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Royboy posted 06-22-2004 10:57 PM ET (US)   Profile for Royboy   Send Email to Royboy  
Took my new Whaler to da U.P. and had a great time this past weekend fishing a variety of inland lakes (Pete's, Indian, Skeels, and Corner Lakes). Also took it out on Little Bay de Noc and got a bit of experience with the big water. I found out it's not a good idea to troll directly into a two footer. After I shaved the top inch off of two of them, I figured out the error of my ways. I wouldn't have done such a thing, except we were in the middle of trying to straighten out a wreck with the rods and land a walleye and I kinda got task saturated. Anyway, as long as I kept the bow up and didn't plow straight into oncoming waves, the little boat did fine. In fact, somwhat better than fine. It was awsome to get this boat up on plane with a following sea and run. I even retained all of my fillings, and I didn't drown from the spray. Actually, it would run mostly dry with pretty much any angle on the waves, just not slow and straight on. Big fun, but at the same time it showed me that I have a lot to learn about respecting the big water. I don't care to find out if this thing will really run swamped!

All in all though, this boat is clearly superior to all of the other small boats I've owned or operated over the years, and I'm looking forward to learning to handle it better. It feels and handles like a much larger boat, for all of it's 13 feet, and is suprisingly stable on rough water.

Only saw one other Whaler on the way up there. It was a 17 Montauk in a McDonalds parking lot, and he stopped to say "Nice Boat" on his way out. Of course, I returned the favor. These Whaler owners seem quite a friendly sort!

Roy

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