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#11878473 - 10/13/16 08:35 AM Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat
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I can get 8-10 miles to a gallon I'm thinking if I was out there in that thing I could drive right under the rigs. 24 gallons of gas and a 40 hp motor. 1 battery. 1 solar panel and a good bilge with a 2 inch pipe going to the outside. And a paddle
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#11878740 - 10/13/16 11:09 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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#11878851 - 10/13/16 12:23 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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call the boat death wish
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#11878905 - 10/13/16 12:55 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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I'm waiting for the thread about taking an 8' bass buggy offshore.
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#11879369 - 10/13/16 04:57 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Uncle Zeek]
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Originally Posted By: Uncle Zeek
I'm waiting for the thread about taking an 8' bass buggy offshore.


I wouldn't try it without a 24v trolling motor. An spare battery wouldn't be a bad idea, either.

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#11879431 - 10/13/16 05:42 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Here's the first question...
Have you EVER been offshore to a rig?
Have you ever rolled in 5' seas fighting a pop up storm between you and land?
When that oil tanker rolls past throwing a ten foot wake, what's your plan?

I think getting to the end of the jetties might just change your whole outlook on offshore boating.
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#11879634 - 10/13/16 08:34 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Good one Mark !!

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#11880075 - 10/14/16 07:10 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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call a lawyer before you go to get your will in order

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#11880076 - 10/14/16 07:11 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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not saying it hasn't been done on an icecream morning, get out there get a cobia and haul a$$ back

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#11880154 - 10/14/16 08:03 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Just because your thinking it...

Doesn't mean it should happen.
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#11884752 - 10/17/16 09:47 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: BODA]
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Originally Posted By: BODA
call a lawyer before you go to get your will in order


Better yet, hire a STUNTMAN !

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#11887581 - 10/18/16 04:09 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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I knew a girl who paddled off High Island to the short rigs (6 miles out) and back in a kayak.
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#11887601 - 10/18/16 04:17 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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I caught a 55# Wahoo 12 miles offshore of West Palm Beach Fla. in a 11' Del Quay Dory with a 25 Johnson.... I was 15 years old. Not saying it was a wise decision ... but I did it.

Not the boat but that's a 11' Del Quay Dory



Edited by Huckleberry (10/18/16 04:23 PM)

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#11888177 - 10/18/16 09:50 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Nah not worth the risk or the reward for that matter. Find a buddy with a boat or get a guide.

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#11900258 - 10/26/16 02:38 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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You could do it long as your huge b@lls sit low in the boat for ballast.
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#11900332 - 10/26/16 06:43 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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always entertaining, your threads.........

hammer


last week in Gibraltar I met and shared drinks with offshore sailing legend, Alan Priddy.
this guy should be your idol.
look him up, might get some real facts to back up your bravado.
good luck, buddy! grin
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#11900334 - 10/26/16 06:44 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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#11900346 - 10/26/16 06:52 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Just head out the jetties in your little boat. You'll know pretty quick how wise your decision is.
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#11922542 - 11/07/16 10:27 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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I think I can go safely to 30 miles out if I go all that way I can get into some good fish... maybe hit the lump
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#11935590 - 11/15/16 02:43 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Hey Mark

I would say it's doable, but it all depends on how experienced you are.

I had a 15ft Aluminum john boat myself, and although I only took it out on fresh water, there were plenty times where the wind got so strong, it felt like I was boating in 2 foot off-shore saltwater waves.

Still, that's nothing compared to catching strong winds when you are offshore. It goes without saying that conditions would have to be ideal.

But, if you're familiar with boating, especially on saltwater, you should know when to turn back - before conditions get out of control.

This guy heads out 20 miles on his john boat, perhaps you should shoot him a message!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-JHQsdvj2E

Anyhow, I'm new to this forum, hope my post was somewhat beneficial! cheers
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#11946522 - 11/22/16 12:27 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Was offshore in my dad's 20' boat many years ago on a rig about 9-10miles offhore and three guys pulled up in a 14' flatbottom boat with a 20hp tiller on it. They said they did it all the time. But back then we weren't looked at as crazy for being out there in a 20' boat either, and we'd taken that boat out as far as 65 miles, 35 miles pretty regularly. People here and elsewhere would call is crazy now days for doing that.

As mentioned above, I wouldn't want to brave getting past the jetties much less going that far in a 14' jon, but I have seriously considered it in my 18 footer (mod-v),just haven't caught the right day yet to do it.
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#11955570 - 11/28/16 05:43 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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#11965102 - 12/04/16 12:12 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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I might be going for the wahoo in a few weeks we gonna troll some stretch 30s. If I can hook up on a Marlin with the little boat we can let her pull us and drag 2 rods out the back till we get a double ... save on gas
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#11970827 - 12/07/16 08:17 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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here's a little something:

http://www.nola.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2..._river_home_pop

just make sure to get pics when you go..............
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#11971092 - 12/07/16 10:13 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: lite-liner]
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Originally Posted By: lite-liner
here's a little something:

http://www.nola.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2..._river_home_pop

just make sure to get pics when you go..............


Very cool link. Was interested in the description of 'dewatering' a submerged/sunken vessel.
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You should get a ticket just for punctuation. What adult types like that?
Originally Posted By: Tallgrass05 on 11/8/16 at 3:32 PM
The GOP declared Hillary the winner when they picked Trump as their candidate months ago.

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#11972789 - 12/08/16 06:39 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Interesting thread

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#11973843 - 12/08/16 03:42 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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SO what size/model boat would you recommend to someone that wants both a freshwater boat and a boat capable of going 5-10 miles out? I'm looking for a new boat but have no idea what I should look for in regards to saltwater boats and I can't afford the 150K boats I have found.
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#11973974 - 12/08/16 04:56 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Something like a 22' pathfinder type will get you out on nice days. When it's rough, it's rough on an aircraft carrier.
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#11975911 - 12/09/16 07:02 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Waco28 Crappie]
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Originally Posted By: Waco28 Crappie
SO what size/model boat would you recommend to someone that wants both a freshwater boat and a boat capable of going 5-10 miles out? I'm looking for a new boat but have no idea what I should look for in regards to saltwater boats and I can't afford the 150K boats I have found.


I've got a real nice 22' Hydra-Sports I'm fixin to put up for sale.
pm if interested
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#11975955 - 12/09/16 07:30 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
Jev Offline
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Ive been 30 miles off the coast of Delaware in my 20' bass boat on a glass day with coast guard radio and multiple gps....but for a ill John boat ballsy....stupid but ballsy
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#11979026 - 12/11/16 09:41 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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go get on livingston or choke canyon on a 40 mph wind day and you won't want to go offshore anymore. flat bottom boats are badass for what they are made to do.
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#12006077 - 12/27/16 01:21 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Way to go, guys, you all got successfully trolled.
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#12015102 - 01/01/17 08:15 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Bob Landry]
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Originally Posted By: Bob Landry
Way to go, guys, you all got successfully trolled.


I don't know...

My brother went offshore in a 14ft flatbottom with a 20hp Johnny and a compass. Came back in one piece and caught some king...
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#12015293 - 01/01/17 09:46 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Bob Landry]
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Originally Posted By: Bob Landry
Way to go, guys, you all got successfully trolled.


We're used to it. No big deal.
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You should get a ticket just for punctuation. What adult types like that?
Originally Posted By: Tallgrass05 on 11/8/16 at 3:32 PM
The GOP declared Hillary the winner when they picked Trump as their candidate months ago.

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#12016348 - 01/02/17 03:23 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Yeah let it get a little warmer I'm gonna pick up a 600 lb bluefin tuna bicatch fishing for Marlin I'm going for bluefin tuna gulf of mexico no bull
Maybe a 300 lb yellowfin too
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#12016350 - 01/02/17 03:24 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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If you think I'm trolling just be sure to like the video I post of the whole thing gopro
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#12018926 - 01/03/17 08:15 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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oh no, I'm all in....!
bring the video!
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#12020122 - 01/04/17 02:22 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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All you need:
fuel filters
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Fresh gas
New lower unit fluid ( royal purple)
New spark plugs
New bilge pumps (4)
New copper wire fuses switches
New navigation lights
5 gallons Yama lube from sun and fun
15 sabiki rig packs
100 pounds ice
1 more battery
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#12020722 - 01/04/17 06:54 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Ive got a 15 foot deep v tracker--how would that operate in the bay areas such as Tabbs Bay/ The Hartman bridge area ----What are the water depths in that area of the bay? Best place to launch?
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#12025355 - 01/06/17 09:32 PM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Originally Posted By: Mark's Fence Repair
All you need:
fuel filters
New anodes
Fresh gas
New lower unit fluid ( royal purple)
New spark plugs
New bilge pumps (4)
New copper wire fuses switches
New navigation lights
5 gallons Yama lube from sun and fun
15 sabiki rig packs
100 pounds ice
1 more battery


If you are being serious, then you seem to have yourself talked into it. I personally wouldn't do it. Yes, if you catch a (long) dead calm day, you probably won't have a problem. Good luck. Most trips offshore change from the start to the end. I have a 21' Triton Intracoastal that I wouldn't chance taking to the jetties.
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#12042628 - 01/16/17 12:01 AM Re: Thinking about going offshore in my 15 ft aluminum boat [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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The jetties are the worst of it u got bad washing machine effect undertow cross tow and if tide is outgoing or in coming on a good day out past them is pretty easy going even coming if its a little ruff u got the waves in ur favor.Used to do it with my dad back in the 60`s in a 17t glastron 75hp evinrude 20 miles out to whistling bouy..

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