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Old 03-28-2011, 12:42 PM
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Default Pods on a Tunnel hull.

I was wanting to get some input on how aluminum tunnel hulls perform with floation pods. I'm looking at getting a 1548 with a tunnel.
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:44 PM
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It works. Makes it easier to take off in shallow water.
Reverse sucks on a tunnel hull, pods will make it worse.
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:49 PM
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It works. Makes it easier to take off in shallow water.
Reverse sucks on a tunnel hull, pods will make it worse.
Very true as I have them on my 1756 alumacraft tunnel hull. I know reverse sucks big time. I assume they do work in shallow water as I have a fifty hp Honda on the back of my boat.
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:53 PM
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Yea i guess you can't have the best of both worlds. I really want the shallow water performance in the marsh and on the river by the house, got run over a few sand and gravel bars to get to the fish.
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Old 03-28-2011, 03:41 PM
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Just so you know tunnel hulls are great but work best in mud. I have herd on hard surfaces they are hell to get out when stuck.
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Old 03-28-2011, 03:43 PM
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that tunnel is like dragging a 5 gallon bucket everywhere, longer boat comes up flatter

they used to make some 18x42 ventilated tunnel boats in cameron, styron? good marsh boats
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Old 03-28-2011, 03:48 PM
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that tunnel is like dragging a 5 gallon bucket everywhere, longer boat comes up flatter

they used to make some 18x42 ventilated tunnel boats in cameron, styron? good marsh boats
I agree,short boats do not run as good as the longer hulls with a tunnel. Southfork 18x42 or 44 is the best running factory built boat on the market.
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Old 03-28-2011, 04:08 PM
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that tunnel is like dragging a 5 gallon bucket everywhere, longer boat comes up flatter

they used to make some 18x42 ventilated tunnel boats in cameron, styron? good marsh boats
Karl Styron, in Creole. He is still a welder, don't know if he still builds boats. He built a lot of duck blinds and boats for Little Pecan. If'n you want him to build one, let me know. I can holler at him.

I had a 20 X 36 with vented tunnel and a 40 Merc. Ran great. Didn't feel like it was pulling anything behind it.

It ran like a normal boat in deep water. Ran like a scalded dog in 6" of water. In shallow water it would level off and scoot.
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Old 03-28-2011, 04:09 PM
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A 15 foot tunnel won't do what an 18 foot one will. Alweld makes a deep tunnel that's supposed to do pretty good if you take it and have a vent put on it like the southfork.

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Old 03-28-2011, 04:25 PM
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Longer boats do better with a tunnel.
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Old 03-28-2011, 04:35 PM
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Wish mine was 2 feet longer
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Wish mine was 2 feet longer
It's called footites. Everyone wants a bigger boat. Just like other appendages.
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Thanks for the info, more than likely going with a 18'. Speed isn't a big deal, like to run shallow and get up in shallow water. What's ya'lls opions on southfork boats?
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18 ft. would be the shortest I would get in a tunnel hull.
2 ft. is not much more cost on an aluminum boat.
Buy the right one the first time.
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Thanks for the info, more than likely going with a 18'. Speed isn't a big deal, like to run shallow and get up in shallow water. What's ya'lls opions on southfork boats?
talk to ray about that custom, no kidding

may save some cash
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Alweld builds a boat with a perfomance tunnel which is wider and shallower then standerd tunnel. I run a 15x48 alweld with this and it does well in open and shallow water without vent and from what i understand they were built for runnin rivers up north. You can buy this on alot of diff size boats from pretty short to nice and long and diff widths up to around a 52 wide
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Yea i need get with Ray, could get it built with the exact layout i won't. I don't want to go to long cause i get in some tight spots sometmes. Would like to come ya'lls way sometime and try Lacaissene out.
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Longer boats do better with a tunnel.
And flats preform better than semi-v's
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Yea i need get with Ray, could get it built with the exact layout i won't. I don't want to go to long cause i get in some tight spots sometmes. Would like to come ya'lls way sometime and try Lacaissene out.
Karl is a commercial welder, he works on oilfield work boats and crew boats. I talked to him at the Fur and Wildlife Festival in Jan.
I will find out if he still builds boats.
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