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built my own duck boat! (pic heavy)

Postby DuckhunterF250 » Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:03 pm

after my last boat got stolen i thought i would venture off and build my own. i started this project sometime around august of last year and finished it up yesterday. boat was mostly complete for hunting season but made a few changes after season and finally laid down mossy oak shadow grass camo and clearcoat, finished the hydroturf yesterday. looks like a brand new boat now :biggrin: been welding steel most of my life but this was the first time i ever welded aluminum. its a 1748 with a huntdeck, went with a 3/16 bottom and sides for the mine fields in northeast texas, triple taper chine. motor is a 35 GTR modded by SETX performance. also built the trailer as well. had some pics with it during season with the blind on and hid but lost all my pics on my computer.

started with this

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pic of the triple taper chine
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3" pipe front and 1x2 runners
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hidden winch mount, hawse fairlead welded in the pipe front
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huntdeck
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front deck bracing
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wrap bow rails and trolling motor mount
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finished

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built my own duck boat! (pic heavy)

Postby mhn » Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:43 pm

Nice work looks great!


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Postby wetgoldenretriever » Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:44 pm

Wow. How long did that take you?
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Postby DuckhunterF250 » Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:52 pm

wetgoldenretriever wrote:Wow. How long did that take you?


from start to complete finish about 7 or 8 months but i took my time because i didnt wanna screw up plus i didnt work on it at all from early teal to the middle of february. it was basically done before early teal. the only thing i changed was the grab bar and finished the extended deck hatch. im only home on weekends so it was hard to find time to work on it and have family time. i got most of it done when i had 5 straight days off, it went from basically a bare hull to where i could ride around the lake in it. once i got it to that stage i just wanted to ride around so i didnt work on it much. if i build aother one i could do it in about 3-4 weeks since i know how to go about all of it.
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Postby huntinlabs » Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:11 pm

looks great pm sent
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Postby BigSwole » Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:12 pm

Sweet looking boat!

What stencil kit if any did you use to paint it?
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Postby DuckhunterF250 » Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:19 pm

BigSwole wrote:Sweet looking boat!

What stencil kit if any did you use to paint it?


mossy oak shadow grass and extreme 5 ultra flat clearcoat
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Postby Slack Tide » Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:56 am

Wow, that's crazy looking. I like the wench idea.
It looks like the lines on the old Great South Bay garveys that we have around Long Isle
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Postby Benny8 » Sat Apr 07, 2012 5:35 am

That is awesome :thumbsup: There is some talent right there! I wish I could weld. Again, very nice job.
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Postby Cajunwannabe » Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:06 am

Sweet looking rig!

What's a rough estimate for your material costs and time to build? I'm curious cause I built an 18x48 out of wood / glass and wonder what the cost difference would have been.

There is definitely some sweet satisfaction when your catching and killing out of boat you made with your own two hands.
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Postby Ichabod97 » Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:49 am

Awesome build man! Wish i had your skills! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Postby carolinagreenhead » Sat Apr 07, 2012 1:37 pm

Dang man you should be working for Beavertail or Gator Trax or some boat company. Damn that thing looks good!!! Congrats.
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Postby DuckhunterF250 » Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:57 pm

Cajunwannabe wrote:Sweet looking rig!

What's a rough estimate for your material costs and time to build? I'm curious cause I built an 18x48 out of wood / glass and wonder what the cost difference would have been.

There is definitely some sweet satisfaction when your catching and killing out of boat you made with your own two hands.


about 4k maybe a little bit more in just aluminum material, 750 of that was labor for the place i got the material from to make all the crimps, cut it to length, cut the rake out, cut the transom angle i wanted which to me was well worth the money and saved me alot of time.
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Postby Have Gun Will Travel » Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:55 am

That is one fo the best looking metal home builts Ive seen. Very nice man! :clapping:
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Postby grizz18 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:23 am

That is awesome. That looks like it came off the showroom floor.

Very nice job. You might want to consider ditching your day job and start making boat. Your first customer is right here.
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Postby DuckhunterF250 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:05 pm

Thanks!! prolly gonna build a few more, i had a good time building this one
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Postby cuppedup50 » Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:12 pm

Bad. Ass. :beer:
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Postby flightstopper » Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:39 am

Where did you get all the aluminum from and how did you figure out how you wanted the hull cut if you don't mind sharing? I have seriously considered doing a build like this but you knocked it out of the park
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Postby grizz18 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:50 pm

Is the big float pod in the back your gas tank?
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Postby Crazy Matt » Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:52 pm

carolinagreenhead wrote:Dang man you should be working for Beavertail or Gator Trax or some boat company. Damn that thing looks good!!! Congrats.
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Postby DuckhunterF250 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:34 pm

grizz18 wrote:Is the big float pod in the back your gas tank?


im guessing you mean huntdeck on the very rear of the boat? if so its not a gas tank, its just a part of the boat that has its own purpose like getting in boat alot easier when wading because its lower to the water and the main purpose is that its a perfect place to have for a dog platform. our dogs hunt from there and they are out of the boat and its easier to get em back on the boat back there and they wont get everybody wet inside the boat. underneath that is open and i hide my battery and bilge pump underneath to keep out of the way. its also nice because on a scissor blind the motor is 18" further back and all the way out of the blind. i could go on and on of the reasons why i like the huntdeck. my gas access is inside the front extended deck along with a dual bank charger and my trolling motor battery. to fill up the tank if you look in the picture of the front deck you will see a black circle cap that screws off and i have access to the tank.

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tank access after cap is removed
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extended deck hatch opens up to access the tank, charger and trolling motor battery. not a very good pic but you can get the idea
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Postby DuckhunterF250 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:42 pm

flightstopper wrote:Where did you get all the aluminum from and how did you figure out how you wanted the hull cut if you don't mind sharing? I have seriously considered doing a build like this but you knocked it out of the park


i ordered everything from uncle j boats in morgan city, LA and he got it from his place. basically i just told him exactly how i wanted it laid out, told him i wanted the front to be 27" wide and a 3" sch 40 pipe bumper, 48 inch bottom with a triple taper, wanted my hundeck to be 18" long and a 9" drop, gatortail needs a 20 degree transom so i had em cut it at that angle, wanted a 6 foot rake. just told him all that and he sent me a CAD drawing and i reviewed all the measurements and told him thats what i wanted, couple weeks and i picked it up at his place when all of it was ready. there are several aluminum places that do this in la just have to call and tell em exactly how you want it and what thickness and they will get it done.
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Postby DuckhunterF250 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:56 pm

couple of pics of my boat blind, its a shaggy blind from mudbuddy. i normally build my own blind basically just like this one but i won that blind in the mudbuddy christmas contest so i just used there frame. only have a few pics of the blind when i just put it on and its not grassed up any at all, i lost all my hunting pics of the blind in the field

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built my own duck boat! (pic heavy)

Postby flightstopper » Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:03 am

DuckhunterF250 wrote:
flightstopper wrote:Where did you get all the aluminum from and how did you figure out how you wanted the hull cut if you don't mind sharing? I have seriously considered doing a build like this but you knocked it out of the park


i ordered everything from uncle j boats in morgan city, LA and he got it from his place. basically i just told him exactly how i wanted it laid out, told him i wanted the front to be 27" wide and a 3" sch 40 pipe bumper, 48 inch bottom with a triple taper, wanted my hundeck to be 18" long and a 9" drop, gatortail needs a 20 degree transom so i had em cut it at that angle, wanted a 6 foot rake. just told him all that and he sent me a CAD drawing and i reviewed all the measurements and told him thats what i wanted, couple weeks and i picked it up at his place when all of it was ready. there are several aluminum places that do this in la just have to call and tell em exactly how you want it and what thickness and they will get it done.


Gotcha, was not aware he would do that. He does make a fine boat!
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Postby TomKat » Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:38 am

I think you should have got a loan and bought one ready made. Nice work though.
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