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Old 01-13-2012, 11:00 AM
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Default What's a "canyon boat"?

I'm here on the central California coast and keep coming across THT references to the canyon: i.e. "she'd make a fine canyon boat" or, "great for runs to the canyon".

Can someone clue me in what this canyon is?

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From my understanding a long range boat. I believe the "Canyons" are off the north east/east coast and when they talk about running there its a hike over nighter kinda deal. I could be wrong.
On the west coast of FL we have the elbow and the middle grounds, they are 80-100 mile runs each way so I would assume its the same thought process just called a different term.
If I am wrong someone please correct me
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That's about it, I am not an "offshore" guy myself yet but the thought is a boat that can handle the ocean runs maybe 60 or so miles out. I believe this is the better fishing grounds/deeper water.

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On the northeast coast, the continental shelf or canyon is 75 to 100 miles offshore. The canyon boat is designed to run out there, troll and make it back safely. Just because the boat is big, doesn't always make it a canyon boat. I had a friend with a large Ocean Yacht that had gas engines, great boat but couldn't get to the canyon and back due to fuel capacity.
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Spot on Nick. A boat designed to run in NE waters to the continental shelf, at speed, and have amenities to stay there for a day or two...or three. For me, the shortest run is 78 nm. each way, longest i'll do would be about 115 nm. Here would be a chart of the area from MV to "The Edge".

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I guess technically any boat that can make it 70+ miles to the NE canyons could be considered a canyon boat but traditionally the term refers to diesel sportfishing boats. A 25’ CC carrying a bunch of extra fuel that can make it out there within a narrow weather window really isn’t considered a canyon boat.
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its a catcher for evel knievel...
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this is a canyon boat working the canyon
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Thanks everybody. Great replies.

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