Great boat but you will get wet on rough days but you can get wet on any boat when the wind is blowing.. You see what I have and it has been in some very rough water. You can land a helicopter on my deck, lots of room.
I will second what Steve said. If you like fishing the skinny water and also the big open water (CBBT on nice days) you can't go wrong. I have had my Skiff for 8 years now and love it! You have all the open room you want.
Hey Ole Gray One, all you have to do is wear a back brace and a month piece and you'll be fine. Now they are not all that bad if you know how to trim the motor and SLOW down. Just ask Uncle Phill he loves fishing out of the Debra Lynn.
If you really want to know how these CS are in bad weather just ask Jason B about our trip to the Outter Banks, when you have water coming over the deck like Niagra Falls you know your in some rough water
Those skiffs are barges, lots of room and very stable. Like Steve said, you'll get wet in most any CC with a little wind. They can pound you in a typical chop and can be uncomfortable on a long run (if you go too fast), so be prepared. May want to check the DLVs.
I basically agree with all your assetments of CS. But I still want another one. I bought an original 1660 and after 17 years its finally died. I'm looking at the 1780 vs th 1765 problem is this my also require a motor upgrade. Since I just bought a new 30 honda 2and 1/2 years ago its beginning to look like a total upgrade in package. Any one with experience with the 1780.
The CS's are great for flounder fishing in Watchaprague and fishing for Patapsco Permit in protected waters (like Location X.) IMHO you need at least 12 degrees of deadrise (and trim tabs) if you intend to use your boat in the bay snot.