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Old 10-27-2020, 05:47 PM
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Default Offshore size boat? Love to hear your thoughts

I know this has been asked many times but i am looking for validation. Just sold my 24" Striper WA with twins. Wasn't comfortable going out past 25-30 miles. Weather here in NC gets snotty quick and seems like waves are different here than in gulf, or Florida.
Looking for a used 26-32ft foam hull, cuddy, with twins at least 225's. Of course will be picking days. Do you think a 26ft is too small for 65 miles out? Would like to be able to stay out on all night if the weather cooperates. Love to hear your thoughts.
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You can go 200 miles in a paddle board if weather is favorable.

buy the biggest you can afford, learn the boat, it’s capabilities....trust me ....it can handle more than you can.
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I fished for years in the NE canyons on my 26 Reg....75 miles out...Just pick good weather windows and if there’s doubt stay home....
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I have the 2550 Bluewater, extremely capable boat - have run it offshore to Bahamas multiple times, came back one time on fringe of a tropical depression, etc. Buddy has a 35 Contender, awesome boat. BUT...there is very little difference in being out in an open CC at 35 or 25 when and if weather gets dangerous. 10ft in either is a problem - the size buys you comfort and a smaller margin of safety than you might think.

Here in SoFla we had a storm hit over the summer and sank a pretty big CC, beat up some others while many smaller boats came through just fine. The captain and how the boat is run will also make a big difference. In other words, I’d run my 2550 pretty much anywhere we’d run the 35 but for my old body would much prefer to be on the 35. And there are places and times I wouldn’t run either of them and would want a serious sportfisher, trawler, keeled sailboat, etc. I carry all the safety gear, life raft, float plan, etc. same as my buddy. I suspect when you start pushing 40’ or more in the open CC format, this WILL make a bigger difference no doubt - but doubt you will be going from a 24 to a 45 SeaVee. My minimum is probably 25-26 and up - that Regulator for example if a bracket boat is a beast (notched boats are a question mark for me).
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I know this has been asked many times but i am looking for validation. Just sold my 24" Striper WA with twins. Wasn't comfortable going out past 25-30 miles. Weather here in NC gets snotty quick and seems like waves are different here than in gulf, or Florida.
Looking for a used 26-32ft foam hull, cuddy, with twins at least 225's. Of course will be picking days. Do you think a 26ft is too small for 65 miles out? Would like to be able to stay out on all night if the weather cooperates. Love to hear your thoughts.
I've been 72 nm from the inlet in my 21 - the boat can handle more than you can guaranteed.

Buy the biggest you can afford.
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First - look up video called “ Aircraft Carrier and the Big Wave”

Watch the Carrier take an 80’ wave on the bow no problemo.......

Then call the our Dept of Defense and ask price for a used one.......

Lots of deck space for fishing - excellent visibility from the bridge, and you can fish it in a Hurricane .......

Or.....follow the others suggestion - get the biggest you can afford and fish calmer seas.

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^^^ this! I used to fish 25-30 miles off RI coast in 10-12 foot rollers in my 21' Hydrasports. Gotta be on your toes, but the boats will do it.
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I would ask the people who fish where you fish what they think.

I know a boat that works where the waves are big but spaced out is not going to be the same boat you would use in the northern GOM.

Albeit, you get to a certain length hull and it doesn't matter where you are fishing. It will be a nice ride.
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Question comes up a lot and there are no right or wrong answers. A storm that’s going to sink a capable 23’ is most likely going to sink the same style 26’. More boats go down because other issues ie through hull give, hits something, bilge pumps fail then for the the simple fact they were just to small. And a 26ft regulator is more capable then a 26 bay liner.

size brand style condition all come into play offshore
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You are in the right range, agree with comments that 35 is better but not without tradeoff. I would start with 25-30’ in a quality offshore hull, gain experience and then go up again if needed. I can’t stress enough that managing a 35 vs a 25 does not come without a tradeoff. The read deal is that a bigger boat helps you fish more days but if you can pick your days you get the best of both worlds.
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Big difference in a purpose built hull and your last hull
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Was very comfortable offshore in my 28' Carolina Classic up to 3-4 feet. Seaworthy, great ride, redundant engines.
Not going there in my 23' Sea Hunt, barring perfect conditions.
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I fish a 25 Prowler Cat with twin 200s 100 miles off shore no problem. Would i rather be in a 31 absolutley for the days we want to stay the night or when the weather gets shitty. Get the largest boat you can afford and use.

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Originally Posted by bgreene View Post
First - look up video called “ Aircraft Carrier and the Big Wave”

Watch the Carrier take an 80’ wave on the bow no problemo.......

Then call the our Dept of Defense and ask price for a used one.......

Lots of deck space for fishing - excellent visibility from the bridge, and you can fish it in a Hurricane .......

Or.....follow the others suggestion - get the biggest you can afford and fish calmer seas.
Low gunnels and flat casting platform. The aircraft carrier is more of a “bay boat.”

I think the OP is looking for an offshore CC.





Or if he’s planning on spending some time at the sand bar, I know Carnival is looking to sell some boats:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.fox...ip-auction.amp




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30 ft. is the best number for offshore in NC. There are plenty smaller boats that fish offshore out of the Carolinas, but you will be able to fish many more days comfortably in a 30 ft. hull. Good luck on your choice!
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Downgraded from a 29 foot Pro Kat to a Whitecap 205...still did 170+ mile round trips this year, 30, 40, 50 miles out. In any weather I care to be in, the boat will handle it. In fact, I’m just about certain that the warm carbon-based parts will break down way before the fiberglass ones.

I won’t take it all the way out to the Tanner and Cortez banks... those are 95 miles out and with no place to sleep it wouldn’t be fun.
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Don't you just love the how far out and how big a boat threads?
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OP what's your budget?
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Regularly fish on a 28' Carolina Classic in the mid-atlantic canyons 60+ miles out and we have no issues. Have been out in tournaments on days big boats laid, and while it wasn't comfortable, the boat did just fine. Fished a few very calm days on a 23' Parker DV out that far without issue. That said all 28's are not equal. If seaworthiness is what you are looking for, add some weight to lose some speed.
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Originally Posted by RPK View Post
I know this has been asked many times but i am looking for validation. Just sold my 24" Striper WA with twins. Wasn't comfortable going out past 25-30 miles. Weather here in NC gets snotty quick and seems like waves are different here than in gulf, or Florida.
Looking for a used 26-32ft foam hull, cuddy, with twins at least 225's. Of course will be picking days. Do you think a 26ft is too small for 65 miles out? Would like to be able to stay out on all night if the weather cooperates. Love to hear your thoughts.

We have an angler 2600 with twin 150's. If we take it trolling we almost never stop short of the ledge out of St Augustine FL which is 60miles offshore. We have had it out to around 75 miles offshore. I wouild tell you to pick a boat with a steep deadrise if you are going to make runs like that.

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