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BusinessIamA Inventor/Owner if the Ultraskiff 360 Watercraft AMA!

Jan 9th 2017 by Jeff_Ultraskiff • 16 Questions • 316 Points

Signing Off for the night 1/9 will be back tomorrow to answer remaining questions! My short bio: Back in 2014 Reddit helped my first Video go Viral and I am back to give an update and answer any questions! Much love to all of the Reddit Community!

My Proof: http://www.ultraskiff.com/newsevents1.html

Q:

Can I fit the New York Giants receiving corps on one?

A:

If all 4 of them just sat down indian style on the deck Yes they could all float around and fish. Cruz, Shep ODB and whoever the 4th guy is I dont know. Im an Eagles Fan, congrats on showing us how to win with a new head coach. Much Respect.


Q:

Go Eagles!!!

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HAHA! Yes lets hope Wentzlemania picks up where it left off mid season this Fall.


Q:

How does an Eagles fan end up in Dunedin? My parents live there and I love visiting that town. I recall a good cheesesteak place run by some Philadelphia folks who moved there (I think).

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My Grand Parents used to vacation here every year and growing in South Jersey up I always wanted to live here. This was my chance to have a good excuse to do it. Yes your right there is a place called "Delcos" right around the corner from it. ANd when you walk in you would think you were at a steak joint in Philly. The atmosphere and food is top notch authentic. And you would be amazed at how many Tri State People live down here. When I'm in the place they all filter in talking loud wearing Eagles Jerseys and you just know they are not Floridians. Cool place.


Q:

Is it even possible to capsize? If so, how easy is it to right?

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Yes it is possible, but you have to go out of your way and grab onto the motor as leverage. Like a lever, the motor shaft connected to the transom has enough power if you were pulling on it from the water to flip the boat. So if you climb back in, dont touch the motor!


Q:

What is the maximum amount of weight you can hold on a line before the skiff flips? Or how many pounds of drag can you keep on a line without it getting dangerous?

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The skiff can float with about 2300 Lbs in it. Now the amount you can hold on a Line is alot different because of the physics of it. I would calculate that if you had a giant fish on that for sure tendons in your knees would give out and you would collapse and fall overboard before the boat ever flipped while fighting a fish. the 2300 Lbs of buoyancy would be enhanced by the personas center of gravity sitting in the chair as well as the counter pressure on the inner hull from their feet. So you or your rod is going overboard but the skiff is staying right where it is. How much drag? I personally fought a few Goliath groupers and 400 Lb sharks last summer and I would say 40 Lbs of drag is the max before that fish rip the rod out from you.


Q:

How many of these have you sold since you started selling them?

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We have sold just over 600 of them so far. Hoping to hit the 1000 mark this year.


Q:

I don't fish or own a Kayak, but your YouTube video was very good and enjoyable, It looks very neat and unique. Are the storage compartments waterproof ?

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The storage compartments are not waterproof, water can still leak in on the edges of the doors. It futile because the doors have these Hols called "wire Holes" that allow people to run motor cables and wires into and through the compartment. You don't know how valuable these holes are until you have an Ultraskiff. Would making them close tighter with more pressure help keep some of the water out? Yes but it would raise the price of the boat significantly. The other factor is tht in a rain storm it is still a small amount of water, maybe 1/4" to 1/2" that would eventually accumulate in the bottom. Which is why we have a cover called a "skiff poncho" that fits over the boat and keep everything dry, cup holders, rod holders, compartments, everything dry in a rain storm and you can still fish in the boat or leave it docked with the chair on it. Overall a better more cost effective way to waterproofing the boat.


Q:

I can just imagine having ONE compartment that's rubber sealed to store a phone or GPS unit in. But Thank you for explaining it.

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Of course, I thought of that alot, but in essence its just a dry box your explaining, so why not just bring a small plastic 5$ dry box to put into the compartment that you can then take out and put anywhere you want. You look at that VS the cost of added more assembly time, cost and Skus and it makes sense. Your welcome!


Q:

Do you have a customized trailer to haul this thing? Or can it fit in a standard half ton 6 foot truck bed? I only have a 1/4 ton truck (Ford Ranger), so I imagine I'd have to tow it.

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No way they fit Easily into any truck bed, even ultra short crossover beds you can stand them up vertically and strap through the center hole. But in a 6 foot bed you can slide it in flat and close the door and your off. That's what I do. My skiff stays in my Ford F150 bed 24/7 most of the time. Not even strapped down. it goes everywhere with me. Thanks!


Q:

So just kinda lean it to one side and strap it down?

How much does this thing weigh dry and empty? Do you detach the motor first?

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Yes in a truck it leans on one side and the other side is on the bed. Its easier then it sounds. Look at how I do it in the video. I call that the lift and roll method. If your going on a highway you should put one strap through the center hole. I have been on the freeway before and have seen the wind channels grab and lift it up before. If your just going around town I don't strap it down at all usually.


Q:

Hello, Congrats I was not around when you were initially getting reddits help to get this off the ground but along with the rest take partial credit in any present and future success you might have all the same, thinking about it is actually making me feel good. I wondering what is it made from and what the life expectancy of the product is, could it be left permanently in the water? Again your welcome and all the best.

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HAHA THanks! Yes I do credit Reddittors with giving this idea the spark it needed to lift off 2 years ago. I am in your debt. Speacial Reddit discount to everyone, just mention when you call. Good questions: A LOT of people don't understand how durable and well made the product is. It is rotation-ally molded, just like all the $400-$1000 Coolers you see. So its all one molded piece of plastic, no glue, rivets or seams anywhere. These boats are tough as hell. I'm still using the same 3 samples I molded 3 years ago, they are in fantastic shape and I am purposefully rough and hard on them. ALot of people are surprised this could cost $1,500. But this shape is much more difficult to rotation ally mold then a cooler! You put in 33 mold in inserts, detachable pedestal mount, doors and cleats in the mix and its surprising they are not $2500. I would say the life expectancy depends on use and storage methods. The book is really open here because we have not had a single warranty claim yet on the books and I have yet to break one myself. So time will tell. Thank you again and best to you as well!


Q:

How far are you away from international sales?

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We are about 6 months into international sales. So far we have a distributor in Australia, Kuwait and Russia. The EU, SA and the UK are next for us and we are still looking for the right company to work with. Thanks!


Q:

Have you ever thought about going on Shark Tank? The publicity alone would probably get you slammed with orders.

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Yes I auditioned last February in Miami. It went great. Nailed it! I got a phone call like 2 weeks after saying I was going to the next round. I had to go through a lot of work making a special Shark Tank Video for them and filling out paperwork. Then they said: You have to wait 4 months for the final answer from producers. I waited and never got a call back. Bad move on their part in my opinion, I think me rolling the boats through those doors and the reaction from the sharks would of made it a top rated episode. That's not the end of the story though, Im still trying and you may see me on it when all is said and done.


Q:

Good luck, I mean it makes sense to have fishing stuff on the show because... ya know... the name of the show.

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My thoughts exactly. I mean we know they are not fishermen and all but... Isn't part of the show entertainment even if they dont like the product? The only answer is that it was me, my personality, I wasn't what they wanted on the show. I came off a little rough around the edges and raw I think because I taped the video from the boat while fishing just to be different. That's the only thing I can think of. Thanks, don't worry I've got something in the works...


Q:

How long did it take you to come up with the idea?

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Well ideas take about a second to pop into your head. Then they have to be refined from a blurry image into a clear representation of the product. I would say from blurry concept to Clay scale model that I made afterwards, about 3 weeks. A lot of pencil sketching and math in between. Thanks for the great question!


Q:

Have you considered going on a show like Shark Tank to help promote it? Are you doing this full time? How much weight can each boat handle?

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Yes I auditioned for Shark Tank last year and made it to the final round but did not get on the show. I am going to try again. In a previous question I explain what happened in detail. Yes I have been doing this Full Time since I started selling in July of 2015 and had another full time employee since then. Each boat can handle about 2300 Lbs of weight, but I have the capacity set at a reasonable and practical 460 Lbs. Thanks a lot, I'm heading off to eat dinner and will be back tomorrow to answer anymore questions. Thanks a lot for commenting I really appreciate it!