Older Than Most of Us
The folks at Skeeter claim the company's founder, Holmes Thurmond, built the world's first bass boat, back in 1948. We think that depends on what you mean by "bass boat," but nevertheless Skeeter has been a leader in the fishing-boat area for a heck of a long time. The company built its first fiberglass bass boat in 1961, its first V-bottom in 1975; both are also industry firsts, says Skeeter. The builder also claims the first full-length rod box, the first bass boat rated for 150-hp, the first built with "space age" composite construction – you get the picture. We don't know if all these claims are true, but we do know that Skeeter has been building first-class fishing boats since before most of us were born, and Skeeters are as numerous at any fishing tournament as the pesky insects for which they were named.
Not Just Pretty Topsides
Skeeter's i-Class is top of the line, and the 22i won the Trailer Boats magazine Excellence in Design award in 2009. It's the longest of the three i-Series boats; the others in the class are the 21i and 20i. All three boats come with lots of standard features, but also enough options that each buyer can fine-tune his boat until it's just right. What's not optional is Skeeter's extra-rugged construction. The Skeeter 22i, like the other i-Series boats, is built with Skeeter's proven composite construction, including their one-piece composite cockpit sole: Built of PVC foam sandwiched between fiberglass skins, and sitting on two full-length composite stringers, it makes the Skeeter both strong and stiff. With 300 horses bolted to her stern, the 22i better be both.
There's aluminum in them that Skeeters, too. The deck is built around an aluminum grid system that not only adds strength, but also ensures that all locker lids close securely, and continue to do so after years of use. The 22i's transom is PVC-cored composite, not plywood, and reinforced with an aluminum plate and knee to transfer the thrust of the motor to the stringers. Skeeter calls this the Aluminum Torque Transfer System, and it's similar to thrust-transfer systems found on custom bass boats. Skeeter says you can suspend the boat by its engine bolts without damaging the hull.
Designed for Speed and Safety
It's easy to overlook the importance of hull design in a small fishing boat like the Skeeter 22i – but this is really a high-performance boat that carries rods and lures. We haven't tested the 22i, so can't comment on speed – but if you've been around boats for a while, you know that a boat weighing less than 2,000 lbs. is going to be pretty fast with a 300-hp outboard. And speed makes handling even more crucial. The Skeeter running bottom combines a V-hull with a center pad, lifting strakes and two set of reverse chines to keep the boat stable, produce secure handling and help prevent chine walking. Aft, sponsons add lift for quick hole shots and stability at rest.
It's a fast, versatile speedster that offers many opportunities for sunning, picnicking or just mooching around on the water, maybe nosing into shallow water for swimming or simply hanging out. (There is a retractable boarding ladder.) If we wanted to blow off steam, we'd crank up the outboard and let 'er rip. Oh, and we'd go fishing now and then, too.We think if you're in the market for a bassboat, the Skeeter 22i is definitely one to check out. And maybe even if you're not thinking fishing, too. Even your wife might like it.For pricing, contact your Skeeter dealer.
Standard and Optional Features
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!