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    Question Trihull vs V-hull Bowrider vs Deckboat - Noob Questions

    Greetings, this be my first post here.

    I'm hoping to pick up a boat in the near future, and am trying to narrow down what would work best without closing off any options.

    My background:
    26 years of paddling experience in canoe and kayak, both flatwater and up to intermediate whitewater.
    Past experience driving a Seaswirl Tahoe, with limited experience on a larger outboard Starcraft (don't recall the model, only that it was fiberglass, closed bow, and outboard).

    I'm in western PA, about 1hr from OH and 2hr from WV. My target boating spots would be lakes and rivers flowing into the Ohio, with the occasional road trip probably within 600mi. Would currently be hauling with a compact/mid-size truck with rated towing of 5000lb, though I may want to stay under 3000lb to widen my range of future vehicles.

    I would be intending to get a well used boat at minimum cost, possibly to include sweat equity in cosmetic or other interior restoration. Not looking for a money or time pit either, though.

    Main purpose would be touring. Fishing would be a part of it, but I'm not that concerned with dedicated fishing boat features. I would want it to hold about 6 people, though average adults are more than 150lb so I may end up with more person capacity - not a bad thing since I could then also take more smaller people in time.

    Speed is not a concern for me, except that I do want to go places where there is current. I've clocked the Allegheny at nearly 10mph in a kayak, that's about as fast a current as I would ever imagine fighting. I would be concerned with range, so I would want enough speed that I'm not burning a ton of fuel going slowly up a river.

    I'm pretty much settled on an outboard for maintenance and modularity. One consideration is having a separate 20hp motor for use on lakes with horsepower limits. Not really concerned with speed on flat water, though I would appreciate any estimates on what a given size of boat would get at 20hp.

    I think I've narrowed it down to three types - v-hull bowriders, medium to small deck boats, and trihulls. Realizing of course that they're not necessarily cookie cutter categories.

    I'm biased towards the V-hull bowriders because that's where my experience is, and because of the impression I have from others that they are the most efficient and maneuverable. I'm not looking to dart around, but am concerned with being able to turn in tight places. Downsides are cost and capacity.

    No experience with tri-hulls, but that seems to be what everyone is selling so prices are most attainable. Anecdotally, I've heard that they're designed for stability at the cost of drag and more difficulty maneuvering. As an engineer, my question would be "how much?" The other downside being size, though I've seen a couple adequate ones. So far, it seems like I would be sacrificing something in order for it to be more attainable.

    Deck boats come in because it seems boat capacities tend to hang around 4-6 and then jump to 10-12. 6-8 is really the range I have in mind. If I judge correctly, it seems deck boats are similar to tri-hulls in design, just longer and wider. So I'm guessing the same tradeoffs of maneuverability and drag apply.

    The best fit that I've seen so far appears to be Maxum 20' bowriders, with 8 person capacity but a width and weight less than the Seaswirl I'm used to. Though I've heard mixed reviews of reliability/durability. Any direct counterparts out there?

    So now that I've unloaded everything, please let me know how this lines up or doesn't line up with your experience, or what you think it would take to meet or compromise on these goals.

    Thanks!

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    welcome to iboats! hopefully my information can give you a little help.

    i wouldnt say that tri-hulls lose much if any turning radious compared to a v -hull. i did notice on my tri-hull with 4 people in the back once on plane i lost quite a bit of turning power so i put some one ahead of the windshield and it turns just fine. they are more stable and tend to cause more drag which means slower going but mine still did 30 mph with a 90 horse. after 10 years brand doesnt matter look for maintaince records and soft floors, after 10 years, a lot of abuse can accumulate and wreck a boat so brand is like color just deal with it.
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    Welcome to the forums a lot to take in here. I hate to say this, though I am wondering if a pontoon would be more of what you are looking for. I didn't see any mention of water sports and they have very small engines. Speed doesn't seem like an interest to you. This is coming from someone who would never own one and convienced my folks to get a v-hull intead.

    I think all deckboats are basicly pontoon deck setup built onto the trihull. For people who want the abilities of the skiboat w/ the comfort and room of the pontoon.

    I do own a Maxum and I love it! It is a 2000 19ft Cuddy. They were owned by Brunswick who owns Searay and Bayliner and were a stop gab inbetween those two brands. They share many of the same parts with Bayliners, electronics etc. Though it is a little higher quality and more durable. So maybe the Buick of GM while Searay is more of the Cadillac and Bayliner is the Chevy. Though the most important thing to consider when buying a used boat is who well did the last owner take care of it?

    The deck and the tri-hull will be more stable in calm waters, while the deepness of the v-hull will give you better rough water stability.

    On my Maxum it says it holds 8 people or 1100lbs (1200lbs person, gear). You really can't take 8 adults, unless they are all frome ethiopia or children.

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    Welcome aboard. Two things jumped out at me; a desire for maneuverability and what sounded to me like a desire to have something with a kicker; at least that's how I interpret your mention of "a separate 20 hp motor". If so, given your intended pursuits of fishing and cruising/exploring, you might want to broaden your search to include large V bottom metal boats (like Lund, Princecraft, etc.). Such a boat would accomodate every need you've mentioned. However, in order to accomodate six 150 pounders you'd need to seek out a big one.

    I also agree with Hostage that you should consider a pontoon boat. They're not as maneuverable as boats with planing hulls, but they're not the gear pigs they used to be. They also provide a lot of capacity without weighing a lot. For instance, my 21' Suntracker with a 90 horse will move ten people (max capacity thirteen) at twenty plus mph, while the entire rig, trailer included, clocks in at just under 3500 pounds. Most barges don't readily accomodate kickers, but there are some that do, and those that don't can be modified accordingly.

    In the end every boat is a compromise. What you need to do is demo demo demo. It's a bit of a hassle, but nothing compared to being stuck with a boat that doesn't meet your needs. You've taken a great first step by tapping into the wealth of diversified wisdom and expertise available on iboats. Good luck.
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    Default Re: Trihull vs V-hull Bowrider vs Deckboat - Noob Questions

    In general your typical tri-hull is MORE efficient than a typical deep V bowrider. Trihulls more or less react like flat bottom boats, they have very little hull below the waterline while running at speed. Get moving fast enough and the trihulls work like hydroplanes!

    Trihulls also have more interior room, and are vastly more stable at anchor for fishing/moving about. The single drawback to a trihull is the ride. Given sufficient chop, they will beat the fillings, and then your teeth, out of your mouth.

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    I'm not into them either, but I'll third the guys above - for your stated use - touring, 6-8+ people, little fishing, easy towing - a toon would seem like a great choice.

    After that, I'd look at a deckboat - 6-8 people in a small bowrider.tri hull will get cramped.

    In then end, it's you budget that will dictate what you get. Again, with this in mind, a used toon with a reliable motor might be the most economical first step. You can always upgrade later.

    Good luck and let us know what you end up with.
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    Thanks so much for the excellent input thus far. A couple things I'm wondering right now about V-hull vs tri-hull - what about comparative drafts and efficiency throughout the speed range? For my purposes, I'm concerned as much about the low end of the range as the high end. Someone had suggested tri-hulls as having lower draft and thus being more desirable for rivers/creeks. As far as the ride in a tri-hull, would slowing down be enough to mitigate the effect? The roughest body of water would likely be Lake George in NY, and only rarely, with no problem slowing down if needed. I've seen deck boats out there and no one looked uncomfortable.

    I haven't heard the term "kicker", but I'm assuming it's a smaller motor with a tiller mounted off to the side, which stays attached but raised while the other is in operation, and vice versa. In my mind I've pictured a setup with quick detach lines to allow the motors to be swapped out, but that may be wishful thinking. Before going with a "kicker" I'd look into either that or what I can do with 20hp, or see if the unlimited hp lakes are enough for me.

    My imaginary perfect boat would be a large aluminum tunnel hull fully equipped with seating like a fiberglas bowrider, but I don't think that's attainable at the moment. I'm not against a pontoon entirely, though at the moment it's not my first choice. Maybe I'll come around.

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    You could always get a small Jon boat w/ a small motor as a second boat. I haven't heard of any lakes in my area that have a limit on HP. Take a look online and compare drafts on different hulls/boats on different websites. That might give you a good idea. It still looks like what you are looking for is more of a pontoon, I would never own one, but it does seem like that is what you are looking for.

    Maybe the best way for you to figure out effiency of the two different types of hulls is to find out RPM at a given speed for a certain motor. If both boats have the same powerplant and the trihull is going 25mph at 3500 RPM, while the v-hull is going 25mph at 3000 RPM, then the v-hull is more efficient. Keep in mind that engines can be in different states and it would be wise to compare newer boats. On my 4.3L merc I was doing 27mph at about 3000 RPM, which gives me a MPG in the low 4's.

    You could always "modify" your kayak like this guy did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stjZH77egxU

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    The only problem is that Pontoons are about lowest on the list of watercraft in terms of maneuverability, lol. You want to talk about wide turns! I think the deckboat serves his purpose best, and perhaps the Lund/Princecraft brands, too. Most of the modern deckboats are a modified tri-hull where it sprt of blends the v-hull and tri-hull to give it the stability of tri-hulls but a bit better ride than traditional designs. A tiller is always an option for most deckboats, but it's probably okay to start out without one. Good fishing platform, especially when equipped with a bow-mount trolling motor, open layout to accomodate 8 people comfortably, and decent fuel economy/handling.
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    Default Re: Trihull vs V-hull Bowrider vs Deckboat - Noob Questions

    Have you looked at the TAHOE 195 ? It is a deck boat that will hold the amount of people you want and has a modified V hull. Modified V is a hull that starts as a V and flattens out to resemble tri. Very maneuverable, low draft, much softer ride than tri and this particular boat does a good job in transforming from fishing to cruising to water sports and does not weight much. As for a kicker motor I'm not sure there is a need, it will burn more fuel pushing larger boat than I/O idling in gear. Never herd of lake having motor size limit, only speed limit. Just mi suggestion, good luck.

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    Default Re: Trihull vs V-hull Bowrider vs Deckboat - Noob Questions

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    Never herd of lake having motor size limit, only speed limit. Just mi suggestion, good luck.
    Lots of them do. Usually either 10 or 20.
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    if your trying to be cost effective tri hulls are it. ive had 4 v hulls 15-22 feet, good boats for sure, but i got my first tri hull last week, 1987 16 foot with a 70 hp merc. she will do close to 40 mph, good on gas, way more stable than even my biggest v hull. weight capacity is good, better than v hull of similar size. as for bad manuvering thats a joke. i can turn my boat 180 degrees within its own length...planes off much easier too

    the boat was near mint and i paid top dollar for sure, 2000 dollars, it came with a mint galvanized trailer and many extras, it does drag a bit more water but nothing a cupped prop and some trim doesnt fix. at a stand still the boat is like a floating island, i had 575 lbs of person and dog in the bow last weekend and still stable and high in the water. i love it so far.

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    I think a pontoon sounds exactly what your looking for! You want a well used boat, to bring the price down. With a well used boat for cheap you are almost always looking at rot and a lot of restoration, pontoons dont have a lot of these problems! Also they hold more people and can attain decent speeds still.

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    Here's a pic of my old tri-hull. It might be something like what you're looking for. It had a very large open bow. The railing parted so you could fish off of very easily. I could probably fit 6 adults max and maybe another kid or two. This was a '72 Glasspar rated for 115hp. The larger tri-hulls are not choppy. Mine manuvered pretty good. I had several motors on it, 50 johnny, 65 merc, 100 johnny, and 115 evinrude. The boat drafted very little. It held its own too. I had it on Ontario several times. The waves just bounced right off the hull. Overall the boat weighed in around 1200lbs. I towed it with a 2006 Impala!
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    I love tri-hulls and have had two of them now over 20 years - starting waaayyy back when Dad bought the first one for my brother and I ski on. A 15' or 16' will carry 6 people and with a 70 - 100 hp, you'll run between 30 and 40 MPH depending how loaded you are. Fully loaded, they draw as much water as anything else. With a light load, they probably don't draft quite as much - but I've found a bunch of variation in that. A 70hp on a 16' tri will run pretty efficiently and still give you a decent supply of power.

    I don't know of any way to quick swap motors from a 20 to a 100. Usually the controller systems are pretty distinct at those sizes.

    Have you looked at any of the center console fishing boats? They're not quite as comfy, but seating should still be pretty reasonable. Something like a Carolina Skiff about 15' with a 50HP might give you a slightly more shallow boat that will fit the trailering bill.
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    While the larger (ie 8 passenger) bowriders are the style I like, I'm starting to lean towards deck boats for flexibility & accessibility. Won't rule out a pontoon yet but I'm concerned about it in heavy current. Anyone have any experiences with this? Are they better or worse in shallow water than typical fiberglass boats? I've seen one deck boat that seemed to have flat bottomed planing pontoons - looked pretty neat.

    One other thing that I'm starting to think about - much of what I've read on outboard vs I/O indicates that I/O's are a maintenance nightmare, and I like the modularity of an outboard. Though I'm gradually learning that I/Os are more modular than I had thought. Given that I have a preference for a 4 stroke engine, and have good experience driving an I/O, and also given that many deck boats are I/O, I'm wondering if I should give them more consideration. Thoughts on this?

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    Default Re: Trihull vs V-hull Bowrider vs Deckboat - Noob Questions

    weve had i/o's and outboards, outboards are by far more simple and easy, in my experiences they are easier to maintain as the boat gets older. i used to be a total i/o guy, hated the look of outboards, its amazing how much ive changed my opinion since then

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    My first boat was a tri-hull, (backin the 70's). Was a lesser expensive boat, but run, and held up well.
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    Pontoons usually have a shallow draft in shallow water, but it's not usually too significant over any other boat. As far as I/O's versus O/B's, it's really about personal preference on looks and HP requirements. If you want 300HP, it's more economical to go with an I/O, they are generally quieter and take up less interior space on most boats. O/B's are self-draining, so that's really about the only major maintenance item it saves over an I/O. They both need oil changed (2-stroke O/B's notwithstanding), both require periodic tune-ups, etc. The I/O's are auto engines, so there's a good chance that if you work on your car at home, you can do the maintenance/repair work yourself. Not too many O/B owners do their own maintenance/repairs.
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    Pontoon boats are fine in current provided you have enough motor. What's enough motor depends on the size of the boat and the strength of the current. The're also actually more maneuverable that one might think, especially at lower speeds. If you're adding pontoons to the list for consideration I'd recommend the 20' to 22' range. I also think you're wise to further consider deck boats.
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    There are pro's and con's to I/O and OB's. Knowing what I know now, I would stay away from larger outboards, (90hp or more.) They are fuel pigs; especially the 2-cycle's. You have to figure the cost of two-cycle oil into each tank of gas too. It's hard to enjoy yourself when you're thinking of how much it's going to cost you to fill up. The 4 cycles aren't as bad, but they still are not very fuel efficient.

    Given that, the bottom line is how much HP do you want? A pontoon with a 40hp 4-cycle OB is a nice ride, but not very fast. Worst case the engine goes, the boat still has high value if you sell it. Or if you keep it, it's simple enough to change the OB yourself. Outboards are easy to come by. Not so much with I/O's. You're screwed if the motor is shot.

    If you're thinking of a deckboat and you envision tubing or skiing, go with the I/O. You'll have all the power you need. You'll get better fuel efficiency. It's a car motor; most of the time it's easier to get at spark plugs, starters, etc. There are some maintenance items best left to mechanics though. It's boating though. It's an expensive hobby. Post pics or links of what you're thinking about buying.

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    How much horsepower I'll need is a good question - that's part of what I'm trying to figure out.

    I don't need speed for the sake of speed. The only thing I need speed for is to fight current. I also don't necessarily need to haul 8 people at high speed or even planing speed. So this is pretty much "I need to do X, and Y, but not necessarily at the same time."

    That being said, I realize that as soon as I say that and commit to something smaller, I'll find myself in situations where miss the power, or wish I could give skiing a shot, or something. Plus that there's something to be said for using a motor well within its capacity most of the time.

    So let's say minimum 20mph with 700-800lb of passengers but able to take more like 1100-1200 if further sacrificing speed. Maybe take 1 skier with 3 other passengers. Not concerned with tubing or at least speed when tubing.

    I had thought that 4 stroke outboards were relatively common and affordable, but it seems that most affordable pre-owned outboards are 2-stroke. I'm guessing 4 stroke may be more cost effective if buying new, but I'm not anywhere near that point. So I'm starting to lean towards I/O, which I had thought was the "dark side" of maintenance & serviceability, but am getting the impression may not be so bad after all.

    Then I realize I may need to sacrifice something, and am trying to figure out what that should & shouldn't be.

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    i/o to ob is a 50/50 with me i think i accualy like the i/o more its quieter and like stated with 2 cycles no mixing gas. however if something big goes wrong you got a big bill. where as if a used 50 hp motor goes out look on craigs list for $200. 4 cycle ob are relitively new to the market 5-10 years not sure when they started, and they are very nice this is why you dont see them used and for sale often.

    maintaince wise besides bellows and gimble bearing in the i/o they are about the same. ob's i think are the best area to start if your new to boating, if you get shallow you can tilt it up as long as its spittin water unlike in an i/o if you hit ground you can only run the outdrive up so much before its to hard on u joints and gimble bearing.

    speed wise your dont sound like a speed demon and most i/o's i think run about 35-40mph and faster. smaller outboards like 50, 60, 75 hp generaly only going about 20-30ish depending weight hull and prop. gas wise a smaller i/o may be more fuel effecient [4 cylinder], 2 strokes suck it down 5 gallons of gas wont last you but a few hours.
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    We live on a large lake with a few thousand residents within a few feet of the water. They use boats here like they were cars--for transportation.

    Current Observations of a full time Lake Guy:
    1. I had no idea there were still so many tri hull people around. We seldom see any tri hulls on the lake--except for a few deck boats. They just ride so rough.
    2. Most full hulled boats on this lake are inboard-outboard V-hull bowriders.
    3. Most families on our lake have a pontoon boat and a couple of PWC's in their boat houses.
    4. At least half of the boats I see in boat salvage yards are inboard-outboards. Many of them were not maintained or winterized properly. (I-O outdrive units are difficult to maintain, and they're best not left in the water for extended periods of time.)
    5. Straight inboard's seem to never die. A guy down the street has a mint 1953 Chris Craft in his boat house. His newer boat is a 1978 22' Correct Craft v-hull inboard.
    6. Most of the new boats are powered by 4 stroke outboard motors--for quietness and fuel mileage. There again, most of the newer motors are on pontoons.
    7. We still have a large population of bass fishermen running typical bass boats with very large 2 stroke motors.
    8. If you're going to be trailering your boat often or going long distances with a relatively small truck, stick with an outboard to save 800 lbs.
    9. If you have a $6-8K and 5000 lb. limit including trailer--go with a 20' pontoon boat. They're easily found on the used market, and usually have not been run to death. Even a pontoon with bad carpet and/or rotting deck can be easily reconditioned for very little.
    10. When you find a prospective used boat, pay to have the motor looked at by a professional mechanic. Also go for a demo ride if you're serious. Be quick to change the water pump impeller and check the lower unit oil to make sure there's no contamination.

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    Default Re: Trihull vs V-hull Bowrider vs Deckboat - Noob Questions

    At the moment my wife is trying to steer towards v-hull bowriders, partly to be able to handle rougher water. Finding them with a 1100-1200lb capacity seems to be a challenge, though I'm hoping opening up to I/O will open some doors.

    Now it's seeming like a matter of figuring out how to balance budget against the feasibility of repairs. I'm decent with wood and am an engineer by trade, but experience teaches me to approach projects with humility.

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