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Texas Sled 18

The Texas Sled 18 is a flats boat with an inverted vee hull. The inverted vee hull or Sea Sleds is a well proven concept: air trapped in the tunnel lifts the hull and creates a cushion that soften the ride. Inverted vee hulls were difficult to build at the time Hickman invented the shape (1914), Their structure is subject to more stress than a regular vee hull but thanks to today’s material, the problem is solved.

The large water plane gives a very shallow static draft: 5″ at 1,800 lbs. The TX18 is a very stable fishing platform thanks to the hull shape.

The TX18 has a low freeboard: it is easy to get in and out of the boat while fishing.

Based on builder’s requests, we show a shallow cockpit and center console.
We show a standard layout that can be customized. The decks can be extended, the gunwales can be wider and the sole can be raised.

Design Specs

Designer: 
Jacques Mertens
Year of Design: 
2006
LOA: 
18'
Beam: 
8' 1" (2.47 m)
Draft: 
5" (12 cm)
Displacement: 
850 lbs (224 kg)
Materials: 
Wood
Fiberglass
Other
Propulsion: 
outboard
Skill Level to Build: 
some experience
Cost: 
$85
Contact Information: 

1360 SW Old Dixie hwy #103
Vero beach FL 32962