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Old 12-05-2016, 03:16 PM   #1
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I've been offshore fishing for about 3 or 4 years now, still roughly new and learning things here and there. I heard this forum was great with helping newcomers. I would like to eventually get to the rigs/drillships for Tuna. I purchased a '17 Sea Hunt Ultra 235se last week. 250 4stroke with a 98 gallon tank. This is the 1st boat I've ever owned and was wondering would that fuel amount suffice to possibly make it to the drillships/oil rigs and back? Like I said it's my 1st boat, and still learning everything about boating. Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 12-05-2016, 03:44 PM   #2
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Being as that it's your first boat and you lack experience, I would strongly advise against taking a small single engine boat to the rigs. That being said, I would need to know your average fuel economy when fully loaded down with gas, gear, ice, people, etc. to have an idea of your range. Even with optimum fuel economy, let's say you get around 2mpg, you wouldn't have the range to safely get there and back without taking extra fuel with you in a bladder. Realistically you are talking about at least a 180 mile round trip, really more likely 200+. To put things in perspective, my boat averages right around 2 mpg fully loaded down. I've got a 145 gallon tank, and I'm pushing it to make a 200 mile round trip. I've done a 235 mile round trip, but a lot of that was at trolling speed and burning way less fuel.

To be honest, I would recommend trying to go with some experienced guys on their boat a few times before you consider trying to tackle a trip like that on your own. There is a whole lot to consider safety wise when heading that far offshore.


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Old 12-05-2016, 03:52 PM   #3
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23' foot boat single engine 80-90 miles from shore is not a good idea.. when thing go bad out there they go bad quick.
please think about the safety of you and your crew

yes all my times out there from Orange Beach round trip has been 210/ 230 miles
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If I am reading his post right, his boat is a 2017 23.5' Seahunt. Nice boat and congrats.

Still, a single engine 100 miles from shore is sketchy at best. Of course I didn't think that when I was 65 miles out in my 20' GW in my 20's.
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17' foot boat single engine 80-90 miles from shore is not a good idea.. when thing go bad out there they go bad quick.
please think about the safety of you and your crew

yes all my times out there from Orange Beach round trip has been 210/ 230 miles
2017. Bout a 23' boat, but like said above you are lacking in range.
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I think it's doable (then again I'm in my 20's, and have done it with a MERC 2 stroke on a 21' Sea Ray)

But I wouldn't go without a dozen or so trips beforehand on another vessel, and at least a few months dedicated to learning your own.

You will need to plan the weather weeks in advance and be prepared to change the trip. If you fill up with ethanol free fuel and end up not going, you can always save it for later.

South wind is usually a little rougher, but if something happens your drifting home. (Been there too)

Not to mention gear, you still have quite the investment to make in larger setups

We have wasted a lot of money to fish deep water only to get spooled by tuna and AJ

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It's a good idea to walk before you run. Like Split suggested, hit a few close-in places, gradually increasing your range as you increase your knowledge. Learn ALL you can about your boat/engine and its capabilities and your capabilities. When you think it's time to make a rig run, take some experienced crew and a buddy boat.
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Yeap go out and get a few Ass Whippins because the weatherman missed it or the weather just changed on you.
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Old 12-05-2016, 06:58 PM   #10
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Congrats on the new purchase!
We have a Blue Wave Pure Bay 2200, nice boat. We usually keep it inside of 45 miles- on a decent day. Never considered a rig trip in it. Even with 98 gal of fuel you have, if its topped off, its not enough. In my opinion, you really need twice that to make a safe trip to the rigs. I've been there on a nasty day- It was nice when we headed out, then it got snotty quick!
Where are you out of? We can suggest some spots for offshore fishing, but none hold tuna (unless you are in the keys LOL). If you have loaded your GPS or have bought a "fishing chip"- you probably already have a bunch, just need to see which ones are producing. Jan should mark the beginning of AJ season! We will be planning some offshore trips then.
I'm sure the guys here will keep the comments and suggestions coming!
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