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stlawrence posted 08-21-2002 04:03 PM ET (US)   Profile for stlawrence   Send Email to stlawrence  
Most of my boating is in the St Lawrence Seaway, so it is choppy and cold. I'm looking for a new (or used) boat, which will be a true multi-purpose, expected to haul plywood and lumber in the morning, pull a ski-er in the afternoon, and fish at night - then on Saturday it will have to haul the visitors around sightseeing. I'm looking at the Outrage 21, or maybe a 19, but am afraid it might be too wet for my wife on those blustery days. I'm steering away from the Ventura, because I need the extra hauling capability of the Outrage, I think. Any ideas? Any suggestions as to alternatives? Thanks.
bsmotril posted 08-21-2002 04:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
My Conquest 23 is a very dry riding boat. It takes a lot of sea and beam wind to get the windshield wet, and even then the cockpit stays dry. I suspect from its' hull shape that a conquest 21 would also be pretty dry.
InHerNet posted 08-21-2002 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for InHerNet  Send Email to InHerNet     
I have a 2000 23' Outrage that might be for sale in the near future if I don't get more time to use her. The 23 is a very dry boat compared too most. I have been in some pretty nasty weather and seas with her. Every boat will wet you down at some point, it is all about your ability as the captian to how wet you want to get.
lhg posted 08-22-2002 02:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Todays Outrages are basically fair weather boats, with only a tee top & curtains offering minimal all-weather protection for the operator only.

You need a Classic Outrage with the Mills all-weather canvas system for your kind of boating. When the going is wet, cold and nasty, this canvas will keep you warm and dry, and out of the wind and spray. When you're using it as a pickup truck, you can furl the canvas, and have a wide open boat with tons of floor space. Sounds like you need a 22 Outrage.

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