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    So for you Wooldridge guys, what can you tell me about this boat http://anchorage.craigslist.org/boa/975675575.html

    I can't really tell what model it is or any other basic info. From the photos it looks to have a realitively flat bottom. I can't imagine how that would handle rough water "like a dream" so I thought I would check and see if anyone here has a similar boat they have used in the ocean. Any thoughts on the mods he has made to the boat as well? Just looking for some input here.

    Have a great new year.

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    I have seen that one for sale off and on over the past year or so. I think it is Wooly Classic that had the jet and inboard removed and the rear extended and an outboard prop added as well as a full hardtop. It is a bog boat and just might handle rough stuff well but I would take it for a spin first and look over all the mods real well maybe even have a fabrication specialist look it over as well for a second opinion.

    I have a 22 foot Wooly Sportstour and it handles rough stuff fairly well, granted with the jet I have a hard time keeping the bow down to cut the waves with so it will slam here and there or I have to come off step and go SLOW. With an outboard prop you would be able to adjust the trim to get the bow lower or higher and that would help out.

    You should get in touch with sport drifter on here he is one of the most knowledgeable people around on Woolys.

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    No sharp entry "v" = pounding ride IMO. Seems like the general consensus is that jet boats (most with little deadrise) are not great ocean boats; they're not intended to be and that's what this one started life as. I saw the craigslist ad and thought that it looked like it'd pound in a steep chop. I think the guy is "dreaming" himself to make a statement like he did. Not sure why they spent all that money to try to transform the boat (that wasn't designed to be) to be a serious ocean boat in the first place. Hope that makes sense!
    Be careful & good luck,
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    I have a feeling Big Jim is right on with this one. If I were Glen Wooldridge and had a great hull design that would make a fantastic river boat and ocean boat I would use it for both and save the money of creating multiple hull designes. If this one is so great then why would they put all that R&D $$$ into......

    This boat?

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    The Wooldridge Classic in 22 foot and 25 foot versions are available with a steeper deadrise on both the planing surface and bow. Standard is 12 degrees on planing surface and 17 degrees in the bow. I am not certain of the optional deadrise, but it is steeper. Add the wide body option to the optional deadrise, you have a more "ocean friendly" river boat at 2900 lbs.. Now don't quote me on this, but I think the optional deadrise is 17 degrees for planing surface and 22 or 25 degrees for the bow. Now, lets compare the specs for the above pictured Super Sport Offshore. The 23 foot model has an 18 degree deadrise on planing surface and 40 degrees in the bow. Empty weight is 1650 lbs. So, my thinking is, the Classic with the steeper deadrise option will ride as smooth as a Super Sport Offshore because it weighs 1250 lbs more, plus you have 2 more feet of length. All though I have never ridden in a Super Sport, I have spent some time in a 25 foot Classic with the steeper deadrise and wider body option in both the river and ocean and can say that it is a fair compromise for a "do all" boat. As for the boat mentioned in the craigslist add, I would want to know who did the work to add the external transom and would scrutinize the work thoroughly before buying. If it was built soundly, it should be fair boat. My .02.

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    Hey Lujon, is that your rig? Nice! I'm not saying that the boat for sale would be horrible, but I seriously doubt that it's a "dream" in rough water. I guess each to his own on their definition of "rough" water. I'm also wondering why it's been for sale a year or longer; most alum. boats get snatched up quickly. The front section of that boat just yells "pounding" to me. I do agree that weight and length of the boat will go a ways towards a better ride, but you can't overcome a riverboat design with an extension and OB.
    The boat may be great on nice days. Me? I'd prefer a Hewes 22' OP or a FishRite Seawolf or similar.
    Jim

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    I have the same boat in a 25ft wooldridge classic inboard jet. Mine probly has a flatter hull but In a 4 foot chop it is about all your kidneys can handle in that boat while staying on step. But if its more of a roller or if you have a decent trough it does very well at staying on top of the water. Ive had mine in ten foot white capping rollers just out of the harbor and it was scary I turned around after going over the second one. That was way scary. My boat bottom is completley smooth too. I only have a single runner on the keel about an inch tall. In a 20mph crosswind I can get blown off sliding sideways off the top of a trough. For me its a good river boat that can go trolling and butt fishing too if I want.

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    This is the best boat ever ......and it will be for sale. I posted in a few places, and had several inquiries and hull kickers. Now that it is winter, the price will be lower although it was appraised last Oct for a little over $25K for a buyer which didn't work out. With the jet tunnel hull, I was able to mount the outboard prop about 3" higher. With the semi-V 10 degree deadrise, it slices through the rollers and chop while enjoying the fuel efficiency of a surface planing hull. The transom is 25", so the sides are a bit higher than a regular riverboat. It is a great boat; I just have five other boats and having this one sit in my driveway under its canopy is almost a crime. Mike in Fairbanks 457-5383, PM me or ghohome@acsalaska.net Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patrickL View Post
    So for you Wooldridge guys, what can you tell me about this boat http://anchorage.craigslist.org/boa/975675575.html

    I can't really tell what model it is or any other basic info. From the photos it looks to have a realitively flat bottom. I can't imagine how that would handle rough water "like a dream" so I thought I would check and see if anyone here has a similar boat they have used in the ocean. Any thoughts on the mods he has made to the boat as well? Just looking for some input here.

    Have a great new year.
    The boat is a standard 25 "not a wide body so just a 6ft bottom" The engine was a 454 with a 1031 Hamilton jet. I used to see it on the koyukuk every year. Grayling-Sea State One Marine did the hard top, Jeff did a great job on it. I don't know why you would spend that much time an $$$$$$ to swap it over to the OB. I think Silver streak did the ET and swap out. The dead rise is 12 at the rear and 18 up front this is the deeper v model, with 30 inch sides. I used to have a 22 like this, rides ok for the occasional trip to PWS or Seward but more at home in the rivers. Broncoformudv's boat rides better he has a 12 in the rear with 22 up front the old Sportstour model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Jim View Post
    Hey Lujon, is that your rig? Nice! I'm not saying that the boat for sale would be horrible, but I seriously doubt that it's a "dream" in rough water. I guess each to his own on their definition of "rough" water. I'm also wondering why it's been for sale a year or longer; most alum. boats get snatched up quickly. The front section of that boat just yells "pounding" to me. I do agree that weight and length of the boat will go a ways towards a better ride, but you can't overcome a riverboat design with an extension and OB.
    The boat may be great on nice days. Me? I'd prefer a Hewes 22' OP or a FishRite Seawolf or similar.
    Jim
    That is a stock photo from the wooldridge site. I wouldn't mind adding one like it to the fleet though.

    Here is my boat.... It runs pretty shallow just not quite this shallow

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    ''Broncoformudv's boat rides better he has a 12 in the rear with 22 up front the old Sportstour model."
    I should have never sold that boat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaULater View Post
    ''Broncoformudv's boat rides better he has a 12 in the rear with 22 up front the old Sportstour model."
    I should have never sold that boat.
    SeaULater
    You say that now but once the new tub is in the water I bet you change your mind!

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    Thanks for all the info. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something. It is a bit on the big side for me as I was looking at 22 footers but I thought I would see what everyone thought about it. Hopefully some more boats come up for sale after the shows come through. I think I may finally be in the market for a boat here in the next month of so if I can keep the wife from spending all our money on applicances for the new house.

    Thanks again for all the info.

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    What type of boat are you looking for?

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