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Old 06-07-2004, 04:46 PM
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Question: I have been told that the Hurricane deck boat hull will not work for choppy water, such as the intercoastal or up to 5 mi. offshore (southern NC area) due to bottom hull shape/design. Any truth to this? Thanks, Bill
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Old 06-07-2004, 06:19 PM
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False, while not the ideal boat for in shore ocean fishing, I've been out on my friend's 23ft Hurricane as far as 25 miles off ocean city, md, and the ride was surprisingly good. Not much of a fishin' boat, but very comfortable for drinkin' brewskis on a hot summer day.
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Hurricane makes a great deckboat. *Period.* Would not be my first choice for the ocean.* Period.*
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Old 06-08-2004, 01:06 AM
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Depends on conditions of course.* Some of the bigger I/O deckboats like Chaparral or Monterey might be a little less bumpy.* Get*rides and make your own decision.

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Owned a 237sundeck with a 225 Yam 4-stroke outboard last season. I live in Bermuda and found that it was fine for protected areas or open seas on a flat calm day but any wind above 10-15 knots and you got pretty bashed about.
Kept it 6 months and then sold it, need something more heavy duty out here.
Good party and ski boat but make sure you check the weather forecast before you venture out.
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My brother in law bought one to use on Great South Bay.* I think it is the only one I have ever seen on the South Shore of LI.* Long story short, I would only use it on a small protected lake.* One day last summer, I witnessed it almost become a submarine.* He came off plane in three feet of water (bunch of people on boat) just as a ferry wake was coming up.* The bow buried and she almost went down.* Everybody had to jump off (thank god it was so shallow) and wait for the water to flush off the deck.* We started calling it Red October.* His wife and kids refused to go out on it anymore and he got a real boat for this season.*
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Old 06-08-2004, 12:35 PM
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Deckboats come in a wider range of designs than other types, such as bowriders.* The low profile designs definitely have to look out for big wakes, even on lakes.* But not all deckboats are low profile.

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oh my G-d, out 25 miles on a deckboat! Must have been smooth as glass. I also have a 23 Hurricaine, does great on the intercoastal even in a chop. Wife loves the bimini, chem toilet, sink etc. Has the worldīs smallest livewell but at least it has one. Moves well with a yamaha 200SS2, but itīs going toget replaced with a bay boat soon
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Old 06-10-2004, 03:56 PM
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I live in New Smyrna Beach, FL. All of my boating is done on the intercoastal waterways and around the inlet here. I have a 20' Hurricane and it does great in all conditions, would I take it out in on the open ocean? Not me! but maybe I am just overly cautious but I think I will use it for what it was designed for.
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I owned a Hurricane deckboat while I lived on the currituck sound, off of North Carolina I bought it brand new in 2001. Very choppy water, that boat would beat the living he!! out of you. We were coming back one day there was a 2' chop I could only go 15-20 mph, and the beating was so bad we broke the bimini top. Not too mention the boat had air voids in the strakes on the hull. Now if the water was calm as glass the boat would run like a scalded dog, but you let just a whisper of wind kick up and the next day it was off to the dentist.
Great for a lake, but if you are going near any big rivers or coastal waters no way!

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