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Old 11-13-2012, 12:31 PM   #15
Nomad Willy
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The OP was talking about a Grand Banks. You fellers are talk'in about speedboats.

And before I went offshore I'd be looking for a boat that is good at handling following seas. I think that ability is questionable in at least most of the boats mentioned so far. All about the same as the GB though ... or worse. However the lobsterboat w a big enough rudder may indeed do the trick but many lack volume fwd and that's an asset in following seas.

BUT the OP wants to do shallow draft boating in the bay area so the speedboats may be an acceptable compromise except for the vulnerability of the running gear.

If I were the OP I'd be looking for a good sea boat and just stay out of the really shallow areas in the bay.
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