Why are those two braces on top of the floor on all Gator Trax Boats?gumbeaux
Gator Trax uses a longitudinal bracing system. All of the braces that touch the bottom of the hull run lengthwise from bow to stern. No brace that crosses perpendicular to the longitudinal bracing touches the bottom. This is to prevent hooks and dents. Because there are no cross braces touching the bottom, any underwater obstruction (rocks, logs, stumps) that hits the bottom of the hull can now flex the hull between the lengthwise braces and pop out at the transom without ever contacting a cross brace, which is where the dent would most likely occur. This is basically a dent prevention bracing system, another true shallow water feature, not found in traditional hulls. That being said, the Gator Trax Boats one piece hull is pulled up and held together in the front by the deck, in the back by the transom, and midship by these braces. Placing them below the false floor will not only give the hull two places to “catch dents”, but would also give our current lengthwise braces, (which are one solid piece), two interrupted weak spots.