The Mantis

The Mantis is the largest skiff in our fleet.  This skiff utilizes the same proven hull design features of the Cromis, but the 78” beam provides greater stability and payload.  The Mantis tunnel is designed so that if an outboard jet is utilized, the outboard jet intake sits above the bottom of the hull. This allows the Mantis to take off and plane in extremely shallow water without damage or scarring of the bay bottom.  The Mantis’s light-weight construction and unique hull design result in a large skiff that still poles, tracks and spins like a much smaller skiff.  The Mantis’s generously-sized, full-length spray rails result in a very dry ride, particularly for a skiff with minimal deadrise.  The Mantis offers significant storage areas with multiple dry compartments under fore and aft hatches.  Multiple console options are available which incorporate either an under-seat live well or fully insulated cooler.  The interior cockpit space of the Mantis is much larger than most skiffs, which makes it ideal for decoy hauling for shallow-water enthusiasts looking for a dual purpose fly-fishing/duck-hunting skiff.  If you’re looking for unparalleled shallow water performance in a three-person payload the Mantis is the skiff for you.


Length: 19’8”  |  Beam: 78”  |  Draft with two anglers: 5″-6”  |  Hull Weight: 550lbs  |  Capacity Rating: 3 Persons
Offered in both tiller and multiple center console configurations.

Standard Features of a Black Duck Mantis

21 gallon aluminum fuel tank under forward hatch

 Tohatsu 40/60 HP Outboard Jet or 60 HP Prop

Fully cored, epoxy resin infused E-glass/S-Glass hybrid laminate

Monotone gelcoat finish and awlgrip nonskid

Heavy duty black vinyl rub rail

Full-length spray rails

Multiple dry and storage compartments

 Battery mounting tray with lightweight AGM battery

Heavy duty battery switch

Marine grade 3 switch panel

Aft facing rod tubes

Under seat live-well or insulated cooler

Stiffy push pole holders

Additional features are available and priced on request 

Starting in the Mid-$50,000s

includes all standard features, boat, motor, and Coastline aluminum trailer