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Old 05-22-2017, 03:07 AM   #1
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I own a 2000 Maxum 2300 SC and live near fort Bragg, nc. I would like to know if anyone knows the depth needed to safely take my boat out and any good fishing places near me for my boat as well.

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Old 05-22-2017, 12:29 PM   #2
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I would think the draft of your boat with the drive all the way down is 3.5 feet from the water line. So 4 feet should be safe or with the drive trimmed up about 3 feet.
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I don't like there to be less than 1 ft. of draft below the outdrive. A bottom can easily vary 6", so running with 6" inches could easily have you spinning the prop(s) into mud sand, a log whatever that is sitting on the bottom.
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Set you alarm with the fact in mind that it take a second or two to react, and a lone stump or rock on the bottom will NOT always show up...

My draft is 3.5 Ft with the drive down, the alarm is set for 8 feet, gives me time to think a bit rather than ding a prop..

I am also simply not that experienced as a boater only been out there for 5 years going into my 6th so I play it safe
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It's also worth mentioning that if you are running by the depth sounder, the transducer is located in the stern, only 1-3 ft in front of the outdrive. This gives you almost no reaction time. Either the keel forward is already into it, or the drive is about 1-3 seconds away from hitting it by the time the gauge indicates a problem.
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I agree with the other folks post. My initial response was thinking you were asking how shallow you can motor slowly around to get to a fishing spot.
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Maybe he's asking advice for a specific lake? As in when is the lake safe, and where to go?

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Maybe he's asking advice for a specific lake? As in when is the lake safe, and where to go?

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I would like to know what the safest depth is to go slowly to a fishing spot. I would also like to know any specific lakes in North Carolina such as Shearon Harris Lake that I can fish and have fun tubing.

Good point about the sensor being next to the outdrive. Never thought of that!

But thanks for the replies.
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