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HDAU
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Birmingham, AL
Member since Nov 2014
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Offshore Center Console
What is the smallest center console/outboard combo you would feel comfortable taking offshore for day trips?


ecb
LSU Fan
Member since Jul 2010
3604 posts

re: Offshore Center Console
What are you defining as offshore?

5 miles or 50?

What kind of seas?

I've been out in 18' & 20'cc and also in 65 ft sport fishers when it's too rough to fish


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CP3
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Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2009
6473 posts

re: Offshore Center Console
26ish ft is probably the smallest I would go if using it regularly for going offshore, something with twin outboards. That being said I've been 15 miles out in a 21ft bay boat on a flat calm day, it's just not really ideal.

You gonna need some fish box space anyway.
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bbvdd
Alabama Fan
Memphis, TN
Member since Jun 2009
16704 posts

re: Offshore Center Console
Seas determine that more that anything else.

In good seas a 24’ with twins would be ok for 50miles or so.

ETA: with good electronics.
This post was edited on 4/15 at 9:30 pm


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civiltiger07
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Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2011
8066 posts

re: Offshore Center Console
I have seen 17’ aluminum bass boats 10 miles out of Venice before.


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Ol boy
Member since Oct 2018
198 posts

re: Offshore Center Console
Iv been 20miles out in a 21ft Reno. That being said I would want a 26ft catamaran with twin motors and independent fuel systems. Maybe a epirb and a subscription to sea-tow to be completely comfortable now.


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2geaux
LSU Fan
Georgia
Member since Feb 2008
1565 posts

re: Offshore Center Console
I was 30 miles out in a 22 ft CC and watched seatow ride by pulling a 16ft Jon boat from beyond the horizon with a couple of scared kids!


Spankum
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Miss-sippi
Member since Jan 2007
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re: Offshore Center Console
quote:

watched seatow ride by pulling a 16ft Jon boat from beyond the horizon


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BayouRat15
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Member since Jan 2004
6620 posts

re: Offshore Center Console
I've seen weekend warriors out past the Farewell buoy in the Mobile Ship
Channel with Kayaks


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LSUEnvy
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re: Offshore Center Console
21ft


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headedwest21
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Member since Dec 2016
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re: Offshore Center Console
I have a 22’ but there are so many factors involved that make it “safe” for each person. Every year, there is always one that goes down thinking they could take their small boat out in rough water.


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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Here
Member since Jan 2011
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re: Offshore Center Console
I've done it a few times in a 24'.

How the weather is, how the boats built, and who's the captain all play majorly into this. I wouldnt have a problem going in my 18' boat on a good day, but I wouldnt want to ever go in my buddies 22 foot aluminum boat.


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bigbuckdj
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Member since Sep 2011
875 posts

re: Offshore Center Console
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Every year, there is always one that goes down thinking they could take their small boat out in rough water.


Is this true? I was chatting with buddies about how everybody always calls people taking a bay boat offshore an idiot. Yet you never hear of one going down.


Elusiveporpi
LSU Fan
Below I-10
Member since Feb 2011
1919 posts

re: Offshore Center Console
I do day trips fairly often in a 25ft Shamrock with a single inboard. We have limped in a few times, so now everything on the boat is new with several spare parts on board as well.

But if it were my money, I'd get something like this if on a budget.

LINK to THT

it would be a good snapper go getter for a cheap price


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Offshore Center Console
That's a good deal.

Theres good safe options out there for somebody looking to get into the offshore game for a reasonable price.


geauxnc0308
LSU Fan
pineywoods of ET
Member since May 2008
284 posts

re: Offshore Center Console
Give me some good options. I’m currently looking at an ‘04 Ocean Master Hauptner Craft, 26’ with twin Yamaha 150 HPDI’s. Talk me out of it


GEAUXT
USA Fan
Member since Nov 2007
24892 posts

re: Offshore Center Console
We had a 22ft with a single 200 that we took about 30 miles out of fourchon. That was on a totally flat calm day though.

I think 24 is the minimum I would want to do it regularly. More importantly I would want/need two engines.


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CP3
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2009
6473 posts

re: Offshore Center Console
26 ft glacier bay is hard to beat for the price you can find them at. They are slow as shit, but tanks


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headedwest21
LSU Fan
Member since Dec 2016
565 posts

re: Offshore Center Console
I’m not saying people in bay boats are idiots. We do it plenty of times. But there are plenty that push their luck in small boats with iffy weather. Look at that guy in the bass boat out of Venice last year.


CarRamrod
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Spurbury, VT
Member since Dec 2006
47505 posts

re: Offshore Center Console
We go out in a 22' cat. But we stick to calmer days. Anything forecasting 3 or more we stay home.


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