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Old 01-18-2018, 01:09 PM
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Since I live in Florida, I have a 24' fiberglass center console. Is it worth bringing it up to Washington? I know it is cold and rains a lot, but is a CC worth having there? How rough is the water both in the sound and up to 50 miles offshore in the summer time? I know it is a completely different kind of fishing, but I am a quick learner. Thanks in advance, Dave
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Went fishing out of Port Townsend(bay and strait), all kinds of fishing boats up there, I think yours will do just fine. Lots of cabin style boats due to the weather(cold and rainy) but just as many CC and duel consoles. During halibut season there are ALL kinds of boats in the strait and just offshore, many shorter than yours. Just my observation during Halibut trip in April I believe, been awhile.
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From my experience with the Pacific Northwest, the fishing is alright but there are plenty of other types of seafood that you can enjoy there, too. Clam digging, crabbing, shrimping, and cruising around some of the islands and things in the Puget Sound will be a lot of fun. A center console will be fine, but it won't be nearly as prevalent as in Florida. And get ready for a learning curve on fishing for stuff like salmon, halibut, sole, cod... stuff like that. It should be a fun adventure. Also, it is a very "blue" state with regulations to match.
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Welcome to Washington. Where in the area will you be moving to/working?

I wouldn't take a 24' CC offshore 50 miles here, only because the weather sucks. The sound will be a blast in the summer. I like my pilothouse with heat.
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Old 01-18-2018, 08:15 PM
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I live there, CC's aren't my favorite, just got rid of mine, hadn't used it in at least 5 years. I've been out 50 miles in a CC for tuna, a nice wet and cold ride, it's not that warm on the water here even in the summer, so winters are a nightmare. My wife wouldn't even go out on it in the summer, that could be good or bad depending on your point of view.

You can fish with it here, but for the most part you'll be cold.

The market for CC's isn't that strong here either, so if you don't like it, it may be harder to sell.
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Old 01-19-2018, 01:16 PM
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I live 3000 miles from where you are planning to move. Look at the ocean current charts from NOOA or any other site. The water you will fish is from almost the Arctic.

I was in San Fran for a year and the ocean temps were about 40 degrees what ever the season.
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Your going to want a pilot house there
http://www.defianceboats.com/ comes to mind
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I fish out of the bay area and honestly, conditions are nicer in WA in the summer than down here. l. BUT, a CC is completely do-able. However, you'll sell that boat in a year or two after freezing your balls off. Best bet is to sell the boat in FL (where you can actually sell a CC) and get a cabin boat.

In terms of taking a 24' 50 miles offshore, its not a problem. We have guys down here doing 60-70nm runs in 24-25 footers. Just watch the weather and make sure you're in a good weather window.
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Good luck with the move, I never cared much for Seattle, its beautiful but odd. As others have said you can do a CC but will be chilly most of the year and their style boats are predominetly cabins. Selling a CC up there will also be more difficult due to the demnd. Good luck, great fishing, you can also do some great fishing from shore there, even squid fishing. If you hunt then you also got some good access to elk, deer, etc.
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Typical summer day offshore here would be 65 - 75 degrees with a chance of rain showers. 4 - 6 foot W/NW swells. Winds anywhere from SW-NW, 5 - 15 knots rising to 10 - 20 in the afternoon.
If your center console rides wet there, it will ride very wet here. Most guys run a walk around or pilot house for this reason. It's common to take greenwater over the bow.
If after a season or so in the center console you decide to move to a pilot house or walk around, it will be difficult to offload the boat here and a couple of guys I know that sold CC's ended up shipping them back to the east coast to sell them.
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Old 01-25-2018, 04:29 PM
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Talk about black and white difference...Tampa to Seattle??? Shiny happy tanned super athletic gorgeous people to pale fat slobs grumpy with attitude...

Sell off the center console in Florida unless it special to you, like others say you'll want a pilot house, better yet a wood hull Grand Banks trawler if you have time to poke around with tides...perfect Puget sound boat, cold water no wood worms like sub tropics where wood Grand Banks sink or rot ashore in 5-10 yrs...
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Here is my pilothouse.. Notice the cabin is bigger than deck. It rains here
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We had an open boat. My wife had a requirement for the 'new' boat: A place to get out of the weather. We have a full enclosure and heat. .... on a 2006 19' Trophy WA
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All that being said. On a warm sunny day, there is no better place to be than Puget Sound / San Juans and the straights.
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Originally Posted by BadgerS View Post
Here is my pilothouse.. Notice the cabin is bigger than deck. It rains here
Heck, the cabin is almost bigger than the truck.
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I would keep you CC.

We have the best tuna fishing on earth: https://www.sportfishingmag.com/offs...ific-northwest

Plenty of people fish CC's out here.

It is generally pretty nice in the summer (I wear shorts, t-shirt, and flip flops on 99% of my charters) and when it isn't, you can bundle up.

If you make it out to Ilwaco, WA and want to go tuna fishing, look me up. I will tell you all I know.

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Originally Posted by Shake N Bake Sportfishing (formerly Colbachlaw) View Post
I would keep you CC.

We have the best tuna fishing on earth: https://www.sportfishingmag.com/offs...ific-northwest

Plenty of people fish CC's out here.

It is generally pretty nice in the summer (I wear shorts, t-shirt, and flip flops on 99% of my charters) and when it isn't, you can bundle up.

If you make it out to Ilwaco, WA and want to go tuna fishing, look me up. I will tell you all I know.

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So you charter in a CC from IIwaco?
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Old 01-28-2018, 12:45 PM
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Ive lived here for 30 years and have had 2 boats here without cabins, it can get really cold and wet in a heartbeat at anytime, unless you plan to fish only in the summer (unlikely) then you should consider selling it.

The post about Washington being blue is correct, but it helps keep the fish stocks up. If you fish close to the Canadian border you have to take into account the Canadian fishing rules as well as the Washington fishing rules, you could get burned catching a salmon in Canada legally then run into issues transporting it back into Washington proving you caught it in Canada especially if the area in Washington is closed to salmon fishing. just check with Canadian and Washington fish and game to deal with this possibility.
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We lived in Seattle for awhile, loved it, but that was awhile ago. We had a 32' Tollycraft sedan that we had an absolute gas in all year around. I am with the others, sell the CC in FL and get a walk around or "cabin" boat. You'll use it 5 times as much, and you can overnight in the San Juans and a ton of other beautiful destinations.... way more choices than you have in Tampa.
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I live 3000 miles from where you are planning to move. Look at the ocean current charts from NOOA or any other site. The water you will fish is from almost the Arctic.

I was in San Fran for a year and the ocean temps were about 40 degrees what ever the season.
The coastal current here is in no way associated with Artic current. The Artic current skirts the north shore of Alaska and heads west. We are technically not even part of the Alaska but of the California North Pacific Current, which lends itself to the Kuroshio gyre.


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As long as you don’t routinely apply vagisil to yourself, bring it. I would get spray curtains for it. I had a Grady 282, great boat, it a little wet. Forward and side curtains always on. Never had the back on. Then I went to the Worldcat 290cc and added full width curtains. First, the WC was drier and we only once took water over a sponson. But, we do get wind and the associated sprayback from that. So, the curtains killed the wind and spray. Took a couple minutes to take down once we reached the grounds - so what. Only put them up for the ride home a couple of times. In fairness, the !umacat is a pilot house w walkaround and heater. And OH YEAH, it’s awesome to have those. But, we did just fine for years without those things.

Granted, I wasn’t fishing the Sound in winter. That’s just boring as hell to me anyway. I have other things to do in the winter. If you want to chase blackmouth (3-10# king salmon), get a little Mr Heater and some nice outdoor clothing. Problem solved.

We have plenty of 24’ rigs making our tuna runs. If you don’t have bean bags, get two before you leave Florida. No sense paying stupid shipping.

Be prepared to run in 4-6’ at 8 seconds. But we do get glassy days too. Being flexible by a day or two can make a huge difference.
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