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Layout Boats for Ducks

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I really would like to get a layout boat to hunt ducks with. I don't have much storage room, so I'm considering an 11' inflatable layout boat that sevylor makes. Has anyone used a layout/sneak boat, and if so, was it worth the expense?
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Yes, I've done the layout thing. Mine was a 14' aluminum Larson with a flat bottom. I got rid of it because I wanted to go outside for sea ducks and needed a larger semi-vee bottom. However, I have heard nothing but good stuff about the new inflatable ones--two of my buddies have 'em (not sure of the brand, but I'll try to remember to find out for ya) and they absolutely swear by them. Old sneakboxes are cool, but, I fear, outmoded. Go inflatable with a recognizable brand name and decent warranty and I am SURE you will like it. I say this because the guys I know who have 'em complain about everything all the time, except their inflatable duck boats. :lol:

If you do want to do the sea duck / fishing thing, consider a 16-18' aluminum semi vee. Mine has a 20-horse Merc on it. I painted it drab and I have a camo net to throw over it when I'm back in the tidal marsh. It's fine, ducks don't notice it and it carries a ton of dekes and stuff. Sometimes I even set it up as a blind!
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Thanks Jeff for the input,
Where I hunt on the Washington coast the grass at high tide is sparse and no more than a foot tall, so any boat that isn't low sticks out like a sore thumb. That's why I thought a layout boat would be the cat's meow. I think I'll try it.
I built one for myself out of door skin plywood and coated the whole thing with fiberglass around edges and corners and resined the whole thing. It will hold me and another hunter ( 340 lbs total ) and a few dozen decoys :shock: . Will get dicey with that amount of gear but dosent swamp. Only sticks out of the water about 8 inches high when totally empty. It's about 7' 6" long and is 3' wide at rear narrowing to 1' 8" wide at the bow. Weighs in at around 60 lbs. Great for throwing into the back of a pick up by yourself, and getting into those skinny back waters :D . Spent a total of 200 bucks for all materials ann built it in 2 weekends ( minus church on sunday mornings). Pros are light weight; design it the way you want it; No air chambers to possibly pop or leak; ultra low profile; Easy to paddle with a kayak paddle; and can be easily camo'd out to match you area with a couple cans of spray paint. Con's are not quite as portable as an inflateable; and you have to spend some time to build it. However I'm not all that much of a woodworker or carpenter, but I built it and was able to hunt all season last year out of it with no problems. Will be using it again this season for sure. Good luck either way you go. :wink:
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I got a sit on Top Kayak and was thinking of taking it out. I fiugre I will end up spooking a lot of the birds, but am curious if anyone has tried this?
Hit it,
Congrats, your boat sounds great, plus you have the satisfaction of hunting out of something you made yourself. :D Isn't that half the fun? Did you use ribs for strength, or did you just put it together like a box? I'd love to see a picture of it if you have one.
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