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New hull ideals

Postby 220gpuguy » Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:49 am

Looking for some input on what to look at for in a new hull (aluminum with poly prefered). Currently have 12 foot glass hull with single front double rear seat pushed by a 220 with a 72 inch 2 blade. We want a 4 seat boat but don't have the funds for a new power plant. Will only be running dry with 2 people. What length and width hull would y'all recommend? Anyone run a 4 seat 220?

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Re: New hull ideals

Postby southern safaris » Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:12 am

I Built a 14' hull for a duck hunter out here running a 220, the glass hull he had wouldn't push ground at all the new hull did but I'm from south Florida and living out here in Oklahoma now for a little while "running dry" means different things I've come to find out , my opinion it would push two people ground but if your gonna be chasing pigs or such through pasture it was a little underpowered , hull shape size and a lot of variables matter when looking for a good fit for yourself , every customer I build a hull for is suited for there needs so no two boats are identical, similar maybe ... I'll try and upload some pics to give you some ideas ..... * not trying to push or sale anything just giving ideas*
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Re: New hull ideals

Postby southern safaris » Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:29 am

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Re: New hull ideals

Postby southern safaris » Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:30 am

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Re: New hull ideals

Postby Deano » Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:36 am

It makes things less abstract and you will gain better, more accurate input if you literally define ". . . only be running dry with 2 people."
There is potentially quite a swing of variables involved with what people perceive and how they define 'running dry'.

You are limited by the available power to move a given amount of weight (more than the size of the boat). Hence, if you can "run dry with 2 people" now, start adding weight until you can't. If that number is 250 lbs, then your replacement hull can gain 249 lbs before you suffer a penalty. Sure, there are other variables, but that is the biggest and more relevant one.

I would expect around 13 x7 1/2 but then than would depend how you are defining running dry with 2 people.
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Re: New hull ideals

Postby 220gpuguy » Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:53 am

For running dry we run about 350 yards of pasture to get to our hunting spot or getting out to oak head. I'm running the st johns between stick marsh and 528. Not going vertical up a hill . Most of the jumps we come across have wood on them to make it easier. Just something I can hunt out of with maybe 1 other person and ride with family on the weekends. Is it better to just slowly build a cm reduction boat?

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Re: New hull ideals

Postby 220gpuguy » Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:55 am

Also planning on making 2 of the 4 seats removable jump seats to cut back on weight

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Re: New hull ideals

Postby southern safaris » Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:28 pm

Ol Deano hit the "size" I think dead on if I was gonna build a 220 boat for myself , built light and right she should preform well... i know that portion of st johns and heck ive seen a bunch of dd car motors jump the ramps just gotta get used to them , don't know about now I haven't ran it in years but the biggest hazards I remember were all the screw heads sticking up back then!! Fun times fun times
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