I use my "junk" boat from Dick's and it is light, stable, and the quality is high enough to use, and low enough to not care about the gouges and scratches hunting from it has put in it. Bought the two man, and cut out the forward seat. Removed the deck hardware, primed the HELL out of it after scratching it up with some 80-grit. Then several coats of bed-liner, topped with a coat or two of dead grass, black, and some browns. She disappears under burlap and a few hand fulls of marsh grass. http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/large ... 8303dt.jpg
Now, I can slide quite a few decoys under the bow (around my survival kit in the waterproof (?) hatch liner), my blind bag, and two six-slot decoy bags. Shotgun goes down the side under the gunnel, bilge pump, tripod seat, and extra clothes in a dry bag behind the seat. Camouflaged burlap is on the stern under the bungie straps. IF I'm using a couple of goose decoys, they too ride on the stern under an extra loop of bungie.
I leave my anchors on the bottom of the boat between my legs.. I used to keep them in a small bucket, but gave it up for room's sake and now only carry the exact number of weights I'll need (plus 1 in case I drop one). On the bottom, they are easily accessible and out of the way.
IF I'm hunting out of her, I just pull her up into the shallows and lay back into her with the burlap over my lap. She is easy to shoot out of...in any direction. However, I typically ditch her and hunt off of a tripod stool nearby. I do this mostly for comfort as I can move my legs a bit more for warmth and it is warmer than laying down in the kayak on cold mud or in cold water.
One thing I did do for transportation...purchased a 14' 1"X12" board and strapped it down in the bed of my truck. Then, I rigged stop/turn lights on the underside. Did this for two reasons.... ONE
- I got tired of idiots running up on my truck on the highway. In just two days, I've noted far fewer morons threatening the stern of my kayak. TWO
- The board offers a bit of extra support for the kayak. I began to notice the method I use to strap her down/in was bowing her a bit. The board has completely done away with the sagging and (I'm certain) added several more years of use.