A technical poling skiff in the truest sense of the term, the Copperhead exhibits impeccable poling manners, tracking, spinning, and stopping effortlessly. 

Hull Design

Unlike many dedicated poling skiffs, the Copperhead features wide walkaround gunnels and a generous beam for best-in-class stability. An expansive forward deck with molded toe-rail, a roomy cockpit, and plenty of dry storage make for a surprising level of comfort, while state-of-the-art construction means a true 6" draft with two anglers and gear.

Designed for 30 to 60 hp outboards, the 360 lb. hull incorporates sharp edges on the bottom chines and stern edges (along with other a few other "secret ingredients") to plane fast, turn tight, and maximize efficiency. A drop-nose sharp-V entry smooths the ride in chop, while low freeboard reduces poling windage.

Rigged with tiller-steered 40 hp, the Copperhead's top speed is about 32 mph. With remote steering and a 60 hp, it will touch 40 mph.

Three Editions

Like all Ankona's the Copperhead is custom-built to your specs, but it is offered in three basic layouts.

The Tournament Edition features one forward compartment and two aft compartments, all with molded structural liners, fully finished molded hatches, and flat-gasketed channels to keep them quiet and dry. The 20-gallon port-side stern compartment is ready for livewell plumbing and features an overboard drain for use as a cooler.

On the Back Country Edition, bow storage is accessed via a hatch in the forward bulkhead, and a single, large dry locker with gas-assisted hatch replaces the twin aft lockers of the Tournament Edition.

The Lodge Edition is the work-truck version of the Copperhead — a utilitarian skiff with the same full deck as the Back Country. In place of a molded liner, it features carpeted interior sides, and an open forward bulkhead.

Specs and Pricing

Length: 16'4"

Beam: 70"

Hull weight: 360 lbs.

Max hp: 40 tiller / 60 remote

Capacity: 4 persons / 585 lbs.

Console options: Tiller, center, offset, side

Hull-only price: Lodge $7,300, Back Country $8,095, Tournament $8,950

Sample water-ready price: $18,950 (Tournament Edition with center console, poling platform, aluminum fuel cell, 50 hp E-TEC, custom aluminum trailer)

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