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Old 12-19-2015, 09:29 PM   #1
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What is the minimum sized boat to safely run out to the Nipple?
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Old 12-19-2015, 09:41 PM   #2
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16 feet.
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Depends on the day and time. You could take a 16ft bass tracker out there on the right day as long as you had plenty of extra fuel. But then there are smooth days with storms that will cruise threw that you wouldn't want to be out there in a 40 foot boat. And those are unplanned storms that just form.
Weather changes fast and once your caught up in it, all you can do is ride it out.
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Here's a better question. What kind of boat do you have and what kind of power? How much experience do you have that far offshore? Do you have a good load of safety gear?

Asking this kind of question makes me think, instinctively, that you don't need to be out there.......yet.
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I would invest in an epirb for insurance.
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Here's a better question. What kind of boat do you have and what kind of power? How much experience do you have that far offshore? Do you have a good load of safety gear?

Asking this kind of question makes me think, instinctively, that you don't need to be out there.......yet.
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Old 12-20-2015, 08:48 AM   #7
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21-23 foot boats go out there on a regular basis. Single and double motors. Does it get a little dangerous out there, yes .
Is taking a boat offshore of any size 30-40 mile offshore dangerous, Yes.

It's done every weekend 6 month out of the year.

For all of us that have offshore vessels, WE have ALL had some iffy dangerous situations happen while offshore fishing. A lot can happen.

The fact of this thread is, if your boat is prepared correctly to handle offshore situations that will happen, are you and your boat prepared to make it back home.

Be safe out there folks..........
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I've been out there several times in my single engine 20ft cc. The fact is that a Captain must have a high level of respect for the ocean. You must do research (wind, waves, tides, lunar cycle, etc.) and you can still be caught off guard. The other thing you need is confidence. You cannot be 40 miles offshore and lose your shit because things start getting a little dicey. The key is to remain calm and focused. I don't travel out there without my PLB. I also, brief all my crew where the safety equipment is just in case I bite it. The Army has taught me a high level of composite risk management that I always incorporate. Buddy boating on a nice slick day is a great way to boost your experience level.
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:25 AM   #9
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I am in a 25 ft GW with twin Yamaha 150's and I watch the weather closely. But then again I am getting old and don't want to get beat up either.....
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31' and you dont have to worry .
Oh maybe cause I got one For Sale ???
It is nice not to have to get Beat up on a long trip !!! and be comfortable the whole day
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