1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

flat bottom Vs. V shape

Discussion in 'Boating & Fishing' started by rab89, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. Apr 19, 2010 at 4:37 PM
    #1
    rab89

    rab89 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2009
    Member:
    #12578
    Messages:
    5,506
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ross
    Kelowna b.c canada
    Vehicle:
    2012 DCLB
    Grillcraft mx black upper and lower BHLM with Gloss black 265 70 17 bfg a/t center console light mini mag mounted in center console debadged bed lights 35W 5000k HID's
    I'm looking for a little "jon boat" for some small lake fishing, in canada you almost only see the v shape hull, where as I'm finding while im down here in Texas, that they are mostly flat bottom, is there an advantage to either?
    My thoughts would be that the flat bottom is sturdier..?

    I might as well also ask if you prefer gas or electric motors? My friend has an electric, and it's nice and quiet, but the batteries die within a few days.

    Thanks
     
  2. Apr 19, 2010 at 4:40 PM
    #2
    Firefighter160

    Firefighter160 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2009
    Member:
    #12798
    Messages:
    527
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Josh
    Eastern VA
    Vehicle:
    05 DCSB Offroad
    The flat bottom has a more open and stable design that drafts less water, the v-bottom is better in rougher water. Ive always liked the flat bottom better and Ive had both. The flat bottom is usually squared on the ends and fits in a truck better too.
     
  3. Apr 19, 2010 at 4:41 PM
    #3
    YellowDog01

    YellowDog01 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2009
    Member:
    #26720
    Messages:
    2,432
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    04 4x4
    Well....Flat bottoms can float shallower...If that is a factor for you. They are more noisy, but it's a jon boat so I wouldn't worry.

    The V's can take more chop without getting you wet..But will take a bigger engine-Not too much bigger but maybe a little bit.

    The flats are nice because there seems to be a little more space to throw things down on.

    Hope this helps!
     
  4. Apr 19, 2010 at 4:41 PM
    #4
    YellowDog01

    YellowDog01 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2009
    Member:
    #26720
    Messages:
    2,432
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    04 4x4

    Dang it. You beat me to it!:)
     
  5. Apr 19, 2010 at 4:46 PM
    #5
    rab89

    rab89 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2009
    Member:
    #12578
    Messages:
    5,506
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ross
    Kelowna b.c canada
    Vehicle:
    2012 DCLB
    Grillcraft mx black upper and lower BHLM with Gloss black 265 70 17 bfg a/t center console light mini mag mounted in center console debadged bed lights 35W 5000k HID's
    well both opinions are good, thanks guys!
    I'm trying to find a boat near b.c that I can pickup on my way home from Texas, not sure if it's gona be much work to bring it into canada or not though...

    I think I'll try a flat bottom, it seems like it will be a bit more stable when people are moving around trying to get lines in and change flies etc, and I never even thought about it fitting in the truck, that will be nice.
     
  6. Apr 19, 2010 at 4:51 PM
    #6
    YellowDog01

    YellowDog01 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2009
    Member:
    #26720
    Messages:
    2,432
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    04 4x4
    Are you a flyfisherman? I hope so!
     
  7. Apr 19, 2010 at 4:54 PM
    #7
    rab89

    rab89 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2009
    Member:
    #12578
    Messages:
    5,506
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ross
    Kelowna b.c canada
    Vehicle:
    2012 DCLB
    Grillcraft mx black upper and lower BHLM with Gloss black 265 70 17 bfg a/t center console light mini mag mounted in center console debadged bed lights 35W 5000k HID's
    you bet! I'd like to get a spinning rod just for certain lakes, but I like the fly rod, it eve works well when trolling with the floating line.
     
  8. Apr 19, 2010 at 4:57 PM
    #8
    YellowDog01

    YellowDog01 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2009
    Member:
    #26720
    Messages:
    2,432
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    04 4x4
    I'm nowhere near Canada. I saltwater flyfish in Chalreston,SC.
    I keep a couple spinning rods in the boat just in case, esp. if it's a rainy day.
    Do some trout fishing in NC and TN, but nothing up where you live. Seems like a fun place to go though
     
  9. Apr 19, 2010 at 4:59 PM
    #9
    rab89

    rab89 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2009
    Member:
    #12578
    Messages:
    5,506
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ross
    Kelowna b.c canada
    Vehicle:
    2012 DCLB
    Grillcraft mx black upper and lower BHLM with Gloss black 265 70 17 bfg a/t center console light mini mag mounted in center console debadged bed lights 35W 5000k HID's
    yea it's a pretty beautiful area, I couldn't live anywhere else now!

    do you use an electric or gas motor?
     
  10. Apr 19, 2010 at 5:01 PM
    #10
    YellowDog01

    YellowDog01 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2009
    Member:
    #26720
    Messages:
    2,432
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    04 4x4
    Well we have a 17' Maverick Flats boat..90 HP Yamaha. So all gas.

    My Jon Boat has a 25 Johnson. With an electric motor down here I couldn't get anywhere.
     
  11. Apr 19, 2010 at 5:03 PM
    #11
    rab89

    rab89 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2009
    Member:
    #12578
    Messages:
    5,506
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ross
    Kelowna b.c canada
    Vehicle:
    2012 DCLB
    Grillcraft mx black upper and lower BHLM with Gloss black 265 70 17 bfg a/t center console light mini mag mounted in center console debadged bed lights 35W 5000k HID's
    hmm, the lakes I go out on are usually pretty small, but it might be nice to have gas and not worry about running out of power
     
  12. Apr 19, 2010 at 5:05 PM
    #12
    YellowDog01

    YellowDog01 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2009
    Member:
    #26720
    Messages:
    2,432
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    04 4x4
    True. Either one would be nice for a small lake. Electric is tons quiter. But can probablly run out of batteries.

    But little 8hp and below take almost no gas. :)
     
  13. Apr 19, 2010 at 5:06 PM
    #13
    rab89

    rab89 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2009
    Member:
    #12578
    Messages:
    5,506
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ross
    Kelowna b.c canada
    Vehicle:
    2012 DCLB
    Grillcraft mx black upper and lower BHLM with Gloss black 265 70 17 bfg a/t center console light mini mag mounted in center console debadged bed lights 35W 5000k HID's
    yea, I'll see what I can find
     
  14. Apr 19, 2010 at 5:16 PM
    #14
    pwrstrk02

    pwrstrk02 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2010
    Member:
    #33248
    Messages:
    257
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    randy
    kansas city missouri
    Vehicle:
    2010 4x4,dc,off road, black pearl
    in my opinion, the snoother the water the more a flat bottom is better, and the rougher the water the more a v hull is better. most flat bottoms have shallow walls and they dont sway with the waves (however small or big they are) which allows it to take on water easier. the v bottoms will move with the waves and make it alot harder to allow water to come in. when im on the missouri river or a small lake, i prefer to use an 18' flat bottom, and when im on a big lake, i prefer to use a v bottom.
     
  15. Apr 19, 2010 at 5:34 PM
    #15
    shocker01

    shocker01 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2010
    Member:
    #35282
    Messages:
    132
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Gordon
    Ky
    Vehicle:
    01 Tacoma 4x4 TRD
    5100 Billies, drop-in k&n, deck plate, gray wire, Dynomax exhaust.
    I have a 14' aluminum V w/ a 15h evinrude. Have had it all over from the Thessalon River, Ont., to Lake Guntersville, Al., and everywhere in between. Gets me anywhere I want to go. Also have a 10' john w/ a trolling motor for small creeks.
     
  16. Apr 19, 2010 at 6:38 PM
    #16
    rab89

    rab89 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2009
    Member:
    #12578
    Messages:
    5,506
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ross
    Kelowna b.c canada
    Vehicle:
    2012 DCLB
    Grillcraft mx black upper and lower BHLM with Gloss black 265 70 17 bfg a/t center console light mini mag mounted in center console debadged bed lights 35W 5000k HID's
    Cool, It's gona depend on what comes up when it gets closer to home time!
     
  17. Apr 19, 2010 at 6:48 PM
    #17
    rab89

    rab89 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2009
    Member:
    #12578
    Messages:
    5,506
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ross
    Kelowna b.c canada
    Vehicle:
    2012 DCLB
    Grillcraft mx black upper and lower BHLM with Gloss black 265 70 17 bfg a/t center console light mini mag mounted in center console debadged bed lights 35W 5000k HID's
    yea thats the reason I was thinking of going with an electric, A good electric with like 50lbs of thrust would do the job just fine I think..
     
  18. Apr 19, 2010 at 6:49 PM
    #18
    flightcancled

    flightcancled Addicted

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2010
    Member:
    #30917
    Messages:
    1,470
    Gender:
    Male
    Syracuse NY/ Nantucket MA
    Camper top with racks, Custom fogs behind lower bumper. Interior LED lighting, Rock Lights, Hella 500s with upraged bulbs behind black billet grill, AAL, Front 5100s
    Flat is fine, even on somewhat rough water. As said it is easier to stow gear as well as transport and move around in. On anything like or bigger than large lakes though I would go V.

    As long as its in the back of the truck it should be no issue. If they ask at the border you bought it in Canada. If it is on a trailer that has US plates though it could be an adventure.
     
  19. Apr 19, 2010 at 6:51 PM
    #19
    rab89

    rab89 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2009
    Member:
    #12578
    Messages:
    5,506
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ross
    Kelowna b.c canada
    Vehicle:
    2012 DCLB
    Grillcraft mx black upper and lower BHLM with Gloss black 265 70 17 bfg a/t center console light mini mag mounted in center console debadged bed lights 35W 5000k HID's
    Learned my lesson not to lie to them at the border :p

    I'm thinking it should be fine as it's used, but if I have to leave it and drive back after paperwork goes through, thats no problem.
     
  20. Apr 19, 2010 at 6:54 PM
    #20
    flightcancled

    flightcancled Addicted

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2010
    Member:
    #30917
    Messages:
    1,470
    Gender:
    Male
    Syracuse NY/ Nantucket MA
    Camper top with racks, Custom fogs behind lower bumper. Interior LED lighting, Rock Lights, Hella 500s with upraged bulbs behind black billet grill, AAL, Front 5100s
    Meh my Dad got a boat shipped in from England (don't ask) and customs took a month to clear the dammed thing. I would rather dodge the whole issue, tell them I took it across with me in the first place and be done.

    How did they catch you?
     
To Top