Boat And Equipment

captain eric nelson hurricane charters panama city

East Cape VHP

I really like the balance this boat strikes for the type of fishing I do here on the Emerald Coast. It is big enough when the weather is nice to run down the beach looking for Tarpon or Redfish and can handle the bay when it gets a bit sporty.  The boat is small enough to quietly pole along and sight fish the shallows, but can also comfortably handle 3 adult anglers.  The 175 hp Mercury Pro XS is quiet and fuel efficient, and when the weather changes unexpectedly and it's time to hustle home, can top out at 50+ mph.


  • Length   19' 2"
  • Beam      6'  7"
  • Draft       7 - 9"
  • Fuel Capacity   28 Gallons
  • Capacity   4 Persons
  • Mercury Pro XS 175 HP
  • Automatic Bilge Pump
  • 30 Gallon Livewell
  • Helm Seat Backrest
  • Hydraulic Jack Plate
  • Trim Tabs
  • Over The Console Grab Rail


  • Power Pole
  • Power Pole Move Trolling Motor
  • Two Humminbird Helix 9 GPS / Sonar with Side Imaging
  • Elevated Casting Platform With Leaning Bar
  • Fishing Stool
  • Yeti Cooler
hells bay eldora

Hells Bay Eldora

The Hells Bay Eldora is an ultra lightweight technical "micro-skiff". The Eldora is a stripped down, open cockpit poling skiff and is designed to fish the skinniest of shallows and go into backwaters seldom fished. I love sightfishing with this boat as it poles effortlessly and moves across the flats like a ghost. The hull is made from carbon innegra and weighs only 350 pounds. Power is a 30hp 4 stroke Tohatsu tiller steer outboard.


  • Length              16' 4"
  • Weight             350 pounds
  • Draft                  4"
  • Capacity           3 Persons
  • Beam                 69"
  • Fuel Capacity   11 Gallons
  • Automatic Bilge Pump
  • Trim Tabs


  • Minn Kota 55 lb Thrust Co-Pilot Trolling Motor
  • Humminbird GPS/Sonar With Side Imaging
  • Elevated Casting Platform With Leaning Bar
  • Engel Cooler
  • Yeti Chair