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Old    K Money (blowhole)      Join Date: Nov 2009       04-02-2010, 6:56 AM Reply   
For those of you who keep boats in slips, whats the minimum amount of water you would keep your inboard in?
Old    Matt Foell (vr6mole)      Join Date: Feb 2009       04-02-2010, 7:08 AM Reply   
Enough to make it float
Old    Hate N Pain (hatepain)      Join Date: Aug 2006       04-02-2010, 7:48 AM Reply   
3' ish check your draft then go another 18" at least. This is not a depth I would run in other than just being in gear.
Old    K Money (blowhole)      Join Date: Nov 2009       04-02-2010, 9:20 AM Reply   
the draft is 26" so ur saying i need at least 44" to idle out to the main lake. thanks
Old    Brian Bedell (brian_b)      Join Date: Dec 2009       04-02-2010, 9:24 AM Reply   
Depends on bottom composition and tide too. Personally, I think 18" is a lot extra...but if it's a rock bottom I guess that's a good idea. I have very soft mud bottom, so i'll churn the whole way out to lake if necessary.
Old    AtTheLake (bmartin)      Join Date: Jan 2007       04-05-2010, 12:25 PM Reply   
To idle around, about 30" is pretty near the min which gives you a few inches to spare on most boats which is reasonably safe if you know the contour and composition of the bottom and do not have your boat slammed. My area is pretty shallow, especially mid to late summer and I can get mine on and off a lift with 2.4 feet of water, anything less and I have to push it around by hand.

If you are keeping it moored at a slip and do not put it on a lift, I would want an extra 18 inches or more deeper than the draft to allow the boat to still be floating when it is in the trough of waves/rollers and rocking around. Rollers are not a factor if you put it on a lift though and the depth required to use a lift will vary depending on which type - canitlever style lifts require the least deppth and floating style the most.
Old    AtTheLake (bmartin)      Join Date: Jan 2007       04-05-2010, 1:42 PM Reply   
Ohh...I should have added that the 30" rule of thumb is for calm conditions. You will want more depth to spare if there are waves and rollers.

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