The Boating Forum - Bay Boat's (Why the low freeboard)???
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01-13-2007, 12:28 PM
Why do all of the bay boat's I see have low freeboard. This is not condusive to trolling, rough water, or having smal kids on board. Maybe slightly eaiser to cast with the low free board??
How much draft does a typical bay boat have.'
When fishing the bay what is usually the most shallow water you really fish in.
Answer's to these questions will help in the purchase of a boat for me. Thnx.
A Few Dollars
01-13-2007, 12:41 PM
Low freeboard similiar to bass boats, less sail area or wind resistance easier to control with trolling motor.
Usually used in inshore or protected waters.
A 21'-22' bay boat will draft from 12"-18"
I usually don't fish in less than 2'-3' of water.
01-13-2007, 12:59 PM
That and you can get in and out of them easyer to wade fish.
Mostly to stay out of the wind though.
01-13-2007, 01:04 PM
My 20' Sea Hunt is a regular V-hull CC boat. It drafts about the same as most bay boats(12") yet offers more freeboard and considerable bow flare. Freeboard and bow flare are partciularly good at keeping kids in the boat and water out of the boat. I cast just as easily out of my Sea Hunt as I did out of my old skiff. I regularly fish flats that are 2.5'-3' deep on out to 25 miles in the Gulf of Mexico. Some people claim that higher gunnels on regular V-hull boats catch the wind more than most bay boats causing you to drift faster. Yesterday morning I was drifting a wind chopped 3'-4' flat in my Sea Hunt (with t-top) along side a 17' bay boat (friend of mine) and a true flats boat. All three of us were drifting along at about the same speed.
Ultimately, I think some of the smaller (18-22') V-hull boats offer more versatility than most bay boats. Much like the flats boat craze about 15 years ago, bay-boats are just another boating trend. Much like the recent Panga craze. Nothing wrong with any of the current boat styles, but in a few years the bay-boat and panga will be replaced by some new design that will claim to be better.
01-13-2007, 01:47 PM
HullSlap - 1/13/2007 1:04 PM
My 20' Sea Hunt is a regular V-hull CC boat. It drafts about the same as most bay boats(12") yet offers more freeboard and considerable bow flare. Freeboard and bow flare are partciularly good at keeping kids in the boat and water out of the boat.
Same with my 20-footer. It's a very dry ride but has plenty of freeboard and a very dry ride, yet can float in about 10 inches of water. the bow attack is significant but with a 9-degree transome deadrise. Makes for a very versatile platform.
01-13-2007, 05:36 PM
Loosefish - 1/13/2007 12:28 PM This is not condusive to trolling, rough water, or having smal kids on board. Answer's to these questions will help in the purchase of a boat for me. Thnx.
if trolling, rough water, or having small kids on board are important to you, I don't think a bay boat is right for you. Fortunately there are some real nice alternatives.
HullSlap - 1/13/2007 1:04 PM Ultimately, I think some of the smaller (18-22') V-hull boats offer more versatility than most bay boats. Much like the flats boat craze about 15 years ago, bay-boats are just another boating trend. Much like the recent Panga craze. Nothing wrong with any of the current boat styles, but in a few years the bay-boat and panga will be replaced by some new design that will claim to be better.
Slap, I agree 18-20' CC's are definately more versital, I don't agree that the bay boat is a craze. Many fisherman like myself enjoy casting jigs, lures etc along sod banks, mangroves etc. There is no better way to do that than from the deck of a true bay boat (or flats boat). You couldn't give me a T-top on a bay boat, it'd be near useless without a trolling motor, it is not for the same uses as a regular CC. A regular center console is a far better choice for anyone who does not spend the bulk of their fishing time casting lures. A regular CC has a much larger cockpit, higher gunwales and railing, more stroage, and so on. Bay boats are super cool looking low profile boats, they are here to stay. They have a purpose which they are very good at, but they aren't the best choice for everyone. If I could only have one boat, it would be a bay boat, I like casting jigs & plugs. That said, 10 years ago, you couldn't get my interest in one as I prefered offshore fishing
01-13-2007, 07:44 PM
Another reason for the low freeboard is to allow the use of a bow mounted trolling motor. I have a bayboat, and like the versatility it offers. I don't have small kids, and don't go offshore to troll in rough conditions very often. I do take the wife and some teenagers out to pull the tube and kneeboard, and we like how easy it is to get in and out of our current boat. As noted earlier, if you are looking for a rough water capable boat to troll out of, a bayboat is probably not the correct choice. A traditional walk-around type boat is probably more suited for your needs, as the kids can go in the cabin while you troll the rough stuff. Draft should not be an issue, as most trolling is done offshore or in deeper inlets and bays.
01-14-2007, 01:08 AM
I could never understand the bay boat concept - seems a small V would be as good in a ban and more versatile ;?
01-14-2007, 02:41 AM
Weight and wind resistance. For both water speed and towing . Usually looks sexier too (long and low)
01-14-2007, 03:15 AM
I thnk the whole Bay Boat name is really more or less a brand/style vs a boat dedicated to "Bay Fishing" It is a Versatile platform, I use mine where mostly CC's and WA's are fishing.....but when I do go shallow or in the lakes etc its a MUCH better type boat than would be a CC or WA.......as far as the draft goes, my BX draws about a foot, I use a trolling motor for it, in a wide variety of places, Open water drifting, shallow water casting, deep water down lining etc etc. Its all about what YOU want to use it for......My freeboard is actually pretty high, 21" is the lowest I can find, and gets much higher as you move forward, the deadrise is 15 on the transom, which I feel sometimes when in a ruff chop, but to counter that, I can put the trim tabs down and let the Deeper V high flared bow break the entry for me while running.
Im not sure if the name "Bay Boat" is appicable in a lot of areas.....I have certainly learned that for the Ches Bay....a CC would have been a better choice!! Now when I lived in TX, and fished Galveston Bay a typical "Bay Boat" would have been a perfect fit!!
Its just a name!!