June 6, 2017
For Immediate Release
Early this Sunday morning, the worst kept secret in technical river craft quietly rolled into the Chicago suburbs. The long awaited Towee Sherpa Hull #1 had made the trip from the Towee facility in Tennessee to its new home at Midwest Waters Angling Co.
Eight years after introducing the the Rivermaster hull series that invented the “crossover skiff” category, Towee has released the Sherpa a “full sized jet sled’. While the Rivermaster Calusa holds down a unique place in the market as the only real choice for a go anywhere, do anything small technical skiff, the Sherpa was designed for one thing – a river jet that could move large loads of anglers and gear while still operating in reasonably boney waters. With an overall length of 17 feet, the Sherpa features an array of massive aluminum dry hatches – the largest literally big enough to hide a full grown man in – that give guides and anglers ample room for the longest multi day trips. The floor is a full 60 inches wide with 74 inches at the gunnels from the transom throughout the cockpit and much of the forward deck.
While each Sherpa will be available with a custom interior layout that is hand built to the client’s specifications, Hull #1 was ordered with a simple front deck, rear deck and rod tube layout. Fully enclosed rod cabinets on both sides with locking doors are also available along with coffin boxes, seating and casting braces. If you can dream it, Towee can probably do it. The massive front deck is a full 8 feet long and features 3 large, lockable dry storage areas with custom built aluminum hatches. Towee also included a pair of smaller molded hatches to gain access to the rod tip area.
The 4 foot aft deck is clean and provides ample room for running the 60/40 Mercury jet or fishing multiple anglers. A giant storage tunnel houses the fuel tanks and provides load of additional storage – it is large enough that the Towee crew were actually inside the tunnel during the rigging process.
The innovative hull brings together elements of both the traditional flat bottom jet sled hull and Towee’s own design features. The Sherpa has both an aft flare that allows the sled to get up quicker but also a properly sized tunnel that feeds the jet with clean water with fewer power robbing air bubbles than other designs. A one piece, heavy duty rub rail trims out the entire gunnel completing the ultimate river war wagon. And best of all, it still floats in less than 5 inches of water – loaded.
The Shepa’s hull combines the Towee’s tough, super light proprietary lamination with their new T2 River Armor Coating, not just on the bottom but on the entire hull, to create the most durable and maintenance free hull in the industry. The hull rides on a newly designed custom trailer that features all of the innovations of the Towee Pro trailer in a larger size.
As the Sherpa was nearing the prototype build stage, Kurt Nelson and Mike Allen of Midwest Waters Angling Co. were searching for a new, full sized jet sled. After diligently reviewing everything on the market including fiberglass, plastic and aluminum hulls, Nelson contacted Towee and suggested a partnership to take delivery of Hull #1 and partner with Towee in prototype testing. Towee owner Todd Gregory says “Im really pleased to have Kurt and Mike working with us on the prototype hull. Both have previously owned Calusa’s and certainly know there way around the river. The hull design, material and power plant are there but there are dozens of details, like the anchor system, that we will be trying some mew things out. There will be a lot of collaboration as the guys from Midwest shake her down over the coming weeks and we will make a lot of improvements based on their feedback along with the feedback of our existing Towee Pro’s that have had the oppurtunity to review the Sherpa in our shop. ”
Towee will be releasing full details and photos in the coming weeks. Questions should be directed to Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org. Shop and delivery photos are included below.