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Old 05-03-2013, 11:51 AM   #61
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#@*&*% (wise ass.) One of these days....
For those of you that think this is a negative remark...it isn't! I'm envious as I would love to have a boat like Moonstruck's that is so adaptable to the sea conditions.(Not to mention the mood I'm in.)

Great cruising boat! GPH be damned.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:54 AM   #62
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Guess I won't get that popcorn after all...
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:21 PM   #63
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How deep is the water on the "Mokelumne"?

Edit: I just Googled the "Mokalumne River" (Which I have never heard of) and was surprised! https://www.google.com/search?q=Moke...w=1067&bih=522
In the lower stretches, it can vary from 6 or 7 feet near the tule islands (or less) to 20 feet or so in the holes, depending on shoaling. It stays a pretty consistent 10-15 ft as you proceed north on the South Fork past Terminous/Potato Slough toward the bridge by Wimpy's Marina. The North Fork shallows to 6 ft approaching the town of Locke. Then it gets snaggy in Snodgrass Slough.

Scary (Steve) here on TF knows these waters better than most and says it's still navigable with local knowledge. I've stopped running past Locke on my own, but would consider doing it with someone like Steve who knows where not to stray.
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:23 PM   #64
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Bottom line to us is that while the wakes some boats put out can be annoying, our boat can handle any of them so we don't worry about it.

The interior of our boat is constructed and laid out so that there is no loose furniture or anything that can be tossed around or out of its rack by a severe waking. Our cupboards and refrigerator and oven doors cannot pop open even when the boat is severely rocked Outside of the occasional glass or coffee cup, we have no concerns at all for the "stuff" inside the boat if we happen to catch a big wake in a way that rolls the boat hard.

So other than the "stupid *******" reaction we might have to someone who plows along throwing up a monster wake, it's just another part of boating that's no big deal.

As to passing distance, our only requirement is that the boat that passes us, coming or going, doesn't actually hit us. Other than that they can go by as close as they want.
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:04 PM   #65
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Don,
The "Washing Machine" is off Stephen's Passage in SE Alaska.
It's called Ford's Terror.
It's a rapid to a fjord by that name that is very narrow and has current of about 15 knots. It may be the highest velocity rapid on the NW coast. That's bad enough but the "Washing Machine" part comes from the very pronounced dogleg in the middle of the passageway or channel.
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:08 PM   #66
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Scary (Steve) here on TF knows these waters better than most and says it's still navigable with local knowledge.
Thanks, Al....I'm beginning to really like the Delta. (And its covered slips.)
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:35 PM   #67
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Some "passing" shots I just came across on this computer. Taken during a film shoot I directed a few years ago. No worries about wakes here. Carey's lobsterboat had one of the cameras on it.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:57 PM   #68
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GREAT PICS Marin. But I expect that from you.

Carey's LB sure makes a big wake. Haven't seen him post for a long time.

Sorry you were offended by my personality post. It's obvious you wern't pleased. I didn't mean any criticism at all actually. I was going to delete it but the window slammed shut. On the old forum format the "edit" feature stayed on much longer.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:33 PM   #69
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Maybe you should look at Back Cove boats. Made by the same company (I think) as Don's Sabre. A bit of Sea Horse II in their size and profile, good speed when needed and built in a great State by extremely skilled boat builders. And........you could come visit to sea trial one.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:53 PM   #70
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Walt:

Maybe you should look at Back Cove boats. Made by the same company (I think) as Don's Sabre. A bit of Sea Horse II in their size and profile, good speed when needed and built in a great State by extremely skilled boat builders. And........you could come visit to sea trial one.
Yep, similar lineage. The Back Cove 37 is really a spectacular boat Built in South Casco Maine..
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:57 PM   #71
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Carey's LB sure makes a big wake.
He was going flat out in the second shot for a camera pass. The Lady Washington was doing 12 knots at the time and Carey passed us like we were standing still.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:18 PM   #72
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To dwhatty & moonstruck:

To switch to a Back Cove would cost me approximately $250K + my boat. I would pick up about 17 more knots at cruise and move up one more peg on my slip size, diver, boat washer, insurance, etc. ($$$) Why would I do that! (That's the question I keep asking myself.)

I would welcome some input from the Forum.
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Walt--- if you want a fast express cruiser stop mucking about with all those wannabee brands like Sabre and Back Cove and stuff. Just get yourself an Eastbay and be done with it.
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Walt--- if you want a fast express cruiser stop mucking about with all those wannabee brands like Sabre and Back Cove and stuff. Just get yourself an Eastbay and be done with it.
Ouch! Right through the heart. I guess I'll always be a wannabe.
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He's West Coast. A San Juan would be nice too.
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It's OK Walt. Go ahead and buy one of those Chinese boats if you want.
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Eastbays are made in Malaysia. Don't know where the San Juan is made. Here I think, actually.
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Don't know where the San Juan is made. Here I think, actually.
Maybe even in the San Juan's...
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Larry, how about Worth Creek near N. Palm Beach with the wakes bouncing of the seawalls on either side. That place can be like a washing machine.
Actually, I was thinking of that very spot when I did my reply. It only takes one illegal go-fast boat to fly by you, and for the next couple miles you might as well be in Jupiter Inlet in a storm.

Another one that really gets my goat is when you're waiting for a bridge, and some guy comes screaming right up to the bridge before coming off plane, sending a huge tide that surfs you right toward the bridge abutment.
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Maybe even in the San Juan's...
Seems they're built in Anacortes, which is not quite in the San Juans but close.
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