Chouinard's and Chris Coile's boats are rigged with dual electric
mounted on the trim tabs, and they often pilot their skiffs from the
platforms. The quiet electrics give them excellent maneuverability when
working tide rips, points, bars, beaches and schools of fish.
trim tabs are essential parts of the equation. Earnhardt emphasizes
the Jones brothers balanced the prototypes carefully before the tabs
ever installed. "The tabs don't cover up any design flaws," he says.
they give the skipper ways to balance the boat, both fore and aft and
to side, according to load, sea conditions and passenger comfort. I
love to run a boat that can be tweaked with tabs and motor trim to a
of perfection. You can do so much to add to the enjoyment of a day on
water, but you have to learn to run your own boat, to get the best out
of it for the crew you have on a particular day." Dave Chouinard also
to play the tabs. When guiding, he often runs through nasty chop coming
out of New Jersey's Navesink River. "This river has a six foot tide,"
says. "When it starts to dump out against a strong northwest wind, it
be ugly. I throttle back to 13 to 15 knots and work the tabs to hit the
seas with the hull's sharp forefoot. That way, I can keep my clients
and dry in quartering seas."
test day, Chris Coile, our friend, Neil Solomon, and I ran speed and
trials, then worked pods of schoolie stripers with flies and jigged
with spinning gear. With southwest winds of 10 to 12 knots, the 1910 LT
rode the one-foot chop like a big Cadillac. The feeling was the same as
on a trip I took a couple of years ago in another Jones Brothers, that
time in three-foot seas. Donnie and Rob Jones got this hull right.
Brothers Marine rigs its boats with Yamaha outboards. While the 1910 LT
is rated for 200 horsepower, the 150 offers the best combination of
Coile's boat runs a year-old carbureted 150, which gives it a top speed
of 33.7 knots and a wide, cruising-speed range of 15 to 32 knots.
Ox 66 fuel-injected 150 will give the same power with lower fuel
and the new 150 HPDI (High Pressure Direct Injection) engine should be
spectacular on the 1910 LT.
Chouinard says simply, "For me, the 1910 LT is the best compromise of
capability and seaworthiness. I've been spoiled."
Earnhardt is a perfectionist. "This boat does a lot more things well
some other boats," he says. "I'm still looking, though." As he does, he
talks a lot with Donnie and Rob Jones.
coastal fly-and light-tackle anglers, the Jones Brothers 1910 LT is a
good boat now, and it will only get better.
Suggested Retail Price ........................$41,663