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    looking to buy a jet and trying to decide which direction to go, so looking for some pros and cons. thanks..

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    Do a search on this. This topic has been beat to death.
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    I had both.I prefer the v.It felt safer.But I owned the v for 14 years and the tunnel for 1.Maybe I did not have enough seat time.The tunnel rode better and was faster.Not as much interior room as the v.Just my .02

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCB19 View Post
    Do a search on this. This topic has been beat to death.
    i did a search and coudn't come up with anything, beat it some more

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    I brought it up once or twice on hb. What size boat are you thinking 19 or 21 or?? I bet you won't find a 21 daytona(or simular) owner that wants to go back to a v. There is also a whole bunck of guys that wouldn't let go of there cp,youngblood,tx type a boats. The gist of what I got back on hb is that there wasn't a faster boat for the first 1/8 mile or so the the tunnell would run it down. I love my new 21 daytona it feels twice as roomy and solid as my 18 tahihi it almost feels to solid, going 60 feels like sitting on my couch. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by H20MOFO View Post
    I brought it up once or twice on hb. What size boat are you thinking 19 or 21 or?? I bet you won't find a 21 daytona(or simular) owner that wants to go back to a v. There is also a whole bunck of guys that wouldn't let go of there cp,youngblood,tx type a boats. The gist of what I got back on hb is that there wasn't a faster boat for the first 1/8 mile or so the the tunnell would run it down. I love my new 21 daytona it feels twice as roomy and solid as my 18 tahihi it almost feels to solid, going 60 feels like sitting on my couch. lol
    cool , sounds good, i am big fan of bubble decks(eliminators). cant seem to find but one half way close.. i guess i dont need to be the fastest but would like to run it if i can.. alittle older and you know the fear factor part.. we usually use it for going up river and floating back down.

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    In the 18-19' range, it's hard to beat a gull wing. They pack a little air and generate plenty of lift, but still act like a v-bottom and have lots of interior space. They both have their advantages, and if you want to haul ass, then a tunnel would be the way to go. But under 105 or so, I think a g-wing would be very hard to beat. I had a 19 tunnel and it rode great but there was no space in it. For an all around quick, stable, boat that is good for a fam but can also haul ass when you want to, go g wing. Just my .02, good luck with the search.

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    Check your pm's Dave. It's kinda funny in that my response was an echo of what these guys are saying and I didn't even read this prior to pm'ing you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squirtcha? View Post
    Check your pm's Dave. It's kinda funny in that my response was an echo of what these guys are saying and I didn't even read this prior to pm'ing you.
    ya got it. you will understand when you get my respons, duh on me..

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    so lets say this i kinda screwed up on my ?'. i am looking at trying to find a gullwing/tx used turn key and cant find anything close , found one in ga. turn key river ready running on pump gas and if not i guess i will go back to a bubbledeck..so thanks everybody for helping me in my stupidity..
    just want to buy the right boat for what i need...hate selling sh*t.

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    Squirtchas could give you the info you ask here. He just stepped up from a V bottom kachina to a Gull Wing. So did Mike (396 wts).

    Here at Saguaro the water is usually rough. I took a beating in the Kachina for years. I can still feel it in the Tunnel but not as jolting. No kidney belts required

    I myself took a step up into a 21' Tunnel. I cant see going back to a V. I would in a heart beat step into a GS 19, Cheyenne or Daytona. Heck the more room I have the more crap goes in it.

    I stuck with a jet just to do the lower river. Just did it last month. I made the right decision.
    Takin it home

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    I owned a little red Rogers a couple years ago, and i absolutley loved that boat! it ran pretty good, in my opinion in an 18' v-bottom jet, it is the best that money can buy, i have been in and have driven southwinds, nordics, elim's and i personally think that the Rogers handles the best in every avenue of that realm of runabouts, rough water handling?....by far a better hull than any other,....well Bahner 18' is a stout second! (Rogers bottom for the most part)
    This is only my opinion, and im sure there are others that will say the same about their own, but i have a feeling that majority will agree that Rogers custom boats would be the best all around boat in a v-bottom category


    I now have an 07' TPR Stealth, and i have to be honest and not lie about it!
    By far the baddest hull i have ever had the pleasure of driving, the only downfall is the turning, while being used to the cornering of my Rogers, this hull turns flat while the v bottom banks a turn still getting used to it, but fun as hell, the boat will definitly truck right through moderate chop with ease! (Waaaay bitchen feeling!)
    While there is not as much room in my stealth as the rogers, there is. the cockpit space sucks, but there is alot more protected storage in the sponson areas!
    "Soft coolers" are the ticket in a tunnel!
    What i have found out about making a pass....
    The Rogers was way squirrely on shutdown but left pretty hard and rollers were a white knuckeling experience! NO B.S. but rad for a sleeper deal when anyone (other than the guys we know here on the boards! lol) would roll up on you!
    The Stealth is way to fun to run on a pass, although i have not been able to make many yet, the few passes over the 4th were memories that i have been going over in my head over and over etc.
    I am in a very happy place with my Stealth!


    Get the Tunell! Bottom line!!!

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    i just sold the 86 bahner with the rogers bottom so i can understand that point.i am looking at a bahner tunnel in the spam section but dont know also trying to find a gw/cp/tx. your sleds look great. wow..so iguess the tunnel draw back is no room..for storage...its hard for me to not look at bubbledecks...thanks for the input..hope to see you on the river soon..

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    I'll clarify on the "No rooom" situation,...there is alot of room for bags and such, but the deal is, is gets tucked away in the sides of the boat, my wife loves the feeling that things are put in a place so that they are out of the way, after all, i wanted a dual purpose boat and i think i achieved my goat of making my family happy as well as myself! at leasst the wife is a lil closer to me so its much easier to "cop a feel" at any time!
    The side to side measurment is 9" narrower than the Rogers!...and i will not go back to a v-bottom if i can help it!
    Hope to make the circut this summer, now that the boat is complete, i can put all of my attn. on my shop!
    see ya around!
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