lostknife4 wrote:My Dad was a Master Carpenter and one thing he liked to do along with building Jewelry boxes and Grandfather and Grand Daughter and School clocks was building boats. Many of which I assisted in their building and I believe he enjoyed more building them than actually using them. Even though I am semi retired and have almost all his wood working machinery I don't have the time to build any boats although I still have some sheets of 20' x 4' Marine Plywood that Dad had bought many years ago. I do have the plans for a duck boat that I would like to build so maybe some day I will get a start at it.
I bought a 4 Rivers because I like duck hunting and fishing more than building boats so at this time in my life it's more of being a user than builder. This 4Rivers is a great boat and I'm happy to say it has fulfilled my expectations for the purposes that I wanted it for and it didn't take me a couple of years to build it LOL.
You're right about it being very satisfying building your own so maybe someday soon I will start on my wooden duck boat the plans are from Gator Wooden Boat Plans in SC, bought in March 2011, and the model I chose was the "Duckhunter" 14'-7" 2 man duck boat.
Cupped-n-Committed wrote:Here is how a electric trolling motor was stern mounted and foot peddle controlled. Austin kayak carries the foot peddles. You could do the same mods to a gas motor.
noweil wrote:Mugz, As soon as you start talking about a big water layout boat, my thoughts don't include marsh boats for big water layout hunting. Missed Again mentioned Marsh Monster layout boat plans, another option is Waterfowl Works that sells the original Paul Busick Lake Erie layout boat plans. Big water layouts are usually towed or hauled into position by a tender boat. I remember seeing pictures on The Duck Boat Homepage of someone who had mounted an electric trolling motor on a side motor mount and used it to get around.
One other option might be building a sneakbox like the Zack Taylor Widgeon. This style of boat has been used for a lot of years as an open water layout boat. There is probably not another small duck boat out there that can rival a sneakbox or boat for seaworthiness and versatility from open water to marsh boat. Devlin has plans for both planing and displacement hulls. There are plans in Successful Waterfowling by Zack Taylor for the Widgeon displacement hull boat.
I guess I haven't quite figured everything out. There are spots I hunt where I would definitely have to tow a layout, but I'm not sure it would be worth the trouble. Maybe just as a second option it could be fun. I could always launch the layout from my main rig as well...
By big water I meant open lakes and bays.. definitely wouldn't be wanting a layout in BIG water... but thinking about it mostly i'd be using it for the marsh, which is fairly large and open. Normally I'm in the duck boat or a 16 foot canoe... the reason for the layout is I find the canoe to be uncomfortable for any longer than a half day.
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