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Bluesea posted 07-12-2009 10:40 PM ET (US)   Profile for Bluesea   Send Email to Bluesea  
I'm looking at a Conquest 23 with the notched transom (2005 ish or newer, versus earlier models with the "bracketed" transom). My concern is the notched transom leaves the boat open to the sea, and this might not be the best choice for fishing 30-45 miles offshore. Any thoughts on the subject?



Liteamorn posted 07-13-2009 05:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Liteamorn  Send Email to Liteamorn     
That notch can also let water out if you take a big wave over the bow.
Bulldog posted 07-13-2009 06:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Liteamorn is right, not matter how much water you have in your boat if the engines are running it will exit very quickly, along with anything not fastened down! I've seen video of a Whaler 22 swamped by backing down twin engines until the engines were almost under water, punching the throttles and boat was basically empty in seconds. I've been in my brother in laws boat in Delaware bay taking green water over the bow, those two inch scuppers don't flow water very well! His boat also has no floatation as it is over 20 feet, and every fish towel and sandwich bag blocks scuppers.......Jack
Buoy posted 07-13-2009 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buoy  Send Email to Buoy     
I run the Moriches inlet in Long Island, venture 9-10 miles out, and have never had an issue with the 235's notched transom. Naturally I pick my days, but I really don't recall any water ever coming thru the transom. Maybe the splash guard keeps it out, not really sure as it's never been a problem.

This is my third summer with the boat so feel free to contact me should you want to chat about my experiences. Good luck!

bluewaterpirate posted 07-13-2009 10:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
There's a bulkhead around the notched area. 4892322_2160360_31032104_WebSmall_3/ Image-4892322-31032104-2-WebSmall_0_8357545ef453b796e7f114faf0f5073a_1


Bluesea posted 07-14-2009 12:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bluesea  Send Email to Bluesea     
>>There's a bulkhead around the notched area.<<

That's not bad, but I wonder why Whaler doesn't go with something like I had on my Grady Adventure 20?

This is Seafarer 226, similar to the 20.

gvisko posted 07-16-2009 07:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for gvisko  Send Email to gvisko     
I also run Moriches inlet with my 1994 24' outrage with
open transon and fish up to 30 miles off shore. Very little water comes over the transom and I have twin motors.

Tomahawk Sportfishing

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