Beam, length, fishabilty, New England

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Hiteker, Jan 13, 2017.

  1. Hiteker
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    Hiteker New Member

    I have been killing myself trying to understand what boat to build/buy. I have a 25 foot Romarine (like a parker) with a single 300 Evinrude on a stainless marine bracket. Love the boat. Vee angle only 16 degrees boat weight about 5000#. I fish Giant Bluefin, Shark and ground fish out of Gloucester. It's new England weather, not Florida. The boat really limits my days on the water. I have a 35 Bertram in my yard that needs everything. Money is one thing, but practicality is another. That beast is gonna be expensive to own. $1000 everytime I have to bring it to my shop to fix or take out of the water. Would like a boat that is 12 feet wide max..I can haul that with a permit. I have been eyeing a offshore race boat hull its a 34 stutphen. almost free. A bracket. 2 300 outboards, transom is bracket ready and I want to make it like this.
    https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl...act=mrc&uact=8

    My question is, what are these narrow beam boats like sideways to 3 footers when parked? The beams are so narrow, like 9 feet. The Florida guys say go for it...its very different up here. we will drift sideways to the waves for hours. Sometimes 3 -5 footers. These narrow beam boats dont seem to strike me as the right choice.
     
  2. Scot McPherson
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    Scot McPherson Senior Member

    The solution to drifting sideways is to drop a drogue or sea anchor off the bow. That will keep your bow into the waves. If you are going to move often, then get a drogue that has a release to let the water out of the bottom while you are hauling it back in and aboard.
     
  3. ondarvr
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    ondarvr Senior Member

    He doesn't want the bow into the waves, they fish drifting sideways, he's asking if a narrow boat will work well doing that.
     
  4. Scot McPherson
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    Scot McPherson Senior Member

    you might be right, but he doesn't exactly say that...He just says they drift that way for hours, he doesn't exactly say he wants to be broadsides by design. Maybe some clarification will help.

    However, when it comes to narrow boats, narrower will always cause more rocking when broad to the waves, HOWEVER, lengthening the hull will slow the rocking action down some.
     

  5. ondarvr
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    ondarvr Senior Member

    Its the fishing method, it's common here, might not be over there.

    Florida boats are long and narrow so they can be put on a trailer and be street legal. Other places in the country use wider boats, which is what he's familiar with.
     
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