Gator hunting small boat adding floatation foam in hull?

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Gator hunting small boat adding floatation foam in hull?

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I will be gator hunting with my 13ft airboat and was wondering if anyone has added marine foam to the storage area in the nose of the hull? I am worried about the front of the boat with a few guys working up there it gets pretty low. Last year we had a fat buddy up front I couldn't plane up it would have gone down.

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It won't prevent your boat from sinking, it will however aid in recovery

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Chaseh wrote:It won't prevent your boat from sinking, it will however aid in recovery
Will it help with floatation?

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Old engine builders used to say "there's no replacement for displacement"

Kind works the same for hulls I think the foam would help for flotation if sunk or swamped but the footprint of your boat is what will be displacing water not what is in the boat .... Imho but I'm no physicist or whatever those smart fellas are called
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Adding closed cell foam will only add weight.

It only becomes a buoyancy gain after hull is swamped.

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If you float a piece of wood in the water and then put a piece of Styrofoam on top of the wood, does it make the wood float any higher? :banghead: :rebel:

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What you need to do is tie 5 or 6 helium balloons to your bow hook. That should give you the added front end buoyancy you're looking for. Wouldn't hurt to couple that with a hole bunch of closed cell floatation foam. I'm talking like 1000 pounds worth. Then that rig of yours will float like a cork! :violent1:
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Ok well the foam idea is gone. I am going to just be careful this season but by next I will have a larger boat.

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jeepinocala1111 wrote: Last year we had a fat buddy up front
:lol: leave bign at the house!! :stirpot:
He'll cut your throat, baby, stick you in the back, drive off in your Cadillac.
He's more trouble than you think, he'll kill your sugar, leave you in the drink.

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Get your buddy a thigh master. Suzanne Summers swore by it.

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Gary S wrote:Get your buddy a thigh master. Suzanne Summers swore by it.
You guys should already know we can't go around hurting people's feelings. No he's going to have to sit this one out.

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now who's hurting feelings.

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Having thought about this for a bit the fastest way to increase your vessels buoyancy is thru the use of transom mounted flotation pods. Very common on flats boats but not often seen on airboats. It would be interesting to see how they would also work when running dry, recently I heard an old timer who built glass hulls talk about how a non-square shape breaks the hulls vacuum and helps a boat to run dry. I don't understand it but this old fellow has been airboating for 58 years so gotta respect that.

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I hunted for years out of a 12 ft boat and loaded many of 10-12 ft gators with no problem . Roll the gators in they load 10 times easier. 1 man can load a full grown gator that way.
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getchasumairboats wrote:I hunted for years out of a 12 ft boat and loaded many of 10-12 ft gators with no problem . Roll the gators in they load 10 times easier. 1 man can load a full grown gator that way.
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