This is where I diverge from both John and the crowd. My hulls measure 7' at the top, but put a tape on them and you will find 4' of flat at the stern, 7' on the nose. As Bob Stossel used to say, "you run it over once, why keep doing it?"Well I can tell you this, they all promote say an 8'wide boat, but that is measured at the top "beam width" you throw a tape measure at the bottom and you'd be lucky to see 6'8" of width if that, then the high sides with all the weight, they take a lot more to get on a plane.
I've watched these style boats many times and shook my head at how much throttle is needed to get up on plane.
Displacement is key. I could put you on a 7'4" wide by 13'6" with the exact same powerplant as one of "theirs" and a blip of the throttle you are on plane while theirs is still revved up and climbing out of the water.
Ditto, and Bobby's warranty and quality speak for themselves.I can tell you this, after owning 2 Diamondback airboats, I'm not sure I'll own anything else. They are tough, dependable, and have exceptional quality to detail in all their work. They also work well with the customer, and are friendly to deal with. I don't abuse a boat as bad as some, but I'm not gingerly with mine either and I have put a lot of miles on the front seat of a Diamondback with little to no issues. I understand the government agency comment, but I had family work for FWC, they don't skimp in the airboat department.