Fishing hard. Playing harder. Cruising the skinniest of water, or heading out miles away from shore into the blue water. Doing the heavy lifting and transporting the goods for a job. Spending quality time with family and friends on a secluded beach. Watersports? Yep, you do that too. Scuba diving over a wreck in the bay. Snorkeling over a reef on the lookout for a lobster dinner.
All of the above describes the Skiff Life. Carolina Skiff owners have been doing it now for 30 years and counting. After three decades of building loyal customers, those owners define what fishing, playing and working mean in a skiff-designed boat.
Carolina Skiff continues responding to the needs of its loyal owners by designing and evolving with what it takes to live The Skiff Life. Need proof? Here you go.
For novices and skilled boaters, the J-Series is the perfect skiff for entry-level boaters or anyone looking for an affordable boat. The J-Series is the perfect skiff for just knocking around the marina or in the skinniest of sloughs, backwaters or mangroves. With 100 percent composite construction the J-Series doesn’t have an expiration date when it comes to rugged durability and a long lasting finish.
A pillar of the brand is the DLX Series, tracing its roots back to the first model built in 1983. Since then the DLX has built a loyal following as one of the most durable, versatile and stable boats on the water. Plain and simple, you just can’t beat it as a runabout, commercial workboat or for just about any activity on the water.
Could the DLX get even more versatile? Yep, and the proof is in the DLX Tunnel Series. The DLX is known for shallow draft, and that gets even more of a lift with the Tunnel Series.
What gives tunnel hulls an advantage is the higher outboard motor mount. Water is dispersed from the hull into a tunnel. Undisturbed water is then funneled to the prop for better bite and less cavitation. Throttle the outboard and the boat quickly gets on plan and stays there without porpoising. What else happens with a tunnel is better performance and even fuel economy. Less hull in the water means less drag, which also means less fuel consumed.
High payload capacity, extra wide body, tough and reliable. Reads like the advertising tag line for a pickup truck, right?
The reality is those words also describe the DLX Extra Wide Series. The DLX-EW draws very little water while remaining stable. You can carry more weight further and faster using less horsepower. Those unique qualities come from a patented hull design with bow splash guards to keep you dry from spray over the bow. And positive tracking keels on the running surface keep the boat tracking true while maneuvering without the typical flat-bottom slide when making turns. Go extra wide with three models with 103” beams with lengths overall from 23’ 2” to 27’ 1.”
A top choice for fishing in shallow water is the JVX Series. A lightweight hull and modified V-hull design combine for a boat that will carry more, go further and faster with less horsepower. You get excellent maneuverability and handling with the positive tracking keels. Patented splash-guards provide the smooth, dry ride. Choose from nine models in center console, side console or stick steering.
Fishermen have plenty of options from which to choose. Nine different models are in the JVX Series lineup, and you can customize the rig to fit angling needs.
What’s in a name? When the boat is the Ultra Elite Series. The proof is in the name. Ultra means extreme. Superior defines elite. The Ultra Series delivers with three boats in one. Equally at home inshore lake or river, in the bays along the coastline, fishing the tidal creeks and offshore exploring. Whatever the adventure the Ultra Series can do it all. Choose between four models from 19’ to 24.’
Are you ready to live the Skiff Life? Get started using the the Build A Boat feature. On the website, you can find a dealer, request a catalog and more. Check out the loyal following of Carolina Skiff Life fans and owners on Facebook.
Carolina Skiff is known for making the pickup trucks of the skiff world. They can go anywhere, do anything and provide years of dependable, reliable boats at an affordable price.
What can be made better? Upgrades and improvements matter at Carolina Skiff. The Sea Skiff Series from Sea Chaser is a result of that mission for 30 years and growing.
Durability, versatility, affordability, combined with a 100% composite construction and quality materials all come together in the Sea Chaser 21 Sea Skiff.
Abundant storage is immediately noticeable in the 21 Sea Skiff. Stow, all that gear and there is a cockpit area free of clutter and open for fishing and fun.
Up front are two spacious bow hatches and anchor box with LED light. Entry is made safe and easy with LED-lit molded steps on the front deck. A 12/24-volt trolling motor plug is pre-wired for easy, clean rigging.
The cockpit features a newly designed console with plenty of space to flush-mount today’s wide-screen electronic units. A removable windshield creates more options for mounting electronics. Flush mount rod holders for six outfits keep them at the ready, and a console live well, and removable 70-quart cooler makes it convenient for storing drinks and fish.
In the back an 18-gallon baitwell with LED lighting for quick access to live bait. Rear jump seats with storage compartments and battery storage feature LED lighting for safety and convenience. For water sports fun the swim platform with stainless steel ladder makes boarding safe and easy.
Hulls are constructed with 100 percent composite materials, and a high-density fiberglass transom core. Patented Box Beam Construction forms each fiberglass stringer as with fiberglass, pre-cast foam logs laminated into the hull one by one. The process allows for an unsinkable wood free hull.
See the full line of Carolina Skiff and Sea Chaser boats at carolinaskiff.com. With 60 different options and models, you can use the Build A Boat feature. On the website, you can find a dealer, request a catalog and more. Check out the loyal following of Carolina Skiff fans and owners on Facebook.
Snorkeling, cruising, beach combing, wildlife viewing, and fishing. The Sea Chaser 26 LX by Carolina Skiff is rigged and ready to do it all. When summer fun combines all of the above activities, this boat will easily make your short list of choices for an all-purpose center console boat.
Red drum, or redfish, is one of the most sought-after saltwater species for summertime angling. Narrow your choices to these five patterns and get the most from your summertime angling for this hard-fighting fish.
Save these rocky structures until late summer. That’s when trophy reds begin congregating around jetties. Focus on the deepest water around the jetties and find those fish magnets using your electronics.
The redfish will school in deep holes and ambush baitfish swept across the neighboring shallow water. For artificial lures use lipless crankbaits and jerk baits fished with an erratic action to draw the attention of the redfish.
In South Louisiana these grassy estuaries are ideal for sight fishing. Look for tailing redfish moving along the marsh lines. That is a sign of redfish feeding on small crabs and shrimp. Oyster and grass flats near a marsh line are top targets.
Marches nearest open water, river channels and cuts are best bets in the summertime. Key on areas where bottoms change and have irregular features, like oyster beds, sand flats or mud.
Rig up with jigs and live shrimp or crab for active fish. On calm days add a popping cork to live bait rigs or use a popper type topwater plug to create attention.
Keep a big, splashy topwater rigged and ready whenever your boat is beached for an outing with friends and family. Big redfish will herd baitfish, such as mullet, and push them toward the beach. The presence of diving birds is always a good sign of redfish action.
The Sea Chaser 26 LX by Carolina Skiff and its shallow draft are ideal for accessing redfish territory. Length overall is 25’ 11 with a beam of 103.” Weight is 3,432 pounds with a transom size of 25 inches. The boat is rated for a maximum 350 horsepower. This boat is ideal for bays, rivers, lakes and even venturing offshore.
The 26 LX is loaded with a long list of standard features. Some of those are twin forward locking rod storage boxes, locking fiberglass hatches, gunwale rod storage with combing boards, storage locker with 5-gallon cast net bucket and lots of LED lighting.
Spacious raised decks offer plenty of space for fishing at bow and stern. Up front is a pair of tackle trays to keep essentials organized, and twin latches at port and starboards open to storage compartments. There’s a 25-gallon Livewell that keeps bait within easy reach.
At the helm is a leaning post with bench-style seat, complete with backrest, fold-down footrest, four-rod rocket launcher and a sizeable cooler and storage netting. Add an optional T-top for shade and to mount electronics and add more rods.
The Sea Chaser 26 LX by Carolina Skiff has been designed with a stepped hull to ensure unrivaled tracking, turning, fuel efficiency and acceleration. Constructed of 100% composite materials, you get peace of mind knowing this boat carries the legacy of the best-built boat available in the class.
If big water is in your future and so is family cruising and serious fishing, then the all-new Sea Chaser 27 HFC by Carolina Skiff is your boat.
Whatever the activity the 27 HFC is already rigged out with the features everyone needs to enjoy a long day on the water. Head out early for a long offshore run to catch pelagic species and then cruise a secluded island for an afternoon of beachcombing. You can do it all in the same trip with this features-loaded rig.
The 27 HFC delivers safety, comfort, style and performance like no other boat in the class. The 27 HFC has a 9.6-foot beam, a length overall of 27 feet, and a respectable gunwale height. You get that for safety, along with a fuel tank holding up to 181 gallons for long offshore runs and overnight trips to faraway destinations.
The 27 HFC is built on Carolina Skiff’s legendary and trustworthy 30 years of boat design. Built with 100 percent composite construction, the 27 HFC is built solid and dependable for years of rugged use in saltwater environments. A quick-lift, high-performance step-hull provides quick hole shots to get the boat on plane for a smooth, dry ride.
Hybrid Fish & Cruise (HFC) truly means what it stands for in a boat. The revolutionary design of the HFC 27 is built from the ground up with devoted fishermen and active families in mind.
Add options to customize an HFC 27 to fit your needs, although the boat already comes loaded standard features that provide comfort, convenience, safety and functionality to the boat. Best of all, the standard and optional accessories are factory installed by skilled craftsmen at the Carolina Skiff assembly facility in Waycross, Georgia.
Check out these standard features on the HFC 27:
Windlass anchor system
Wrap-around bow seating
400-quart insulated storage
Built-in bow cabinets with tackle center and storage drawers (2)
208-quart fish storage box built into the bow floor
Below gunwale retractable wash-down hose
Molded fiberglass leaning post
40-gallon bait well and two tackle centers integrated into leaning post
30-gallon rear baitwell
Rear sink with stainless steel facet
Rear starboard cabinet with tackle trays and knife holder
Top Five Florida Resorts Catering to Do it Yourself Boaters
By Ted Lund
Summertime is adventure time for families that want to boat and fish together, and there is no better way to do that than find a resort that caters to do it yourself boaters and anglers. And no place has options like Florida.
But before the family can set sail for adventure, you need to find the right boat. One of the best on the water is the Sea Chaser Hybrid Fish and Cruise (HFC) series from Carolina Skiff. One of the leading manufacturers of family-friendly boats for more than 30 years, Boating enthusiast know that a Carolina Skiff is the most durable, versatile, stable and economical boat on the planet. They’ve maintained their reputation for fit and finish for nearly three decades, delivering the most in value, quality and style.
The Sea Chaser HFC is available in three sizes; 20-, 22- and 24 feet in length. All three are multi-functional boats loaded with more standard features than any other manufacturer, including heavy duty, stainless steel fold down cleats, under gunwale LED lighting, stainless steel anchor chocks, windless ready anchor storage, an in floor,fully-insulated lockable fish box, built in lifting eye, LED- illuminated stainless steel cup holders, a tilt steering wheel, digital CommandLink controls and much more. And that doesn’t even begin to take into account custom options like t-tops, upholstery, trolling motors and more.
And just the more than 60 models produced by Carolina Skiff, each HFC features 100% composite, wood-free construction, so your Carolina Skiff will be around to provide years of family enjoyment.
But now that you’ve made the right choice, let’s take a look at five of the top DIY boating and fishing resorts in Florida.
Weston Resort and Marina, Key West Florida
No place compares to the Florida Keys, and Key West is the crown jewel. Having produced more world records than any other fishing town, Key West is home to the Weston Resort and Marina, located right next to historical Mallory Square and features 37 slips for daily and overnight dockage. In addition to some of the best hotel suites on the island, other amenities include a pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center and several bars and restaurants. All the excitement and adventure Key West has to offer is yours the moment you step of your Carolina Skiff HFC. Enjoy a front row seat as Key West night life begins at the Westin pier, famous for its sunset celebration. Then hit Duval Street — just a few steps away — to enjoy the popular bars, galleries, museums, and boutiques. www.westinkeywestresort.com
Faro Blanco Resort and Marina, Marathon, Florida
Just a little further up the Keys, you’ll find the iconic Faro Blanco Resort and Marina with its world-famous lighthouse. Faro Blanco is a marina that is “off the charts,” featuring a newly rebuilt Gulfside facility with 74 state-of-the-art slips offering DIY boaters easy access to the Atlantic through the famous Seven Mile Bridge. Boaters will find everything they need to make this the trip of a lifetime, ranging from state-of-the-art docks, fuel service, pump out, 24-hour security, marine concierge services, wireless internet, marine store, pool & and fitness center and first-class room accommodations. It’s the perfect jumping off point for a family of DIY explorers. www.faroblancoresort.com
Gilbert’s, Key Largo, Florida
At the top of the Florida Keys, just a short run from Biscayne Bay, you’ll find a hidden gem in Gilbert’s at Key Largo. It’s authentic Key’s charm makes it the perfect place to kick back, relax and do as much — or as little — as you like. Gilbert’s features newly renovated waterfront rooms featuring Flat-screen TVs, Refrigerators, microwaves, free wi-fi and a free continental breakfast for registered guests. The marina features more than 30 slips for daily, weekly and monthly dockage. And don’t forget about boat drinks at the Tiki Bar! http://www.gilbertsresort.com/index.php
River Palm Cottages, Jensen Beach, Florida
Owned by world-record holder Rufus Wakeman, River Palm Cottages is the perfect place to settle down for several days of fun on the water — and fishing. This lush, tropical resort only features 7 in-water slips available for registered guests — but it’s the ultimate small boat DIY escape.
The pet-friendly grounds at River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp are planted with lush tropical palms and native plants. You’ll find hammocks hanging in the trees for your enjoyment and relaxation. There are exotic tropical plants such as the “Lobster Claw” Heliconia as well as the “white and orange bird of paradise.”
Just a short drive or bicycle peddle from River Palm, historic Jensen Beach offers all types of vacation fun. Ocean beaches, golf, tennis, shopping, windsurfing, jet skiing, kayaking, and boat rentals. For fishermen needing tackle, there are several bait and tackle shops just around the corner. Guided tours are available that include bird watching, ecotours, river cruises and of course river and ocean fishing. http://www.riverpalmcottages.com/index.htm
Sebastian Inlet State Park, Sebastian, Florida
Located on State Road A1A, 15 miles south of Melbourne Beach, Sebastian Inlet is one of the premier saltwater fishing spots on Florida’s east coast. This park is a favorite for anglers nationwide for catching snook, redfish, bluefish and Spanish mackerel in the inlet, between the jetties. Surfing is also a popular recreation, and several major competitions are held here every year. Two museums provide a history of the area. The McLarty Treasure Museum features the history of the 1715 Spanish treasure fleet; the Sebastian Fishing Museum tells the history of the area’s fishing industry. Three miles of beautiful beaches provide opportunities for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, shelling, and sunbathing. Canoeing and kayaking in the Indian River Lagoon are also favorite pastimes. Visitors can relax with a stroll down the mile-long Hammock Trail. Waterfront pavilions and picnic areas are great for family outings. A campground for RV’s and tent campers is available along with a boat ramp.
So regardless of which Sea Chaser HFC you choose, there’s plenty of adventure waiting for you on the water. It just takes that first step to start enjoying the Skiff Life.
For more than 30 years, Carolina Skiff has been a world leader in manufacturing fun, family-friendly, dependable boats. The company manufacturers more than 60 models of boats under the Carolina Skiff, Sea Chaser, and Fun Chaser Brands. To learn more about the HFC series of skiffs or to find a dealer near you, visit www.carolinaskiff.com.
Does the thought of casting top water lures into a school of feeding game fish excite you? It should, since anglers spend more time searching below the surface than above looking for fish to catch.
When it comes to fishing, there are no guarantees of catching. Yet there a species of game fish that is easier, more predictable and fun to catch in fall and winter.
That is when the average or even novice angler stand greater odds of catching striped bass. Many lakes in the Southeast have healthy populations of stripers and the cooler months keep the fish in shallower water than during summer.
The reason is the fall turnover. That happens when a lake circulates from top to bottom and water temperature is uniform throughout. Without layers of a thermocline, or defined comfort zone, stripers and other game fish roam throughout the water column.
During fall and winter the stripers chase and feed upon baitfish, and for anglers, that means two things.
“You’ve got to be proactive and stay on the move, just like the stripers,” notes Shane Watson, a third generation striper angler.
Watson should know. He operates Shane Watson Guide Service (phone: 770-235-9829, lakelanierstripers.com). His fleet of Carolina Skiff and Sea Chaser boats operates with six full-time guides averaging 300 days of fishing on Lake Lanier and elsewhere around Atlanta. Watson is also an inductee of the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.
“Stripers feed on or near the surface during fall and winter because they are comfortable and the bait is more plentiful in shallower water,” he explains.
On Lanier, blueback herring stay on the move and the stripers follow. That makes being at the right place, at the right time, the most important part of the game. The same scenario applies anywhere else that baitfish are primary prey for roaming stripers.
Bird activity is a striper angler’s best friend. As opportunistic feeders, gulls move inland during fall and winter months. Stripers and other game fish push baitfish to shallower water. They are easier for the birds to see, plus cold water causes shad die-offs.
Call it bird watching of a different kind. Watson recommends cruising the open water of a large impoundment, keeping an eye on the tell tale sign of spiraling flocks of birds diving into the surface of the lake.
Manage to get to the feeding frenzy soon enough and the fun begins. If stripers don’t spook and continue feeding the choice of what to do next is easy.
Cast topwaters like the Heddon Zara Spook, Cordell Red Fin, or a leadhead jig tipped with a soft plastic fluke. As a bonus, Watson free-lines live baits about 20 or 30 feet behind the boat while on the trolling motor.
Prime time for topwater action is early and late on sunny days. Overcast, raining conditions can keep the topwater bite gong all day.
Watson does not suggest staying around after the school disappears.
“Don’t commit to a long wait thinking they will come back up,” he advises. “The fish will say on the move with the bait.”
One option is down lining, or trolling umbrella rigs during a lull in surface feeding. Do that over main lake points and keep the lures within the 30-foot range of the surface.
“Create opportunities, don’t wait for them,” is the bottom line advice from Watson.
For decades, Watson has fished from Sea Chaser and Carolina Skiff, having owned up to 20 of the boats over the years.
“Carolina Skiff builds a quality boat with all the features an angler needs,” he says. “They are great people, have a fine dealer network and will help you find an affordable boat with the most value.”
Watson’s personal boat is the Sea Chaser 26 LX. At 25′ and 11″ in length, the boat has an extremely wide beam of 103″. That offers plenty of deck space for guide clients to move around the deck while trolling lines are out, or for casting to surface-feeding fish. His fleet also includes a full line of Carolina Skiff models, including the roomy 238 DLV, at 22’ 8” and the 218 DLV, at 22’ 10”.
See the full line of Carolina Skiff and Sea Chaser boats at carolinaskiff.com. With 60 different options and models, you can use the Build A Boat feature. On the website, you can find a dealer, request a catalog and more. Check out the loyal following of Carolina Skiff fans and owners on Facebook.
First-time boat owner wins Carolina Skiff from conservation tournament
by Craig Lamb
A Florida angler is the proud new owner of a Carolina Skiff 16 JVX SC powered by Yamaha after winning the skiff at the CCA Florida STAR Tournament. Randy Perez of New Port Richey won the 1st Place Prize Drawing in the Carolina Skiff Sheepshead Division.
Winning the boat was perfect timing for Perez.
“My wife and I were planning to buy a boat next spring,” he said Perez. “I haven’t yet taken it out but have sat in the boat every night after work.”
Perez, an avid kayaker until now, lives only five minutes from the water.
“It’s the perfect size boat for us since we fish inshore flats,” he added. “We are really excited because it’s more than what we expected from just looking over the boat in the garage.”
STAR, which stands for State-wide Tournament Anglers Rodeo, is a seasonal contest that originated in Louisiana and Texas. Florida was added last year. This year’s tournament ran from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Members of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) are eligible to participate.
Participants have the chance to win trucks, boats and fishing tackle valued at more than $500,000. The object is catching one of 80 tagged redfish or saltwater game fish in the inshore and offshore divisions. Winners use an official measuring device and submit catch information with digital photography for scoring purposes. Participants are eligible for the drawings.
The real winner is the conservation effort spearheaded by the CCA. Through a partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the state is rearing redfish for tagging and eventual release in state waters. Each fish caught will help further the science of fisheries management and conservation, with the hopes of ultimately improving future hatchery efforts.
Perez joins a fraternity of Carolina Skiff owners loyal to a brand with more than 30 years of making the best skiff on the market.
The JVX Series is part of that legacy. With lightweight hulls, the series is designed to easily access shallow estuaries, creeks, and marshes with ease. On a trailer, the skiff can be launched without hassle, in short, shallow back country boat ramps.
Quick hole shots to power the skiff
You don’t hear much about performance and handling in a skiff beyond the basics. That’s not so with the JVX. Patented splash guards keep passengers dry with positive tracking keels that enhance handling and maneuvering.
For peace of mind, all Carolina Skiffs have upright and positive floatation that exceeds requirements by the U.S. Coast Guard. That means a virtually unsinkable boat for peace of mind.
Actor/humanitarian-turned-writer/director Nate Parker first received critical attention for his starring role in The Great Debaters opposite Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker. Nate received an honorary Doctorate from Wiley College, the school featured in the fact-based story.
More recently, Nate starred in Beyond The Lights opposite Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Minnie Driver, and Danny Glover. He also appeared in the action thriller Non-Stop opposite Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore.
In 2012, he was a member of the ensemble cast of Red Tails which included Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding, Jr. The film chronicled the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps who went on to become some of the finest pilots in World War II.
Nate also starred opposite Alicia Keys in The Secret Life Of Bees, which featured an all-star cast of Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Dakota Fanning and Paul Bettany. Additionally, he has been seen in Pride alongside Terrence Howard and in Dirty opposite Cuba Gooding Jr.,
On the stage, Nate appeared opposite Dustin Hoffman, Annette Bening, Rosario Dawson and James Cromwell in American Voices at the Broad Street Theater. Here, he talks about making his writing and directorial debut with The Birth of a Nation, a reverential biopic in which he stars, too, as slave revolt leader Nat Turner (1800-1831).
Kam Williams: Hey, Nate, how you been? .
Nate Parker: Kam! Great to speak to you again, friend!
KW: Congratulations on The Birth of a Nation’s winning both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
NP: Thank you, brother. What a blessing! Right? Never in a million years would I even have dreamt of that. I just made a movie I hoped would touch people, but I can’t even describe what it felt like to receive those accolades.
KW: How long had this project been percolating before you went into production?
NP: Ooh, years. I’m in my 8th year of the project now. At the starting point, I’d done a couple of films, and I thought to myself it isn’t often, as black men, that we get an opportunity in Hollywood to play a leading role with a strong character. And when one does come up, there are so many people competing for it, plus the narrative isn’t usually controlled by us. So, I asked myself, if I could tell any story, which would it be? And Nat Turner being my hero from a social justice standpoint, he became the focus of my desires when it came to making a film. I just wanted to create a hero that added to the narrative of America who didn’t look like the usual patriots.
KW: William Styron won a Pulitzer Prize in 1967 for “The Confession of Nat Turner” Did you rely on that best-selling novel while writing your script?
NP: I never looked at it once. I had read enough of it when I was younger to have my stomach turn by an author who completely denigrated the life and motivations of one of our greatest heroes. But I don’t blame him, because it’s a work of fiction.
KW: Have you met Anikah McLaren, one of the executives at Fox Searchlight working on The Birth of a Nation?
NP: I know her very well. I love her! She’s a wonderful human being.
KW: I’ve known her family for years. Her younger brother and my son were good friends growing up and I’ve also been long-time friends with her mother and stepfather, Arnold Rampersad, who used to teach here at Princeton.
NP: You know some good people, man. That’s a good circle of friends. That says a lot about you.
KW: Thanks. In an earlier interview, you told me that you felt that you were blessed by God at the beginning of your career. Given how spiritual Nat Turner was and how he had a vision from God which inspired him, I wonder whether you see any similarities between him and yourself?
NP: I believe that Nat Turner, at his core, was striving to be more Christlike which dictated his thoughts and actions. I wouldn’t say I’m trying to be like Nat, but I’m definitely striving, as he was, to get closer to my faith and to be more Christlike in the context of my own imperfections as a human being. I believe that Nat Turner is a role model that all of us could identify with and aspire to emulate in a positive way, because he used all of his influence to address a systemic crisis. And he did so with his faith and he did so sacrificing on behalf of people he’d never meet, like you and me.
KW: Even though I asked you in our first interview many years ago about the 1999 rape accusation when you were a college student, I would be remiss in not raising it again, since it has resurfaced and ignited a firestorm of controversy recently. What do you have to say about the incident?
NP: I’ll say this. I’m 36 years-old, and my life has been a series of obstacles, a series of educating moments. As I said before, I’m trying to come as close to my faith as possible, and I see this journey as just that, a journey. I set out to make this film because I felt like it was written in my heart. And any obstacle that has come before or will come after I will have to deal with accordingly, with my faith. My hope is that people will see this film for what it is, and I also hope they will be able to see a bit of my heart and of what I’m striving to do with this film
KW: The last time we spoke was a couple of years ago when you were in Ferguson, Missouri in connection with the Mike Brown case. At that time, you spoke of “revolution” and described yourself as an “actor-vist” dedicated to eradicating the dehumanization and criminalization of black youth. I was concerned that, as an emerging star I had described as possibly the next Denzel, you might be tarnishing your image by being so visibly political.
NP: I originally sought to make this film really to create solutions to the systemic crisis we were dealing with then. But here we are, 8 years later, dealing with the same crisis. I heard someone say, if the next 50 years are like the last 50 years, then people of color might not exist except as assimilatedpeople and as inmates in the prison-industrial complex. I believe that the more we recognize that we’re in crisis, the more we will realize that there is a need for revolution. Because of our historical baggage, most people automatically assume that revolution means black people rising up against whites. But that’s not what I’m saying. If Dr. Martin Luther King was right in saying “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” then anyone who is on the side of the oppressed needs to stand up, regardless of what they look like or where they come from. And they should do so employing their skills and their strengths, taking advantage of their occupations. Nat Turner only had broom handles and axes, and didn’t even have the right to assemble. Today, we have journalism, technology and social media, yet we fall silent when it comes to dealing with injustice. When I speak of “revolution,” I talk about it within the context of humanity. Our country started with a rebellion. What would our identity be without that rebellion? Who would we be as Americans, if we didn’t even know that we fought against British rule? If history is an indicator, we know that subjugation will lead to revolution anyway. We just don’t know what that revolution will look like. Am I an advocate of violence? No. I’m an advocate of freedom and liberation and, whatever that means, I’m willing to stand for it.
KW: Why did you call your film The Birth of a Nation, the same title as the D.W. Griffith classic released almost exactly a century ago?
NP: That was very intentional. I had my title before I had my script. I deliberately want to tether the present to 1915 in order to create context as to why we are where we are. Griffith, in my opinion, may have been one of the most powerful people around in the sense that he inspired all of America to embrace white supremacy as a form of self-preservation. As a son of the Confederacy, he askedAmerica to turn its back on any thought of solidarity with people of color with the hope that whites would be able to maintain their privilege forever. And that idea of white supremacy wasn’t limited to the Ku Klux Klan and toothless hillbillies, but it made its way all the way to the White House, where President Woodrow Wilson had connections to the Klan through D.W. Griffith. So, I use that film designed to disenfranchise and terrorize us as a starting point with the hope that, by reclaiming and re-purposing it, we could right a massive wrong, since we’re still dealing with the fallout of the terror that it inspired.
KW: I really liked this film better than 12 Years a Slave. Can you put a finger on why that’s the case?
NP: I think it was a desperate love for one’s brothers and sisters. In this film, they’re not trying to escape to the North for a better life that they once enjoyed. Instead, they’re trying to reconcile the life they’re stuck in with what they see as God’s purpose for their lives as reflected in the scriptures. And Nat interpreted the Bible as saying that God was on the side of the oppressed, as He was with Israel..
KW: How hard was it directing for the first time?
NP: It was very difficult. It wasn’t my original intention to direct and produce the film. But no producers raised their hand saying “Here’s the money!” and no director stepped forward saying, “I want to tell this story.” People saw this movie as a threat. And I was even warned by many people in Hollywood that there would be grave consequences for making it. But you can’t let fear control your actions, when you feel the Lord calling you to do something. So, I decided to just go for it. And despite raising only a third of the money needed, we were somehow able to achieve the impossible.
KW: It’s interesting that the film is now being released at the height of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
NP: I think it’s a testament to God’s plan that it’s coming out now. Imagine, if it had been released 8 years ago, 5 years ago, or even 3 years ago, I doubt that it would have had the same impact that it’s having now in terms of creating an enlightened moment at a time of a desperate need for change.
KW: One thing that surprised me when the closing credits rolled was to see that Gabrielle Union and some other stars I hadn’t recognized were in the movie.
NP: I told all the women in the project that we were going to do this natural, with no makeup. That’s a scary thing, especially when so much of what we do is controlled by image. But people really bought into it, and we were able to achieve an authenticity that most projects are unable to match.
KW: What’s up next for Nate Parker?
NP: I have a couple projects I’m considering, but I’m being careful to make sure it’s something I’m passionate about.
KW: Was there a meaningful spiritual component to your childhood?
NP: Yes and no. Iwas exposed to Christianity early on, but I didn’t really understand the magnitude of God’s power and the role of prophecy in my life. It wasn’t until going through college that I began to appreciate this thing called faith and to explore whether there was something in it for me. So much of my life has changed since then, and my desperation for a connection to the Lord continues to deepen with every breath I take.
KW: Finally, what’s in your wallet?
NP: No money, just my insurance card and credit cards. I used to carry around some pictures of my kids, but I keep putting my wallet in the washing machine. [Laughs]
KW: Thanks again, Nate, and I hope to speak to you again during Oscar season.
Keeping an ear tuned to the latest National Weather Service marine forecast is a given for coastal boaters. Of course, a VHF transceiver or NOAA weather radio aboard your boat provides instant access to current conditions, short term and long-range forecasts.
Carolina Skiff owners fall into the category of avid coastal boaters. They choose Carolina Skiff as their boat of choice for the brand’s reputation for making a reliable, durable and functional line of boats for 30 years and counting.
The Sea Chaser HFC Series is a top choice for enjoying a day on the water under a variety of weather. The HFC appropriately Hybrid Fish Cruise. The HFC Series comes with enhanced features that add to the standard creature comforts you expect on larger center console boats.
By design you get a great mix of fishing and cruising features by design. The HFC series delivers both with features that make it suitable for families and hard-core anglers.
The HFC series models include the 20 HFC, 22 HFC and 24 HFC. Those come in lengths of 19’ 9”, 21’ 9” and 23’ 9”.
For cruising the family will enjoy the cushioned bench with backrest that runs almost the entire length of the transom. Removable 100-quart cooler. The HFC has a live well and a large hatch gives access to batteries, bilge and other operating systems.
LED-lit cup holders, eight in all, add to the creature comforts. Beneath the gunwale more LED lighting illuminates the space for style and safety. A stainless steel anchor chock, windless ready anchor floor storage and built-in lifting eye add to the functional features.
Add the insulated and lockable fish box, LED lighting in all storage compartments, a 25-gallon bait well with max air recirculating system that keeps bait fresh and lively all day long. Those standard features and more add to the fishability of the HFC Series.
Old salts and skilled skippers keep a watchful eye on what’s going on around them in the immediate area when at sea. They know the forecast is computer-model generated. Mother Nature can change the weather before the computers catch up.
Keeping an ear on the weather radio is a given. Keeping an eye on the skies is another. Do that by following these five proven weather watching tips.
1—Painting the big picture
Cirrus clouds are the high, thin shapes that are signs of fair or changing weather. Cirrus clouds are high enough in the atmosphere that their appearance provides a forecast of what’s ahead. Small, stationary clouds mean great boating and relatively calm conditions. When the high clouds grow in size and show movement then change is coming. Be watchful for storms!
Being at sea provides a wide view of cloudbanks and approaching storms. They might be majestic and pleasing to the eye but the edges of storms, or those hammerhead clouds towering the atmosphere can be bad news. Before you head back in keep an eye on direction of travel. Remember that storms can build and move slow or fast. Larger summertime storms tend to travel in circular motions.
3—Which way the wind blows
A sudden change in wind direction means change is imminent. The old fisherman’s saying “wind from the east, fishing least” can also signal an approaching front. Prevailing winds in the Northern Hemisphere go from west to east. That means a persistent wind blowing north or south likely is tied to a strong weather system. Storms bring clouds, so watching which way those are blowing can signal you to incoming weather.
On land your nose can tell your brain that rain is near. That is because the humid air is heavier and that triggers your sense of smell. Rain is usually very close so consider this tip a sign that it’s time to break out the raingear.
Coastal bird species taking flight over open water are fun to watch. The birds are equipped with keener senses that humans that are great weather indicators. Offshore if you see lots of gulls, sea ducks, cormorants or other shore birds the weather will be calm. In foul weather those birds know to stay ashore and seek shelter. So if the normally bird-friendly skies are vacant then think about joining the flocks back at the harbor.
Family fishermen, fun-time boaters, skiers, and tubers are going to love the Sea Chaser LX Series from Carolina Skiff, thanks to its revolutionary performance, style and more standard features at an incredibly affordable price.
The LX is the perfect platform for family, fishing and fun. It can be used as a general- purpose boat for bays, rivers, lakes and even venture offshore. Featuring 100% composite materials, a 103-inch beam and generous gunwale height, the LX series is a great all around boat.
And the LX series (available in 21-, 23- and 26-foot lengths) is loaded with standard features including twin forward locking rod storage boxes, locking fiberglass hatches, gunwale rod storage with combing boards, stainless steel folding cleats, storage locker with five gallon cast net bucket, console bait well, stainless steel low profile bow and stern handrail, hydraulic steering, rear jump seats, stainless steel blue LED-lighted cup holders, underwater LED lighting, patented rub rail LED navigation lights, a quick release windshield.
Other custom add-ons include an AM/FM Bluetooth radio with uSB, iPOD, AUX plugs, a flip up console with step down changing station and Porta Potty, stainless steel flush-mount rod holders for top gunwale mount, raw water wash down
6 Inch Hydraulic Jackplate (Atlas) system, electric trim tabs, front deck padded swivel seat with base and an electric, flushable head with 9-gallon holding tank. Boaters also have several T-Top options, including canvas or hard shell and with storage and electronic boxes and LED navigational and spreader lights.
Whether you’re fishing, cruising, snorkeling or just out having fun with the family, the LX Series gives you confidence and comfort. But don’t take our word for it, give it a try and “LET THE RIDE DECIDE!”
Also, Carolina Skiff boats are certified by the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association, adhering to the highest quality standards in the U.S. marine industry.
And like the entire Carolina Skiff family, the LX lineup is warranted to protect against delamination or separation for five years, providing that the integrity of the hull and floor has not been damaged by improper use.
Carolina Skiff is currently the number one boat brand in retail sales of outboard-powered fiberglass boats, 24-feet and under. Their popular brands include Carolina Skiff, Sea Chaser, Fun Chaser deck boats and Fun Chaser pontoon boats. To build your own or to locate a dealer near you, visit www.carolinaskiff.com.