Floral city hull opinions

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Floral city hull opinions

Postby Chrisco148 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:58 am

Looking to get some opinions on a hull I’m looking to buy, not sure of year 14’ floral city with poly, rake and walk boards. Seen some not so good opinions and great opinions with nothing in between!! Not looking for a $40k build, just a nice all around reliable boat. Any issues to be concerned with, areas of known failures to look for? As always thank you for your wisdom, Chris
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Re: Floral city hull opinions

Postby ladyblackwater » Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:31 am

With floral city airboats it depends on the year of the hull weather it's a hull built by them or a hull built by Hammant Airboats. If it is older than 2005 the hull is definitely a hammant hull. I haven't road on a boat with thier new hull so I can't really give you any insight on that.
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Re: Floral city hull opinions

Postby barhopper » Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:40 pm

I believe that their bottoms were two piece, a seam down the middle under the t-bar.

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Re: Floral city hull opinions

Postby Rick McC. » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:56 pm

My boat is a FC, an ‘07 built in late ‘06.

After 11 years of running exclusively in salt water, the hull is still in great shape, as is everything else.
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Re: Floral city hull opinions

Postby Chrisco148 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:36 am

Turns out to be an 07, with full rod boxes not walk boards. I will be buying it and hope for the best, looks like a very nice hull!! Thank you for the comments so far, any other opinions are welcomed since this seems to be a hull not discussed much for some reason... thanks again.
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Re: Floral city hull opinions

Postby Chrisco148 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:41 am

Rick Mcc, what setup do you have and does it run dry ok? I know it’s more about the setup than anything just curious on how the hull reacts compared to another. Stay pretty flat in the turns? Plan on? Thanks again....
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Re: Floral city hull opinions

Postby One Eyed Gator » Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:54 pm

Everyone I have ridden in except one rode hard on the nose.

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Re: Floral city hull opinions

Postby Chrisco148 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:24 pm

Could be countered by setup I would think?
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Re: Floral city hull opinions

Postby Rick McC. » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:24 pm

Chrisco148 wrote:Rick Mcc, what setup do you have and does it run dry ok? I know it’s more about the setup than anything just curious on how the hull reacts compared to another. Stay pretty flat in the turns? Plan on? Thanks again....


Well I’ve never run it “dry” as most on here seem to mean; running through pastures, through the woods, etc., but it does fine for me when I need to run it up and over a key, marsh or mangrove patch to get back into the creek. It also does fine going over rock and oyster bars.

It’s 18X8 with a two foot solid catcher, high transom, all stainless rigging, 454CID/425HP Edelbrock crate motor, with 2/1 belt drive and three blade Whirlwind stump puller prop.
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Re: Floral city hull opinions

Postby Rick McC. » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:27 pm

One Eyed Gator wrote:Everyone I have ridden in except one rode hard on the nose.


Mine does too, if I really get on it when loaded down.

When I’m by myself, only about the last three feet of the hull is touching the water when on the plane.
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Re: Floral city hull opinions

Postby Chrisco148 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:30 am

Good stuff guys, I really appreciate the info. I’m gonna get the hull and see how it turns out..... thanks again!!!
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Re: Floral city hull opinions

Postby SWAMPHUNTER45 » Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:43 am

Best of luck with it Chrisco and put a lot of thought into the balance point after hearing this info about being a boat that tends to go to it's nose.

What is ironic from my observations is most of the Floral City boats have a trim tab ???

My observations: Trim tab, belt drive, mid level modest engine power, frequently built with heavy accessories like power poles or fancy tops.

As history has shown the set up is a huge piece of the total performance of the boat. Some require more tuning than others but forethought goes a long way to getting the final ride quality your after.

I have been to their shop numerous times they are very helpful. Mike and Terry his wife run the place and are who to talk with if your over that way.


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