T Man wrote:
pwhnts5 wrote:Yes they are boarding plateforms, we made them larger and higher to also act a wave breakers when back trolling in big waves. That two man layout weighs in at about 400 lbs, but you don't even know it is on the nose when running, bow comes right up with trim. The enter gantry pivots down to launch it of the front. We built a removable wench system to pull it back up on board, once it hits the balance point you just rock the entire gantry back down to the deck, pull the boat back another couple feet and it is secure for transport. It is pretty cool, the guys at Big Water will get us some video of it when they do the veterans hunt in two weeks.
Looking forward to it.
When the boat is stopped, is there enough weight in the rear that with the layout on the front, you still maintain a safe freeboard, or is there just enough coming that you can take larger waves over the bow safely? I have no experience with bigger boats, but with my 1652 and that much weight on the bow, things get sketchy.
What kind of deadrise are you guys running on these boats and what do they draft? How much did you sacrifice skinny water ability to be able to run in big water?
These Big Water Series boat are a modified version of our standard Extreme boats, just bigger. They have a Mod Vee front, but are flat from the rake back, no dead rise. They are very stiff and tough, the will run rough water as well as any full MV out there, just ask the guys from Big Water Outdoors, this is their second one. The larger boat only drafts 4-6" of water at deadrest. They can motor with the jack plate and outboard into about 7-8" of water without racking the motor. The boat is very well balanced, there are no issues with the boat on front, even when loading and unloading - this is a 24' long boat, so you don't even notice the weight of the boat on the front.
Sorry, I can't show close ups of the loading system, that is proprietary to Big Water and Phowler, to much work involved to give the design away.