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Old 09-22-2008, 09:06 PM   #11
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SM...I boat in the pacnorwest....we get weather from one extreme to another...somedays it's calm as a mill pond...other days even the 600ft ferries won't venture out....and I've seen boaters out there in small boats like an 18 ft fish and ski....will it handle it??..yes...can you??...I don't know...but as long as your smart about it....use your instincts....wear the proper gear and when the weather turns ugly ..hi tail it for home...yeah...I'd do it....but....and I say this with utmost sincerity......make sure your boat is eqpt with proper radio gear and gps....make sure you know how to use both.....and get one with the DSP system installed as well as getting it registered.........make sure the bilge pump is rigged for auto pumping...meaning with a float switch......as a matter of second thought...I'd install a bigger pump just to be sure....


do those things...and you can be sure the boat will handle it.
where are you thinking of boating ????...ie what are of the ocean??

but this is only my opinion.......
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Old 09-23-2008, 05:39 PM   #12
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SM...I boat in the pacnorwest....we get weather from one extreme to another...somedays it's calm as a mill pond...other days even the 600ft ferries won't venture out....and I've seen boaters out there in small boats like an 18 ft fish and ski....will it handle it??..yes...can you??...I don't know...but as long as your smart about it....use your instincts....wear the proper gear and when the weather turns ugly ..hi tail it for home...yeah...I'd do it....but....and I say this with utmost sincerity......make sure your boat is eqpt with proper radio gear and gps....make sure you know how to use both.....and get one with the DSP system installed as well as getting it registered.........make sure the bilge pump is rigged for auto pumping...meaning with a float switch......as a matter of second thought...I'd install a bigger pump just to be sure....


do those things...and you can be sure the boat will handle it.
where are you thinking of boating ????...ie what are of the ocean??

but this is only my opinion.......
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Awesome advice, cant stress the RADIO enough. Looks to be a matter of bravery. I myself, wouldnt take anything less than 24' into open water. But then, I am a big chicken. Also maybe consider how the boat does in choppy waters. I myself prefer the less traveled lakes and smoother water, but I also run an 18' open bow. Besides, they say "you cant quit something until you try it."
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I've been from Huntington Beach, CA to Catalina Island on an 18ft Bayliner (openbow). Would I run MY boat out that far into open waters? Doubtful..but my uncle has been doing it for close to 20 years without a single problem, and still runs the boat this day...
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