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    I would like to know what everyone says are the pros and cons of tri hulls? Everything from weight to control to speed to stability ect.


  • #2
    Re: tri hull pros and cons

    My only experience was with an 18' tri hull. Very stable ride in smooth water and stable while sitting still in the water.

    If it's a little rough, they beat the crap out of you. Your boat may be different, depending on design.
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    • #3
      Re: tri hull pros and cons

      A very OPEN ended question.
      Boats can be used in rivers, ponds, large lakes, bay or open ocean.
      Which are your referring to?

      Pro:
      First, I'm looking for a 14' tri hull for river fishing, it may get into a small lake.
      Stable to stand and fish from, some are low to the water.

      Con:
      My bay boat (close inshore) is a V bottom...IMHO tri hulls don't ride very good in a bay and I wouldn't think of taking one off shore, except on a glass calm day, even then there are swells to think of.
      Most are foam filled, any water intrusion and their rotted.

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      • #4
        Re: tri hull pros and cons

        Beating a dead horse here.

        I have both, an 18' thundercraft IO tri hull that I have converted into a fishing boat, and now I have bought a starcraft 19' superfisherman deep V. The tri hull is a very stable fishing platform, excellent in smooth water at speed. If you are in 1' or large waves, it will beat you to death unless you slow down. It can be managed. I have not used my new starcraft yet, but I have fished off others like it. It has a lot smoother ride through the chop, and with it's wide beam is quite stable as well. The key to any boats stability is hull design. A tri hull will be more stable than a deep v in the same length boat, unless you have a wider beam. My 2 cents, and another hit on the dead horse.
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        • #5
          Re: tri hull pros and cons

          You guys have anwsered my question, I was wanting for the bay and it sounds like I will want a deep v

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          • #6
            Re: tri hull pros and cons

            I think people exaggerate about the ride being rough on a flat bottom, square bow, tri-hull, whatever. On a small boat it won't make that much difference. Some, but not enough to matter. no one has died from riding in a boat due to the bumps.
            A man of constant boat tinkering.

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            • #7
              Re: tri hull pros and cons

              Originally posted by Home Cookin' View Post
              I think people exaggerate about the ride being rough on a flat bottom, square bow, tri-hull, whatever. On a small boat it won't make that much difference. Some, but not enough to matter. no one has died from riding in a boat due to the bumps.
              Is that how guage comfort? No one died! LOL

              I've seen kids take a few bounces aft because dad din't pay attention to 3 waves crossing his path...oh that was me!

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              • #8
                Re: tri hull pros and cons

                no i have a 14' tri hull and ive bin out there in 1' waves and it just bounces a bit not bad. Ive also gone over 3' waves you just have to ride through them. You can stop and wait but that just a waste of time.

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                • #9
                  Re: tri hull pros and cons

                  The original Boston Whalers had a tri-hull and there are still thousands in use world wide with an excellent reputation. There are many still being used as rescue boats to save the souls of many a high powered "V" hull in the wrong hands. A boat is only as good as it`s skipper I say !!!!!
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                  • #10
                    Re: tri hull pros and cons

                    OK for smaller lakes.
                    But it it gets rough, or in open bodies or large water or in large salt water forget tri-hulls. They just ride to rough.
                    Fishing for 60 years. Somebody told me one day over the VHF that the worst day fishing still beats the best day at work. They may have been right!
                    Retired and liking it a whole lot better than work!

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                    • #11
                      Re: tri hull pros and cons

                      well i'm using my boat in saltwater. Not the ocean but bays and river in saltwater that are open to the ocean.

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                      • #12
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                        Re: tri hull pros and cons

                        Originally posted by goodtimesfishing View Post
                        I would like to know what everyone says are the pros and cons of tri hulls? Everything from weight to control to speed to stability ect.
                        1) Most of them are going to be 20+ years old and fibreglass; a fibreglas boat has a wooden boat inside doing it's best to rot.
                        2) The one I have (closer to 40 years old) runs as straight as if it was on rails, unlike the deep V I sold last year.
                        3) Mine pops up on plane (hole shot) much quicker than my deep V did but that might be related to power.
                        4) Ride is hard, though mine is less hard than many because the hull doesn't flatten out as much toward the rear as a lot of them do.
                        5) A lot heavier than a comparable aluminum boat or even a newer glass boat.

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