Phantom 16 by

A flats fisherman dream. It is used by professional fishing guides in Florida!

Length overall16'4.85 m
Beam7' 5"2.25 m
Draft6"0.15 m
Weight750 lbs340 kg
Engine power70
Hull construction Stich-n-glue
See also Phantom 15Phantom 18Phantom 22



The boat was tested with a 70 and a 90 HP, some builders installed engines up to 115 HP but we do not recommend more than 70. With a 70 HP, she will go faster than a fiberglass boat of the same size fitted with a 125!

This boats transom is designed for a standard 15" shaft. The transom can easily be modified to accept other shaft lengths.

The plans show a standard deck layout with, starting from the bow, a large anchor locker, ample storage space under the foredeck with access from the cockpit side, a large self-bailing cockpit with ample storage for fishing rods under the sides, a center console with more storage under the seat, an aft deck with, in the center, a large circulating baitwell, a fish box and a tackle locker. A seat cushion with snaps is usually fitted on that part of the boat. Battery, pumps, filters and drain valves are located under the outboard well, accessible through a large hatch. Other layouts are possible, it is very easy to customize this boat. The fuel tank can be located under the foredeck, just behind the chain locker or under the center console. The plans show rigging pipes running from the console to the outboard well, under the cockpit floor.

The Phantom differs from conventional flats boats in many ways:

  • Lighter yet stronger thanks to the composite materials which translates in a faster boat with better fuel economy: a 70 HP pushes her at 50 mph. Most fiberglass boats require at least 120 HP for that level of performance
  • Lighter means easier to pole over the flats
  • No noisy strakes or chine step: a quieter boat for a silent approach. Simple and clean design, uncluttered deck yet highly customizable to fit the fisherman's personal requirements.
  • Classy looks: she well never go out of fashion. A boat that you will be proud to own and show.

Phantom 16

See also

Design Length Beam Sail area Engine power Compare
Phantom 15 Phantom 15 by
The ultimate shallow water tool!
14' 6"
4.42 m
6' 4"
1.93 m
- 25 to 40
Phantom 18 Phantom 18 by
[PH18] A flats fisherman dream. Light weight, easy to pole, very shallow draft
5.5 m
7' 5"
2.25 m
- 70 - 90
Phantom 22 Phantom 22 by
[PH22] A bay boat based on Phantoms 16 and 18
21' 10"
6.66 m
8' 6"
2.59 m
- 90 - 125

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