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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby bknilvr00 » Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:24 pm

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h2ofowlr wrote:I don't believe the hull design on either boat would provide an optimum set up for a jet. You would have to add custom modifications. Why not use a surface drive or a tiller?

I was just wondering if it would work or not. Not really an option for me since I'm just kinda window shopping at the moment. But I think I have decided on what I'm gna get. I'll probably go with an 18 ft sled, jet drive. I wanna chase the coho's and pinks up the river when the time comes and a fiberglass boat with a prop is hardly ideal. Ive been keeping an eye on Craigslist just watching for boats. Is really like to have a river wild sled built. But if I can get a screaming deal on a used sled when the time comes ill jump on it.

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I like the jet sled as well since i wanted something to use for duck hunting and fishing. I looked alot last year and did research and settled with a 18' Alumaweld Super V with a pump. I was able to get a great deal on it from my old boss so it was to hard to pass up. This year i have pretty much just been in the big water trying to figure out sea ducks since i lost my main puddle duck spot and now i have a bigger boat. If i got a spot open ill send a PM since it looks like you live by me. That way you can see how the boat handles to help with your decision.

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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby Tool-Man » Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:27 pm

I'm real interested to learn more about the 14sc. That sounds like a great boat for me.
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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby Tealer » Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:50 am

Tool-Man wrote:I'm real interested to learn more about the 14sc. That sounds like a great boat for me.


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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby BigBlondeBirdDog » Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:11 pm

So, camo'd her up, threw another cargo net on the front for support to hold bags and gear, and then zip tied "loosely" the camo netting to the netting. Can throw 2 good sized bags of deeks under the bow netting and saves room on the floor.

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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby washingtonmuley » Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:57 pm

BigBlondeBirdDog wrote:So, camo'd her up, threw another cargo net on the front for support to hold bags and gear, and then zip tied "loosely" the camo netting to the netting. Can throw 2 good sized bags of deeks under the bow netting and saves room on the floor.

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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby AnonymousDuck » Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:23 pm

BigBlondeBirdDog wrote:So, camo'd her up, threw another cargo net on the front for support to hold bags and gear, and then zip tied "loosely" the camo netting to the netting. Can throw 2 good sized bags of deeks under the bow netting and saves room on the floor.

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Been wondering about this and since I noticed you have both fog and regular lights, do you think the fog lights help a lot with the fog or are they a modest help?
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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby BigBlondeBirdDog » Mon Jan 06, 2014 6:02 pm

: Honestly, havent run her on a foggy day yet, so I cant really answer your question on the white versus yellow. I will tell ya, running all 6 or even the 3 lights up the neighborhood!
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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby billsarima » Mon Jan 06, 2014 6:22 pm

Nice boat!! Looks like that boats going to work out great!!!!!! :thumbsup:
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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby Jesse Jaymes » Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:10 am

Have you killed ducks out of it? If so, divers or eaters?
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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby BigBlondeBirdDog » Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:23 am

Yes, Yes ... and Yes.
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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby goosegunner12 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:05 pm

I've never rode in a boat with a light set up like BBD's so i have no idea how that would be. I actually prefer to run the boat with no lights on, I can see a lot better with no light vs trying to use a hand held spot light.
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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby somethinsmellsfishy » Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:04 pm

I have some LED lights on mine and like that they shine bright enough for me to see whats up ahead, though I do not run in the dark much, with me its a safety thing......


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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby Tealer » Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:19 pm

somethinsmellsfishy wrote:I have some LED lights on mine and like that they shine bright enough for me to see whats up ahead, though I do not run in the dark much, with me its a safety thing......


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You get used to it. I run the Columbia in the dark 4 days a week.
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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby BigBlondeBirdDog » Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:30 pm

: Maybe someday, I'll get used to it or be able to run in the dark .... But in the meantime ... I'll be having a light party
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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby brokerbyduck » Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:36 am

I run the same stretch of river you do and the lights are great but don't help with the underwater obstacles out there. You can go from safe to ripping your outboard off the boat real quick around here. I'll probably add some fog lights to my boat for next year but the number one safety device you can own is a good chart plotting gps/fish finder. It has kept me off the rocks the whole year and was by far a better purchase than the lights I have on my boat.
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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby AnonymousDuck » Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:35 pm

BigBlondeBirdDog wrote:: Honestly, havent run her on a foggy day yet, so I cant really answer your question on the white versus yellow. I will tell ya, running all 6 or even the 3 lights up the neighborhood!


If you get the chance to use them, sure would appreciate it if you let us know how they work thanks.
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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby somethinsmellsfishy » Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:40 pm

Anybody here run a sled with type boat with a windshield that they use for duck hunting also? I thought I saw some pics of a guy that was building a blind for his boat that covers his windshield and has sides big enough to stand up in.

Sure the open boats are nice to hit the small spots with but I am thinking if this things going to cost me upwards of 30 k then I might as well own a boat that I can use for fishing on the Big C, plus use for plunking on the Snoho, Stilly and Skagit.

Lets hear your thoughts!!!!


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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby Tealer » Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:16 pm

somethinsmellsfishy wrote:Anybody here run a sled with type boat with a windshield that they use for duck hunting also? I thought I saw some pics of a guy that was building a blind for his boat that covers his windshield and has sides big enough to stand up in.

Sure the open boats are nice to hit the small spots with but I am thinking if this things going to cost me upwards of 30 k then I might as well own a boat that I can use for fishing on the Big C, plus use for plunking on the Snoho, Stilly and Skagit.

Lets hear your thoughts!!!!


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Look in to a Free Drifter, they make them in a 19'. We use big open boats down here and they can run shallow enough to run the lewis and the cow clear to the deadlines.
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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby bknilvr00 » Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:31 pm

Tealer wrote:
somethinsmellsfishy wrote:Anybody here run a sled with type boat with a windshield that they use for duck hunting also? I thought I saw some pics of a guy that was building a blind for his boat that covers his windshield and has sides big enough to stand up in.

Sure the open boats are nice to hit the small spots with but I am thinking if this things going to cost me upwards of 30 k then I might as well own a boat that I can use for fishing on the Big C, plus use for plunking on the Snoho, Stilly and Skagit.

Lets hear your thoughts!!!!


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Look in to a Free Drifter, they make them in a 19'. We use big open boats down here and they can run shallow enough to run the lewis and the cow clear to the deadlines.


Tealer how much of a beating do you take in chop since its the shallower hull.
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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby Tealer » Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:22 pm

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Tealer wrote:
somethinsmellsfishy wrote:Anybody here run a sled with type boat with a windshield that they use for duck hunting also? I thought I saw some pics of a guy that was building a blind for his boat that covers his windshield and has sides big enough to stand up in.

Sure the open boats are nice to hit the small spots with but I am thinking if this things going to cost me upwards of 30 k then I might as well own a boat that I can use for fishing on the Big C, plus use for plunking on the Snoho, Stilly and Skagit.

Lets hear your thoughts!!!!


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Look in to a Free Drifter, they make them in a 19'. We use big open boats down here and they can run shallow enough to run the lewis and the cow clear to the deadlines.


Tealer how much of a beating do you take in chop since its the shallower hull.


Depends, if your in a super hurry on a bad day you will lose your fillings. Most days you bounce a little. There is no all around boat for the NW.
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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby Hntrspud » Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:44 pm

So Tealer, what would you say would be closest? Is it the TDB? Or if you had a choice to make a boat custom, what would you do? I am trying to expand my oppurtunities and want as much info as possible.
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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby Tealer » Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:20 pm

Hntrspud wrote:So Tealer, what would you say would be closest? Is it the TDB? Or if you had a choice to make a boat custom, what would you do? I am trying to expand my oppurtunities and want as much info as possible.


My boat tastes are strange I have a big boat fetish, I'd run a 30' open flat bottom sled if they made one. Most guys wouldn't think of running that setup, but I only really use a boat as a barge to haul gear. I never really hunt of the boats.

I think that for there size the TDB is best bang for the buck. A 14SC will handle water that scares me in a 19' sled. I have been caught in crazy weather in a 17 classic and felt very safe, little wet but safe.

Finding one boat to do it all is very tough, I think impossible. I think for a duck hunter the TDB's are the best boat for birds .
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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby Hntrspud » Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:57 am

Thank you. I appreciatte your input.
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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby BigBlondeBirdDog » Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:31 pm

Tealer wrote:
Hntrspud wrote:So Tealer, what would you say would be closest? Is it the TDB? Or if you had a choice to make a boat custom, what would you do? I am trying to expand my oppurtunities and want as much info as possible.


My boat tastes are strange I have a big boat fetish, I'd run a 30' open flat bottom sled if they made one. Most guys wouldn't think of running that setup, but I only really use a boat as a barge to haul gear. I never really hunt of the boats.

I think that for there size the TDB is best bang for the buck. A 14SC will handle water that scares me in a 19' sled. I have been caught in crazy weather in a 17 classic and felt very safe, little wet but safe.

Finding one boat to do it all is very tough, I think impossible. I think for a duck hunter the TDB's are the best boat for birds .


I caught Tealer off guard this year for the opening weekend. Had Tealer & CBL in my boat, along with gear, ... Had Tealer pretty surprised on how stable she was, roomy and how she ran ... Made me feel kinda good about my project boat! Always good to get some input from a guy who's run boats, can tell ya how your doing, and maybe some suggestions on how to improve.
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Re: Duck hunting boats

Postby bknilvr00 » Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:15 pm

Does anybody have any experience with riverwild boats? They do custom rigs and they look like a viable option for my next boat. Apparently the owner is hard to get a hold of so I'm just kinda twiddling my thumbs waiting for him to get back to me.

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