U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > North Carolina > Coastal North Carolina
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 03-05-2010, 07:01 AM
 
551 posts, read 1,698,967 times
Reputation: 355

Advertisements

My husband and I are new to Wilmington and we want to get a small boat for fishing mostly in the intercoastal and clamming . We are thinking of a skiff about 16 foot. A special consideration for us is that my husband has breathing issues (COPD) so we want to be able to bring the boat in quickly in case of emergency. What should we look for? Anybody know a good source of advice? Is a completely flat bottom best or a little bit of a vee? What size engine? We would really appreciate suggestions.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 03-05-2010, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
1,676 posts, read 5,356,346 times
Reputation: 1244
sundaze,
many questions.
Is this your first boat? Do you have any water experience behind a wheel?
My first reaction would be to recommend a flat bottom skif. After all-The purpose of a skif is so you can clam and get in very skinny water.
There are a variety of hulls such as spoon bowed, slight v's, deep v's and all. These will offer more control and stability but you sacrifice water depth at slow to no speeds.
A flat bottom skiff is basically a plank of wood on the water. There will always be a degree of "slapping" when you run and a degree of hopping back and forth-Again, when you are running.
The solution for that is to go wide with your boat. That helps to stabilize it.
The moto is the most expensive part of the boat. In my opinion don't skimp on the motor. Go for the higher rated HP engine. You'll find being under powered more dangerous than not.
I am also assuming that you will never be too far from where you launch your boat. If you are always within a mile or so then speed getting back isn't really an issue. There's only so much time that could be saved in a short hop.
Any info you can give would be helpful!
Take Care,
Bill
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-05-2010, 09:28 AM
 
551 posts, read 1,698,967 times
Reputation: 355
Yes, first boat, only slight experience. We don't want to go out far. we are looking at Carolina Skiff.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-05-2010, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
1,676 posts, read 5,356,346 times
Reputation: 1244
Carolina skiff's have high gunwales, sit heavy in the water and have chines and strakes on the bottom for control and stability. Not the cheapest boat possible-But definetly an eastern NC favorite!
Be sure to get a depth sounder and a marine band radio.
Bill
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-06-2010, 05:42 AM
 
291 posts, read 766,287 times
Reputation: 143
We love our Bayrider and lots of our neighbors love their Carolina Skiffs - they all seem to go up to Yopp's in Sneads Ferry to get them.
If you are new to boating, you might enjoy taking the Coast Guard Auxillary's boating course - don't know where these are given in Wilmington, but here is a link to some information and phone numbers that you could find out more.
More boating classes. This time in Pender County. Its Hotz Outside - Wilmington Star News - Wilmington, NC - Archive
Welcome to Wilmington!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-06-2010, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
1,676 posts, read 5,356,346 times
Reputation: 1244
MTNesters said, "you might enjoy taking the Coast Guard Auxillary's boating course"
It's a great course! In North Carolina if you are age 26 or under-It is required!
New Law for Boating Safety Goes Into Effect This Year
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:



Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > North Carolina > Coastal North Carolina
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top