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My new marsh boat

Postby 2500hdon37s » Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:40 pm

Long story short I built a kara last summer... hunted it a few times and while extremely stable and did everything I needed it to do, it was just much too heavy to be practical on most hunts and when I go alone where I had to drag the kara 50yds before I got to water and back... SO I got to shopping around and decided on a Creek Boat M98... 44lbs I can carry it over my head and handle it easy by my self. not quite as roomy inside as I'd hoped, but I can always tow my decoy sled if I really need the extra room.

anyways It GPS'd at 4mph going up a creek with a 30lb thrust Minn Kota with a Kipawa prop on it and with only me and the battery in the boat. not too bad IMO. Started on paint, still need to get a cheap kayak paddle, and thinking about a bungee system for attaching grass/ brush, etc.
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Re: My new marsh boat

Postby sharris » Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:07 pm

Nice boat. Are you going to hunt out of it or just use it for transportation?
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Re: My new marsh boat

Postby 2500hdon37s » Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:07 pm

I'll use it for both. I have a backrest that is going to get trimmed up to fit and modded for comfort.

I also ordered all the pad eyes and bungee cord to go around the hull of it for attaching grass ad other cover! $7.50 for 20ft of cord and $6.34 for 16 pad eyes, then $6 for a pop rivet gun to install.
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Re: My new marsh boat

Postby kbooger » Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:56 am

I really like the idea of this boat, how are you liking it? How does it paddle?

I have a beavertail phantom now but am looking for something a bit bigger that I could put a trolling motor on (without much modification).
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Re: My new marsh boat

Postby 2500hdon37s » Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:48 pm

kbooger wrote:I really like the idea of this boat, how are you liking it? How does it paddle?

I have a beavertail phantom now but am looking for something a bit bigger that I could put a trolling motor on (without much modification).

So far I've only had it out once, and I havent paddled it yet. I have a paddle coming with the kayak bungee stuff I'm adding ($4.95 flat rate shipping from Austin Kayak). I'm lazy when it comes to transportation so the paddle will usually serve as back up and in extremely shallow water. But I suspect it will paddle along nicely as it does have molded in runners and the "V" bow.

I'm not sure how stable the phantom boat is (never messed with any of the Beavertail molded boats) but this isnt quite as stable as I thought it was originally going to be, but I still feel very safe in it. I'm used to my WIDE kara boat that I can put all my weight on one side and climb in, but its just much too heavy to unload and load out of my truck every hunt and especially when I hunt by myself. But I was able to stand up and drive the M98 with the trolling motor like I would my Kara no problem. I think its jut going to be critical to keep the battery centered and I'm good to go.

I have also been talking to an electric guru buddy of mine and he is wanting a square-back canoe for lazy float trips and instead of having a 50-60lb battery we're working on something that should weigh about 12lbs and still have the range and slightly higher voltage than my current battery! :grooving:
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Re: My new marsh boat

Postby 2500hdon37s » Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:24 pm

Finally got around to mounting up the bungee last night after we went and picked up 5doz big foot geese on a smokin deal! :eek: and I finished it up tonight!

should work great for holding grass and brush, and securing decoys in travel.

across the front, looks crooked in the pic but I promise its not!
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Re: My new marsh boat

Postby orphanedcowboy » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:56 am

2500hdon37s

Looks good, how big a boy are ya, very stable when you enter and exit?
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Re: My new marsh boat

Postby 2500hdon37s » Fri Oct 04, 2013 4:25 pm

I'm not an ape of a man, I'm 5'9" and weigh 135lbs.

I havent tested it out too much. But the one time I have had it out so far it was fairly stable while traveling and I entered and exited the boat in shallow water so stability wasn't a problem. I will have to get back to you on how it is with waders and in waist deep water.
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Re: My new marsh boat

Postby orphanedcowboy » Fri Oct 04, 2013 4:32 pm

2500hdon37s wrote:I'm not an ape of a man, I'm 5'9" and weigh 135lbs.

I havent tested it out too much. But the one time I have had it out so far it was fairly stable while traveling and I entered and exited the boat in shallow water so stability wasn't a problem. I will have to get back to you on how it is with waders and in waist deep water.


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Re: My new marsh boat

Postby 2500hdon37s » Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:36 am

sad part is I eat 4 meals a day... small one at around 9-10am, lunch at 12-1:30, then around 3:30-4 I will have something small again, then usually after 6:30 I'll have dinner.
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Re: My new marsh boat

Postby kbooger » Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:11 am

Does it have a plug?

Enough room for 2 guys and some gear?
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Re: My new marsh boat

Postby 2500hdon37s » Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:39 pm

kbooger wrote:Does it have a plug?

Enough room for 2 guys and some gear?

it does have a plug! But being 10ft long 2 guys would definitely be a tight fit before you added gear.
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