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Old 03-04-2003, 07:52 AM
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captadamnj
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Default How much freeboard is enough?

i don't think there is any such thing as too much freeboard. that being said, you really need to consider the type of fishing/cruising that you do. if you are only in back bays, then freeboard isn't much of a concern. you aren't going to be fighting huge fish, and seas aren't that much of an issue (although some back bays and sounds can build quite a sea at times). on the ocean, there is a line between having enough freeboard to comfortably fish and keep seas out of the boat, and having so much freeboard that leaning over the side of the boat to land a fish can be uncomfortable at best and somewhat dangerous in the least.

bottom line is you have to be comfortable with it. there is no right answer for how much freeboard is enough for you.
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