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c u in oc posted 12-08-2002 11:28 AM ET (US)   Profile for c u in oc   Send Email to c u in oc  
I have purchased a 21' Ventura 200hp Optimax. Going in the water in the spring in the Ocean City MD waters. I want to go a Max distande of 40 MI offshore in the ocean. I will have a full electronics package and the common sense to check the weather and only venture out on nice days. I would like your opinions.
Hey Lou, hope to see you in OC this year.
Thanks Larry
JBCornwell posted 12-08-2002 01:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Ahoy, Ventura.

If you use more than 1/3 of your fuel and/or oil getting there you have gone too far.

Red sky at night. . .
JB

tully_mars posted 12-08-2002 01:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     
I am not sure if the 21' Ventura has the same fuel that the Outrage does, but I have run 40 miles in my 21 Outrage 1996 many times. The Outrage has 120gal fuel, and I had plenty spare to get home on. Like you I have had full electronics packages and extra radios, the only thing I can say about running that far is 1 engine!

40 miles in the ocean is not like being 40 miles from home on the interestate, nobody just comes along every few minutes.

Make sure you have provisions for help if the motor fails. They all do one day, some sooner than others and always when you least expect it.

Tully Mars

tully_mars posted 12-08-2002 01:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     
That would be interstate above! (sorry)

Tully Mars

JoeyP posted 12-08-2002 05:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for JoeyP  Send Email to JoeyP     
Conditions out on the water change too frequently. I agrre with JB. Using the 1/3 X 3 fuel rule will help minimize getting stranded out too far. Simply put: 1/3 out, 1/3 in and 1/3 to cope with the changing conditions that may occur.
aubv posted 12-08-2002 07:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
c u in oc,

With a 93 gallon gas tank in the 21' Ventura, I would guess any where you want to go! Or to put it another way if you burn 7 gallons/hour at 35 mph(this is a guess) and leave a 10% cushion you have a usable range of 418 miles.

I regularly travel 75 miles in a day but usually only 4 miles from shore and only about 10 miles to the closest gas dock. I find that with our OR's, I tend to calculate by how many days I might go before needing to fuel up. In this case, usually every 3-4 days or between half and a third(50 gallons) of a tank left.

Of course, any off shore trip requires a full tank and then I agree with the 1/3 rule but would only use it, based on 90% of fuel capacity.

Best of luck with the boat.

wayne baker posted 12-08-2002 08:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for wayne baker  Send Email to wayne baker     
I have a 1987 20' outrage. 40 miles off is not a problem. I go 50 to the edge of the banks here in Ga. (and 50 back of corse) on 40 gallons. I have a 175 merc. Oh by the way I dont leave if the forcast is mor than 2 to 4's. boat could handle more Im sure but with safety and comfort in mind,in that order, there is a lot of good fishing on the inside on rough days.
wayne baker posted 12-08-2002 08:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for wayne baker  Send Email to wayne baker     
UH I ment a 1997 20'outrage.
c u in oc posted 12-08-2002 08:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for c u in oc  Send Email to c u in oc     
Thanks for the info! With good weather and fuel to spare I should be able to handle the distance. Larry
diveorfish posted 12-09-2002 01:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for diveorfish  Send Email to diveorfish     
With reasonable weather and such, 40 miles should be no problem for a Ventura. I see guys going out that far in Montauks.

Having something like “Sea Tow” or ”Vessel Assist” is probably a good idea.

Also, does your full electronics include and EPIRB? I know they are expensive but many folks say that you are a fool to go offshore without one. In fact, I would like to know if the good people on this forum who go offshore all have EPIRBS?

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