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    Rough Water Driving Techniques Needed!!
from Brad (146.163.167.219)  
2/10/1999 12:45:00 PM

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 I have a Viper Coral (20'1") and it is a great boat for smoothing out the chop on any lake. However, I am going to fish Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri and it is ROUGH! 40 foot cruiser type rough!! What is the best way to navigate waves of this size? I have had a 1975 tri-hull since then and just got into the "big leagues" of bass boats! Any comments would be appreciated!!


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   Slow from Rog (204.167.221.8)  2/10/1999 4:34:00 PM
 If it gets that rough stay off the main lake but if you get caught take it slow. In a following sea keep the bow up so the wave behind you does not push the bow into the next wave and swamp the boat. Also do not let the boat get sideways in big water, one may break over the side or trun you over if it gets real big out there. Try to run the troughs or surf the big waves back to the marina. Easy in clear water not so if you have a stump laiden field in your path. Basically the same as your other boat. If you get in a pickle put bow into the wind and find a shelttered place to ride it out.
   Rough Water from brownfish (132.228.70.18)  2/11/1999 10:39:00 AM
 Cabin Cruiser waves are the worst because many times you get in them before you see them. The biggest concern is to keep the bow from plowing into one of the swells. As your boat starts to come down off the high point of a swell...accelerate and then let off. This will drive the rear of the boat down and raise the bow (just like a hole shot). This will keep you from plowing into the big swells and taking water over the bow. It will take a little practice to get your timing but it works.
   Handling the rough from Hamby's Protector Beaching Bumper  2/11/1999 10:55:00 AM
 You will recieve lots of good advise on handling.I have posted several times on emergency methods. Haveing opperated a bass boat before there were bass boats i have been caught in lots of rough conditions. I have advised here many times that each boat has its own handling character & should be one of the very first things that an operator should do is learn from experance just what the boat will do under emergency conditions like rough water, quick turns to avoid another boat that just shot out of a cove in front of you etc. Dont try to do this any other time except when the water is warm, you have a good life vest & kill switch. At speeds below 80 you can do some wild things without getting into too much trouble except maybe a bruise or 2 & getting wet. Thats still better than taking or loseing a life.Believe it or not it is possible to survive 8 to 10 ft waves a short time if you have the hp & set up & know your boat.I have found that a hydrafoil enhances the trim action on a boat well enough to allow much more throttle & higher trim setting to raise the bow up to 6 to 8 ft above the water. A must if the waves are that high. Naturally by hitting the waves with the bottom of the boat your butt is going to take a terrable beating & your gonna get wet. Be prepared & you can come out OK. www.hambys.com

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