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Carsten's Puddler

Postby Locked&Loaded » Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:40 am

Anybody have any experience or opinions on the Carsten Puddler as a layout boat? I have an opportunity to buy a used one in near perfect condition for $400.

http://www.brightimpact.org/puddler.html


Thanks in advance for any feedback!
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Re: Carsten's Puddler

Postby shoot-n-goose » Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:41 pm

Open water layout or marsh layout?
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Re: Carsten's Puddler

Postby Locked&Loaded » Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:01 pm

A little bit of both.
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Re: Carsten's Puddler

Postby shoot-n-goose » Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:25 pm

It would be pretty sketchy in any kind of chop in the open water unless you added some kind of spray shield
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Re: Carsten's Puddler

Postby layoutshooter » Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:12 pm

They are also too "tippy" to get caught out on open water in. The profile is not the best for open water either. It would not be my first choice out there. Not bad at all in the marsh.
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Re: Carsten's Puddler

Postby Locked&Loaded » Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:34 am

Have any of you guys paddled one of these puddlers? I wonder how well they track. I'm not planning to paddle far, but even a short distance is a pain in the butt if the boat doesn't paddle very well.
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Re: Carsten's Puddler

Postby layoutshooter » Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:45 am

Paddled them with two guys not bad. Rowed with one, not bad. Watched a guy punt one, he could fly through the marsh that way. Wish I knew how to punt. Maybe I would do more marsh hunting then.
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Re: Carsten's Puddler

Postby Locked&Loaded » Mon Oct 25, 2010 1:04 pm

What do you mean by 'punt?' Is that different than propelling yourself with a push pole or basically the same thing?
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Re: Carsten's Puddler

Postby layoutshooter » Mon Oct 25, 2010 1:15 pm

Same thing. Called "punting" around here. I never learned how. My loss.
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Re: Carsten's Puddler

Postby GeeLeDouche » Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:12 pm

I have the puddler and I use it as a layout boat pretty frequently. I should also state that I am 6 foot 6 inches tall and 365lbs (the boat is rated to 400 :) ) It actually works very well as a layout boat as long as the water isn't white capping. The other thing I LOOOOVE about this little boat is that I can load it up with decoys and tow it behind my boat. it tows great and is fairly stable. If your looking for more stability though I would recommend a true layout boat.
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