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#12730425 - 04/25/18 01:39 PM Rough Water
JavelinJ Offline
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Registered: 04/07/08
Posts: 10324
Loc: Jack County
How do you guys handle it. Power through it or take it super slow. I am new to bass boats and my new to me 94 Javelin is a really nice boat.

I was on Bport the other day with 20-25mph gust. Heading back to the ramp around noon it was like the Atlantic. I powered up and got on top of the white caps (going with the direction of the white caps) and running about 38mph. I was getting some pretty good air and a couple of times the lower unit came totally out of the water. I couldn't decide if I should speed up (58 max speed) or slow down to make it smoother. I didn't have the huevos to speed up so I slowed down. Problem was I had to slow way down. It seemed like it was all or nothing.

How do you guys approach rough water boating in these boats?
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#12730437 - 04/25/18 01:44 PM Re: Rough Water [Re: JavelinJ]
RJF1423 Offline
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Registered: 11/15/10
Posts: 4396
I drive a champion so I don't have this problem. stir

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#12730443 - 04/25/18 01:47 PM Re: Rough Water [Re: JavelinJ]
Jaret Latta Offline
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Registered: 01/06/07
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Loc: Austin, Tx/Nacogdoches, Tx
Know your limits for one. Honestly the best thing you can do is go with someone experienced in rough water and watch how they drive.

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#12730445 - 04/25/18 01:48 PM Re: Rough Water [Re: JavelinJ]
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Loc: Forney TX
Here is a great video from Gerald Swindle.

How to run rough water with Gerald Swindle

https://youtu.be/0SFKBsFO2Vw
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#12730447 - 04/25/18 01:48 PM Re: Rough Water [Re: RJF1423]
JavelinJ Offline
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Originally Posted By: RJF1423
I drive a champion so I don't have this problem. stir


Meh, the guys in the Champion next to me had the same troubles grin.
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#12730448 - 04/25/18 01:48 PM Re: Rough Water [Re: JavelinJ]
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Registered: 11/02/14
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I depends. But usually I find a sweet spot around 35-45 mph and grin and bare it.
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#12730459 - 04/25/18 01:54 PM Re: Rough Water [Re: Bassattak]
JavelinJ Offline
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Originally Posted By: Bassattak
Here is a great video from Gerald Swindle.

How to run rough water with Gerald Swindle

https://youtu.be/0SFKBsFO2Vw


Thanks, I was just about to head over to youtube.

Looks like he is doing what I was having to do.
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#12730460 - 04/25/18 01:55 PM Re: Rough Water [Re: JavelinJ]
SAKS Offline
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Registered: 07/23/14
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Get on top of it if you can. Swindles video is really good. Also Matt Allen (youtube) has one that is pretty good on how to ride rough water.

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#12730541 - 04/25/18 02:25 PM Re: Rough Water [Re: JavelinJ]
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Find the speed that works right for the waves...no two situations are the same.
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#12730555 - 04/25/18 02:30 PM Re: Rough Water [Re: JavelinJ]
04champ Offline
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Registered: 04/22/15
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Loc: Dallas
I'm getting up and running until they're far enough apart that I might spear one. At that point I'm running them at ~45 degrees at whatever speed feels safe

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#12730564 - 04/25/18 02:36 PM Re: Rough Water [Re: JavelinJ]
Shallow Waters Offline
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Registered: 01/03/17
Posts: 540
Just drive where you are comfortable. I have been in 3-4 foot waves that I had basically idle in with the bow high, and I have been in 4-5 waves where I could bounce from one to next at about 30-35mph. I much prefer heading into the wave rather than with the waves, but the most important thing for me when going with the wave is to keep the bow high, whatever speed I can reach without planing out is where I tend to be.

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#12730592 - 04/25/18 02:56 PM Re: Rough Water [Re: JavelinJ]
HARD WORKN HAROLD Offline
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Registered: 11/10/09
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Loc: Williams Creek, Lake Fork
Fire wall it and don't lift!!! bolt
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#12730608 - 04/25/18 03:07 PM Re: Rough Water [Re: JavelinJ]
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Registered: 07/17/11
Posts: 1744
Loc: Godley Tx
When younger on top of them. Now older and bad back. Slow and smooth

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#12730624 - 04/25/18 03:20 PM Re: Rough Water [Re: JavelinJ]
Bobby Milam Offline
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Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 3579
Loc: Arlington
Every boat is different. Fast enough to control but slow enough not to beat everything to death. I don't have rod straps. If I am hitting hard enough to move the rods then I am going to fast. For me it's going to be around 30 MPH and working the throttle to match what the waves are doing. I paid money for a Champion just for the rough water. I plan on being comfortable on the ride. The fish will still be there when I get to where I am going and I'll be nice and dry and happy to fish.

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#12730638 - 04/25/18 03:26 PM Re: Rough Water [Re: HARD WORKN HAROLD]
JavelinJ Offline
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Registered: 04/07/08
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Loc: Jack County
Originally Posted By: HARD WORKN HAROLD
Fire wall it and don't lift!!! bolt


In my dirtbike days, my old moto was "when in doubt gas it out"....I've somehow gotten wiser...maybe from learning experiences noidea haha.
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