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How does 225 SSi handle in Gulf waters?


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Try to look at the inlet waves with different wind directions & tide running in or out with winds.   Might convince you of getting    INSIDE     before your a stuck out side the inlet boat.  PLEASE do not run a inlet with other boats going in & out with you.  Bigger & faster boats  DO  DO  fill small boats. They simply like doing that.  Criminal.   But does not help the smaller boat filled with water.

We have had to shift into reverse & BACK out at maximum speed with a tug & work barge coming out. He had no choice. We had none either. FEAR.   PURE FEAR.

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We rented a 19 ft. Mako dual console one year in Destin. Tooled around the bay for most of the day and ventured out into The Gulf for a little bit. Calm day, seas were under 2 ft. We didn't venture out too far, less than a mile, just off of the beach. We saw alot of similar boats out there that day, 18 to 20 ft. open bows, no one had a problem. If you're staying close to shore and you are aware of the weather and sea conditions, I think you are OK. The hairiest part of that day was coming back through the East Pass to the bay. We ended up behind a 40+ foot fishing boat that was throwing out some rollers. My Lake of the Ozarks boating experience really helped me get through that.  :rolleyes:

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BTW, one year we also rented a 20-21 ft.Sea Hunt dual console with a 150 HP Yamaha. Had an open bow plus a small enclosed head. It was a really nice boat, maybe the Admiral would like something like that......

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Yes nice boat the Sea Hunt. Both the SSi and SSX series have self bailing cockpits. Drains Overboard and not into the bilge. But... 

Admiral and I have taken to heart all these stories and sage advice. Our last boat was a bluewater boat, an Island Packet 38.  Guess we can't go back to a smaller boat in the 21-24 ft range. So we've about decided on the Signature 270. We know we don't want another big sailboat - we want the versatility of a power boat,  and the Signature 270 addresses all our concerns about boating in open water. :D Plus we can jump in and get to local restaurants and beer joints easily! Will advise. 

This is a great forum.  Hope to meet some of you someday on the water. Thanks again.  Joe

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