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#3331481 - 08/22/13 08:18 AM Aluminum Flat Bottom vs V Hull (for hunting)
Urban_Hunter
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Put this here instead of the fishing forum because I'm seeking opinions from you guys. I have owned many boats of every size and style, but I have never deer hunted out of one. This year I'm looking to hunt out of one (transport myself and hunting buddy to hunting spot).

Concerns are that a V Hull will not be stable enough to load/unload persons and equipment (tree stands... hopefully a deer) during beach landings. Also that a flat bottom will not be dry enough on a breezy day going across the lake, or worse, clear day turns to windy day and have to get 2 people 2 stands and 2 deer across a 2 foot chop weighted down. I know multiple trips can be made in such an event, but a V hull would be a much smoother and dryer ride... but I hate the canoe effect.

Obviously pros and cons for each, what is your opinion and why? PS: Looking at like a 14' maybe 15-30horse, light and easy to drag out of the water if need be.
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#3331550 - 08/22/13 09:12 AM Re: Aluminum Flat Bottom vs V Hull (for hunting) [Re: Urban_Hunter]
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I would go with a flat bottom, but that is just me. There are pros and cons to both. I guess if you are on a big lake that can have lake wind effect, a v bottom might be better, but if your going up into shallow rivers or creeks where wind doesn't effect the water to much, flat bottom would probably be better.
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#3331585 - 08/22/13 09:35 AM Re: Aluminum Flat Bottom vs V Hull (for hunting) [Re: woodsman87]
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I have had a 14 foot boat but now have a 16 ft wide bottom. It is a lowe big jon from the 80's and is very stable. It has a 40 hp engine with power tilt, allowing it to be beached or grounded easily. We have had 3 grown men and 2 deer in it with our gear. However, I would advise getting one with a semi vee front as it will be a much smoother ride. One other bit of advice would be a trolling motor on the rear. It will allow you to quietly enter your hunting spot and also go in very shallow water .

Edited by CR500AFX (08/22/13 09:35 AM)
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#3331753 - 08/22/13 11:11 AM Re: Aluminum Flat Bottom vs V Hull (for hunting) [Re: CR500AFX]
EastTNHunter
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Semi-V would be the best pf both worlds
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#3331762 - 08/22/13 11:14 AM Re: Aluminum Flat Bottom vs V Hull (for hunting) [Re: EastTNHunter]
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I would do flat bottom. Seems a bit more accessible. Probably easier to beach, load, and unload.
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#3331862 - 08/22/13 12:37 PM Re: Aluminum Flat Bottom vs V Hull (for hunting) [Re: MattR]
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I'd get a Semi-V and be done with it, especially in the size boat you are talking about. Actually, I'd get one no matter what size it was
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#3331896 - 08/22/13 01:05 PM Re: Aluminum Flat Bottom vs V Hull (for hunting) [Re: Bullfrog]
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Both boats have problems. Flat bottoms slap the water on choppy days and get hung on stumps and cypress knees. V-hulls will get stuck in shallow water quicker. I have had my 14' crestliner vhull loaded with two Mississippi river island deer and three hunters and gone a mile back to the boat ramp. I was not on the main channel, but a chute. My motor is on a flat bottom right now, but I prefer the V hull.
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#3331938 - 08/22/13 01:42 PM Re: Aluminum Flat Bottom vs V Hull (for hunting) [Re: Bullfrog]
Andy S.
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 Originally Posted By: Bullfrog
I'd get a Semi-V and be done with it, especially in the size boat you are talking about. Actually, I'd get one no matter what size it was
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#3331981 - 08/22/13 02:30 PM Re: Aluminum Flat Bottom vs V Hull (for hunting) [Re: Andy S.]
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Flat or tri-haul. I hate V haul boats though, so I am biased.
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#3332094 - 08/22/13 04:07 PM Re: Aluminum Flat Bottom vs V Hull (for hunting) [Re: Bone Collector]
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I'm leaning heavy towards the flat bottom for shallow draft and stability. Semi-V would be ideal, but costs a little extra. I'm thinking the rougher ride would be a small price to pay for the stability, falling in the water in November or December is no joke. Thanks for all the input so far.
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#3332147 - 08/22/13 04:55 PM Re: Aluminum Flat Bottom vs V Hull (for hunting) [Re: Urban_Hunter]
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Both types have their advantages, and IMO neither really outweighs the other. The key answer to your question is the capacity of the boat. If it is of recent manufacture, you will find a plate in the stern of the boat that lists the maximum horsepower for the boat, and the maximum weight capacity. The maximum weight capacity includes the weight of the motor, gas tank(s), gear such as anchor, life jackets, weight of all persons in the boat, guns, treestands, deer, etc.....

It doesn't take very long for the weight of all of those items to add up. If you exceed the listed weight, you will not be operating safely and could have bad things happen ranging from having your voyage teminated by an officer to perhaps dieing when your boat goes under. It is one of the major things that comes into play with fall/winter boating accidents involving waterfowl hunters. In many cases they are out in rough waters with boats grossly overloaded with people, dogs, guns, decoys, etc., and end up with a swamped and or sunken boat. What that might be just a big adventure in warm July waters turns into a life and death situation due to the hypothermia that sets in so quickly in the cold waters.

Again, the type is much less important than getting one big enough to safely do the job. If you can't afford the size needed, at least have the discipline to make multiple trips hauling stuff where you don't go over the capacity.


Edited by scn (08/22/13 04:56 PM)
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