Skinny water boat advice needed. Jet or Prop tunnels?

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  1. 1simplemann

    1simplemann New Member

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    bh007, Your 1 downside is one of the main reasons I wanted to try some sort of prop tunnel. LOUD! Since I'm trying to sneak into some areas for bowhunting, stealth is a concern. the 2 main areas that I will hunting are not rocky, just moderately shallow 1-2'. I'm considering a using a jet to get me most of the way and then trolling motor the last 200-300 yds. The really shallow stuff I fish is rocky so it looks like a jet is my only option. I was looking an option that could do it all. shallow running, good gas mileage, stealthy(quiet),efficient IE- not a 60/90 motor(full HP rating), and prop driven. I was hoping a prop tunnel with a couple jack plates on the back could do everything I'm looking for in a river boat.
     
  2. bufflehead1

    bufflehead1 Senior Refuge Member

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    There are a lot of boats here with prop motors and tunnels. I don't care what anyone says. I have owned both and there is no possible way a boat with a prop will run as shallow as a jet. The shallowest running prop boats are boats with the motor in the front(most are used for gillnet fishing for mullets) and even they won't run as shallow as a jet.

    If your dealing with shallow water and rocks, a jet is the only option IMO. Glad we don't have rocks here.

    The thing with a jet is making sure you have enough power to put you on top with any load you might carry. When you run aground, you'll be able get out in a pair of shoes and not get your feet wet. Been there, done that in a 21' Carolina Skiff.
     
  3. 1simplemann

    1simplemann New Member

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    Buffle head, where in NC? My Dad live's in Leland.
     
  4. bufflehead1

    bufflehead1 Senior Refuge Member

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    Dare County..............Outer Banks. I'm on the other end of the state.
     

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