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Duck Boat Project

Postby LSUduckslayer » Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:37 pm

A buddy and myself are avid duck hunters. Our duck boat is a plain jane 15 ' Alumacraft. So, we thought we should bring it to the next level. Over the next 3-5 weeks we will transform our boat into a duck killing machine. Our plans are to paint the boat using a new base color, the patterns will be the Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Styx River stencil kit, weld a new bigger front deck with storage underneath, deck the bottom of the boat, and finally cover everything inside the boat with Hydro Turf. Throughout this process I will post pictures from beginning to end. We'd love to hear any kind of suggestions to add to our project. Hope this helps some people on the process of wanting to transform their boat into something new..Enjoy...

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This is after the new deck has been welded. We are about to start the sanding process.

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Here's a up close picture of the new deck.

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The entire boat has been sanded and is ready for the first base coat!

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The first base coat is on! Now we gotta wait 8 hours for it to dry..and off to the next task.
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby simplepeddler » Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:13 pm

looking good !!
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby LSUduckslayer » Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:31 pm

Thanks brother. I can't wait to see the finished product.
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby pweisbrod » Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:17 pm

:hammer: looks great!
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby LSUduckslayer » Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:37 pm

Thanks man. The Lard Barge is looking great it's self.
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby cm20 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:39 am

Boat looks good...id take out that center bench seat tho
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby Rouxdroppings » Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:54 am

wish i had a shop like that. let me know if you find somewhere in la or on the web to get hydroturf at a good price
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby LSUduckslayer » Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:30 am

cm20 wrote:Boat looks good...id take out that center bench seat tho


I think we might do that. Appreciate the suggestion.
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby LSUduckslayer » Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:32 am

Rouxdroppings wrote:wish i had a shop like that. let me know if you find somewhere in la or on the web to get hydroturf at a good price



I'll let you know for sure man. I have called a couple local marine stores but they put a huge mark up on the Hydro Turf. I've been looking on gatortraxboats.com. They have the custom camo colors and the sheets are $80 a sheet. That's the most reasonable I've seen.
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby LSUduckslayer » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:48 am

So far we have most of the boat painted with the Styx River Stencils. We've tried to get more done but of course work keeps getting in our way. Here's a few pictures of what progress we've made. Next week will start putting in the floors and ordering the hydro turf.


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Here's the first phase of the stencils.

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Painting the shadow grass stencil.

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Up close picture of the shadow grass.

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We still have to paint the top lip. But this what we got so far.
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby LSUduckslayer » Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:45 pm

So we have finally finished painting the boat. It turned out to be a slow project with work, college starting up, and we got gator tags. So we've had a lot on our plate. Hopefully soon we can get the boat covered in hydro turf and flooring the bottom of the boat.

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My chessie Delta, ready to ride!


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Scouting for gators!
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby ILwaterfowler15 » Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:53 pm

Looks great!
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby LSUduckslayer » Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:56 pm

ILwaterfowler15 wrote:Looks great!


Thanks man! I appreciate it!
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby LSUduckslayer » Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:23 pm

Last year before the boat was ever painted. We built a boat blind for the boat. Its made out of 3/4 EMT conduit and boat canopy brackets.

Here's a few pictures of it through the process.

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And here is what it looks like in the water, that's my buddy standing up. But when you sit in the boat your fully concealed.
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby Boatman » Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:04 pm

Water looks a little low in some of those pictures.Nice camo job. Oh and you too! :lol3:
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby LSUduckslayer » Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:11 pm

Boatman wrote:Water looks a little low in some of those pictures.Nice camo job. Oh and you too! :lol3:


Thanks man! Yeah they are draining the lake were we hunt. Due to all of the salvina taking over the lake. It sucks but we will have one of the only spots with water.
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby canderso » Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:49 pm

LSU, your boat looks awesome. Great job on the paint. It looks perfect in the pic above with all of the cypress trees behind it with the water line showing.

The blind is fantastic. I am building a similar blind as we speak. I bent the 3/4" EMT to match the curve of the hull. Now I need to get ahold of all of the bimini fittings to attach it to the boat.

Good luck this season. Time is ticking. And it appears you will definitely be ready!
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby LSUduckslayer » Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:05 pm

canderso wrote:LSU, your boat looks awesome. Great job on the paint. It looks perfect in the pic above with all of the cypress trees behind it with the water line showing.

The blind is fantastic. I am building a similar blind as we speak. I bent the 3/4" EMT to match the curve of the hull. Now I need to get ahold of all of the bimini fittings to attach it to the boat.

Good luck this season. Time is ticking. And it appears you will definitely be ready!


Thanks brother!! I'm sure yours is looking just as good. Good luck to you this season. Smack some quack!!
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby LSUduckslayer » Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:06 am

So today I came across a great deal and got a new 20hp for the boat! I'm so excited I get to take it for a run today. No more 9.9!!


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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby LSUduckslayer » Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:38 pm

Since the season is over for me, today I had the time to make and install a 24 gauge sheet metal floor for my boat. All I need now is the Hydro Turf and the new floor and deck will be complete.


I used 1/2" Styrofoam for extra flotation and support. I cut these pieces and fitted them in between the ribs. I doubled the Styrofoam between each rib.

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I then made my measurements and used 24 gauge sheet metal.

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Then I started marking my cuts.

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Making my cuts.

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Fitting the metal to the ribs.

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Making my cut marks so it will be flush with the ribs.

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Metal now sits flush with ribs.

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To finish off the flooring I secured it with pop rivets.

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Finished product.

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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby david95 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:03 pm

Great lookin boat! A lot time and work invested!
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby gearhead80 » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:46 am

Great work on the build!! Thinking about stealing or barrowing your idea... haha. One question, how big did cut that burlap material before attaching it to the 3-d material? I am thinking about doing the some of that to mix in and help with the grass cover I already have. I like how bushy it looks..
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby canderso » Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:53 pm

Great work. I have an alumacraft and mine had a factory installed floor. It was done the same way. Hard foam board to the height of the ribs and then thin sheet aluminum riveted to the ribs.
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby ZachGrantham4 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:46 pm

How much did you spend on that sheet? I'm looking into doing mine the same way
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Re: Duck Boat Project

Postby mowaterfowl » Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:06 pm

Damn fine work...damn fine indeed. There is nothing more satisfying than realizing your vision and then succeeding with it. Also, you will never be satisfied with it...you will be consumed by how you can improve on it. You will find yourself sitting on the throne thinking about what you can do next. When you start to contemplate how you can get a stripper pole in it, you've just about got it perfected. If you figure that out...send me a PM. :grooving:
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