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Whittier and river boats
Posted by Myers on Apr 05 2006
Food for thought;  The low free-board of a river/lake boat is what will allow that one wave to fill your boat like a bucket instantly.  Front or back an open bowrider with no bailing decks or bilge pumps are floating buckets.  The ocean or a large lake can produce a surf that will fill your boat with not only water, but rocks as you attempt to beach it.  Yes, plenty of folks are seen as far out as you can imagine in next to nothing for boats, but does that doesn't make it safe.  The rock story is true:  A family beached the boat on a smooth pebble beach and the waves filled the transom like a shovel and it sank right there!  At low tide they worked like crazy to empty a boat load of pebbles before next tide.

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