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Old 11-13-2018, 09:31 AM   #31
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I'm sure trim tabs would help. Generally I have to load mine pretty bow heavy to get the nose into the chop. I was thinking about a set of the fixed tabs but really don't want to drill more into the transom as it's glass over steel. 100 lbs of scuba tanks in the bow makes her ride nice.

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Old 11-13-2018, 11:06 AM   #32
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I'm sure trim tabs would help. Generally I have to load mine pretty bow heavy to get the nose into the chop. I was thinking about a set of the fixed tabs but really don't want to drill more into the transom as it's glass over steel. 100 lbs of scuba tanks in the bow makes her ride nice.
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I believe the question here isn't how far offshore you feel your CH 17 can take you but how far from shore will she get you back. With proper planning and gear I've run mine 40 miles out into Lake Superior. Now this was on a fine July Day for research and I've friends who monitor the weather with pilots resources who will contact me via sat phone text should something pop up. Additionally I carry a second gas supply, battery, and kicker motor to get me home if all else fails. I think your motor works too hard which hurts your MPG. I run a Yamaha 130 2 stroke (345 lbs) which burns 5.5 gph at 25 mph full of dive gear and other equipment (300 lbs?). That's 4.5 mpg for the lubbers. Here in the Great Lakes the waves build faster, are closer together, and crest sooner that salt water. It takes a full gale here to get them bigger than 20' but any over 15 foot will always be a saw tooth. That said, my 17 CH is a lot of fun (and wet) in up to 8 footers, would survive in anything up to sawteeth long as I could keep her under power, and school me to pray better in anything worse. Kevin R. Ailes.



That's only a 5 year old thread you're resurrecting.
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