Boating conditions for 3.65m tinnie

I just bought a 1969 quintrex special 12 foot with a 2002 20 hp yamaha 2 stroke on it. The boat has been restored pretty well and the engine starts first pull! 

I work away and have limited time to get out on the water so i dont really have the luxury of waiting for that perfect day.

What do you guys thinik the max swell wind etc i could go out in and how far out could I go on a good day?. I live in the bunbury area.

 

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 I aint going to lie to you

Sat, 2018-06-16 22:33

 I aint going to lie to you mate, its blokes like you that scare the shit out of me...

 

I know a keen fella that lost his life on his maiden voyage because he was silly enough to fuck up on the day he bought his new tinny...

 

If i were you i'd be chasing crabs in the harbour or going for a muck around down Augusta way in the blackwood until you have a VERY GOOD feel and understanding of the way your new titanic handles...

 

In saying that, even asking about swell/sea state when you live in Bunbury is also a little concerning for a couple of reasons - A - Because Bunno is in what i would call a semi protected area ( kinda still tucked behind Cape Nat from SW swell ) and B you should know the way your coast runs and understand how the wind/swell affects it...

 

So....... Moral of that story is, you need to get an understanding of the boat & you need to learn about wind/swell/swell period and direction/forecast/tides etc etc

 

I'm not trying to be a cock here but a 12ft tinny in Winter waters with a novice ( i'm assuming you have little experience as i see you are also looking at doing your rec skips tik ) sounds like a recipe for disaster to me...

 

Dont try n run before you can crawl, you'll get loads of enjoyment mucking around on flat water learning the do's and dont's...

 

Good luck and stay safe

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Sun, 2018-06-17 09:30

 Well said Boon.

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give over

Sun, 2018-06-17 21:59

 he has got to be taking the piss tim 

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 Thanks for the concern Tim,

Wed, 2018-06-20 02:52

 Thanks for the concern Tim, obviously I have alot to learn and i hope someone of your experience will continue to offer advice into the future. Where in your opinion is a good starting point for me to learn about wind/swell/swell period and forecast and tides in relation to boating?

All i have is my shore fishing knowledge to draw on so please help me fill in the blanks below and correct me if im wrong.

wind: preferably Easterly and under 25kms

Swell: preferably under 2m

Swell direction: not sure on this one, obviously you mentioned sw so im assuming thats not good.

Swell period: dependent on the wind, but short duration is choppier and longer duration is more rolling but this also depends on if you are close to reef or sand bars and the effect the tide plays on water depth in that location. 

Forecast:: what forecast are you refering too? As for weather forecast I check the 5 day forecast on willy weather in relation to wind, swell and tides most days. I glance af the rain occasionally but im not shy of donning my wet weather gear to wet a line if thats the only thing not lining up that day.

Tides: it is imporrant to know your tides as low tides can expose dangers such as rocks and reef  along with sand bars, combined with the right swell they can make what seemed to be a realatively calm area turn unexpectedly, a prime example would be the sandbar at the cut that sucks up at low tide.

 

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Plenty of good fishing to be

Sun, 2018-06-17 16:03

Plenty of good fishing to be had launching from Old Dunsborough boat ramp where you'll be protected from the swell. My cousin regularly take his 10 foot Finns dinghy to the 4 mile off Abbey and off Forrest Beach but he is an extremely experienced skipper who also has a 6.7m boat that he takes around the Cape.

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bit far foe me

Sun, 2018-06-17 17:13

Would be good if someone with experience could go out with Damo for a couple of times.
Most of my boating was done down south, learned the chop of Perth has square edges. very different to what I was used to.

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 Cheers Marrisy. If anyone is

Wed, 2018-06-20 03:06

 Cheers Marrisy. If anyone is ever keen to give me a few pointers and wet a line then  just let me know. 

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I reckon  10 knots wind max

Sun, 2018-06-17 21:42

I reckon  10 knots wind max  and 2m swell or less is what you want

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 Thanks Scotte i appreciate

Wed, 2018-06-20 03:08

 Thanks Scotte i appreciate the advice 

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Start in perfect conditions

Tue, 2018-06-19 14:29

Start in perfect conditions then work your way up from there and always have a back up safety plan for when (not if) it all goes wrong. 

I use to take my 4.2m quintrex out to the shelf off Albany and now 90odd km offshore to the outer great barrier reef but you need everything to line up to be safe. With my trips its usually a week of planning and prep, from watching the weather (i like having at least a day of good weather either side of my trip) working out the distances I'll travel to ensure ive got enough fuel, making sure all my batteries are fully charged and electronics are in working order etc etc. 

Put the time into learning as much as you can about your boat, weather and location and youll be fine in most places. 

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 When i started out Damo i

Tue, 2018-06-19 19:36

 When i started out Damo i would tow my dinghy down to Wonnerup just before Busso. zYou can practice yr beach launch , fish for crabs , squid , pinkies and big K G in close. You can still fish the four mile out from there as well if conditions r good. 

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 Thanks for the heads up

Wed, 2018-06-20 01:41

 Thanks for the heads up Willlo, that sounds like the perfect starting point for me.

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That thing would be feeling

Tue, 2018-06-19 22:14

That thing would be feeling pretty darn small out the 4 mile if the wind swings n blows!

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 Im not intending to head out

Wed, 2018-06-20 02:56

 Im not intending to head out to the 4 mile any time soon.

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Wed, 2018-06-20 08:57

 I used to take my dinghy all over the 4 and 8 mile, 4.2 Stacer and 40Hp Johnno on the back, could get me back quite quickly if the weather started picking up.

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