an 18 foot open sled like you are describing can handle a lot more than 6mph winds. I would look at expected winds and pay attention to expected gusts along with wind direction, then toss in tide conditions. Wind blowing against a hard tide is a lot worse than wind blowing with a tide for wave conditions. Also account for river flow influence in your thoughts if your running in and out on one. They tend to concentrate the currents and can kick up waves where they enter the bay.
Another thing to think about is location of the ramp in relation to protected areas, length of run, and changing water conditions where you will be running. I will drive a long ways out of my way to get to a spot where I can run in more protected conditions in the boat. A road drive is a lot less bumpy than a rough boat ride. The birds tend to be grouped up in protected areas a lot of the time as well.
Last edited by ScaupHunter
on Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:55 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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