The Sportsman kept me safe

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The Sportsman kept me safe

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This past Saturday I was part of a Catfish tournament in Decatur Alabama. Long story short I did not win. The story to tell is the Hewescraft kept me safe and sound while many other boats had trouble in the waters. Here is a link that Deiter Melhourne recapped what happened https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOlpCFdRtbQ
Although I came back safe I think I am about 3 inches shorter from all the pounding. I am now looking into some suspension seats and maybe something to deaden the sound a bit. I have had lunds, Trackers and crestliners in the past all of which had a better and quieter ride. Would i have traded boats and hit the water that day, No Sir but I hope someone may help point me in the direction to improve the ride. I cannot buy smooth moves or equals at this time so any input on tractor seats, whoopy cushions ex. Thank you in advance
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Think I read a post about a guy that went to a local junk yard and picked up a couple nice seats out of a wrecked truck. Air ride an all.
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Glad you made it out safely.

This is what I did for my seats:

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I have read that thread. I have been looking for some locally. No luck yet. Anyone used the ones from northern tool that looks like the smooth moves
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Wow, crazy. I bet you were loving the forward windshield = small "bathtub" up front to hold water, as well as the full bulkhead between you and the bow... a split "walk thru" windshield would be a disaster with that kind of water coming over.

I have the big sister to your boat (20' ProV) and yeah, they will pound. The flip side is stability when fishing.

If yours isn't set up this way already consider adding a second bilge pump in the 1500 gph range. What does get past the windshield at least gets pumped out ASAP. Also we who use these on the ocean will strap a cooler or "beach ball" into the bow to limit how much water it can hold.
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The 2nd pump is not a bad idea. Usually i will not see any waves like this, Seems to be a one off and going forward I will be looking at the wind forecast a little loser. Mine has 2 large holes in the front to let the water in the bow out. Are they all like that?
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Yeah, those are called scuppers. Were you taking waves over the bow?

The Hewes has the scuppers and then a legit bulkhead (the door that gets you out to the bow) to keep water out. From that video it looked like most of the boats that sank were not very seaworthy in that regard. A big bow "well" with a split, walk-through windshield with no bulkhead is great for easy bow access for fishin, but is not your friend when waves are coming over the bow!

The guy I bought my 20' ProV from used it exclusively in the ocean. He said he had green water over the bow several times coming back to port. Said it drained right out. I haven't yet experienced that.
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I did not take any over the bow. The boat in the video is not mine I believe is was a 23ft stormcat with a closed bow. The boats that sank were 2 seaarks and a tracker i believe. There was one other boat like mine in the tourney who went throught the worst of it and came out ok. I think it was a weldcraft
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Not many Semi Vee Jon Boats up our way. I could see Duck Hunting out of one, but not the traveling to the Blind area.

Fall is the time I have "Stuffed the Bow" a few times, on my last boat and Dad's StarCraft but not the Hewescraft yet. Close one night, because I couldn't see the waves in the dark. But you could time them.

Seamanship pays off, not to lose respect of the water. I hauled my materials for a Shed in a 16' Misty River Skiff during a Blow that ripped the Hull out of 2 Lund Pro V that were in a Tourney that day.

I should have kept that Boat, Very well made riveted aluminum boats. But I made up for it with an Alumarine. Even a bit tougher and deeper skiff.
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Nice skiff Bob!
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