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#11029591 - 08/08/15 06:54 PM Boat handling help
bigdtbone Offline
Angler

Registered: 06/17/12
Posts: 271
Loc: may texas
I took my own boat offshore/near shore out for the first time last year . Its a 21' 7" kenner vision. Im getting ready to do it again and I could use some handling tips . WE only go with 2' seas or less. How fast should I go ? do I keep the noise higher than normal ? It seem like I was on and off the throttle a lot. I fell off waves and slammed down more than I liked . Maybe this is normal and you really have to drive the boat not lake a lake cruse. tell me how ya'll do it . I would love to hear from folks in small boats that go near shore . Thanks

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#11035771 - 08/11/15 03:53 PM Re: Boat handling help [Re: bigdtbone]
Capt Craig Offline
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I mean this in the most sincere way. If you aren't skilled enough to take the boat off shore safely, don't do it.

Either spend time learning from a skilled captain or other operator, or put in more time operating in similar conditions, but in a controlled environment.

Some things aren't worth dying for.
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#11036135 - 08/11/15 06:34 PM Re: Boat handling help [Re: bigdtbone]
bigdtbone Offline
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Loc: may texas
thank you brother but I have been out 10 times with others and once in calm conditions by my self like I'm going to in three days. I'm skilled enough to handle mild conditions . I was hoping others that were where I am would share some common knowledge so I could see if the things I have experienced were the norm . I will Gain more experience and learn it alone if I must > I will be Cautious and only go on calm days .Your comments I'm sure sincere were not help full. I'm Still hoping someone will still relate to where I am and give Me some usefull information on how they handle the waves coming and going out to help speed my learning curve .

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#11036334 - 08/11/15 08:13 PM Re: Boat handling help [Re: bigdtbone]
Uncle Zeek Offline
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With a 22' boat in 2' seas, your max realistic speed is only going to be about 15-18mph unless you just really like making your vertebrae telescope into each other. I just got back from Alaska & was operating a 25' twin engine boat in everything from glassy flat calm seas to 5-6 foot rollers & chop. With just 2' choppy seas, I was doing about 12-15mph so that I wasn't slamming hard into each wave or dropping into the troughs.

It's normal to vary the throttle frequently, if not continuously, in order to meet the constantly changing conditions of each wave as it approaches.

If possible, try to quarter oncoming waves, rather than taking them head-on.
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#11036593 - 08/11/15 10:00 PM Re: Boat handling help [Re: bigdtbone]
sasquatch Offline
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Your speed should be determined by the wave frequency more than the crest.
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#11036784 - 08/12/15 04:31 AM Re: Boat handling help [Re: bigdtbone]
bigdtbone Offline
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Registered: 06/17/12
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Thank you that confirms what I was experiencing and was helpful.

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#11036986 - 08/12/15 08:21 AM Re: Boat handling help [Re: bigdtbone]
Pat Goff Offline
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Registered: 01/29/05
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Never let the wave take a straight shot at you, either way. 21' boat in 2' seas will require constant attention, you'll be doing endless zigs and zags to maintain control. Or you'll get wet and break something/someone.
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#11037318 - 08/12/15 10:45 AM Re: Boat handling help [Re: bigdtbone]
fishesintrees Offline
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Registered: 06/09/11
Posts: 24
Loc: Austin/Seadrift
Went out a few years ago in a 23' offshore boat with twin 150's. It was June, and warm, with 2' seas. A freak storm hit while we were 25 mi out, waves 10-12 feet.When we finally made it back we talked to the Coast Guard; 6 boats in the water, and 11 people unaccounted for. If you go offshore in a bay boat, you are putting your life in the hands of the weatherman.

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#11037464 - 08/12/15 11:43 AM Re: Boat handling help [Re: sasquatch]
ddmm Offline
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Registered: 01/05/12
Posts: 315
Loc: Haslet, TX
Originally Posted By: sasquatch
Your speed should be determined by the wave frequency more than the crest.

+1

and make sure you have a good marine radio and test it's signal with coast guard or someone else before heading off-shore. Cell phones have limited distance out there. Make sure you tell someone your daily plans, time out \ in and general direction.
2' seas in 21' boat requires constant attention with hand on throttle, you can't just say a general speed.

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#11038667 - 08/12/15 09:46 PM Re: Boat handling help [Re: bigdtbone]
sasquatch Offline
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Registered: 01/10/03
Posts: 1811
Loc: mansfield,texas USA!!!
Oh yea, don't forget to unplug your scuppers and bilge pump. 2 good bow dips will fill a boat.
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#11041126 - 08/14/15 12:46 AM Re: Boat handling help [Re: bigdtbone]
Mark's Fence Repair Offline
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Registered: 01/24/12
Posts: 1381
Loc: Arlington Texas
??what's wrong with swamping the boat ?? Ain't that what the pumps are for? If you like to take the boat offshore you need a way to get all the weight to the front of the boat and keep it about 20 miles an hour main thing is tilt the motor all the way down and all the weight you can push to the front. I used to stand on the nose of my boat to keep it from smackin. Big fish are 8 miles out under the rig
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