bknilvr00 wrote:As the title suggests I need some insight from you guys who have hunted and fished for far longer than I have. Went out Saturday, expecting a 10-15 mile and hour wind, after myself and cougar made it to our destination, the wind kicked up, substantially so. Checked the forecast, wind advisory in effect. Lovely. So as the wind was getting worse, we had some decoys getting away. We hop in the boat to go retrieve it. Did great until the wind started gusting and held the boat sideways. I gave it enough throttle to swing the front end around and when I did, a wave hit the back 1/3rd of the boat, and completely douched me. Right then I decided two things, we were getting the hell outa there, and I need a bigger boat. Fast forward and hour, I hopped back in the boat alone to retrieve a duck. The wind had died down cobsiderably, so I had no trepidation going on the water. Well when I got away from the beach, the wind gusted. Turned into it to prevent a wave over the side, and when I did, the front end of the boat started lifting up.... Cougar puckered for me while watching from the safety and comfort of land... Anyways, had to really give it throttle to let the motor bite and get the nose down. I told my wife via text message that was I alive, fairly spooked, and selling my boat after the seasons over. I'm torn between getting a legit duck boat, like a bankes, or duckwater. Or should I get a welded sled since I fish as much as I hunt. Id really like some insight from you guys who have been around the block before. I want to make the best and most informed purchase. I've got plenty of time to research it, but I figured I'd start here...
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What kind of boat (v, semi-v, flat bottom), how big is the boat, and what kind of motor are you running?
Assuming you checked the forecast BEFORE heading out, KNEW the area you'd be hunting at AND had a waterproof VHF radio, AND had enough gas AND enough PFD for EVERYONE in your boat:
Anything under 18 and 50 hp, I'll call you under powered.
Anything under 17 and 40 hp, I'call you "ballsy". Whoever jumped into that boat with you, I'll call stupid