Typically, a microskiff (micro skiff) is a small size, flat-bottomed boat designed to carry two to three anglers on board in flat water fishing trips. Microskiffs are not associated with offshore fishing, or seaworthiness.
But the S4, despite being the most lightweight and portable of all microskiffs, is different in the sense that it’s also a seaworthy boat that stability wise offers performance comparable to those wide inflatable dinghies, while being considerably more comfortable.
One such S4 is the microskiff that Terry Wilkison fishes from in the Pacific ocean around the island of O’ahu, Hawaii. And by the way, before he got an S4, Terry used to fish from a wide inflatable dinghy.
Terry’s S4 is propelled by a 5 HP outboard motor equipped with an alternator that provides electric power to a lighting system and two small bilge pumps – If you go in big ocean waves, and in the dark, you have to be well prepared.
Terry also outfitted his S4 microskiff with a swivel seat, and a rod rack for four fishing poles.
Terry fishes solo from his microskiff, buy he could easily take a fishing buddy on board, if he wanted, since despite its light weight and small size, the S4 is not a solo skiff.
And this short movie shows what it’s like to drive Terry’s S4 in the ocean: