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Front or back seat driver

Post by southernrican » Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:11 pm

Well building another boat and have always ran front seat driver rear seat passenger. But here latley everyone keeps telling me to run rear seat driver. What do y'all think. Pros and cons. Boat will be a jimmy white square nose 12-6. With a 200 4 cylinder.
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Re: Front or back seat driver

Post by 99squeakbox » Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:27 pm

I've got a 12 ft cottonmouth single front single rear driver. I love being able to see my passenger and know exactly what there doing at any given time. Helps allot with first time boaters. And I also have my rigging to where I sit even with the top of my cage helps when going under bridges I never half to second guess if the cage will clear.

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Re: Front or back seat driver

Post by Cmcintosh721 » Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:46 pm

My last boat was 12ft with 180 front seat driver did a lot of gigging and now fishing riding alone now have big sled car motor rear seat and miss the front seat driver except when going thru high brush

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Re: Front or back seat driver

Post by terrible ted » Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:51 pm

let see, back seat daughter trying to grab a flower, my Bud saved her, grabbed her as she went to far. My date in the back seat fell out when she tried to catch my hat. all I ever felt was a thud. Turned around and thought holy ______. got lucky 2 times.

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Re: Front or back seat driver

Post by trailerdon » Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:46 pm

Front seat driver for frogging, gigging, etc. I like the rear seat drive, As others have stated; always know what passengers are doing !

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Re: Front or back seat driver

Post by jopete » Fri Jul 24, 2015 1:52 am

single driver, no back seat. no front seat either. lol lots of room that way!!!

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Re: Front or back seat driver

Post by southernrican » Fri Jul 24, 2015 6:04 am

Ya I'm just wanting to not run a trim.tab m the boat to run run flat.
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Re: Front or back seat driver

Post by woods and water » Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:18 am

Do you ride more with or without passengers without will be better back seat with will be better front driver

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Re: Front or back seat driver

Post by southernrican » Fri Jul 24, 2015 1:45 pm

I normally ride by my self.
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Re: Front or back seat driver

Post by Hardtail » Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:39 pm

I like to be back seat drive, better ride there and all the engine instruments are closer to the engine so more practical and easier to keep an eye on everything, the airboat tours don't sit in the front!!! WHY?

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Re: Front or back seat driver

Post by HITMAN » Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:18 am

Front seat:
Can see better close distance
Best setup for frog gigging

Rear seat driver
Always have an eye on your passengers
Keeps your gator hunting partner in front of you with the loaded crossbow
If you have a malfunction it puts you in the rear danger zone instead of a family member
Can see better far distance
Puts your fish gigging partner up front and it is more convenient for him to sit down when you hit debris
Keeps your passengers 20' long beach towels out of the prop
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Re: Front or back seat driver

Post by Hardtail » Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:23 pm

just rig both seats to drive that way you can sit where ever you need for what ever your doing :)

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Re: Front or back seat driver

Post by makinwaves » Wed Sep 09, 2015 4:58 pm

From my own experience riding mostly single from rear
Added passenger weighs down the bow.
My front drive boat didn't seem to affect the hulls attitude as much by adding weight
In the rear seat closer to the middle of the boat.
All the above statements are to be considered
Depends on what you do most of the time.

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Re: Front or back seat driver

Post by John C » Wed Sep 09, 2015 7:23 pm

There is an obvious reason the airboat tour boats have a rear driver. Its the best configuration to keep an eye on your passengers. If you ride with passengers a lot and stay mostly on the trails rear seat driver is the way to go. However, if you gig frogs, hunt, and like to break your own trails, front driver is the way to go. If you have ever sat down low in front as a passenger when someone is running through the rough stuff or bullrush you will never want to ride there again. you get covered with ants, spiders, small frogs, and every other critter that lives in the marsh. Not to mention all the grass, branches, etc. It all depends on how you ride and what you use the boat for. That's why some are front driver and some are rear.

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Re: Front or back seat driver

Post by Eric Kimmel » Thu Sep 10, 2015 5:42 pm

I liked my taylor with a jump seat behind me my wife liked better than my rear driver because she hastes busting spider webs
both my other boats have been rear seat drivers i like them better for the obviouse being able to see what the pasenger is doing but my wife misses the old taylor.

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