Goin on the "X". Deck boots

Texlee

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I'm on the Excel for a 10 dayer the latter part of Sept. I have 2 pair of deck boots. Muck's and LaCross. Both are ankle hi. Are these hi enough to keep my feet dry...unless I get drownded by a scupper. Thanks, Tex.
 

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You should be fine. The Excel tends to get wet a bit more than other boats.
 

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Wet boat............ but a great fishing platform and a killer crew. You might get wet......... but enjoy your trip.......... I myself wear extra tuffs boots or sandals with my toes covered.
 
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Fish Killing platform but wet boat. They will load extra bait on the longer trips in the two fish holds on the port and starboard side of the bait tanks. Even when its dead calm, there is always water coming out from somewhere back there whether its a hose, bait tank, water sloshing in the bait tank ,etc. Still with that being said- Don't think twice about it-not a big deal in the general scheme of things. . I would get xtra tuffs. If you have issues with the tuffs- get DR Shools sport supports to put in them. Problem solved.
 

timmyd3853

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with ankle highs your feet most likely will be wet. the good news is theres a vent on the upper deck that will dry your boots in a couple hours. but as stated above theres ALWAYS water on the deck. now keep in mind too that the big x is a wide low boat so if theres any good size swell youll be dipping the scuppers too but you WILL have a blast GARONTEEEEED
 
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Fishybuzz

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in wet conditions I don't try to keep my feet dry cause even in extra tuffs your feet will get soaked if you get scupper f^[email protected]….i wear keen sandals closed toe 75 percent of the time….if on wahoo then I'll put on boots.
 

Texlee

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Hay Fishybuzz. What style/model of Keens do you wear. I looked on the Keen's website and they have a shit pile load of sandles.
 

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I'm on the Excel for a 10 dayer the latter part of Sept. I have 2 pair of deck boots. Muck's and LaCross. Both are ankle hi. Are these hi enough to keep my feet dry...unless I get drownded by a scupper. Thanks, Tex.
Your feet will not stay dry for long with ankle boots on the Excel. Your main enemy will be the deck hose that runs day and night and often pops out of the scupper.
 

Holi-e-Mackeral

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You cannot go wrong with the Lacrosse boots.. very comfortable.

Now, 99% of anglers wearing extra tuffs, have the tops rolled down, so their added height is a non issue. If you get sprayed by the hose, the scupper, or the bait tank, any boot will take on water.

You could bring 2 pairs, if one gets wet, switch them out, and dry one pair while wearing the other..

I have worn water shoes on trips in the past.. you feet will be wet, then dry, then wet all day long. this may not be ideal for some anglers.

tight lines,


Jefff
 

Steve K

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Somebody help me out with the type/model of keens you wear.
I think Newport is what I have, two pair. I like'em. Wear them in the shower and dry them in the corridor outside your stateroom. Wear them before the trip to get used to them. Only downside for me is wet feet rubbing inside sometimes will kick up a blister. Not fun there.
 

Texlee

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Thanks Steve. I wear a size 11 Redwing boot. Does a person have to order up or down for a good fit with Keens?
 

hucklongfin

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I'm on that trip too. I'll bring my xtra tuffs, skechers keen knockoffs and flip flops.
 

pmurphy

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I wear Teva Omniums like these:


I just don't care if my feet get wet. I wear them with socks, too. I just don't care if I get laughed at....
 

Texlee

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That's the way I feel about it too. If I get scupper fucked, which I know I will, I want everyone to get a good laugh...including myself. I'm a good sport. It's all about getting away and thinking about nothing but fishing.
 

dh515

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I think Newport is what I have, two pair. I like'em. Wear them in the shower and dry them in the corridor outside your stateroom. Wear them before the trip to get used to them. Only downside for me is wet feet rubbing inside sometimes will kick up a blister. Not fun there.
Exactly. Have used the Lacrosse boots for the last 5 years. Great unless it's rough and/or they get filled with water. Then they take a day to dry. Hate the wet sock thing and tried the Keen sandals. Comfortable but began getting blisters after a day. Something you definitely do not want with all the nasty shit in that water down south. This year, going to try the sandals with short liner socks. Also got some neoprene Hydroskin socks to try in them but those might be too hot. Going to get another pair of Lacrosse boots so will be able to switch them out. Always good to have options. Easy to be on your feet from sun up to sundown or longer. You really need to take care of your feet down there.
 

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That's the way I feel about it too. If I get scupper fucked, which I know I will, I want everyone to get a good laugh...including myself. I'm a good sport. It's all about getting away and thinking about nothing but fishing.

I wear the Keen Arubas but they are not available any more….I also have a pair of the Newports which are good too…. I just bought a couple pairs of Wigwam Gobi liner socks…ultra thin polypropylene made to prevent blisters…...
 

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If the boots are not hip high you will get water in them, unless you only fish the bow and don't use any bait. The boat is great except for the design flaw that causes the slammer tanks to spill water onto the deck every time the boat rock (really, this can't be fixed???). You constantly have 1/4" of water on the deck, which doesn't sound like much until the boat rocks and all of the water stacks up at the bait tank while you get your bait, about 12" high at times plus splashing. Once they close one slammer, just get bait from that side and you will be fine.
 

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Order from Zappo's, free return shipping.
Not sure how the sizes run.

Thanks Steve. I wear a size 11 Redwing boot. Does a person have to order up or down for a good fit with Keens?
 

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Hey Tex I live in Keens. Seem to be a true fit. I have a pair of xtratuffs, also often wet on the Intrepid. Plan on wet, and enjoy. I wear crocs on travel days. See ya in four months!
 

Texlee

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Thanks guys for all the replies. Ready to get away and catch some fish. Dont really care how big they are. I'm not a trophy hunter. Tight lines and blue skies. Any more replies...very much welcomed. Tex
 

Sactotuna

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Keen Newports!
Lived in them on my 16d on the Excel.
Same on every long trip I've ever taken on the Royal Star.
Wear them in the shower, no worries, no smells.
BUT, wear them for a couple weeks before, a lot. Gets your feet used to them. I noticed with my new pair that the hot spots that caused a blister with my original pair had been engineered out. Yay!

Oh yeah, spray a bit of sunscreen on the tops of your feet the first week!
 

bigfishsato

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I'm on the Excel for a 10 dayer the latter part of Sept. I have 2 pair of deck boots. Muck's and LaCross. Both are ankle hi. Are these hi enough to keep my feet dry...unless I get drownded by a scupper. Thanks, Tex.
I was on the Excel in April. If you keep your eyes open for when the boat turns into the swell and stay away from that rail, you will not get scuppered. Also, if you don't stand right up next to the bait tank or bait wells when the boat is rolling you can minimize
getting your shirt/ pants/ socks from getting too soaked. It much like any of the boats in the fleet. You will get it wired after a couple of days. TIP, up on the top deck, port side rear, there is a huge blower from the engine room blowing hot air. I used it to dry boots, socks, washed clothes every day. It's great!!.

Garry