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#12434230 - 09/20/17 11:43 AM Do I need a bigger boat?
Double Haulin' Offline
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Registered: 06/21/15
Posts: 10
I have a 19 ft blue wave center console with a 160 suzuki 4 stroke. I am wanting to do some offshore fishing. Not any father than like the 1 mile rigs. So my question is, is my boat to small? I know people that do this in kayaks so I don't imagine it would be but am looking for advice. If the boat is big enough what size swells would you not go out in in this boat?

Any other advice you have would be appreciated.

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#12434297 - 09/20/17 12:47 PM Re: Do I need a bigger boat? [Re: Double Haulin']
saltwaterjunky Offline
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Registered: 09/10/11
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You didn`t say but if its a deep V bay boat or? no problem just have to pick ur days when its flat U wouldn`t believe little boats I`ve seen out there.1 -2 swells I think good without alot of wind gets dicey in a hurry pay attn.to what ur doing and respect ur not on a lake.

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#12434352 - 09/20/17 01:43 PM Re: Do I need a bigger boat? [Re: Double Haulin']
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I've taken my 18' v-hull bay boat out quite a ways on calm days. But I won't do this on anything more than 1' to 2' forecasts.
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#12434478 - 09/20/17 03:40 PM Re: Do I need a bigger boat? [Re: Double Haulin']
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Registered: 02/23/13
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We always need a bigger boat!

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#12435511 - 09/21/17 11:28 AM Re: Do I need a bigger boat? [Re: Double Haulin']
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I've had my 20Ft Wellcraft out 35 miles to the Buccaneer Rigs. On a flat ice cream day. Just use common sense here. Weather is the big Factor and as above...Hull design plays a part.
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#12435527 - 09/21/17 11:33 AM Re: Do I need a bigger boat? [Re: Double Haulin']
Huckleberry Offline
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Registered: 10/10/07
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I use to run a 20' CC Mako from Jupiter inlet to the Bahamas all of the time. There were only a few times that I didn't think I was going to make it.

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#12452025 - 10/03/17 05:35 PM Re: Do I need a bigger boat? [Re: Huckleberry]
Lmgreeri Offline
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Registered: 01/27/14
Posts: 266
Yeah but if you've been there...just 1 time out there when you're wondering if you'll make it is 1 time too many. Puts a real fun feeling in your gut right? nuts

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#12453036 - 10/04/17 01:25 PM Re: Do I need a bigger boat? [Re: Double Haulin']
Mo Offline
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Registered: 10/08/01
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Loc: Lake Palestine/Cherokee co
Pick your days , watch the weather , have all your safety gear,
you will be fine

one and twos , ok , that boat will beat you to death going into
anything much bigger at speed. I traded my 19 for a 22, it does much
better , although these days it stays in the slip at Lake Palestine.

Have not hauled it to the coast in years

good luck

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#12467024 - 10/15/17 08:58 PM Re: Do I need a bigger boat? [Re: Double Haulin']
guyfucci Offline
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Registered: 08/09/17
Posts: 31
1 mile out, ur good if you follow everyone's suggestion above. Also, get in habit of leaving a float plan with someone so they know where to look for you if you fail to return on time. And if you really find the offshore gig a habit, spend the money on an EPIRB, the personal ones are fairly affordable now, and really work.

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#12479990 - 10/26/17 02:06 PM Re: Do I need a bigger boat? [Re: Double Haulin']
Mangosteen Offline
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Registered: 11/08/16
Posts: 8
I take my tracker 2072 offshore all the time. I try to only go out when the swells are 3ft or less and 20mph or less wind. Never had any problems. Furthest I've gone so far if about 35nm (it was a perfect day with glassy water). Just have all the proper safety equipment and you should be fine.

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#12505923 - 11/16/17 05:24 PM Re: Do I need a bigger boat? [Re: Double Haulin']
CHAMPION FISH Offline
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Registered: 09/14/04
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Loc: SACHSE, TEXAS
Shouldn’t be a problem.
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