22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

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22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby bigbuckilla » Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:45 pm

ok here it is: a 1993 Godfrey Hurricane 22'6" Fundeck. I spent about a year getting this boat; paperwork ready, seaworthy, blind built, and powered. I found the boat in a boat graveyard, found the owner, title holder & got it all sorted out, paid for and in my name. I stripped all the junk off the deck. Built the blind, doors, storage, shelves, bins, wheelchair ramp, wheelchair lockdowns, fiberglass work, repair crappy patch on bottom, & powered it with a 35hp johnson. Each boat gets about 7knots. The second boat is a 1968 george jackson (easton, MD.) wooden scow, that acts as a decoy tender to the big boat. it has a 4hp johnson. The lid ontop is a rain lid and locks so no one jacks my motor or decoys. The decoys are buoy body (see decoy forum) I run approx 120 decoys + 7 goose v-boards & 2 swans. I hunt cambridge Md, and Ocean City, Md.
The wheelchair ramp folds down and people that use wheelchairs access the boat down a boat ramp and tie down on anchor points bolted to the deck. The doors are in 4 sections (2port and 2 starboard). For people that shoot sitting down the door gets thrown down when the birds come in. otherwize you stand up and shoot with the doors up.
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Re: 22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby bigbuckilla » Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:47 pm

more pix
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Re: 22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby bigbuckilla » Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:49 pm

more pix: decoy tender boat. doors up and grassed up. Its a killer when used with one or two people.
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Re: 22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby bigbuckilla » Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:52 pm

more pix: wheelchair ramp pix. the ramp folds down and hunters that use a chair roll right down a boat ramp right onto the boat.
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Re: 22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby bigbuckilla » Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:54 pm

more pix: pic number 18: the board holds the doors in one piece. pull the board out and the doors can be dropped individually (no time to spell check)
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Re: 22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby bigbuckilla » Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:57 pm

more pix: stripped boat. good start on the walls. the crappy bondo patch someone did that i ripped off & put two layer of heavy matt on and did it right... plus some of the stuff i ripped off the deck in the background
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Re: 22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby MIKE J. » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:14 pm

Awesome Job all the way around! You went above and beyond with the wheel chair access :thumbsup: :beer:
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Re: 22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby bigbuckilla » Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:58 am

Thanks! the boat is working great. we have not been skunked yet. geese and divers are tollin' to it without hesitation.
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Re: 22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby bigbuckilla » Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:57 pm

the boat is going back in the water tommorow! ohhhh yea.
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Re: 22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby Cantshootwell » Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:44 pm

Dude, you have somehow combined house boat, duck blind, and duck boat into one unit.... You are the fricken hero. That is seriously a yacht built for duck hunting.
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Re: 22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby okduckdude » Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:26 am

I've been wanting to do something like this for awhile but never seen setting quite like fix setup. I like it!
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Re: 22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby bigbuckilla » Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:14 pm

here's the work i did to the hurricane in the pix above.. I cut the deck out and all the grid work (that i just put in last summer:/ ) cut the sides off down to the OG gunnels' with 2x4 plate. Im putting the same doors on (the pix show the doors nailed on there just to see if it works &if i like it.... witch i dont, as they sit in the pic. they will be closer in so they can fold down & rest on the outter gunnel) the floor will be appox 2" lower. Im going to rip down the two center stringers so i have a nice flat surface to attach the floor. (im going to sister up the stringers & glass them together) the port & starboard stringers will have 1/2" plywood going down to to them from the old floor... again.. glassed together & screwed to nailers) . I'll build storage boxes in the aft deck under the topside; gas tank , sealed battery box, gear, etc.... oh yea... and add floatation. ( i ripped out the OG floatation (approx 1100 lbs of waterlogged mess, and kept the boat hollow. it floated even full of water,,,, but when it sank it was hard to lift back up,,, so im going to add floatation so when it sinks again it will be suspended just under water)

The whole goal of this rebuild was to lower the profile of the boat. so it sits flush with the edge of the marsh. Ive learned over they years that a high profile boat or blind is the most un-natural lookin thing on the marsh and probally the most counter productive tool in all the gear of waterfowl hunting. (thats why a layout blind or boat , or even a BBSB or similar is very effective) my small boat sits flush with the marsh and hides perfect & its a duck killer. the big boat worked, but not as well as i need it to. so, here's the start of a quick mod that will make a world of difference. & it will still have the wheelchair ramp and chair tie down's.
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Re: 22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby bigbuckilla » Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:24 pm

Note* : every summer this boat has had major work done. the first was the blind on top. second year the floor comming off , gutting the foam and rebuilding the internal grid work, now year 3, its adding foam and lowering the floor. all in all so far i can say this boat is a beast strength wize and its bay worthyness. its been sunk, dragged up rocks, beat in nasty conditions in the little choptank and isle of wight, locked in ice, overloaded and under powered. & it still works hard, produces, and gets everybody back home safe.
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Re: 22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby bigbuckilla » Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:21 pm

here's the latest mod to the boat. : cut the topside off. sister'ed up the stringers, glassed stringers, foam floatation, add the new floor as low as i can go (11 1/2 inches lower than OG floor) , wood / steel / glass outboard jack, and alot more. 3rd rebuild is a charm. & the boy and i were rewarded with a mallard on the first hunt this season!
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Re: 22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby bigbuckilla » Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:29 pm

more pix. ( i tow a 13' skiff with right now 61 decoys) . there's a new 25 hp tohatsu on the big boat now.
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Re: 22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby threedogs » Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:39 am

I wish we had east coast ducks out here . Just sayin........... :thumbsup:
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Re: 22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby bigbuckilla » Mon Sep 14, 2015 8:07 pm

so the hurricane is changed up a little from last season. i brought the gunnels in to make the blind tighter. the og gunnels were 9", the new ones are 21". getting close to being satisfied.
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Re: 22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby bigmike0601 » Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:52 am

Do you still have this boat? I picked up a 1993 21' Fun Deck and want to do the same thing. I also live in Selbyville, DE. Can I come check yours out possible? Thanks - Mike
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Re: 22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby bigbuckilla » Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:36 pm

yeah big mike, give me a call 410-251-4649 and i'll walk you thru it, or you can look at mine.. its not that difficult of a process
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Re: 22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby bigbuckilla » Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:40 pm

ok.. 2015/16 modifications: i brought the doors in tighter so the grass is touching with the doors are up... so there's no void strait down in the boat... and the gunnels are wider with a splash guard overhanging edge all the way around.
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Re: 22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby GTMODawg » Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:01 pm

Hurricane deck Boats are the best hull money can buy! I re did one once upon a time and made it into a center console sled that was the best flats fly fishing boat I ever fished out of....the thing was stable enough to cross 4 miles of open water with 4 foot swells and would then float in about 10" of water and was light enough to fish all day with an auto-pilot and two fully charged batteries no matter how strong the tide and the wind was. These things are a beast! When I had mine I was in a part of the world where there was no hunting (it was covered up with teal, widgeon, and Bahamian pintails though) but I always thought that thing would make a heck of a big water boat blind! Good Job and thanks for bringing back fond memories of the best fishing hull I ever owned! (including bass boats of every description)
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Re: 22'6" Hurricane build/ Pic heavy!!! start to finish

Postby bigbuckilla » Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:20 pm

pic of the rig behind the spread. 25 vboards, 6 mallards, doz divers. it works for everything.
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