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Old 02-14-2017, 08:32 AM   #1
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Hi all! I'm new to the forum and have a question about boating on Lake Erie. I am planning on purchasing a new boat and I'm considering docking it in Ashtabula, Ohio. I'm getting a 25' open bow. do you think it's enough boat for Erie? I know I won't be out in 4' waves. But are there enough days with calmer seas to justify docking on Erie? It will be used primarily for recreation. Some tubing and anchoring near the beach at times (probably in Conneaut) mostly just cruising with the family. All input would be appreciated! Thanks!
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Sure. Just remember not to venture too far on "volatile" days - ie, "chance of thunderstorms" etc. Conditions on Erie can turn very quickly.

Sandusky Bay / Catawba / Island areas of the lake are full of boats much smaller than a 25 ft. There are more places to seek shelter there than on the east side, but as long as you're mindful of the weather you'll be fine.
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Long time Conneaut boater here.. Welcome aboard! Pick your days and you'll be just fine with a 25' bow rider. I ran a 19' Stingray for a lot of years before I got into the perch and walleye fishing.
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I ran a 14' aluminum boat with a 25HP Mercury on Erie for 3 years. I've been on the lake so long that I am totally comfortable in rough water. I would not recommend going out in a 14' boat but I'm still alive. You will be fine with a 25'.
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I don't know if you're new to boating or not Howard. All I can throw in is to take a safety course.
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I don't know if you're new to boating or not Howard. All I can throw in is to take a safety course.
Thanks for all of the replies. I appreciate them. I haven't been around boating for a few years. I have a military background, Navy, I was the search and rescue coxswain on an aircraft carrier. I learned quite a bit but those days are long gone. I've owned a couple of boats since but only ran on Mosquito lake. I'm retiring in January and buying myself a retirement present! I absolutely want to take a safety course and possibly other courses as well. I noticed that the Power Squadron has a bunch of courses. I'm looking at a Scarab 255 Jet Boat (my wife fell in love with it at the boat show) and I'm thinking about looking into North Coast Marina. Has anyone ever heard of that marina? I was wondering how it was.
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Thanks for all of the replies. I appreciate them. I haven't been around boating for a few years. I have a military background, Navy, I was the search and rescue coxswain on an aircraft carrier. I learned quite a bit but those days are long gone. I've owned a couple of boats since but only ran on Mosquito lake. I'm retiring in January and buying myself a retirement present! I absolutely want to take a safety course and possibly other courses as well. I noticed that the Power Squadron has a bunch of courses. I'm looking at a Scarab 255 Jet Boat (my wife fell in love with it at the boat show) and I'm thinking about looking into North Coast Marina. Has anyone ever heard of that marina? I was wondering how it was.
Looks like the "head" on that boat is in name only and is just an "enclosed changing room." Are you sure your wife is good with that? Also, that hull is a modified V geometry. The 20* deadrise, as advertised, is pretty good; but I'm willing to bet you'll be choosing your days very carefully or wind up pounding quite a bit. Make sure you run that boat in the usual Lake Erie 2-3' chop BEFORE you buy . . .

Congratulations on the retirement! And thanks for your service.
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Thanks for all of the replies. I appreciate them. I haven't been around boating for a few years. I have a military background, Navy, I was the search and rescue coxswain on an aircraft carrier. I learned quite a bit but those days are long gone. I've owned a couple of boats since but only ran on Mosquito lake. I'm retiring in January and buying myself a retirement present! I absolutely want to take a safety course and possibly other courses as well. I noticed that the Power Squadron has a bunch of courses. I'm looking at a Scarab 255 Jet Boat (my wife fell in love with it at the boat show) and I'm thinking about looking into North Coast Marina. Has anyone ever heard of that marina? I was wondering how it was.
Welcome (from an ex navy guy as well)! I looked at the boat online and didn't see a 'changing compartment/head - that would be my wife's primary consideration. Not sure how the boat handles but definitely agree that you should water test in a 2-3' chop. I assume it has trim tabs? If not I'd definitely have them installed as it would take some of the pounding out of it.

For Lake Erie I'd get the longest boat you can afford. as it's the frequency rather than wave height that makes the difference (between ocean and Lake Erie waves).
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Looks like the "head" on that boat is in name only and is just an "enclosed changing room." Are you sure your wife is good with that? Also, that hull is a modified V geometry. The 20* deadrise, as advertised, is pretty good; but I'm willing to bet you'll be choosing your days very carefully or wind up pounding quite a bit. Make sure you run that boat in the usual Lake Erie 2-3' chop BEFORE you buy . . .

Congratulations on the retirement! And thanks for your service.
Thank you! Great advice on lake testing! My wife is happy as long as there is a port a potty in there. By the time I retire she will probably change her mind 10 times.LOL
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