Towee Boats and Midwest Waters Roll Out New Sherpa Jet Sled

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 todd@toweeboats.com.  Shop and delivery photos are included below.

 

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Towee Releases “T2 River Armor” Coating For Your Drift Boat or Jet Sled bottom.

May 31, 2017

For immediate Release

Towee Boats and Towee Marine and Industrial LLC have released their new “T2 River Armor” coating for your drift boat or jet sled. Developed in conjunction with a major coatings company, T2 River Armor is the first coating developed specifically for adding significant protection for river craft that operate in rocky, harsh service environments.

Towee owner Todd Gregory explains that, like most great ideas,  T2 River Armor was born from a great need.  “Owners of drift boats and jet sleds, whether they are fiberglass or aluminum, have always faced the same issues.” “First, the hulls themselves can only take so much abuse due to the nature of both the materials themselves and the construction techniques – this had been the state of the art so to speak for a long, long time”. “After a few years of service, the owners are usually forced to bring the boats in for a bottom service or to have tears welded on an aluminum hull” . “The problem here is that not only is this expensive and inconvenient, It only brings the boat back to “original condition” at best and will need attention again in a few seasons. At Towee, we chose to address this issue by developing our proprietary hull material lamination schedule that produces a far tougher and lighter hull” .  “However, we routinely receive requests to repair great boats built by other builders that just weren’t quite so resilient. The second part of the problem, according to Gregory, is that there just weren’t any good options available. Builders and owners have tried most everything conceivable from heavy HDMW sheets to epoxy mixed with various fillers to bedliner sprays, air boat bottom coatings and the like. Each have their own issues and none have adequately addressed the needs of the hard core river angler.

Over the past year, Towee has worked directly with one of the worlds largest industrial coatings manufacturer’s Research and Development departments to develop the first coating designed specifically to greatly improve the protection and performance of boat bottoms in harsh service applications. “From the beginning, we didn’t want an off the shelf solution, we wanted something specifically formulated for what our clients do” said Gregory. “We had to have it meet all four of the basic criteria: Extreme impact resistance, abrasion resistance, light weight and low drag coefficient (slickness)”.  The team at our partner supplier really knocked it out of the park on all four criteria and provided us with a proprietary product that will change what is possible with river craft .”  “We have actually had a sheet of simple 1/8′ fiberglass in the shop all winter that was treated with an early variant of T2 and I’ve been just wailing on it with a 2 lb hammer for visiting Pro Staffers and collaborators.” ” It has had to taken at least 500 hammer strikes and I finally got a small crack with an 18 inch pipe wrench the other day – the crack was in the fiberglass, not the coating.”

After a winter’s worth of R and D and Spring testing, Towee is ready to add performance and reliability to your drift boat or jet sled and add years to its life. For traditional fiberglass drift boats and sleds, Towee will repair existing damage, build up the chines with additional layers of material and coat the bottom and chines of the boat to provide the owners with  super tough hull protection system for little more than a traditional “rebottom” service from one of the major boat builders.   In addition to improved service life, the slickness of the coating combined with the reduced surface area achieved by the glass smooth crinkle finish result in a hull that not only takes the abuse of a rocky river but slides over rocks and logs with ease without reducing motoring performance.

Available only from Towee, T2 River armor is applied in a two coats, a base coat and a top coat then baked at a specific temperature to ensure a proper cure. Gregory can be reached directly with questions and inquires at todd@toweeboats.com.

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A close up of the T2 River Armor Surface 

 

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An Early Prototype Application of T2 River Armor Applied To One of The Test Boats 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Towee Announces 2017 Road Show

In a move to get “skiffs to the people” Towee Boats has made the decision to get out of the convention center and on the water for 2017. While traditional fly fishing shows are a good way for anglers to see our skiffs, it’s a very limited environment – you can’t test out a skiff on the convention center floor.  So for 2017, Towee Boats will hit the road for an extensive road show tour that will include opportunities for anglers to both see and try a Towee on the water.  And since it’s Towee, you can be sure that there will be music, food, cold beer and tying demos from our Pro Staffers.

The initial schedule is below. Tour dates will be added as they are confirmed. Keep in mind that this is only our initial schedule – we’ll be adding stops throughout the year.

TOWEE 2017 ROAD SHOW 

Charleston, SC

Ypsilanti , MI (Schultz Outfitters Demo Days)

Austin, TX

Melbourne, FL

Rock Island, TN  (Hardly, Strictly Musky)

Minneapolis, MN

Western States Swing (TBA)

Chicago, IL

Lebanon, MO

Key West, FL 

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WEBSITE OVERHAUL IS UNDERWAY – PARDON OUR CONSTRUCTION

With so many product advances coming to market over the past 3 years, it’s obvious that our website just hasn’t kept up with our social media sites.  We’re pleased to announce that the long overdue website overhaul is underway.

In the meantime, please excuse our mess – there will be outages and links that do not work as we update.  As always, the most up to date pics and information are posted on Facebook = Towee Guide Tested Skiffs and Instagram = Towee_Boats.  If you don’t see the info you need, please shoot us an email info@toweeboats.com or call us at 931-224-8181. We look forward to unveiling our revamped website in the coming weeks.

Towee Releases the Rivermaster Seminole – Value, Quality and Capability for $4999 Skiff and Trailer.

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Towee Boats is pleased to announce the release of the newest member of their Rivermaster series – The Seminole.  In 2010, Towee introduced the Rivermaster Calusa, the technical skiff that invented the term “Crossover Skiff”. Equally outstanding at poling the flats and marshes as it is power drifting rocky rivers with a prop or jet – the Calusa set a new standard for performance, quality, stability, durability and utility while winning a place in the stables of guides and anglers from Alaska to Key West and Canada to Cost Rica.

The Seminole joins the Rivermaster family as the answer to literally hundreds of calls that we have received from anglers who have asked for a value priced skiff without having to sacrifice quality. The Seminole borrows the same hull design as the Calusa yet is laminated with more traditional materials than those used in the Calusa. An open , clean interior features a huge rear casting deck with a large storage tunnel underneath. A simple hull bottom floor gives way to a massive forward casting deck with an even larger storage tunnel underneath for stowing bulky gear. These storage tunnels eliminate the cost of hatches while providing a place to keep you gear out of the way.

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Precisely targeting the available options list keeps the Seminole priced affordably and allows them to be delivered quickly. Available options include:

  • Adding a Large Calusa Style Bow Cap for Bow Mount Trolling Motor
  • Anchor Systems
  • Navigation Lights
  • Galvanized Trailer
  • Poling Platform
  • Oarlocks

We certainly didn’t want to build a great skiff like the Seminole and then package it with a cheap “boat dealer” grade trailer that would let you down when you needed it most. We went back to work with our trailer supplier and developed a trailer that offers a heavy frame, full sized tires and walk on steel fenders. The Seminole trailer is perfect not only for everyday use but won’t let you down when the open road calls.

The Seminole delivers serious value in a package that will meet the needs of 75% of all anglers and offers the legendary performance and stability of the Rivermaster hull at an even more affordable price of $4999 for skiff and trailer. Email us at info@toweeboats.com or call 931-224-8181 to discuss your new Seminole.

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