John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.

AUGUST 2012
 
   
Length overall  18' 10"
Beam  7' 9"
Draft 11"/27"
Weight 1,900 lb  
Deadrise 12 deg.
Fuel 58 gal
Max. Power 140 hp

May-Craft company founder Kenneth May has a long history of building Carolina-style fiberglass outboard workboats. His boats have moderate transom deadrise for shallow draft and running efficiency, with sharp bow entry for cleaving choppy seas. They have graceful sheerlines, generous “Carolina flare” in the bow and self-bailing cockpits. Meanwhile, they are nicely-finished “three-part” boats, with hull, inside liner and deck cap bonded together with sophisticated modern adhesives.

Two friends of mine, both dedicated Bay explorers, have owned a 1900CC with a Yamaha F115 four-stroke for several years and towed her all over the upper Chesapeake. In addition, she has made at least one roundtrip on her own bottom from Annapolis to Tangier, Va., and she has caught her share of fish. The boat is simple inside, with a flip-back cooler helm seat, a casting deck on the bow with storage underneath, plenty of storage in the console, plus battery storage and a livewell in the stern quarters. The F115 gives the boat easy cruising speeds of 20 to 30 mph, with a top of about 40, but it will also plane at slower speeds, in the teens, when necessary. For the roughest conditions, they are considering installing trim tabs to get the absolute most out of the hull, but for most purposes, the tabs are not necessary. Base price for a 1900CC with a Yamaha F115 and a trailer is $28,061. May-Craft Boats, Smithfield, N.C. 919-934-3000; www.may-craft.com.