What motor options are available for purchase?gumbeauxWe have the largest selection of motor options in the shallow water boat industry. Our prices are the same as offered by authorized dealers. We do not mark up the motor prices, and we do not charge for installation of the motor when mounted on one of our hulls. In short, no hidden fees.
What is the purpose of a Huntdeck?gumbeauxThe huntdeck came about as a place to put the rear portion of the total boat’s flotation foam. Our foam goes under the original front deck, under the floor, and inside the hunt deck for full level flotation, which is required by the USCG for a recreational rating. Without the hunt deck, the rear portion of the foam would have to be just inside the transom in two port and starboard boxes. Thus losing valuable space. In addition to the flotation, there are other advantages of the hunt deck.
- Adds 20” of length to whatever model you purchase. (example - a 17x50 with a huntdeck is actually 18’6” in overall length.)
- Pushes the motor back 20” out of the way so that a hunter or fisherman can utilize the entire back end of the boat without sharing that space with the motor and tiller handle.
- Makes a great place for entering the boat from shallow water or in a man overboard situation it is much easier to climb onto the hunt deck than over 21” sides.
- Totally eliminates a backwash from sudden stops.
What if I want my boat designed differently from your standard models?gumbeauxIf you do not find a boat package at any of our dealers to suit your specific needs, we can custom build your hull on an as ordered basis. They are built one at a time, to fit the needs of each customer. If you can imagine it, we can usually build it so as it is within safe boating practices. Custom orders are often made at our dealer locations. However, if you need factory direct expertise in designing your hull, that is a service we gladly offer, even if you are dealing with one of our dealers. Contact us anytime.
What are the advantages of an airboat style rake?gumbeauxThe airboat style rake is different from conventional flat boat rakes for a very specific reason. Most conventional flat boats don't have much of a true rake to speak of. Most flat boats have a rake that is short and rises quickly. The problem is when you load that hull down in the front with 2 sacks of decoys and a Labrador, the rake sinks and you wind up pushing a wall of water that won't get out of its' own way. Our rake is a long, slow rising rake. It allows you to load your hull heavily in the front and still get on a proper plane. Let's face it, as duck hunters, all your gear and passengers go up front. They can't sit in the back with you while you drive your mud motor, so they are placed midship to the bow and, consequently, weigh down the bow. Not a problem in a Gator Trax boat!
What size boat should I buy and what motor should I pair it up with?gumbeauxTo properly answer, you must ask yourself a few questions. First, how many hunters will I realistically hunt with on an average trip? Two, three, more? The heaviest part of your load will be hunters so this is important to answer honestly. If you will have two in the boat, 16' is fine, three in the boat, you need 17' minimum. More? You need 18' minimum. Length is the key if you stay narrow. If you go with a wider hull, length is not as critical as you will still be displacing an acceptable amount of water for performance.
Second, how far do I run from the landing to my hunting spot on average? This, combined with the first answer, will dictate your motor choice. If you run with a heavy load or your runs are long, say more than 5 or 6 miles, you will need one of the higher horsepower motors being a 35HP minimum. Anything less will not give you the performance you need. If you have a light load or your run is short, 1-3 miles or so, you can scale back a bit to a smaller motor. Remember, we never recommend smaller than the 23HP for any application with our hulls. A good rule of thumb is to purchase the largest mud motor you can afford because that will be the one you wish you had purchased at the beginning.
Thirdly, will I use this hull to hunt out of with a blind or as a transport vessel from the landing to a permanent blind? If you are going to hunt from the boat or even fish from this boat, you will want an open floor plan of some kind. Our open hull, walk through bench, or a combo of the two will be best. If you will use the boat to transport hunters to a permanent blind then get out to hunt, the center bench will work great as a seat for your passengers while underway. And, since you are not hunting or fishing out of the boat, the bench will not be in the way for your application. If you will answer the above 3 questions honestly as they pertain to your real situations, you will have a great starting point on boat size, hull design, and motor choice. We offer this suggestion; build this hull for what you will be doing 90% of the time, then live with the other 10%.