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tbyrne posted 05-22-2001 12:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for tbyrne  
I just thought I'd relate my experience with my 2000 Sport 13 last weekend. I went out on the L.I. Sound to a reef that had been fishing well the last few days. When I got out on the water, the wind was blowing 15-20 kts., not the 5-10 predicted by NOAA. To make matters worse, the wind was out of the east, doing battle with an outbound tide. As a result, the chop was short and steep, with plenty of whitecaps. The little 13's modified V-hull did a good job of keeping me dry while giving me a smooth ride for a 13 footer.

The reef was nasty, with standing 2-3 foot waves, but as a result, the fish were there. By manuevering to stay in the flatter water uptide of the reef, I took two nice stripers in a short time. After that, I headed home - the boat ran great downwind, especially when I played around with the power trim and got the bow up a bit.

If I had been in my 1975 Sport 13, I never would have caught those fish because I would have had to turn around just after leaving the ramp. The chop would have beaten me up too badly and I would have been soaked in no time. I also didn't miss the horsepower I gave up by opting for the 25 hp four-stroke since running the boat beyond 5,000 rpm would have been too fast for the boat in those conditions.

As configured, the new (and in my opinion, improved) Sport 13 fills my needs very well!

Whaletosh posted 05-23-2001 08:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    

Glad to see that I am not the only one that thinks the 25 4-stroke/Sport 13 is a great combination.

I have moved on to a Dauntless 14, but I was very happy with the Sport 13. I was able to cruise at 18 to 20 MPH, and top end was 23-25 depending on loading. Just fine for a 13 foot boat.


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