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GeneNJ posted 04-25-2003 10:29 PM ET (US)   Profile for GeneNJ   Send Email to GeneNJ  
This is my first under 20' boat and I have a concern as to safe speeds in bay waters. On the first trip into the bay (solo), with a high wind and chop of 2', I felt a bit nervous with the boat on plane head on into the chop. Is it likely that the boat may go airborne and/or flip if run on plane in these conditions? I see some members running with 50hp on their 13's and I wonder if I'm just being over cautious.
JBCornwell posted 04-25-2003 10:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
You are being wise, Gene.

Red sky at night. . .

captbone posted 04-25-2003 10:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for captbone  Send Email to captbone     
The newer 13 whalers are much less likely to flip end over end or roll then the older ones. The newer ones would be very hard IMO to flip in wind, but in waves would be very easy.
where2 posted 04-29-2003 01:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Like extreme Hp under the hood of a car, it's only useful at certain times, under certain conditions. I've got a 70Hp on my 15' Sport, and 50% of the time or more I cannot run it over 25mph because of the conditions. On an unprotected bay, with "high wind, and chop of 2'" I'd be running barely on plane as the fastest speed I'd run headed into the chop. The intent is to keep the pointed segment of the bow piercing the waves. Too fast on plane with my 15' and the rounded part of the keel starts trying to pierce waves, and the ride gets rough and unbearable.
witsendfl posted 04-29-2003 03:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for witsendfl  Send Email to witsendfl     
GENENJ. I have a 01 hul w/ a 02 40 HP Merc. Let it RIP. My 72 Sourpuss w/ a 40 HP 97 MERC is faster and less stable. That new hull is Great and very stable.

witsendfl JimK

Over the LINE posted 04-29-2003 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Over the LINE  Send Email to Over the LINE     
If you feel uncomfortable, you are going too fast. Listen to your gut.

My experience is that the 13' will put up with a lot more than my butt on that Mahogany seat will.

I'm one of those guys running a 50hp on a 13'. Until I really load the boat up I almost never use all the HP.

GeneNJ posted 04-29-2003 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for GeneNJ  Send Email to GeneNJ     
My thanks for all your help. I'll stay on the cautious side until I get a better feel for the boat and what it can safely handle. The grand kids just love speed and get bored putting around.

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