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Hello,  I'm a new user to this community.  I've been looking around for a while for plans to build, spent some time looking at Devlin plans, bateau, etc.  I really like the lines of the B and B designs, and everyone in this forum seems very happy with their decision to build these boats.  

 

I do most of my boating on the Chesapeake Bay near the Magothy River.  It's not open ocean, but it takes a fairly good chop with a significant amount of boat and ship traffic.  I have two small children so I really liked the look of the OB 20 with the cabin.  I grew up boating on my grandfather's Grady White Overnighter 20, and it was a great boat to use with a porta potty and a cabin to take a nap when I didn't feel like fishing. 

 

That being said, I'm a little worried about the 12-degree deadrise at the transom and the overall light weight of the boat.  Does anyone have one of these that they use in a similar area of water?  My other thought was maybe the Ocracoke 20B and seeing if there were a way to design a door into the Console with a step-down area for a porta-potty.  At the very least it'd be nice to have a place for the little ones to go to the bathroom.

 

I'm interested in folks opinions, particularly anyone who happens to boat in the area.  Thanks so much.

 

 

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I have been dominantly a sailor for many years, but spent a lot of time fishing as a kid w/ Dad on the Outer Banks, Oregon Inlet and Pamlico Sound.  The OB20 is a refined result of designs created for those NC waters.  Pamlico Sound can kick up as nasty a chop as any inland water I've ever seen.  I sail the Magothy, Severn, and surrounding Chesapeake now, and the nasty chop on Belvidere Shoal is no worse than the Pamlico Sound on a breezy day.  So a well built boat for the Pamlico should do well on the Chesapeake.  With kids (and Mom), a place to potty and get out of the wind when tired could be very nice.  We had an old lapstrake Thompson (?) 18' runabout when I was young, and my kid brother would bring comics and hide up under the foredeck on some cushions when he got bored. Worked a treat.

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I would take the time and drive down and visit Graham at his place in Vandemere. He has his own 20 sitting on a trailer and maybe you can get a better feel of the boat's size for you and your family. It may be that you will need to step up to the 24 for four people down the road. Remember the kids will be growing as you build and complete your hull.  And as it relates to the ride,, well its hard to have a low hp. hull and the deep vee bottom that's on many of the fishing style hulls. A leisurely cruising style hull is used a bit differently, which is what I consider these types hulls to be

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Thanks to both of you for responding.  That's good to know about the area of water that these boats were designed for, having never been down that way myself.  

 

I definitely use boats more for cruising around than for fishing, and most of the fishing I do is leisurely drift fishing rather than trolling for rock fish like so many folks around here do.  I think the next step for me will be to get the study plans to look over.

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Yep, I think too many fishermen in the Chesapeake have boats more suited to running to a offshore canyon than getting to the next fishing spot on the Bay.  Those brawny deep vees take a lot of hp and fuel to move, and they really toss the wakes around to frustrate small boat sailors like me!  If you consider that a reasonable route from Baltimore Light off Gibson Island to the mooring field off Annapolis Yacht Club is only about 10 nautical miles, and the OB20 has publicized speed of 17 knots (20 mph) w/ a 25 hp outboard, it would only take about 35 minutes to make the trip down to Annapolis to sightsee or have dinner. Barely enough time to finish a soda and a sandwich!  So if you had to slow down for a sloppy day, it still wouldn't make much difference.  BTW, it'll still beat a car to City Dock from Gibson Island!

 

And the ONLY way to take the family to Cantler's crab house on Mill Creek is by boat.  Their parking lot is shite!

 

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