Originally Posted by blt2ski
Need more draft for pointing ability, like about 7-8' on a boat the size you are looking at. I would like 6' on my 30'r vs the 5.5 I have!
Anyway, as far as how you use the boat, great article, but as I am mentioning, some of us want something slightly different.
Hey Marty -
In my opinoin, 7-8 foot draft would almost be dangerous. You probably could not travel the ICW down here, You would run aground at MANY of the inlets or close to even at high tide (Like fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, 7 mile Bridge), and many otherwise shorter trips would end up putting you a lot further out. For example, if you were anywhere near 8 feet you probably would not make it from the north side of the 7 mile bridge north of Marathon and would be forced instead to circle Key West and head in from the East. But at 8 feet, I am not sure you could make the channel into Marathon or Boot Key.
Honestly, 6 feet is too much... down here. Now if you never plan to sail down south, then that kind of draft might be ok. Believe me, 7 feet would be a nightmare down here.
But you are right, that kind of draft would allow you to point better and probably give you a more sure footed boat.