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scattcat posted 05-28-2002 12:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for scattcat   Send Email to scattcat  
I am just curios what other whaler owners consider a safe depth to operate a 15' 3" sport in. I have a 1979 15 sport fitted with a 70 hp juohnson on a jack plate set back six inches and up as high as I can go before blowing out prop and I am comfortable running in 12 inches of water on plane (as long as I know whats below me). What about other 15 sport owners what are your experiances with shallow running ability of your whaler
where2 posted 05-28-2002 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Depends on where you boat. I wouldn't think much of running across a Florida sandbar that was only 12" of water, but You wouldn't catch me running across a Maine rock ledge that was only 12" deep (rocks don't give). One problem I have is getting anything more than a "good guess" on how deep the water is when you're running in less than 2' of water. Most off the shelf fishfinders won't measure less than 3'.

The speed at which you are running makes a difference too. WOT on plane displaces much less water than "just on plane". Because I tend to be on the cautious side, I stick to places where there is 3' of water if I am on plane. Off plane, I'll go until the hull hangs on the bottom.

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