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Can a tdb classic handle open ocean hunting? Sea ducks?

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Can a tdb classic handle open ocean hunting? Sea ducks?
Can a classic tdb handle ocean hunting? I know you can hunt the ocean in a canoe when there is no weather, but here in Maine the ocean can go from mirror flat to heavy seas in no time.

I have no intention of hunting in heavy sea conditions, and plan on watching the weather. However, the weather guy are often wrong. Also, things happen.

So are you comfortable in say 2 foot white caps?
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I have no experience with TBDs but will ask since someone else will: 14' or 17'?


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Dave, as you know, there is ocean and ocean. I'm very comfortable hunting protecting parts of Casco Bay by kayak, canoe, or in my 14' tin boat. There are a handful of sea-duck spots I'd be comfortable in the 14' boat, all with good protection from anything easterly.

On the other hand, there is a GREAT eider ledge less than a mile from a public boat launch in the town I grew up in, and much as I would love to hunt it, it's just too exposed to feel safe there without a bigger boat. The TDB adds a deck so you you are less likely to get swamped in a surprise swell, but it's still a little boat.

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 I've had 13' Boston Whalers most of my life and have ventured out of Shinniecock Inlet many times. Only after checking the weather and tides before going there, only on perfect conditions. It is summer and not hunting weather.
I don't think I would venture out there in the fall or winter with a small craft. Not worth a duck...
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Dave

I hunted in Maine in a big TDB years ago for sea ducks .The water was really ruff and we were fine. I also went to the TDB factory many years ago when it was just a small shop. We went out in a TDB 18 and had no trouble at all. You just have to be smart and know when to stay home. Weather on big water can turn in a flash. Just be ready to move out fast.
anthony sr