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Peter Dicker posted 08-10-2000 07:10 AM ET (US)   Profile for Peter Dicker   Send Email to Peter Dicker  
Well, I must apologise for not letting you know sooner that the little aussie whaler is back in action - better than ever. The shipwright did a first class job on the gelcoat repair and filled the hull with expanding polyurethane foam. I know it could never be as good as a real one but I love my aussie version anyway. I've added an upholstered bench seat behind the side console and a rear casting platform with built in livewell and underfloor fuel tank.The trolling motor is now up the front with a trailer plug socket in the front casting platform and the battery stored under. I will keep my promise of posting some photos shortly!
In the mean time I have a question for the small boat(13')gurus.
What is the best angle/speed combination for whaler style hulls when in choppy water? What about handling wakes from ski/wakeboard boats? This will probably open a can of worms but in any case I would appreciate your thoughts and tips on this. Regards, Peter.
dave_maggio posted 08-10-2000 09:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for dave_maggio  Send Email to dave_maggio     

Nice to see you back...As far as your question goes, speed-slow, direction-quarter into them.

Wakes are a constant obstacle to all small boats. The best option (if possible) is to boat on weekdays...


triblet posted 08-10-2000 10:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Also, steer for the low spots. And with
a cathedral hull (i.e., Montauk), if you
land on one side first (as opposed to flat),
the landing is softer. As you crest the
swell, turn the wheel a quarter turn or
so in the direction that would make you
more parallel to the swell, as you land,
a half turn the other direction, then a
quarter turn the first direction. This
doesn't make a big deviation in course,
but does tip the boat to land one foot at
a time.

Go slow helps a lot. I've been out in stuff
where I got airborne at idle. Not fun,
not something I plan on, but it happens.
I'd hate to be there in a Bayliner.

Chuck Tribolet

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