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Re: Advice on boat-motor combination

The storms can whip up the waves pretty quick on the bay and when you start getting white caps, I wouldn't want to be too far out in a 14' boat. The newer boats have higher sides and are more sea worthy but there lies the problem of weight. A hand winch can be mounted on one end of the rack to help pull the bow up and then the stern can be lifted and pushed onto the rack the rest of the way. I have a 9.9 Johnson on my 14' Lowe but she has a 15 hp carb and she runs like greased lightning through the water. Depending on where you live, there should be plenty of dealers that should help you decide but error on the side of caution when it comes to the Chesapeake. I have been scared senseless on an 18' during a storm.

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