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I remember hearing about at least one trip in the old days(1970's or so) where they got caught in a hurricane and made it through. A minor hurricane equals 75+mph winds so I think they'd make it but would do everything possible to avoid it. I wouldn't want to try and find what's left of my tackle once it passed.
 

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Wow. Some of those seas and the part I see is those Crab fisherman working with breaking waves and stuff flying around. Amazing.

I have to give it to them, it's a harsh enviroment.

It looks like those boats are all Steel Hull monsters. I don't know if our LR boat would make it. I wouldn't want to be laying in the bunk jumping 30 feet. :)

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No but the half day fleet would. City of Redondo and Redondo Special :tu:

On a serious note, of any of the boats on any sportboat fleet in Socal, I would go with the Ocean Odyssey, formerly the Blackjack. It is literally like 15 feet off the water, the rail that is.
 

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I have been in 3 hurricanes on long range boats where winds exceeded 100 knots over the deck and one where it was close to 150. I can't remember if that one was with Bill Poole or the original Red Rooster but I do remember trying to hide in the lee of Guadalupe and not being able to hold the boat into the wind as it was so strong the engines could not overcome the wind pushing us out of what normally would be the lee. I was up in the wheel house watching the skipper pick a spot to turn the boat between the monsterous waves. I don't remember seeing a face that white before or after. After that we had to put out the Sea Anchor to keep from surfing. Nothing like hanging 5 on a long range boat. The boat took one hell of a beating until we hit the eye of the storm where it was dead calm. When we poked out the other side it all started up again in the other direction but not quite as strong. While at the Lupe, I was the only guy who tried to fish in that stuff, off the bow and used over a pound of lead to try and get the bait away from the boat. I had to lay the rod on the deck, pull some line out and try to pitch the lead and bait forward from the bow.
When that pound of lead came back and almost hit me I knew it was finally time to quit. But the boat held up.

Our long range fleet is not built to the standards of the bearing sea vessels but 3 times they have kept my butt from drowning. And yes the Excel just submarines through those waves that is unless someone forgets to close the anchor box at which point it becomes very bow heavy...LOL

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One fact that I thought was interesting is that most of the crab fishing in the Bearing sea is in water less than 300 feet deep, thus the height/frequency is much more intense than say where the LR boats are.(unless they are near a seamount or island for that matter).

Reminds me of the Great Lakes ie: Edmond Fitzgerald tragedy et al...

Just an observation.

"The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy"
 

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I wouldn't say the SD long range fleet are not built to the standard of the king crab boats. I would just say they are built to different standards. All of the LR boats I have seen appear to be semi-displacement boats. Meaning if you put enough horsepower in the boat, it would plane. The king crab boats are all full displacement boats. Much deeper drawl but more rolly even in flat water. Like a weavel wobel. To me it's the amount of boat underwater that tells what kind of seas it is capable of handling. Although I've never even been on a Long Ranger and they won't handle the same water as the king crab boats, I bet they can handle some serious water.
 

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I think you hit tyhe nail on the head. I got a tour aboard the Lady alaska while I was tied up to the fuel dock on the inside passage one summer. They were working as salmon tenders during the summer. a few of the LR boats were quite a bit bigger and amidships the waterline was not much more than the Vagabond. While the skipper was giving me the tour I gave him some fish traps and big hammers to mess with while waiting for the fishing boats to come offload. He dropped a big sinker he was holding on the deck and you could hear a resounding clang. Those crab boats are definitly not pleasure craft.
 

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fishordie said:
I have been in 3 hurricanes on long range boats where winds exceeded 100 knots over the deck and one where it was close to 150. I can't remember if that one was with Bill Poole or the original Red Rooster but I do remember trying to hide in the lee of Guadalupe and not being able to hold the boat into the wind as it was so strong the engines could not overcome the wind pushing us out of what normally would be the lee. I was up in the wheel house watching the skipper pick a spot to turn the boat between the monsterous waves. I don't remember seeing a face that white before or after. After that we had to put out the Sea Anchor to keep from surfing. Nothing like hanging 5 on a long range boat. The boat took one hell of a beating until we hit the eye of the storm where it was dead calm. When we poked out the other side it all started up again in the other direction but not quite as strong. While at the Lupe, I was the only guy who tried to fish in that stuff, off the bow and used over a pound of lead to try and get the bait away from the boat. I had to lay the rod on the deck, pull some line out and try to pitch the lead and bait forward from the bow.
When that pound of lead came back and almost hit me I knew it was finally time to quit. But the boat held up.

Our long range fleet is not built to the standards of the bearing sea vessels but 3 times they have kept my butt from drowning. And yes the Excel just submarines through those waves that is unless someone forgets to close the anchor box at which point it becomes very bow heavy...LOL

Jamie
Yep Jamie you and the boat made it...but could either you or the boats take a steady diet of it while actually fishing and survive????
 

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fishordie said:
I have been in 3 hurricanes on long range boats where winds exceeded 100 knots over the deck and one where it was close to 150. I can't remember if that one was with Bill Poole or the original Red Rooster but I do remember trying to hide in the lee of Guadalupe and not being able to hold the boat into the wind as it was so strong the engines could not overcome the wind pushing us out of what normally would be the lee. I was up in the wheel house watching the skipper pick a spot to turn the boat between the monsterous waves. I don't remember seeing a face that white before or after. After that we had to put out the Sea Anchor to keep from surfing. Nothing like hanging 5 on a long range boat. The boat took one hell of a beating until we hit the eye of the storm where it was dead calm. When we poked out the other side it all started up again in the other direction but not quite as strong. While at the Lupe, I was the only guy who tried to fish in that stuff, off the bow and used over a pound of lead to try and get the bait away from the boat. I had to lay the rod on the deck, pull some line out and try to pitch the lead and bait forward from the bow.
When that pound of lead came back and almost hit me I knew it was finally time to quit. But the boat held up.

Our long range fleet is not built to the standards of the bearing sea vessels but 3 times they have kept my butt from drowning. And yes the Excel just submarines through those waves that is unless someone forgets to close the anchor box at which point it becomes very bow heavy...LOL

Jamie
wow, if Hillary would have been there with you could of had sniper fire also
 

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I am not going to say if Hillary was there I would have been the sniper but I would say it might have been the first time in my adult life I might have gotten sea sick having to look and listen to her. Wait, thats not sea sick thats "She" sick.

And No David, That would not be a steady diet I would ever want, though I am sure I would lose weight on that diet, nor would the boat/skipper want. Those guys on those crabbers are way more intrepid than I am. Hey, Intrepid, that would be a great name for a boat....LOL

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If you are in the open ocean in a typhoon when the sea turns white from the wind and 70 foot waves are dead ahead advancing like mountains you better bet you are not on a San Diego LR boat. You then better pray you don,t lose power because at that point it is all over.

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fishordie said:
I am not going to say if Hillary was there I would have been the sniper but I would say it might have been the first time in my adult life I might have gotten sea sick having to look and listen to her. Wait, thats not sea sick thats "She" sick.

And No David, That would not be a steady diet I would ever want, though I am sure I would lose weight on that diet, nor would the boat/skipper want. Those guys on those crabbers are way more intrepid than I am. Hey, Intrepid, that would be a great name for a boat....LOL

Jamie

Hey Jamie...maybe we should look for a trip on a boat named the Intrepid...got any ideas???8)
 
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