Backwater 18 Overview

Searching for a boat builder near me? Visit Abaco Skiff to get your hands on the first shallow water skiff that can play with the bay boats in big water. Versatile and economical, the Backwater 18 is the first ever panga style / hybrid flats boat. Loads of standard fishing features, top-of-the-line hardware and a unique tunneled running surface make this boat the clear leader in the flats boat class. Features include a large sighting deck a nice forward casting deck with storage, an expansive cockpit and an aft casting deck. The integrated splash well will keep you safe when the seas pick up.

The same high bow and sweeping shear found in our line of boats.

The danger of running a small skiff in big water has been eliminated. The ability to reach places never before opens the horizon to anglers everywhere. Add an optional jack plate and it will safely run in less than 8î of water. The most basic 18 comes standard with more features than most similar boats fully loaded with options. There is a lot of competition in the flats boat market. But the Backwater 18 stands alone in features, quality and safety.


Structural / Design

- 10 year structural hull warranty
- 100% composite – no wood construction
- Transom integrated stringer system
- High density fiber/foam transom
- Custom yacht style easy-to-clean nonskid
- Foam-filled under deck – Unsinkable
- Closed-cell foam, cored for strength
- Vinylester resin skin coat
- 100% Hand laid biaxial structural fiberglass built by the best boat builders in Florida
- Cored decks – superior strength PVC foam
- Stainless rub rail (white base w/ 1/2″ insert)
- Decks are fused to the hull and stringers
- Optional tops and towers are thru-bolted
- Console is bonded from inside

Performance Features

- Hydraulic steering System
- Custom trim tabs by Lenco
- 26 gallon LED lighted bait well in transom
- Clear bait well lid w/ optional logo
- Tournament style console
- Console cooler with backrest and seat cushion
- Aluminum leaning post with four rocket launchers
- Electronics can be flush mounted in console face


- Large front deck storage – dry
- Dry storage inside console
- Glovebox in console door
- Separate anchor locker holds 200′ of line


- 316 stainless hardware throughout
- Flush mounted double back hinges
- Two stainless pop-up stern cleats
- One stainless pop-up bow cleat
- Three spoke steering wheel with assist knob
- Stainless removable garboard boat drain in transom
- Stainless bow and transom D rings


- Waterproof switch panel
- Pop up circuit breakers for every switch
- LED navigation lighting
- Heat-shrink sealed wire connections throughout
- Hand wired – meticulously organized under console
- Easy access rig tubes for future additions


- Custom scupper system
- Stainless deck drains
- All hoses double clamped with premium stainless
- Automatic bilge pump – 1000gph
- Float switch for safety – wired hot
- Rule tournament bait pump – 800 gph
- High speed water pick up with shut off ball valve
- Inline bait pump filter

Fuel System

- 24 gal coated aluminum fuel tank
- Vented & pressurized stainless fuel fill
- Raycor fuel filter with clear well and easy release plug
- Stainless fuel gauge – matches engine selection
- Fire resistant fuel hose

Performance Data

Backwater 18 Performance Data

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Fuel Burn – 4.3 gph
Top Speed – 50+ mph
Cruise Speed – 35 mph @ 4000rpm
Range – 220 miles
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