flat bottom or v hull

Discussion in 'Boat Tips' started by BIG_D, Sep 9, 2009.

whitch is best for the river

  1. v hull

  2. flat bottom

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  1. ok i am kinda starting to look at used boats agen i have desided to junk the old fiberglass job i got it is to heavy to much work needed and for what a motor big enoufh to push it i can get one already running i dont mind a fixer uper but i want one thats running my ? is i have always liked a v hull but now that i fish the river all the time i want you guys input i see both v's and flats on the river but give me the pro's and cons
  2. bedbug jr

    bedbug jr New Member

    I run a semi-V and it makes for a much smoother ride in rough current and I can put it anywhere you can put a flatbottom. Not much help against barges though:eek:oooh::smile2::smile2: It also works great on whitecapping lakes. Stay safe and stick a pig!!!:wink:

  3. 320hotrod

    320hotrod New Member

    I voted v-hull, but actually prefer modified v. I had a lowe roughnech 1860 mod v, and it was great. Flats were always kinda rough for me, and a little tippy compared to a v or mod-v. I still have an alumionum bass boat mod-v that I use almost entirely for the MO river, however, also use my fathers deep-v as well. Tippy there are not, and as far as smoothness, his is usually better than mine, but only when the waves are really rolling. There have been times on lake of the woods in MN that I was glad we had his as opposed to mine when those waves are pushing 4-5 feet. In the end, a lot of comes down to what you are comfortable with. I've been in boats my whole life, in just about every situation, and about the only boats I don't do are canoes:tounge_out:
  4. ~Austin~

    ~Austin~ New Member

    I'm gonna go with V's too. More comfortable ride, and a better bet for bigger water. I have a 14ft. Lowe V hull and it doesn't sit more than a few inches deeper than a jon boat. Ive had that thing in some places that 14ft aluminum boats probably shouldn't go and always came back in one piece. :wink:
  5. etexun

    etexun New Member

    I am not a real fan of a true flat bottom. I mean one that is really flat on the bottom. I have seen them slide sideways in turns and that might put you into a sandbar or drifting log or other boat. I like the aluminum boats that have a slight v on the bottom I think they bite into the water and turn curves tighter.
  6. lendog

    lendog New Member

    thats what my tracker is like and corners great not to mention the 5 inchs of water i can run in :wink:
  7. I have both a 14 ft. v bottom and an 18 ft. flat . I like the flat much better then the v .
  8. cantstopgrandma

    cantstopgrandma New Member

    My boat is a flatbottom, and she will slide in turns. Its really not a big deal. You slow down before going into a turn and you wont have any trouble. I have had to do evasive maneuvers ( floating boards, logs etc) and its never been an issue there either. As soon as you get off the trottle a little bit, it will turn on a dime again, If there's something you're worried about hitting the first thing you do is try to slow down anyway.

    The flatbottom or V bottom debate depends on a lot of stuff. Flatbottoms are inherently more stable (less tippy) and take less water to float. V bottoms are more comfortable in a chop, but the couple of modified v boats i've been in weren't any better than my flatbottom. You need to ask yourself how big a river you're gonna be on, and what you're expectations are for the boat.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2009
  9. I have mess with boats, and been in boats most of my life since I was about 12. That would be for the last 39 years.

    My preference is a flat bottom. I fish mostly from a 12ft jon boat. I like her and she rides ok, a little bumpy in rough water, but ok. She is very stable for such a small boat and great for fishing.

    I use her on a medium size river, the upper Monongahela River in Northern West Virginia, mostly. I have been on the Ohio with her, and many small rivers in WV. She is a great boat for small rivers and calm water on big water. Just need to keep an eye on barges and other water traffic. I have use my jon boat in small lakes and ponds.

    If I fished large rivers, like the Ohio, more, I would get a bigger boat, with higher sides so it would be a little more stable in rough water and barge wakes. But I would stick with a flat bottom boat, just because of how stable it is.

    I had a 26 ft. deck boat for a while, a great family fun boat, but not easy to fish from. It was the most stable water platform I have ever seen, better than a pontoon boat. Very rough ride in rough water.

    If I fished on the ocean or in a really big lake, where the wind can make some high waves, I would go with a whaler type boat. Sort of combines the best of both v-hull and flat bottom.

    Hope this helps.
  10. A boat is nothing but a series of compromises.
    The easiest way to decide what is for you is with a pencil and piece of paper.

    Write what you want, , what you can live without, where you are going to use the boat.

    I like a flat bottom boat in some bodies of water, but if I try to take that flat bottom out one Saturday to try fishing for something else like in the turning basin at Morehead it's going to be one rough day of fishing. Even with a modified V.
    Flatbottoms aren't bad in all situations, you just have to be willing to crawl sometimes.

    Flat bottoms are a stable platform at rest.
    You have tradeoffs.
    The deep V may ride good but on anchor it some of them rock violently on the keel.

    A progressive V is a trade off. A deep entry that flattens off say to 6% at the stern. You get some of both worlds.

    I have a ton of boat plans and I like every one of them.
    Pencil and paper whittles the field down though .
  11. buddyodie

    buddyodie New Member

    I have a Lowe 1860 VPT modified V. lots of room, nice flat floor on the deck, and good ride. My buddy has a 18 ft Sea Nymph deep V that doesn't ride the waves nearly as good as mine. And it is so congested that you can't move around, you are constantly moving stuff around to make room. Plus it gets blown around in the wind much worse too. I seriously considered a deep V before I bought my jon, but I am glad I didn't.
  12. ShilohRed

    ShilohRed New Member

    Deep V for me, Great ride and safe boat. Shoot someone posted about it tipping over. Mine I don't think will be tipping over even if 3 people weighing 900 lbs or more is on one side.
    But then again its 18'9" long and 90" in the floor,:cool2: Deep and safe as can be,.
    2008 Lund 1825 Pro Guide Tiller with a 90 Hp E-Tec Tiller motor.
    It's not the best when pulling up to the bank if its shallow way out. But that is something I can work around.
  13. catfish kenny

    catfish kenny New Member

    Dallis I have to go with the flattey since its what I own...(LOL)but both have there ins & outs ....flattbottom for me!
  14. catfish kenny

    catfish kenny New Member

    (LOL) both are good but ya want to go scratchin and clawin them logg jams fer flattey's ya gotta have one (LOL)
  15. well if i could aford a deep v like mabe a lund thats what i would go with but i am in the market for a small alum boat and after Mark J post it will probly be a flat bottom i dont want to be puking every time a barge goes by me :eek:oooh:
  16. Don't go to the extreme.
    How much rock you get out of a boat is dependent on deadrise.
    The higher the angle the more it's going to rock on it's keel.
    Some of these offshore center consoles have 20-26 degree deadrise at the stern. The troll comfortably but on anchor I don't care for them.
    Something in the 10-16 degree at the stern is fine to me.

    On the same token you got a flat bottom that doesn't have a keel to rock on.
    A wave basicly just passes under the hull unimpeded. They may not rock you but you can get jerked around a bit. SOME deadrise is a good middle ground. 6- 10 degrees to me is more comfortable then flat.

    There again the size of the boat has some bearing too.
  17. catman79

    catman79 New Member

    i had to vote flat bottom,i have a alumacraft 1870 jon i take it everywhere and never had a problem.my brother had a starcraft deep v and i hate it for catting but good for walleye and tubing.

    BIG GEORGE New Member

    I'm fixin to put the first deep "V" I've evr owned in the river,a big tidal river. I've fished out of deep "V's" before and I liked it. LOL! I had a big old snow plow of a fiberglass boat for years. It killed me when the wind and tide was goin in opposite directions. :wink:
  19. foghorn

    foghorn New Member

    With as many ribs as a flat bottom has i just dont really see it sliding in the corners that much. Because if you look at a deep v it only has the one rib in the middle granted the shape of the v helps. But with the flat it has what 10 ribs maybe and they all grab water when turning. If i could afford to i would but a flat from sea-ark and go to the factory and have it custom made to my specs. I would want some where between a 18-22 in length with really deep sides and real wide. But i guess i'll keep on dreaming on that. Right now i have a old fiberglass tri-hull 14' dart that my mom gave me with a 48 special evinrude that i have replace the stringer in and new floor. It really could use the transom replaced also but i have some 3/8 thick alum plate to reenforce it inside and out. This will hold it for a few more years till i can save up the funds for another boat which will be a flat or a semi-v. I dont ever want another fiberglass boat.

    Foggy :cool2:
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2009
  20. cantstopgrandma

    cantstopgrandma New Member

    Trust me, they will definately slide if you get them going fast enough. I have a 1448 w/ a 25hp. Over about 20-22mph she will slide, and it dont turn very sharp at all. When loaded light and traveling full throttle (28-29mph), there's only about 4 or 5 feet of boat touching the water. Those little creases in the hull are for structural integrity - they stiffen the thin aluminum.