Palm Beach style hull

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Palm Beach style hull

Postby RDH0540 » Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:43 am

Ok Gang, I met with Jay Bass, owner of Wardaddy Airboats yesterday and we are excited to have become a dealer rep for the west coat of Florida. Jay builds a beautiful aluminum hull, using only the highest quality materials and pays attention to the smallest of details during the assembly process. Excellent Craftsmenship in every hull!

So while I was looking at his hulls, I really like the palm beach style hull Jay builds. In all my years of running airboats, I have never ran a palm beach hull. I am purchasing this palm beach style hull for myself and would like all of you that own, or have owned this type of hull to give me the pros and cons. I do know they run the hill excellent. We primarily run the Kissimmee Chain.

If any of you have a Wardaddy palm beach hull please chim in. I really like the looks of this hull!!!!
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Re: Palm Beach style hull

Postby cntry141iq » Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:45 am

Well I think they are a type of hull built for a specific purpose/area. They do look great and run great doin what they were meant to do ... run the sawgrass down south. They have been being built for many years ... and yet you see very few of them running other areas .. might want to ask your self why that is ?? I would go drive one in the sawgrass and then slip over into one of the deep canals and do a few tricks with it and I think the answer will be clear to your question. Yep some folks got the knack to drive a wheelbarrow anywhere they want it to go ... but others .. not so much. Anything can be done just as sure as someone says it can't be .. it is what airboaters do LOL.
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Re: Palm Beach style hull

Postby broncobill » Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:12 am

cntry141iq says " deep canals and try a few tricks" Better have your scuba gear on. :violent1:
Good for dry and skinny but deep water is a different animal. The way the sides curve not a stable boat in deep water. Flat bottom boat is much more stable in the deep water. Good Luck with your new venture.

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Re: Palm Beach style hull

Postby JohnnyBravo » Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:20 am

I do have a Palm Beach full deck. Kline hull. I love it!! I do hunt off of it and run a good bit of dry, and I feel very comfortable in deep water. I had an open hull Panther for years before I got this boat, and it's a whole different world on my new Palm Beach hull. I would recomend this style of boat to anybody. I started airboating in Okeechobee and now live in Ocala. I run Lake George, Orange lake, Hernando, but I do go down South to run as much as I can. I do also realize that this is just my opinion, and there are a lot of other style boats out there that fit each airboater and their needs. good luck to all.

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Re: Palm Beach style hull

Postby jb34974 » Sun Mar 27, 2011 1:53 pm

in deep water of lake O when ever I see them run they are always moving very slow. not WOT like a deep sided open hull runs. i suppose they either porpus or plow so as to make them feel unstable to the driver. next time i run accross 1 out there i will ask what gives.
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Re: Palm Beach style hull

Postby cntry141iq » Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:59 pm

because the operators are very courteous people ... like I said ... just trot your arse over to a deep canal and enjoy the thrill ... make it a warm day though .. and like I said also .. somebody always will do what others do not want to .. I like step hulls I trail ride with mine and frog out of it .. but it aint for everybody .. whats that spanish saying "mi vida loca" (my crazy life) or "faint of heart need not apply"
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Re: Palm Beach style hull

Postby jb34974 » Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:35 pm

someday soon I hope to findout for myself. as i have an old thurman deckover and am hoping to make it go again as soon as i finish my motor.
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Re: Palm Beach style hull

Postby ew520 » Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:00 pm

Wait until u get the boat together and run contrary to what other people say I will bet u will never buy any other boat they r awesome I run a thurman my dad has a pbc hull and there is no comparing the two.Pbc hulls are the best all aroud hull does not matter what u run grass,the hill, or deep water. U will love it. The day will come when I have and never own anyting different

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Re: Palm Beach style hull

Postby RDH0540 » Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:02 am

Thanks for all the reply's..... I am looking foward to putting this boat together. The old "MISTRESS" has always been there for me, but it's time to move on!
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Re: Palm Beach style hull

Postby v nelson » Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:25 am

dont know a lot but it looks like the hull that works on the rivers might not be the one for lake o or the gulf . a 10 ft hull wont do in 2to 3 ft seas when you come out of a creek :salute: :old_glory:
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Re: Palm Beach style hull

Postby GIMAMMOTH » Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:38 am

Iv run a lot of different boats over the years an I can tell you that once you run a Wardaddy you will be spoiled for life… An a great thing about theses hulls is you an keep them for a lifetime because of the hi quality material an craftsmanship.. depending how an where you ride I would only recommend two brands of hunt boat an Wardaddy is one of them..
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Re: Palm Beach style hull

Postby Rich Andrews » Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:51 am

when u guys want to get rid of those grass deckovers,give me a call
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