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#6996377 - 12/14/17 02:20 PM The perfect duck boat
BDB Offline
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Registered: 01/30/14
Posts: 790
Loc: Mesquite
For most occasions anyway.

I'm going to order me a new duck boat when the season ends. I'd like some feed back on what you like about your boat and what you dislike. What you would do or order different if you could do all over. Hull thickness, length, engine make and horse, Fancy do dads that aren't necessary but you like a lot. Storage options and so on. Maybe you don't have a boat but been with someone who does and like what you saw? Money not an issue but will be frugal anyway as thats just me but I will spend what I have to, to get what I want/need.

My style will be 1-3 persons plus gear for most hunts. And most of that time will be alone or 2 people. I do not hunt out of my current boat and do not plan to hunt out of the new one. But I have decided to make it so I can fish out of it. Not bass fishing but meat and taters fishing. My current boat I like for what it is capable of but it is limited compared to the nicer rigs. Its an 15/40 with a 23hp long tail.

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#6996445 - 12/14/17 03:07 PM Re: The perfect duck boat [Re: BDB]
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Registered: 10/23/14
Posts: 15
Will you be selling your old boat?

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#6996504 - 12/14/17 03:50 PM Re: The perfect duck boat [Re: BDB]
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Posts: 790
Loc: Mesquite
Not sure yet. Probably though.

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#6996573 - 12/14/17 04:37 PM Re: The perfect duck boat [Re: BDB]
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Posts: 9401
Pro drive.
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#6996632 - 12/14/17 05:01 PM Re: The perfect duck boat [Re: BDB]
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Registered: 03/13/13
Posts: 57
I have a 20 ft flat bottom that's 48 inches wide at the bottom. Mostly open except a gun box and a couple other compartments for life jackets and minimal gear. I'm a big fan of open concept and keep it simple. No need for gadgets. Motor is a 27. A little small for this boat but it still pushed me and my dog 21 and 3 guys and gear 17. It gets the job done. A longer narrower boat like this is gonna go faster than the shorter wider ones. I ish it had a little thicker hull so I wouldn't have to be so careful but I also love that it's thinner cause it floats so shallow and is so much easier to move around as opposed to all welded tank. Having hunted out of everything from.bass boats to pond Hoppers to decked Jon boats I can say that keeping it open, no wood or carpet, as light as possible and something that moves along nicely are the biggest things to make sure you get. A lot depends on where you hunt also. If you're in the woods a mod v is nice.

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#6996634 - 12/14/17 05:02 PM Re: The perfect duck boat [Re: BDB]
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#6996666 - 12/14/17 05:26 PM Re: The perfect duck boat [Re: BDB]
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Registered: 09/12/07
Posts: 6087
Loc: Central Texas
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#6996678 - 12/14/17 05:33 PM Re: The perfect duck boat [Re: BDB]
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Iím very interested in this topic. I am of no help, but will be following along. Youíre describing exactly what I am thinking about getting.


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#6996712 - 12/14/17 06:02 PM Re: The perfect duck boat [Re: BDB]
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Registered: 03/03/16
Posts: 130
Loc: Jersey Village
I just picked up a 2060cc. It needs a lot of work but I'm pretty pumped about getting it out (50/50) on if that'll be this year or not. Got a 90hp optimax for it. I figure that'll do me for most hunting, and if I need to go shallow I can just pole or use a troll motor however far needed once I'm in the area

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#6997005 - 12/14/17 09:10 PM Re: The perfect duck boat [Re: BDB]
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Registered: 10/07/05
Posts: 175
Loc: Keller,TX
creeksidelc, I to had a 20ft john the same size. Mine was a tracker sportsman last one made in 1992 only had a 20hp evinrude. Had it for 18 years put it though hell and was still running when I sold her. It would float in 6in. of water pushed pulled that sucker in some crazy places. But give me a air boat or a surface drive now to old to do any pushing these days


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#6997199 - 12/15/17 05:55 AM Re: The perfect duck boat [Re: BDB]
JKib Offline
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Registered: 08/16/16
Posts: 77
Loc: SE Texas
Pick what works best for you. Do you run mud flats and heavy vegetation or stumps etc.? I saw you have a longtail so I'm guessing you do. If you don't there is no need for a mudmotor really. Everyone will tell you the brand they have is the best, but it's ultimately up to you. I have had Pro-Drive and it was very easy to drive, almost as easy as an out board. With that being said, it didn't perform nearly as good in the setx mud as the other surface drives do. I contribute that to shaft angle and length, but the reverse is PHENOMINAL. Also, I had it for 1.5 years and had 2 trim switches and a clutch PTO switch go out me. Neither of those are a pro-drive product, but its just the chances you take with electrical components. PRO-Drive and GTR both make great products, very good customer service, and have cult like followings, but after a couple issues with the electrical components I moved to a GDSD. Yes it doesn't have near the bells and whistles, but it is very functional and has way less components to go out. I am now on my 3rd GDSD rig and it is an 18/44 with a 37 gdsd. This rig is my favorite bc I love the way the round chine turns. I also got it with the extended deck and poling platform, bc I fish out of it as well. Anyway, they are all great products, I personally know that Go-Devil and Pro-Drive have great customer service, and have heard that GTR and Boss do was well. O

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#6997342 - 12/15/17 08:15 AM Re: The perfect duck boat [Re: BDB]
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Registered: 11/12/04
Posts: 697
Loc: In Waders
If I was to order a boat today, I probably go with a GoDevil 18x48. Split floor plan, 35hp Surface Drive. I'd rig out the inside myself.

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#6997369 - 12/15/17 08:31 AM Re: The perfect duck boat [Re: BDB]
ZachW Offline
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Registered: 10/11/13
Posts: 223
Loc: Texas, TX
I just have a riveted boat and an outboard, but I spend a lot of time thinking about what I really want.

I really like the shape of my skiff, and if I were shopping today my two biggest considerations would be:
1) durability/reliability and
2) decent open water handling.

I don't hunt a ton of mud flats, and any surface drive duck boat will go shallow, but not all handle open water in big Texas lakes well. Think: modified v bow, flat stern, and rounded chines.

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#6997383 - 12/15/17 08:42 AM Re: The perfect duck boat [Re: BDB]
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Registered: 02/16/11
Posts: 783
Loc: Hood County
For me at least, I believe I "almost" have the perfect duckboat. The things I LOVE about my boat and are "must haves" on future boats are:

-Large/flat front deck. Mine has valuable storage underneath and gives a nice elevated position to toss and retrieve decoys from. It is especially nice during fishing excursions.

-Gun box that is built into the forward deck.(runs port/starb) The gunbox is built into the forward deck increasing the length of the deck and reducing the clutter in the "open" area of the boat. Most gun boxes run fore/aft along one of the sides and takes up a lot of valuable space in the "open" area of the boat. Also, my gunbox has storage room under it for the fuel tank and troller battery, again, reducing clutter.

-Rear step deck. The transom of my boat has a step built in. This is AWESOME for climbing in and out of the boat with waders on. In deeper water, you hop up onto a knee and step up from there. In shallow water you simply walk up the "stairs" into the boat. It is also a great place for the dog to enter without having an additional dog ramp in the boat.

-Spud holes. This is one of those, "you don't know you need it until you have it" things. This is the first boat I've had with spud holes and I use them a lot. My boat has a spud hole on the bow and one on each corner of the transom. In addition to using them for spud poles, my winch is set up to be moved from hole to hole increasing versatility and my transducer mount slides into a spud hole.

-LED flood lights in the transom. I added them last season to help back down ramps in the dark. They work great for that but also works great for illuminating landscapes for tossing out decoys and attracting bait fish while night fishing.

-Mudmotor. I may buy an additional Outboard one day for spring fishing but for duck hunting where i hunt, a tough lower unit is necessary. (Prodrive has spectacular customer service)

-Grab handle if you are running a tiller. I can't imagine running a tiller without a grab handle now that I've been using one for a few years now.

-Interior LED light strips. These are really nice and a cheap addition.

-Large Switch panel. My boat came with a small switch panel, navigation lights, bilge pump, etc.. When I added left side interior lights, right side interior lights, hatch lights, LED bar on bow, transom floods, Garmin, etc.. I ran out of panel room really fast.

-12V outlet for handheld spot light and phone charger. I have one of these upfront and one built into the driver's panel. The one upfront is nice so your hunting partner can run the handheld if necessary.


Options that I love that aren't "must haves."

-Catwalks. I actually walk on mine during spring fishing and they give you nice place to sit during hunting season when the blind is up. (They are also really nice if you have to take a #2.)

-Stake pockets. My boat has square stake pockets recessed around the front deck. These are nice because my LED light bar mount drops into them along with my bowfishing light boxes. Everything is quickly added or removed. With these stake pockets I can covert the boat from bowfishing to duck hunting in about 10 minutes. They also make great rod holders when fishing. If I were to do it again, I'd make them round instead of square and I'd add a couple along the side and rear of the boat for more "add on" options.

- 3/16" bottom. I thought this was overkill until I center punched a fire hydrant a couple of months ago in Houston. I'm certain we would have punched a hole if was a .100ga bottom and possibly with an 1/8" bottom. The point is, you don't know you need it until you do.

-24" tall sides. The tall sides are nice when the wind is blowing and waves are white capping.

-Hydroturf. Really nice stuff to have in your boat.

-Cup holders. I'd LOVE to have a couple of built-in cup holders in my boat. One day I'm going to cut some into my catwalks.
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#6997416 - 12/15/17 09:02 AM Re: The perfect duck boat [Re: Misfire]
Hopedale Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/12/07
Posts: 6087
Loc: Central Texas
Originally Posted By: Misfire
For me at least, I believe I "almost" have the perfect duckboat. The things I LOVE about my boat and are "must haves" on future boats are:

-Large/flat front deck. Mine has valuable storage underneath and gives a nice elevated position to toss and retrieve decoys from. It is especially nice during fishing excursions.

-Gun box that is built into the forward deck.(runs port/starb) The gunbox is built into the forward deck increasing the length of the deck and reducing the clutter in the "open" area of the boat. Most gun boxes run fore/aft along one of the sides and takes up a lot of valuable space in the "open" area of the boat. Also, my gunbox has storage room under it for the fuel tank and troller battery, again, reducing clutter.

-Rear step deck. The transom of my boat has a step built in. This is AWESOME for climbing in and out of the boat with waders on. In deeper water, you hop up onto a knee and step up from there. In shallow water you simply walk up the "stairs" into the boat. It is also a great place for the dog to enter without having an additional dog ramp in the boat.

-Spud holes. This is one of those, "you don't know you need it until you have it" things. This is the first boat I've had with spud holes and I use them a lot. My boat has a spud hole on the bow and one on each corner of the transom. In addition to using them for spud poles, my winch is set up to be moved from hole to hole increasing versatility and my transducer mount slides into a spud hole.

-LED flood lights in the transom. I added them last season to help back down ramps in the dark. They work great for that but also works great for illuminating landscapes for tossing out decoys and attracting bait fish while night fishing.

-Mudmotor. I may buy an additional Outboard one day for spring fishing but for duck hunting where i hunt, a tough lower unit is necessary. (Prodrive has spectacular customer service)

-Grab handle if you are running a tiller. I can't imagine running a tiller without a grab handle now that I've been using one for a few years now.

-Interior LED light strips. These are really nice and a cheap addition.

-Large Switch panel. My boat came with a small switch panel, navigation lights, bilge pump, etc.. When I added left side interior lights, right side interior lights, hatch lights, LED bar on bow, transom floods, Garmin, etc.. I ran out of panel room really fast.

-12V outlet for handheld spot light and phone charger. I have one of these upfront and one built into the driver's panel. The one upfront is nice so your hunting partner can run the handheld if necessary.


Options that I love that aren't "must haves."

-Catwalks. I actually walk on mine during spring fishing and they give you nice place to sit during hunting season when the blind is up. (They are also really nice if you have to take a #2.)

-Stake pockets. My boat has square stake pockets recessed around the front deck. These are nice because my LED light bar mount drops into them along with my bowfishing light boxes. Everything is quickly added or removed. With these stake pockets I can covert the boat from bowfishing to duck hunting in about 10 minutes. They also make great rod holders when fishing. If I were to do it again, I'd make them round instead of square and I'd add a couple along the side and rear of the boat for more "add on" options.

- 3/16" bottom. I thought this was overkill until I center punched a fire hydrant a couple of months ago in Houston. I'm certain we would have punched a hole if was a .100ga bottom and possibly with an 1/8" bottom. The point is, you don't know you need it until you do.

-24" tall sides. The tall sides are nice when the wind is blowing and waves are white capping.

-Hydroturf. Really nice stuff to have in your boat.

-Cup holders. I'd LOVE to have a couple of built-in cup holders in my boat. One day I'm going to cut some into my catwalks.


What boat do you have?

Love how the cup holder made the cutt.
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