florida boating and fishing icons.
The point I want to make is that I know our type of boats as well as most. I have got to say that in all these years I have never seen a boat so well designed and thought out. I have never seen a boat that is as functional for my kind of fishing as my Curlew. I have never seen a boat where the "fit and finish" is so impeccable. I have never seen a dealer/manufacture so competent, so professional, so motivated and so well equipped to deliver the ultimate flats boat.................Tim you have done good!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you for the privilege of getting onboard your NewWater Guides list. I was anxious to get on the water with my new Curlew and try out your new Lamivent system. Let me sum it up in two words...."AMAZINGLY UNBELIEVABLE!"
I can honestly say the boat gains at least another 10 -12 mph. I guarantee I was cruising down the Arroyo at a speed near 40 mph. I really couldn't grasp the concept of this new system until I tried it out and I am sure glad I bit the bullet to get it.
The Curlew is EVERYTHING I expected and more. As a fishing guide in the Lower Laguna Madre, I've been looking for a boat that would run skinny water and also get up in it as well. Many boats claim to run skinny, but shy away from hole shot performance. The Curlew does both beautifully. On my first trip out, the clients I took were shocked at how skinny I was running and even more so when I took off from 10" of water without having to do donuts. All I needed to get up was about a 1/3 of a circle and on she went.
I know I'm going to enjoy guiding my clients on this beauty. If anyone has any reservations about diving into any of the NewWater boats, don't have them. Tim and his crew have masterfully designed these boats to last for years after most boats are falling apart. Stainless steel is everywhere on it giving you the security there will be no rusting issues. A detail to excellence is a good way to describe Tim's workmanship. You will not be disappointed.
Thanks again Tim!!!
Capt. Roel Villanueva
La Mosca Charters - www.Tailingreds.com
Kingfisher Inn and Guide Services - www.lagunamadre.net
Hi Leslie, Tim, and gang,
Having lots of pleasure with my Curlew. The saying "A man is happiest the day he buys a boat and on the day he sells it" does not apply to owners of Curlews. This is a fun boat to handle all the time. Like others, I too experience being able to go in very shallow areas, yet feel comfortable and safe while getting to the fishing spots. I had an unusual experience that speaks highly for the boat.
Through bad judgment on my part, I went aground on an oyster reef. I actually stepped from the boat onto oyster shells. Luckily a couple of fishermen came to the reef to fish. I called them over. When they got to me, one said, "You are high and dry and there is nothing we can do." I said, "I would greatly appreciate if you would try. Two of us can push from the back and one pull at the bow." After about 5 feet we got into a couple of inches of water, which made pushing a lot easier. Another 20 feet got the boat in a few more inches whereby she floated. One fellow said, "Boy, that is a really shallow draft boat." I poled to deeper water, started the engine, profusely thanked the two men, went to the middle of the channel and off I went. Made it back to the boat ramp. Surprisingly there was very little damage. Of course the underside was scratched and gouged in places but the transom was intact and the motor was not damaged. Even the prop was not bent or chipped. Any other boat, I would still be at the reef.
Leora always said she would not ride on a boat with no sides. The width and stableness of the Curlew has now changed her mind. She much prefers riding on the Curlew compared to other boats with no sides. No sides make the ride fun and the boat a great fishing platform.
After my first season in the Curlew, the biggest surprise I have experienced has been the open water performance of the boat. I basically knew what she would do in shallow water as a result of spending several satisfying years in the Avocet. Since 1967, I have spent way too many hours running on, and sometimes under, the water of Aransas and her related bays. At some time, even fun endeavors become work. The Curlew has put the fun back into boating for me. The boat is the driest boat that I have had since my low profile Boston Whaler (1977). I am totally comfortable crossing the middle of the bay as well as the protected waters. I just can't imagine a more seaworthy vessel and since carrying passengers is a major responsibility for me, I would rather be in this boat on a rough day than in one of the Florida canoes. I guess that sooner or later, I'll come up with some suggestion for my new Curlew, but for now I'd say, "just like the other one."
Dear Tim and Pro-Line Custom:
Thanks for the mini line minder for my new skiff. It looks great. Ten years ago you a made a poling platform for my 16 foot Kenner. Today it looks and works as good as it did when you installed it. So when I needed a new platform for the micro skiff I didn't look anywhere else but Pro-Line. There are a lot of fabricators out there now but you have proven to me that you are the best. Thanks for being so dedicated to quality and customer support.
Laurence R. Kirk
Tim and Leslie,
Fishing extremely shallow water presents the most demanding set of challenges to a boat manufacturer that one can imagine. Of course, the ideal is...A boat that can run and float in mere inches of water and position you on fish that are un-reachable in deeper-draft style boats,yet be comfortable enough to take rough baywaters in stride allowing you and your anglers to reach your destinatio
Dear NewWater Boatworks Crew:
Just wanted to say thanks for a job well done! I took it home right up IH 35 in rush hour it hauls nicely and the LEDs stood out thanks Tim for insisting on the switch. I took her out Saturday to Lake Dunlap and worked on the break-in recommended for Yamaha; I am impressed with the boat and look forward to the coast. I think next weekend I will take it to Canyon Lake for more break in time. The cover fits great and is easy to install alone as is the boat to launch and retrieve. I have attached a few photos but will send better ones in the future.
I want to thank everyone involved in making my dream a reality, the attention to detail is fantastic. I had it in the drive way and had five people stop to look at it Saturday moring as I was preparing for her maiden voyage. A guy down the street with a Gulf Coast was in awe at the craftsmanship and details, most commented on the hull design and deck, one comment was don't you feel funny on a flat deck? I said no, I was on CV 42 the Roosevelt and it had a flat deck, did not bother me then. As he turned he asked what is a CV, oh that would be an aircraft carrier, they have flat decks too. Many thanks and look forward to fishing with you in August at the owners tournament.
Frank A. Panebianco
Dear Tim, Leslie, and the rest of the NewWater Family,
I am happy to report your wonderful creation has finally made it to her new home in the Florida Keys. Having spent over 6 months using the boat throughout Florida, I now know you "under promise and over deliver". The attention to detail, performance of the boat and the ease and pleasure it brings to fishing exceeded every expectation I had.
I have been in 3' chop, run in 6" of water, fished 4 people and quietly poled to tailing reds. She catches fish and the attention of everyone on the water, at the gas station, and on highway.
Running the boat is a satisfying conclusion to the special experience I had working with true professionals and craftsmen. The best things in life are worth the wait. Your Ibis is no exception. We need a few more in Florida and then make plans for an annual state tournament.
Thank you again.
Since bringing the "Line Minder" on board my flats skiff in March, fly line management problems have been solved. Every angler that has used it, both experienced and inexperienced, love it and their ability to get the fly to fish has improved dramatically because they are not having to mess with the fly line. By the way we have been fishing in "some wind" this spring and the "Line Minder" has performed incredibly well.
Capt. Billy Trimble
I just read your article in the March/April 2006 issue by Larry Bozka, about Texas made flats boats. He failed to mention in the article, or even in the credits, probably the best, skinniest running flats boat made in Texas. NewWater Boatworks of San Antonio, by far, has the best boat for the conditions that Mr. Bozka was trying to talk about. The NewWater Curlew is used by some of the best skinny water flyfishing and light tackle guides in Texas. The likes of who are, Captains Bud Rowland, (holder of many IGFA records) Chuck Naiser, (pioneer Texas flyfishing guide), Ray Box (owner of hull #1, and also Gruene Outfitters) and Kathy and Scott Sparrow (owners of the Kingfisher Inn). The Curlew is by far the best boat made in Texas for skinny water conditions. It also does very well on the open water. I was with Chuck Nasier on his Curlew one day last Spring. We were north of the Bass Headquarters quite a distance, fishing some of the back lakes of San Jose Island. When we started back to Port Aransas, where Chuck had picked me up, the wind was howling in our face. There was a lot of chop on the water and we stayed virtually completely dry. I told Chuck when we got back that I could not believe that we stayed so dry in all that wind, and rough water, on our trip back down the Lydia Ann Channel. Chuck said that the Curlew is the driest boat he has ever had, and he said he has tried them all. You should give Tim Clancey a call at NewWater Boatworks in San Antonio, if not for anything, but to apologize. His boats would be worthy of a seperate article. If you are ever in Port Aransas I would be happy to take you for a ride.
Rocky Reagan III
Port Aransas, Texas
Tim, Leslie, and the "NewWater Family,"
First of all, I would like to say THANK YOU! My new "Ibis" has exceeded all expectation! From the day we met till now, your service(s), and attention to detail(s) are a model for all to follow.
Let me share with you just some of the reasons why I am so pleased...
1) To fish, I must cross Aransas Bay to find shallow water. No longer a problem!
2) Staying dry while crossing the bay. No longer a problem!
3) My favorite fishing are
Hello Tim and Leslie,
On Christmas Eve, 2003 (one year ago tomorrow) I called you Tim, to order my Curlew. I thought today would be an appropriate time for me to send you a note to thank you...not just for making such an incredible boat for me, but also for your part in making this one of the most memorable years of my life.
I took delivery of the boat in July - probably earlier than you had intended - but perfect timing for me. As you know, I took the summer off and I had the opportunity to spend several weeks fishing on the Lower Laguna Madre throughout the rest of the summer. With considerable help from Dale Fridy, I learned a lot about fishing this wonderful fishery, and I also learned a lot about the extraordinary capabilities of the Curlew.
As advertised, this boat will take you places that you'd dare not go with other boats. It floats, get ups, and poles in very, very skinny water. And it is by far the most comfortable flats boat I've ever fished out of or owned.
One thing that is not advertised is the incredible reaction that people have to the Curlew upon seeing it. Every time I trailer the boat, someone stops me to ask about it, or comment about it's beautiful lines.
-Construction workers in my neighborhood waved me down to ask me about the boat.
-A police officer in Port Isabel drove by saw me fiddling with the boat late at night, drove around the block, pulled over, asked me if I was the owner. I replied "yes". He then spent 30 minutes talking with me about the boat, and told me he was preparing to order one...
-A gentleman pulled up while I had the boat pulled into a filling station in Port Isabel at 6:00 am in the morning. We talked for quite a while about the boat...he said he also had one on order. The next day I was filling up at 6:00 am again - he was back with a buddy - just to look at the boat again.
-After a morning of fishing out of South Padre Island, I was trailering the boat back to the hotel. As I drove through town, I saw a car in my rearview mirror with a guy waving at me to pull over. Thinking there was something wrong with my rig, I pulled over. The guy told me he had been following me for 15 minutes, and wanted to ask me about the boat...I gave hime your number and web address.
This kind of thing happens literally everytime I have the boat on the road - not to mention people driving right next to me on the highway for miles just to look at the boat. It's like having a supermodel on a trailer! Heads turn, people wave, oohs and aahhs. Needless to say, this rock-star treatment makes the non-fishing time with the boat really fun for me(my wife finds it disturbing - but no matter...)
Obviously, the most important thing about the Curlew is that it catches fish. I had the opportunity to fish a lot last summer with my 8 year old son, Clayton. I poled him around the flats for many days, and he cast to and caught several tailing redfish on artificials - the largest being 25 inches. Clayton and I both very much appreciate how special these experiences were...and the recounting of these times continue today.
Merry Christmas to you and Leslie. You make great boats, you are wonderful people, and it has been a truly great experience being a customer of NewWater Boatworks. If ever you have a prospective buyer that would like to talk about the Curlew, send 'em my way.
We can't brag enough about the Curlew! Every trip it just impresses us more. I have fished Shallow Sports, Majeks, Carolina Skiffs, H2Os - none compare. Port O'Connor has become an even bigger playground now! The Curlew gets us into spots we used to just look at and say "I bet there are fish in that pocket"- now we pole on in and are able to run on out. (By the way - you are right, she likes to get up to the left).
There is no doubt you have built the best shallow water boat on the water. However, it doesn't stop there - the clean lines and detailed craftsmanship of the boat turns heads all over the water. I had 4 people plus myself on the boat to Sunday Beach; of course I was cutting every corner in back bays; but you should have seen the look on these two guys in a Majek as they tried to idle out (throwing mud) of the skinny water an we cruised on by. Later that day while having a burger at Josie's I overheard two guys at a table talking about this boat that was making drifts in the Laguna up to the bank and just take off - a guy at the next table turned and said yeah - "it is that Curlew in town - those boys from the Mechanical Man".
Anyway - we love the boat, but keep them pointed out of POC - we like being at the top of the food chain!
John & Ben
Port O'Connor, Texas
I just wanted to drop you a note and say thank you for building the ideal super shallow water flats boat. I spent the Holidays with my family down at Port Mansfield doing what I enjoy most, fly fishing the Lower Laguna Madre. My new Curlew performed flawlessly even in ankle deep low tide venues. It is great to be able to return to fishing areas I previously accessed only by airboat. The Curlew has eliminated the work and effort of super shallow water fishing so important to coastal fly fishing. Several days we faced very high winds with small craft warning flags up. I was particularly impressed at the Curlews performance in these rough bay conditions. The negative trim feature forced the hull through waves almost like they were not there with a totally dry ride. After 24 years of shallow water bay fishing in a variety of boats, your Curlew design is as close to the perfect fishing boat for the Laguna Madre as I have found. Thanks for your attention to detail and superb craftsmanship and congratulations on designing the finest fishing machine on the Texas coast.
Dr. Zack Taylor
As you know, Kathy and I purchased our Curlew sight unseen, based on your reputation as an artist and master boat designer. When it arrived, we could see that is was the most beautiful fly fishing skiff ever created, but would it handle the punishing flats of the Lower Laguna? That's what I had to find out.
Two days later, I was guiding a man from Deleware. I'd poled into a lagoon that became progressively shallower as we floated downwind. At any moment. I was sure we'd hear the sound of the hull against the sand, so I jumped down, and stepped out of the boat to turn it around. I said, "I'm going to have to push us back to deeper water. But since it's so far, I'm going to try to get up, even though it would be a miracle in this water." I looked down and saw that the water was well below the edge of my bootie, which was only nine inches high. And the bottom was rock hard.
It's hard to believe that 15 years have transpired since my first order was placed with you. In that time you have routinely produced fine quality boat components and accessories for both my business and personal use. Now that I have operated the Curlew for 18 months, I feel that congratulations are long overdue for you and your staff at NewWater and Pro-line. The long hours spent designing and tooling each part of this boat were well worthwhile and it is evident to anyone who has looked closely, or been fortunate enough to fish from one. My customers and friends are always quick to compliment this craft and are amazed at the versatility of the Curlew.
You should be proud of your accomplishments as a boat builder. Good things come slow, so your patience and attention to detail will be a plus in the long run. Thanks again for steering me to the finest flats boat available anywhere!
Capt. Ray Box
Arroyo City Lodge
New Braunfels, Texas
After owning a 15 ft. scooter for 10 years, I was searching for a larger, more stable boat that would offer the same performance in shallow water as a scooter, without all of the negatives of a flat-bottomed boat. The Curlew exceeded all of my expectations. It is fast, dry, stable and runs and poles in water just as shallow as my old scooter. The quality of the finish is outstanding, and the under deck rod/gear storage area is a great feature.
We have been meaning to write to you to tell you how much we love our Avocet. It has met or exceeded all of our expectations. Each time we load or unload the boat at a boatramp, we have so many people come up to ask about it. We were just in Pine Island fishing and a fellow from Texas was there who had one of your boats. Both of us were bragging about how pleased we are with it's performance.
Thanks for all your attention to detail and to putting up with all of our questions and all while we were making our decision. We could not be happier.
Keifer and Sande Calkins
As the service manager for a San Antonio boat dealership, I have been around coastal fishing boat for 30 years. I have owned four different shallow draft boats ranging from 16 to 24 feet. After purchasing my 18' Curlew in September, I have been using it every chance I get and am amazed at the shallow water performance. The hole shot is unlike any that I have seen, and it is hard to believe how the boat can stay on plane at such slow speeds. Poling my Curlew in shallow water is almost effortless. The fishing room on this boat is equivalent to a 22' boat that I once owned. Indeed, the layout of the deck was well thought out. In all my years in the boating industry, I have never seen a boat that is as versatile as the Curlew.
A job well done!
San Antonio, TX
I can't thank you enough for designing and building this boat. Thursday at Aransas, it was terribly windy -- 30 mph. It was a great time to test the Curlew, and it was a totally dry run! It spins up like a scooter with two people on the left -- a hard left turn on the wheel and unwinding the steering when she bites. A hole shot in six to seven inches was easy on a soft bottom. We ran the inside of the white sand between shamrock and "e" flats and I swear it wasn't over 2 1/2" for at least 1/4 mile or more, and we didn't stick it. We had good water pressure even though we had dry ground behind the boat! Fish were gone from our early am spots, but they really piled onto the outside edge of "e" flats starting 1 PM Thursday w/sun peeking thru occasionally and low incoming tide. Friend Rick had line management problems, so he eventually went to a gold spoon, and caught fish.Tim, this is the finest boat I've ever seen, and I'm slowly learning more about just how great she is as I go along. It's no Ferarri -- hell it's a Lamborghini. Also, I enjoyed your company on the water immensely, and will share my boat with you anytime, and would love to pole you around up north.
The new Curlew is awesome and a fish catching machine. Going to the ramp, she turns heads like a supermodel. Having run my HPX, I did not know what I was missing but the Curlew is in a class all by itself. Best decision I ever made. I am looking for a fault or something you did not think of but so far -- nada. The ability to stay on plane at such low rpm, and its skinny running is unsurpassed. And the hole shot! She is a shallow water engineering marvel. Look me up when your ready to fish.
Tom, Patty, and Clint Dorrell
Port Aransas, TX
Dear Tim and Leslie,
After much deliberation and consideration, we purchased a Curlew in June '02, and I must say that we are very pleased with the boat. We live in the Texas Hill Country and fish the middle Texas Gulf Coast. I like to fly fish and throw artificials. I'd been looking for a boat that would perform well in the shallow water, accommodate at least 3 fishermen, and be light enough to tow from Boerne to the coast with my 1/2 ton truck. This boat does all that, and does it well.
The open design of the deck maximizes fishing space, and promotes an organized boat. The storage below the deck protects your rods in transport and allows you to vary your arsenal without cluttering the boat.
But to me, besides the boat's function and performance, it's most striking feature is its appearance. What a pretty and unique boat! It draws comments and complements on every trip.
Thanks to Tim Clancey and the good people at NewWater Boatworks for the design and construction of the Curlew.
Well it has been 5 seasons now since I have purchased my Avocet. Still I cannot believe how impressed I am with this boat. Having been a boat captain and traveled the world on some of the most impressive large and small fishing boats, the impeccable detail, construction and performance put this boat in top of the class.
I have routinely taken this boat in the back lakes and in the tightest of channels with 4 people and all there gear with no problem. Other flats boats have problems getting to the water we travel as they cannot either handle the weight load or make the difficult turns while staying on the plane or the so called "wipe out".
We just fished an all lure tournament in Rockport and we were the only boat that was able to bring all of our fish in alive. The release well you created works awesome keeping six redfish live all day. This is invaluable to me and great for the redfish as they were able to be released after weigh in.
Although I only am able to fish on the boat about 100 hours a year now, it sill looks brand new. All the maintenance I perform, is to wash it, do a light chamois dry, and give it a coat of wax every year. People stop me all the time to gawk over the boat and ask where it is built. They cannot believe that it is five years old and also built in San Antonio (they all think it comes from Florida somewhere).
The best compliment came a year or so back. One of the best guides for redfish (who drives a fancy customized airboat) caught me in one of the back lakes. He asked me how I was able to get where I was and I responded the same way he came in. After we were done fishing, he followed me back out with even less water than there was initially. He stopped me back at the ramp later and had total praises for the way it rode out of pretty much no water in the channel and also that it was the skinniest running thing he had ever seen with an outboard. That was a huge compliment to both me as well as to you the creator! Thanks again and look forward to seeing you soon.
Capt. Jorge More
I have had my Avocet for about a year now and I just wanted to update you on my excursions. I have fished much of the Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River Lagoon systems in East Central Florida. Overall the boat is absolutely amazing. Except for the ride in heavy surf and seas, the boat will out perform my old Hewes hands down. I have now upgraded to a Mercury 150 hp with a 5 bladed prop. This seems to be the real ticket for me. Maximum speed is around 42 mph and with the 5-bladed prop, I can raise the motor well into the tunnel and plane across some very skinny water.
Recently I was fishing there west coast of Florida around the Charlotte Harbor area. The Flats there are really interesting because in order to get to the fishable areas along the Mangroves, you have to skim across some really shallow sand bars. At first I was a bit timid about how skinny I could go, but I finally figured out that with the correct combination of speed, trim and motor elevation, I could get across these areas with ease and without churning up the seagrass beds on the other side of the sand bars.
This boat has really changed my way of fishing. Although it is rather bulky to pole into the wind (and what boat isn't), its ability to be poled quietly is really amazing. On several occasions, I have poled into an area of feeding redfish without spooking them off. I think that says something for the stealth of this boat. Often, I pole into an area of feeding fish, and then anchor off to begin wading. The molded in steps on the stern make for a quiet entry even with my 215 pound frame.
Dear Tim and Leslie,
It has been a little over two years since I took delivery of my Ibis. During this time, I have had the opportunity to take it out in almost every kind of weather condition shy of a tropical storm. This boat is absolutely amazing, I feel extremely confident taking it across Aransas Bay in most any adverse condition.
As for skinny water performance, again truly amazing. I have been fishing the Rockport area for more than 50 years, and this boat has taken me to places I have never fished before. My fishing grounds have increased immensely.
Your craftsmanship and detail are impeccable. People are always stopping me to ask questions about the Ibis, and are always impressed with the quality of the construction. The "Boat Gods" are definitely smiling down on you two. The Ibis is without question, the finest shallow water boat out there.
Thank you both for building this boat for me, and giving me the chance to have so much fun.
Capt. Scott Wehrung
Thank you Tim,
I took her 1 mile offshore on Sunday and was wildly impressed with how the hull handled the chop and high water (seas were choppy and 1 - 2 feet). As long as I didn't lean on it too hard, we stayed dry and comfortable. My buddy's comment was that he thought it was the best riding 18 foot flats boat he had ever been on.
Also, you'll love this; I was winding through some tidal creeks near Port O'Connor the same day and came to a dead end in very shallow water. I spun the boat (like you showed me) and came back around to find that another man in a Carolina Skiff was following me, undoubtedly thinking that I knew where I was going. However when he tried to turn at the dead end, he found that the water was too shallow, stuck his boat and last thing I saw he was trying to figure out what to do next. It was along way in there and was a very soft bottom. While I hate to see anyone have trouble, I did have to laugh.
You build a great boat Sir and I am very happy.
Tim and Leslie,
Our new Ibis is the most incredible machine that I have EVER fished off of. The ease of use, the performance, the storage, everything within reach and the walk around ability is unsurpassed. This is the most awesome boat that I have ever owned or been on.
Thank you very much,