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reel remarks posted 03-20-2001 03:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for reel remarks   Send Email to reel remarks  
The largest BW I have any experience with is
a 17 ft. Montauk. Now I own a 13 ft BW. I think I'd like to move up to a 15ft boat. I don't want to go too big since I'm getting too old and too fat to handle a young man's boat again. I've owned larger boats, but they were other makes.

The 13 is a little tippier than I'd like and
I wonder if the 15 is much better. The only clue I can get is from this forum, and it only states that the 15 lacks some "lateral stability".

Would some of you give me some idea of just how tippy the 15's are.

My main use will be flyfishing in shallow salt water. I guess I can learn to fish while sitting down, but will I need to?

Stan

dfmcintyre posted 03-20-2001 04:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
If I recall right, the 15' has the same width as the 13'. If your concerned about lateral stab in a 13, going to a 15 would not help much.
FISHNFF posted 03-20-2001 06:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for FISHNFF  Send Email to FISHNFF     
While the 15 is a few inches wider than the 13, it is a different boat. A much larger V makes it much less stable, but much smoother and drier riding. For stability you might want to find an older Blue Hull 17.
whalernut posted 03-20-2001 07:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Stan, I own a 73` `16 Currituck, and is extremely stable! For fly Fishing this boat would be you`re ticket-Stable and Very Open! It is the bench seat model of the Montauk, and the first year for the Dessert Tan. For a look see, look on the Cetecea page 14. Good luck--Jack Graner.
Outraged posted 03-20-2001 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Outraged  Send Email to Outraged     
Stan, as Roy D.Mercer would say "How Big a Boy are Ya?! I myself have a 15` Sport and weigh in at 315 lbs. I`ve had the boat for 7 years, and although I don`t fish with it, I find moving around on board not a problem. You just need to " feel the boat out a bit" to get comfortable with the boat`s reaction to your actions. Hope this helps you make a decision.
Outraged
whalernut posted 03-21-2001 05:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I weigh 270lbs! I thought I was the heaviest member? I can`t say I`m very proud of my weight though, as I am only 5`9"-Ugh! I lose 50, gain 60, it`s my lifes story! Regards-Jack Graner.
reel remarks posted 03-21-2001 06:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for reel remarks  Send Email to reel remarks     
Thanks guys. You'e given me a lot of help, tho noone said enough about stability except Jack Graner, and he was talking about a different hull.

But still, I appreciate your comments. I'm not quite as big as Jack, just almost. But I'm in my 70's so I'm probably older. And at this age, my balance isn't what it used to be.

Oh well....I guess I can learn to fish sitting down!

Thanks again.

Stan

lonestarpa posted 03-21-2001 06:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for lonestarpa  Send Email to lonestarpa     
I've had all three origional classics, have the 15 now and it's the least stable at rest, but the smoother ride, is worth it.

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