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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 .

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#3331753 - 08/22/13 11:11 AM Re: Aluminum Flat Bottom vs V Hull (for hunting) [Re: SCAT]
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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]
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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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