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bpollock42 posted 08-17-2004 12:19 AM ET (US)   Profile for bpollock42   Send Email to bpollock42  
Just purchased a 1978 13" whaler. Performs great but , depending on the wind is wet!! Any suggestions on cutting down on the spray?
HAPPYJIM posted 08-17-2004 05:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
Slow down, adjust direction, wear rain gear.
I'm mounting a small winshield on mine for when I have to take water in the face.
lloyd13 posted 08-17-2004 12:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for lloyd13  Send Email to lloyd13     
I bought the mills weather curtain set. That made all the difference. But you are right, an incredibly wet boat in chop with a cross wind. Coming from Alcatraz over to Pier 39 you might as well just pull the plugs when you start because you are going to get mighty wet in the afternoon.
bpollock42 posted 08-17-2004 01:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for bpollock42  Send Email to bpollock42     
LLoyd13, where can I get the mills weather curtain set? I live in NJ by the way.
17 bodega posted 08-17-2004 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
It's amazing how nasty SF bay gets. I feel your pain and soggyness in my 17 too. Gotta hit it early and be out of the water before noon. Try north of the Richmond San Rafael bridge and you'll really get soaked!

skred posted 08-18-2004 09:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
If you have front rails on your 13 (not too common)you can install canvas from the rails to the deck (sorta like a sailboat's cockpit setup you may have seen) this will help some, but - at speed - every one of my classics 13, 15 and 17, still got me wet in a chop. It's that low freeboard....
panther posted 08-18-2004 12:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for panther    
Buy a boat with higher gunnels.
BQUICK posted 08-18-2004 01:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for BQUICK  Send Email to BQUICK     
Set the tilt higher.
panther posted 08-18-2004 04:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for panther    
Stay at the dock and drink beer on rough days.

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