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timbo posted 08-27-2003 01:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for timbo   Send Email to timbo  
I have a 13' sport and we get a good 2 to 3 foot chop religously and i can ride it pretty good put head on is enough to damage my tail bone. The boat is a restored 73 and my pal has a 15' and he says it rides pretty good and alot of people have montauks around us so i was just curious to find out which hull has the best chop handling ability foot for foot. thanks
sweetpea posted 08-27-2003 02:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for sweetpea  Send Email to sweetpea     
We have a 65' 13 with a 25 four stroke. She'll fly but a smooth day is best. Just bought a 15 ss w/ 70 2 stroke. It will take the chop and other boatwakes great. We rarely get spray. This boat will fly. She'll also pull a wakeboarding adult with 3 people in the boat. We love our 13, she's a classic, but the 15 is by far the better riding and more fun. Our friends have a 1985 13 which does ride better in the chop than our 13. Still the 15 is my favorite of the two. Never been in a 17. How does the Montauk ride?
SpeedBump posted 08-27-2003 04:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for SpeedBump  Send Email to SpeedBump     
The presmirk 16'7" Hull rides much nicer than the classic 13. But it can still pound the puddin' out of you if in a good chop.

The big diff is you can stand at the consol so you don't notice it as much. Your legs absorb the pounding much better than your tail bone and you can maintain much better balance, less whiplash and generally you don't feel like you are in a rodeo.

I loved my 13' but it killed me on an average day of boating and there was no way I was extending my 6'2" body in an upright position hunched over the helm at 25 MPH in a 13'X 5'piece of plastic w/ 8" of freeboard bumping along in a serious chop.

After 8 years of following in the relatively calm wake of larger boats going up the bay or taking the short cycle chop and just dealing with the wet and wild ride, and unfolding my soaking wet body as my hips, back and knees screamed in stiffness, I moved upto a 16'7" Nauset hull. not a montauk but just about the same in many ways.

My money goes with the larger Hull.. typically the longer the waterline the softer and faster the ride will be.

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