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Old 09-29-2020, 06:30 AM
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Default Bay boats with Carolina Flare.

Iíve been looking at bay boats in the 20 to 24 foot range. I really like the ones with the flare on the front. Hopefully it will help a little with the overspray. The tidewater Carolina bay is an example. I also saw that black jack and 2015+ ranger bays have it as well. What are some other boats that have that? Tell me the ones Iím missing so I can research their layouts. Thanks!
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Avenger AV24 and AV26. Amazing ride, layout, construction! In my experience, it's a very dry bay boat.

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Thanks everyone! They are looking awesome. Iím planning on doing something soon. Probably this spring. This will give me time to do my research. Iíll primarily use this in the Pamlico sound but would also like to venture outside the inlets on pretty days. Does anyone have experience outside the bays on one of these beauties?
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Flare has little to do with keeping a ride dry in bay conditions. If you watch a boat with good spray rail design you'll see them doing the work of redirecting the spray. Some good reading and a video here: Carolina Flare: Fact or Fiction?
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I have the Skeeter SX2550 and it has some flare, but the reverse chines are what keep the cruising-in-chop spray pushed towards the back.

If I was running into consistent swells in a bay boat that were really putting the bow flare to work, I would probably get out of there. I think it does help when anchored at a beach with large swells or some jerk weed in a 35 footer goes flying by on plane 50 yards out.
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I was about to say Chaos. BUT, that St. James is stunning!!!
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Originally Posted by Skunked22 View Post
Thanks everyone! They are looking awesome. Iím planning on doing something soon. Probably this spring. This will give me time to do my research. Iíll primarily use this in the Pamlico sound but would also like to venture outside the inlets on pretty days. Does anyone have experience outside the bays on one of these beauties?
Really more about your experience on the water, how comfortable you are with the boat, and having the proper safety equipment! Lots of people fish pretty far offshore in properly equipped bay boats often.
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Originally Posted by Skunked22 View Post
Thanks everyone! They are looking awesome. Iím planning on doing something soon. Probably this spring. This will give me time to do my research. Iíll primarily use this in the Pamlico sound but would also like to venture outside the inlets on pretty days. Does anyone have experience outside the bays on one of these beauties?
Pretty days they're fine out in the big pond but that's not really what they're designed for and it can be wet and tough on your spinal cord! Of course the sound can be just as bad or worse, the short, steep chop with no backsides.

You'll probably see this one out there next season but it's going to be a different color, not sure yet which.



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I believe Stoner Boatworks has a smaller CC with some tumblehome aft and lots of flare forward.
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The East Cape Bay has huge built in spray rails to keep you dry
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Originally Posted by USCG Safe Boating D8 View Post
Flare has little to do with keeping a ride dry in bay conditions. If you watch a boat with good spray rail design you'll see them doing the work of redirecting the spray. Some good reading and a video here: Carolina Flare: Fact or Fiction?
an awesome read! I made it through the first page and Iíll continue later. Thanks!
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[QUOTE=bills106;14092865]Pretty days they're fine out in the big pond but that's not really what they're designed for and it can be wet and tough on your spinal cord! Of course the sound can be just as bad or worse, the short, steep chop with no backsides.

You'll probably see this one out there next season but it's going to be a different color, not sure yet which.


great looking boat! Currently Iím running a 18 foot stratos bass boat in the Pamlico. I know..... the water gets bad... really bad sometimes. I do believe itís helped me to become a better driver in the chop. The last few weeks have been great for driving lessons. Iíve also had an 18 foot seapro in the past. Iíve been offshore on that one several times on pretty days. Used to go out of Oregon inlet catching rock in December and January about 15 years ago. Speed and trim positions are the key. I do feel like Iím a good operator.
side note.... a couple weeks ago the evening before What was left of sally Hit the Pamlico I was out there in 2 to 3 foot chop white capping. Felt like I took a couple showers on the way back in. Bow was up and taking our time. Water was hitting the front at a 45 degree angle. It was rough and realized.... I need a bigger boat. And... probably should have stayed in Rose bay 😂

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I always admired the flare and design of Blackjack boats.

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Originally Posted by Accountability View Post
I always admired the flare and design of Blackjack boats.
I crawled on a 25 foot Coastal with a tower that had already sold. Drool. Wife said "that's only for fishing."
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