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Old 02-13-2012, 02:37 PM
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Ok. I have done enough reading/reasearch to know that have a boat with a pad (flat area in the keel) at the rear of the boat is beneficial for speed and really doesn't have any down sides. I have recently inherited a flatsboat and get to use this as my play toy. This is a 2000 Hewes Redfisher 18 with a 130 yamaha on it. It does not have a pad but has a v that runs the entire length of the boat. If this boat had a pad how much more performance could I expect?
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You can't add pad to an existing hull
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The problem is It needs to be integral to the shape of the hull, if you were to cut the tip of the V off, the pad would be above keel level forward of the pad, and if you were to try to put it even with the keel it would have a weird shape where you faired it back into the hull. I used to have a hydrostream, it was crazy fast, that pad V design was something, it was fun telling my buddy with a new formula fastec that his boat felt like a school bus in comparison. But it pounded like no other boat I ever drove if there was any chop, but that was not all the pad's fault.
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No can do. If you want a pad, buy a bass boat.
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Glue this pad on. I hear they work miracles and heal sick babies and run on puppy kisses instead of batteries.
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Originally Posted by First Light View Post
No can do. If you want a pad, buy a bass boat.
not so much. lake and bay have a pad. so does the east cape vantage.
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cutting the hull to make a pad would make a "V" look like "\ /". See that gap in the middle, that would be the section you cut out and would be the equivalent of taking the frame out of the rear of the boat. Since comparing a "pad" boat to a "non-pad" boat means different brands it's impossible to compare them due to all the other variables that change......my guess, 4-5 mph would be possible on a mild V and 6-8 comparing it to a heavier deep "V" (again, just my guess)
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not so much. lake and bay have a pad. so does the east cape vantage.
Bull Sht in re your reply to what the OP asked. Those boats were designed with a pad. You can not add a pad to a boat.
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Originally Posted by Capttater View Post
Glue this pad on. I hear they work miracles and heal sick babies and run on puppy kisses instead of batteries.
LOL hater!
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Originally Posted by First Light View Post
Bull Sht in re your reply to what the OP asked. Those boats were designed with a pad. You can not add a pad to a boat.
what are you talking about? someone posted that if you want a pad you'd have to buy a bass boat which kinda seems like he was saying that there are no flats boats that have pads. i was simply giving THAT poster a few examples of padded flats boats.
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Look around for numbers on the Parker 21 CC. In the last couple of years I believe they added a pad. May be some numbers for that. Check the SE and/or Big Bay too. It was one of those.
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A pad should be integrated into the original design but it can be added. Success or the degree of success depends on the design before the pad is added and how the pad is added. I've added one to an existing boat and designed one into the original hull. Designing it in works better.
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If you try to "add a pad," 10 bucks says it goes slower when you're done.
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Originally Posted by StPeteRebel View Post
........boat with a pad (flat area in the keel) at the rear of the boat is beneficial for speed and really doesn't have any down sides. ....
a boat with a pad will ride a lil rougher in the chop when its "on the pad" than the same boat moving at the same speed.
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It was described to me by a sales guy that Sea Hunt's new Vortec hulls essentially have a pad. I actually had never heard about a pad related to a boat hull until the sales guy mentioned that this past weekend and now that I read this thread. Does anyone know if the Vortec's do have a pad or was the sales guy full of it. By the way this was a sales guy at Chatlee's.
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Originally Posted by newbote View Post
It was described to me by a sales guy that Sea Hunt's new Vortec hulls essentially have a pad....
from the pics on their site it looks like a real short pad.
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A pad can absolutely be added to an existing non-pad hull. It just has to be done right, and with the right materials, and faired into the hull properly. In actuality, doing it yourself on a small Hewes, wouldnt be all that expensive either. Divinicell, resin, glass and fairing compound will get ya a long way on the project....
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The traditional panga hullform features a pad that is 2" wide at the bow and flares much wider at the stern. This is described on the Allmand website.

http://www.allmandboats.com/Fishing_...structure.html
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Originally Posted by miike View Post
If you try to "add a pad," 10 bucks says it goes slower when you're done.
Negative!....Not if done right.
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something else to think about is the shape of the pad. if you move the "point" of the pad forward a few feet you'll change its geometry and how it works.

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