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bc posted 11-07-2001 08:46 PM ET (US)   Profile for bc  
How is the stability of the 15' hull? I went in half with Dad on a 1981 15'er. Haven't had it out but once. It seemed to "list" toward the side the weight was on while at stand-still. Is this a typical complaint with the 15' for fishing purposes, where people are walking all around on the boat? Thanks.
Mike posted 11-08-2001 10:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mike  Send Email to Mike     
I have a 1982 Striper 15. I am 6'8" tall and, for most of the time I have owned this boat I weighed 300+ pounds. I find the boat to be very stable. Of course it is going to list a little with uneven weight distribution, what 15' boat won't? At 300 pounds I could sit on the gunwales with no concern whatsoever.
jameso posted 11-08-2001 02:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
A bit more weight sensitive than the 13, but well worth it as far as I am concerned. The 15 has a more pronounced "V" than either the 13 or the Montauk. Remember the bare hull weighs only 580 lbs or so, if you weigh 193 your weight is equivelent to 1/3 weight of the hull,,,law of physics says something must give. There has been several past threads on this subject. I am a big fan of the 15.
My two cents,
Jim Armstrong
skookum point posted 11-08-2001 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
The sponsons or "runners" on the 15 hull are barely immersed when the boat is level. When the hull lists 10 degrees or so the immersed sponson rapidly contibutes addtional bouyancy where its needed to improve stability. So, even though the initial stability is less than the other BW hulls, I'll wager that the ultimate stability is just as good.
Matthew posted 11-09-2001 12:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
I'm 250 and my fishing partner is pushing 3 bills. We fish all year in the Puget Sound. The 15'has been very stable and handles the chop great.
TightPenny posted 11-09-2001 02:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
Until I got my Montauk in 2000, I ran a 1977 Sport 15 since it was new. It never had a stability problem. I fished the Atlantic, ran the Barnegat Inlet and operated in the Barnegat Bay and sometimes the Raritan Bay. Never worried about the stability or safety of that boat.

The low seat, my increasing years and my fat butt, just became incompatable, hence the Montauk.

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