Will the tunnel hull work with the huntdeck?gumbeauxYes. We have designed a tunnel that works perfectly with the huntdeck paired with traditional outboards and jet outboards.
Will I need a tunnel hull?gumbeauxThe answer to the question is conditional. If you are running an outboard in very shallow water and you want the ability to run in 4” or 5” of water then the answer is yes. The tunnel will actually collect what little water is under the hull and funnel it to the prop. We use the tunnel on our personal fishing boats with outboards that we use to fish for reds and specks in the coastal marshes and would not trade them for anything! The tunnel will not work with a surface drive motor.
Will remote steer with my surface drive motor be right for my application?gumbeauxRemote steer is one of the sharpest new innovations in the surface drive motor industry. When used with hydraulic steering it is one of the easiest ways to operate your surface drive motor. However, this comes with pros and cons. Consider the following when deciding if the remote steer is best for you.
- In order to get remote steer, you must have the expense of a console, remote steer package, hydraulic steering, and rigging. This will increase the overall cost to over approximately $1,800 when compared to a tiller handle steer.
- Consider the size of your boat. Adding a console, especially in a narrow boat, will take up valuable floor space that won't be able to be used while hunting or fishing from the boat.
- When you get stuck with remote steer, you are generally stuck. Without the aid of a tiller handle to assist you in "working" your way out of the mud, through vegetation, or over obstacles, your steering wheel, and power trim are rendered almost useless.
- If you run a lot of mud flats or heavy vegetation, the remote steer is probably not for you.
- If you run rocky rivers or sandy bottoms and the only reason you need a surface drive motor is you will occasionally hit something or need to make it across the sand flats, the remote steer is perfect.
Will you honor your warranty even if I use my hull with an outboard?gumbeauxYes. While no other round chine hull in production offers a warranty with an outboard, we do. We offer an outboard package. This package is a series of braces that will ensure your hull life, even if used with an outboard. As long as you have the outboard package, and do not exceed the recommended horsepower ratings, you will be covered while using your outboard. You can find more details in our Lifetime Warranty.
Will a commercial hull (without flotation) be legal?gumbeauxYes. A commercial rated hull is a hull that does not have enough flotation to keep the hull afloat when full of water, or no flotation at all. Most of the aluminum flats we are accustomed to are commercially rated. A little flotation under the bench seats is not enough to keep you afloat when the boat fills full of water and it is fully loaded. A commercial rating simply lets you, the buyer, know that this boat, while it meets the requirements of being seaworthy, will not float if 100% full of water or below the water level. It does not mean that you have to use it in a commercial capacity as a consumer. It is a recommendation, not a requirement.
Our recreational rated hulls will float fully loaded as long as the limits on weight are not exceeded and safe boating is exercised. The advantages in a commercial hull are a lighter hull and offer more storage. Some of our competitors want you to believe the law makes commercial hulls illegal. Simply not true. If you read that law, it will state that it is illegal to claim a hull is recreational rated when it is not.