Palm City resident Joe Paskoski Sr. has a lifelong history of South Florida boating experience ranging from building airboats for hunting to buying and overhauling a wide range of fishing boats. According to his son Joe Jr. (whose Egret was featured in this magazine about a year ago), his dad has always been a hands-on guy with the ability to fix, build, and rig anything that floats or runs. Subsequently, the pair have always enjoyed boating together on Joe Sr.’s latest completed project boat.
When he retired from the lumber business a few years ago (he owned Florida Cypress & Fence for more than 30 years), Paskoski decided it was time to treat himself to something special. His last boat would also be the very first boat he would purchase brand new from a custom builder—and it made perfect sense that he’d land on Ben Sheaffer’s doorstep. Sheaffer, owner of Sheaffer Marine of Tampa, is also a hands-on guy and, like Paskoski, he is a perfectionist from the school of thought that suggests “anything worth doing is worth overdoing.” The combination of Sheaffer’s design ability and work ethic, paired with what would prove to be the perfect hull style for Paskoski’s boating requirements, resulted in a purchase order for a custom Sheaffer S-240V.
The S-240V is available in a number of configurations, and for Paskoski’s style of fishing, a ¾-tower full molded hard top with second station controls was just the right fit.
Paskoski and his son share a passion for chasing tarpon and cobia on the beachfront, and the elevated platform with controls offers a visibility advantage over Joe Jr.’s Egret 2011 Bay model. After undergoing surgery to replace both knees and hips, Paskoski also enjoys the Sheaffer’s extra stability and space that allows him to stretch out a bit. An elevated forward casting deck adds visibility for sight casting along with dry storage and a large, insulated fish box below deck. A 70-gallon live well is incorporated into the lower helm seating.
For electronics, Paskoski opted for a pair of Simrad NSS evo3S units—a 12-inch display below and a smaller slave unit in the tower. To assist with navigation on the St. Lucie River before first light, a Sionyx Nightwave night vision camera was integrated into the Simrad display. For quietly stalking fish on the beach or fishing around bridges and docks, a Minn Kota Ulterra 36V trolling motor was bow mounted. And for power, she features a Yamaha F300 mounted on a Porta Bracket jack plate.
The clean layout and simplicity of this classic West Coast–style guide boat combined with her sweeping, elegant lines draws admiration everywhere she goes. And for Paskoski, when it came time to put the building of his dream boat in someone else’s hands, there could not have been a better result.
Length: 24 feet
Beam: 8 feet, 6 inches
Draft: 13 inches (hull)
Deadrise: 14 degrees (variable)
Weight: 3,200 (without power)
Fuel: 100 gallons
Max HP: 300