Rough Wa­ter Tips from David Swend­seid

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Dif­fer­ent types of rough wa­ter

Swend­seid pur­ports that there are var­i­ous types of rough wa­ter sce­nar­ios. For ex­am­ple, nav­i­gat­ing in 4m wave swells is cat­e­gor­i­cally dif­fer­ent to climb­ing the faces of com­pressed waves, which in turn is dif­fer­ent to run­ning on roller waves gen­er­ated by large ves­sels.

There is the 1m high wind gen­er­ated chops and boat traf­fic chops such as cross wake that are usu­ally limited to small ar­eas, as well as re­flected waves, which are ba­si­cally waves gen­er­ated by the waves crash­ing on bluffs or ver­ti­cal walls.

Iden­ti­fy­ing the sce­nar­ios you could run on de­pends heav­ily on ex­pe­ri­ence. Some, you may be able to ‘quar­ter’ or ‘chop’. Some, you sim­ply can­not and will be forced to run the ver­ti­cal ris­ing faces. There may also be sit­u­a­tions where you are run­ning with or against the di­rec­tion of the waves, of which are two strik­ingly dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios.

Life jack­ets and flota­tion de­vices

Above all, safety is al­ways first and that means life jack­ets and flota­tion de­vices. Full life jack­ets are highly rec­om­mended on fast runs or in se­ri­ously rough wa­ter. The sub­merged and de­ploy air cham­ber in­flat­able types have been known to fail be­fore.

Be­sides life jack­ets, al­ways make use of float­able seat cush­ions. Flota­tion de­vices are use­ful when things go wrong when you are in the wa­ter where more than one per­son is in life threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tions. They can also be used to pro­vide a higher seating po­si­tion for the driver to get a good view of what is ahead when en­coun­ter­ing big waves.

Pre-launch safety checks

Swend­seid rigs his bass boats dif­fer­ently to the av­er­age pro­fes­sional bass an­gler. He stresses the im­por­tance of pre-launch safety checks. It is im­per­a­tive that you se­cure all your items such as bat­ter­ies, tackle, elec­tron­ics and etc., to pre­vent them from vi­brat­ing and break­ing when you are on long runs on choppy wa­ter.

As a case in point, Al­li­son bass boats are built with ded­i­cated cav­i­ties to house bat­ter­ies that can be bolted down se­curely. From a safety point of view, things can get ugly if a bat­tery breaks free from an un­se­cured tray when the boat is run­ning. A loose bat­tery can eas­ily blow a hole in the stor­age deck and cause sub­stan­tial dam­ages in the boat.

Boat de­sign

If you make long runs in rough wa­ter with waves 1m high or more reg­u­larly, in­vest in a hull that di­rects wa­ter well. Swend­seid cur­rently runs an Al­li­son BasS­port Pro XB-21 which is pur­ported to be the best in the class af­ter hav­ing fished and setup many other bass boats.

The XB-21 has the long­est keel in its class. A longer keel bridges and breaks up wa­ter bet­ter. The XB-21 also has a steeper padded v-hull an­gle. This al­lows the bot­tom of the boat to slice through waves bet­ter than most stan­dard v-hulls which min­i­mize pound­ing ef­fects.

While most bass boats have a 4-bolt pat­tern for their tran­som, jack­plate and out­board mo­tor, the XB-21 has a 6-bolt pat­tern. Driv­ing fast on rough river con­di­tions gen­er­ates high loads as well as fa­tigue that causes bolt fail­ures that lead to out­board de­tach­ments.

To be con­tin­ued…

We rode and climbed waves and swells on the Al­li­son BasS­port Pro XB-21 bass boat

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