QH's Paw wrote:Swamp, I'm just curious, do you put your camp in and out of the marsh each season?
Yes, in and out of the water each season. The camp is on a 8' X 28' party barge, and we added an extra pontoon in the middle. ~12,000 lbs. of floatation. We put it on a double axle trailer beefed up to handle the weight. Camp weighs approx. 5,500 lbs. With the constant threat of hurricanes in the summertime, it is much better for us to haul it back and forth each season; plus, when we need to address the annual punch list of things to fix/upgrade- the camp is 5 minutes away at our buddies house parked under a shady oak in his field.
No need to load a boat with supplies and drive to a remote location to work on it. round trip it costs us about $350 each season to move it there to hunt and back; that's all the gas in the vehicles and boat...two trucks and one boat.
Also, is there another vessel involved when you navigate the camp. It seems like you would have to have someone watching ahead for debris and clearance.
We usually team up with our buddy and bring/pick up the camps together. That did not happen this year though. It's good to have the extra help and extra boats.
Though it is not really necessary. Woods and I could pack up and un-moor the camp ourselves if we had to. Once underway, someone rides in a chair on the deck to lookout of floating debris and we can swap out/communicate through the open window in back of the camp. Debris is more of an issue in the spring than in the fall on the river.