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I have a Express H24B that I took out of Eugene Island last Sunday. Wind was less than 10 out the west. Gulf was mostly flat. I think we were out about 60 miles. When we returned people told me I was crazy. What’s everyone thoughts on this? How many folks go out in a 24’ boat. What should I worry about going that far.
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Summer storms that pop out of nowhere that turn those 1ft or less seas into 4+ ft .
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Yes, not a good idea. I have a 22 and my limit is barrier island and even that gets sketchy.
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I've been out 50 miles out of Venice, La. several times in a 22 ft. Champion bay boat. Had problems only one time but made it back. Problem is nobody wants to tow anyone from that far out! We had the cover off of our motor and working on what seemed to be a fuel issue. When we started working on the motor there were around 5 other boats around us. After a while I looked up and everyone was gone! Guess everyone around said to themselves, if you're stupid enough to go out 50 mi. in the gulf with one motor, you deserve to stay there!
You just have to be aware of the weather just as another poster mentioned. If you can't get out of the storms that pop up, you better know what you're doing or that can be your last trip.
We've been in some nasty seas out there, 3 and 4 ft. seas a couple times. That Champion bay boat can handle some rough stuff. I wouldn't trust an Express in those conditions. You can take calculated risks, but are fish really worth risking a life for?
Another thing, if you don't have all the necessary emergency equipment like a radio to communicate to the rigs if something happens, you're better off not taking a chance. Cause sooner or later something will happen and you better be able to handle it! Remember that boat is your life when you're out there! Something happens to it , just one mistake and that's it, you and everyone with you can be, well you know dead, gone, no other chance to fix the mistake! IT CAN GET VERY SERIOUS VERY FAST OUT THERE!
Do not take those trips out there lightly!
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You obviously never been caught in a good summer squall out there yet. It can get from what it looks like in that picture, to 4 foot waves in about 10 minutes. One wave over the side of that boat would swallow it whole!
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I want out on my flat boat out of empire and the only problem that I face was my back. I can only get 3500 rmp on boat and it was a ass beating. But I couldnt fish comfortable bc I kept watching the weather. It was fun and I only burn 15 buck in gas. But I wouldnt do again. Just get a bigger boat to go offshore to be on the safe side.
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