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Old 09-12-2015, 02:11 PM   #16
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In general I think most well-designed, well-built boats can take far more than the typical recreational boater can or is willng to. Semi-planng boats are frequently taken up or down the west coast between Seattle/Vancouver and California. A number of the charter fishing boats out of places like Westport have semi-planing hulls.

Several weekends ago we were planning to take our planing-hull fishng boat over to Whidbey Island for a couple of days of crabbing with friends who live on the island. We didn't go. Why? The water was too rough. If our fishing boat had a displacement hull we wouldn't have gone either. Why? The water was too rough.

In each case the boat could have dealt with the water assuming smart boat handling. But in each case it would have been a miserable experience for everyone on the boat.

People have crossed oceans in rafts, in canoes, in rowing boats, you name it. The design of a vessel certainly contributes a lot to the vessel's capabilities. Grand Banks are very poor open-ocean cruising boats for a lot of reasons that have nothing to do with the hull type, which happens to be semi-planing.

I am always leery of generalizations like "X is no good for doing Y with" because almost invariably someone comes along and proves it wrong as Kevin has done on numerous occasions when people have said or implied that the type of boat he has is not suited for what he uses it for.

The success of a boat in the conditions it's used under is far more dependent on the person using it than on its design. A smart user understands the capabilities and limitations of his or her vessel and so uses the vessel safely in whatever environment the boat is used in.

This includes things like not going crabbing in very rough water even if the boat is cabable of dealing with it because other factors would make the endeavour very undesireable with an elevated level of risk. On a different day with the exact same boat in the exact same waters, no problem.

The success of a voyage is ultimately determined by the boater, not the boat.
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