sorensonhs wrote:Yeah on my trip home I was trying to add up all the weight. We were definitely over. I always hunt with guys around the 170 lb range so when ya change it up to 350+ and 250 I didn't factor it in like I should have. We had 5 dozen mals, 6 fb mals, 10 honkers, 2 doz honker shells, and 2 doz reel geese plus blind bags and guns. And a heavy mud motor as some one stated but the boat is rated for a 45 hp outboard, was pretty close in weight. And the 67 lb marsh rat across the front.
Yes, grossly overloaded. You were fortunate. Had one of your hunting partners drowned, the family could soon be owning everything you have (and will have for the rest of your life).
From the picture, it's hard to tell, but I can't see a grab bar on the boat pictured. I can tell you this: if you have a longtail, you absolutely MUST have a solid grab bar on the boat. If your boat doesn't, I'm not surprised sorenson went overboard. A grab bar is a tremendous help in situations like that. Every person who owns/runs a longtail should be obligated to install a bar.