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Old 02-15-2021, 01:37 PM
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Hi all! New to the forum. Anyways, I just purchased a new Duckworth Advantage 18 with 90hp Yamaha, 9.9 yamaha kicker, 80lb terrova trolling motor and 2 cannon mag 10 downriggers. I usually fish the rivers, lakes and delta here in NorCal. I was wondering if my boat will be safe enough for places like half moon bay, san pablo, Tomales, bodega, Albion and shelter cove? I know weather and swells plays a big part, I will choose wisely what days I will go. Wanted to do some rockfishing, crabbing and salmon on the Ca coast. Thanks!
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Is that your boat model? It's aluminum boat, so you have to be very careful taking it out to the ocean. If the water gets in the boat, then it'll sink quickly. To be safe in semi rough water, you may look into putting a removable front bow cover when during wavy days and also when driving. The fiberglass open bow boats usually have the removable bow cover.
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Something like this bow cover will help preventing some water to get in the boat.

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Yes that is the exact boat. I wont venture far, maybe 3-5 miles off the coast at the furthest weather permitting.
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Originally Posted by rlee7117 View Post
Yes that is the exact boat. I wont venture far, maybe 3-5 miles off the coast at the furthest weather permitting.
What happens if the weather changes faster than you can make it back?
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Thanks for that info.....I didn't know that. Never occurred to me.
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Many times the weather changes pretty quick out there in a couple of hrs. The marine forecast of NOAA can't even keep up. I wouldn't take that aluminum boat go out far. I am in So Cal. I heard that Nor Cal is usually rougher than So Cal.
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The Boat Builders Handbook states that that USGS requires that... "Monohull boats under 20 feet in length and rated for more than two horsepower must comply with the more sophisticated flotation system called Level Flotation. The Level Flotation system requires that the swamped boat, loaded with certain weights representing weight capacity, part of persons capacity and some equipment, must float in an approximately level position and not heel past a certain angle, even when part of the passengers’ weight is on one side of the passenger carrying area."
You'll be fine with your 3 to 5 mile limit on nice days. Heck, the rental skiffs off the wharf are allowed go that far. Kayaks almost as far.
I am in Monterey Bay, and it is common for boats that size to go to Soquel Hole for salmon, 6+ miles, with good conditions for small craft.
Weather is fairly predictable here ; with winds picking up after 11 am. Pick your days: No Small Craft Advisory, a 2 foot swell @ 10 seconds or more and no fog, is your kind of day, and there are many of those.
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We would all be fishing the ocean in pontoon boats if it were not for one thing ...the weather! Learn the weather and all the great forecasting tools we now have avail on our computer/phones and you will be fine in that boat. Learn to fish at the crack of dawn and always head in the direction of where the late morning winds will come from.
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When going out on a small boat, it's safer to expect worse weather than the forecast. It happens all the times. A forecast of 3' swell can turn 4-5' easily. I'd think it's safer to stay at 2' swell and under in small boat. Also, knowing the direction of the wind and current is critical.
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Use an app like Windfinder. Pretty reliable.

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