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Slinger 01-11-2004 10:04 PM

Prov. boat show
Started off the show season with a trip to the Prov. boat show. Being fairly new to owning a boat, I don`t have any idea of what to ask or look for in a new boat, I just know I want a bigger one! Is there a book or vidio that would be a good starting point? I ran my boat a lot in the last 2 seasons but didn`t learn much about what makes them tick. What is deadrise? It seems to be important. Fuel-water sepperators? It was so much easier when I walked to the fish.
P.S. There were a lot of realy nice rides at the show, I`m surprised I didn`t walk out with a contract for one.

JimW 01-12-2004 07:06 AM

I sent you a PM with a site I have found very helpful.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong but the higher the deadrise degree the more of a V it is. Say a 16-18degree deadrise for a bay boat and 22 for an offshore boat.

The 22 will cut through the waves better but will rock easier while at rest. The 16 will feel more stable at rest but pound more than the 22. The 16 will come on plane faster than the 22.

There is obviously much engineering that goes into hull design, too much math for me. I think the best way to rate them is to get an in water demo if you can.

kjackson 01-12-2004 10:57 AM

Jim is spot-on with deadrise-- it's the vee in the bottom of the boat. The less deadrise you have, the easier the boat is to plane. It also requires less horsepower to run and is more stable. However, the less deadrise, the more likely the boat is to pound when running into or with a chop. The more deadrise, the smoother the rise, the more horsepower required to run the boat, etc.

Boats are big trade-offs-- you need to identify what you want in a boat and determine those factors that provide for your needs.

A fuel-water separator is an excellent idea on any boat-- Basically, a separator is simply an in-line filter that is installed between your fuel tank and the engine(s). You change the filter cartridge seasonally (depending upon use). You should be able to buy one for less than $50; I have yet to buy a cartridge for mine, so I can't tell you how much they cost, but it should be inexpensive...

Good luck,


Penguin 01-12-2004 04:55 PM

Changes for the 2005 PVD Boat Show...
It was nice to see and talk with the good Captains Bob Hines and Bill "Sasquatch" Brown...ALWAYS a pleasure! ...
'Word is...Next year there will be no "seminars"...
Co$t$ the promoter too much ca$h $o...ByeBye!
...and his feeling is, if you show boats "they" will come...
(with or without the seminars)

Eagle Marine has some NICE previously-owned-lightly-seasoned boats!:eyecrazy:

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