Originally Posted by jrich
Btw the boats I have in mind are the x star (205v hull), super air 210 (super sport hull), and wakesetter vlx. I've researched the specs on all boats so I'm already aware of the draft of these models. I guess what I'm asking is which model will perform the best in shallow water or if that is something I shouldn't even be concerned about.
Just by doing a few very shallow google searches I found some data. it looks like the 205v hull has a 1' 10" draft (call it 2' just to be safe), the Super Sport hull has a 2' 4" draft (2.5' to be safe), and the VLX has anywhere between a 1.5' to 2+' draft. Like I said though, that data came from some very shallow search results, so the results are likely off. Of course, any additional weight you add to the boat will bring the draft deeper into the water.
What I would do is measure the current draft of your i/o. To do that, measure from the very bottom tip of your prop shield, all the way to the very bottom of the hull (obviously do this while the boat is on the trailer). Then, when your boat is on the water with your normal amount of weight, mark where the water line comes to on the side of the boat using something that will come off easily like a carpenters pencil. When you get home measure from the pencil line to the bottom of the hull. Add the two lengths together and... bam, you've got your draft! If your I/O has a greater draft than lets say 2.5' you should be safe in any of the above-mentioned boats. I would however be very careful in those 5' deep areas. Unless you know exactly what's on the bottom, it's always possible for you to hit something.