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Old 04-02-2017, 07:51 AM
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I have a home near Annapolis on the Chesapeake Bay. Currently I have a 226 Seafarer Grady White and a 19 foot bass boat to handle the Chesapeake striper fishing and the rivers for bass fishing and I wanted to get down to one boat. I was wondering if the Triton 240 LTS could handle that. any suggestions of what kind of boat I should be looking for?
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Not sure how the Chesapeake Bay compares to Tampa Bay, which can get a little choppy, but my 220 LTS was a great boat for Tampa Bay.
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I boat on the bay not near anapolis , but im familiar with the area. I just googled that boat. In my opinion i would not want to be on the Chesapeake in that boat. Weather turns quick and rarly would you see flat calm conditions. Even with no wind substantial large vessel traffic will creat questionable conditions. My opinion
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Old 04-02-2017, 09:39 AM
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PM the member here "240 LTS" if he doesn't find your post.

He has extensive experience on the Chesapeake in exactly the boat you are considering.
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My business partner buried the bow of my then 45' Viking in a wave on the Bay years ago. Pick your days!
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It will be fine..

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Originally Posted by skipperwork View Post
Im sure this guy spends most of his time fishing the tributaries. The main stem of the Chesapeake bay is another ball game. I think if you ask folks with experience on the Chesapeake they will caution you against this boat, unless you are very flexible and can pick your summer days
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Well, it sounds like I may be set up correctly with what I have now.
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[QUOTE=planerboard;10134747]Im sure this guy spends most of his time fishing the tributaries. The main stem of the Chesapeake bay is another ball game. I think if you ask folks with experience on the Chesapeake they will caution you against this boat, unless you are very flexible and can pick your summer days[/QUOTE

We'll I actually own a bayboat and boat in the main bay so I don't have to ask anyone.
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[QUOTE=skipperwork;10134859]
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Im sure this guy spends most of his time fishing the tributaries. The main stem of the Chesapeake bay is another ball game. I think if you ask folks with experience on the Chesapeake they will caution you against this boat, unless you are very flexible and can pick your summer days[/QUOTE

We'll I actually own a bayboat and boat in the main bay so I don't have to ask anyone.
Read the last part of my post that you quoted. You need to pick your days. Most don't have that flexability. As I type this the search continues for a missing watermen on the bay ,one already confirmed dead.
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Have you ever ridden on a bayboat?

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As stated, pick your days. I run a 21' Sea Hunt Triton out of Gwynn's Island, VA and have to be careful. I have run across the bay to the ship channel and Eastern Shore many times with no issue but I can think of at least twice last summer when I did it and it was glass going over but the wind got up and it was 3-4 coming back over. Nerve racking run back across in those conditions. I would hate to think of being caught out in a bay boat with those waves.
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Originally Posted by skipperwork View Post
Have you ever ridden on a bayboat?
I used to take a 14ft aluminum v hull accross the bay, when i was young and dumb and i was very lucky the wind never kicked up.
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Originally Posted by planerboard View Post
I used to take a 14ft aluminum v hull accross the bay, when i was young and dumb and i was very lucky the wind never kicked up.
No is a more accurate answer.
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Originally Posted by rneurohr1 View Post
As stated, pick your days. I run a 21' Sea Hunt Triton out of Gwynn's Island, VA and have to be careful. I have run across the bay to the ship channel and Eastern Shore many times with no issue but I can think of at least twice last summer when I did it and it was glass going over but the wind got up and it was 3-4 coming back over. Nerve racking run back across in those conditions. I would hate to think of being caught out in a bay boat with those waves.

Sea Hunt Triton has 16 degree's of deadrise at the transom.

240 LTS has 15 degree's of deadrise at the transom.

Gonna take a pounding in both and Gywnns Island main bay is a different animal than around Annapolis.
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I fished a sea chaser 186 in the bay out of reedville. Similar design to the triton. Definitely want to pick your days. We've gone out with it smooth as glass then the wind picks up against the tide and it's not a pleasant experience in that type of boat. Anything over 1 foot with the bays tight chop and fishing is just miserable. Last time we went out I had to idle all the way in it was so bad. I've since moved up to a much larger boat.
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Originally Posted by skipperwork View Post
Sea Hunt Triton has 16 degree's of deadrise at the transom.

240 LTS has 15 degree's of deadrise at the transom.

Gonna take a pounding in both and Gywnns Island main bay is a different animal than around Annapolis.
Your much less likely to be swamped in the sea hunt and dont think for a minute that Annapolis is a pond that area gets plenty rough.
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Originally Posted by skipperwork View Post
No is a more accurate answer.
The answer is yes, just in tampa bay where they belong.
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I have a little bit of experience in that area. I have fished over a 100 days a year for the last 3 years with over 50 of them each year out of Sandy Point. I have crabbed commercially for the last 2 years on the bay. The bay is not a magical place where storms whip up from no where and drown you in a small boat. Most of the time a 20' boat is more than enough for the bay. The days where a 20'er won't get the job done you don't want to be out there in a 25' boat either. We fished 90% of the time in a 18' 35 year old privateer, and the last 10% in a 20' maritime skiff. Neither of which are "blue water" boats although they are both tough as nails. I've been in Jeff's Triton 240 LTS because i had the same question you do. It handles the bay fine, and is a great fishing boat. What type of fishing do you do? We only jig, and I don't care for the set up of the "bay boats." They seem to have consoles too big, T-Tops that get in the way, casting decks that are loud when you step onto them, and built in coolers and livewells taking up precious space. I've come to believe an open work type boat is best, like a 23' Maycraft, Jones brothers, Parker, or C-Hawk. 3 piece gunnels, open space, and shallowish draft. If you want to fish sometime PM me. The lower bay from Point Lookout south is a different animal. You can always find a lee shore with deep water around Annapolis to hide in. They don't have the luxury down there.
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I fish on the Chesapeake Bay all the time and the weather on the bay can be 1 ft waves one hour and 4 ft the next. I just looked up the boat I wouldn't want to be in that boat. If you got this boat you need to be very picky on your days you go.
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