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I no there are lots of thoughts on boats but I am new to duck hunting and fell in love with it. I went to arkansas but live in South Carolina so in home state I will primary hunt flooded timber and looking for a boat to hold two hunters. I have never owned a boat so a rookie to say the least and not wanting to spend $15,000.00 any suggestions. Thanks for helping a newbie out
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Every one drives a used duck boat - every one. So with that in mind may I suggest that you haunt Craigs list to find your used duck boat. There is a big turn over in boats - just like shot guns and automobiles. Affordably priced boats on Craigs list only last a few days. So you have to be constantly current on new postings to be a lucky winner of a well priced boat. $400 -$500 will get you a reasonable 14 -15 foot jon boat. It will often come with a trailer too. I prefer a 42" to 48" wide bottom. I wouldn't get any thing narrower than 36" wide bottom. Naturally for a motor, I prefer my own, utahmarshmotors.com. for a mud motor. For the a for mentioned size boats 14 HP seems to be the preferred ideal. Occasionally some one uses something as small as a 7 HP and for a 48" wide bottom some folks will mount a 25 HP motor. Finances often dictate the final motor choice. Buy as big as you can afford. A deal is often found on Craigs list again . A well maintained motor is not to be afraid of from a reputable maker. A motor and boat makes an amazing contribution to expanding your geographical hunting opportunities.
Welcome to the sport and have fun.
Mark f. Cheney
utahmarshmotors.com on the Great Salt Lake marsh
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Mark F. Cheney wrote: 14 -15 foot jon boat.... I prefer a 42" to 48" wide bottom. I wouldn't get any thing narrower than 36" wide bottom. .... Finances often dictate the final motor choice. Buy as big as you can afford.
Excellent advice, that.
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I purchased a 2014G3 1548DK with a 20hp yamaha 4 stroke. Great boat for 2 or 3 hunters, can fish out of also. Came with "led headlights". My only gripe is it is way underpowered. You are doing the right thing by getting others opinions before buying. I have talked to several guys who buy a boat before duck season and sell afterwards. They do this every year. Makes no sense to me but to each his own.
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Take a look at our Phowler Prowler Series, two men, gear, dog and just a 12hp Copperhead and you have a very, very nice hunting rig for timber, rivers, lakes and marshes. Best part, you would have to put alot of options on one to get over $12K, all new. This is a true hunting machine, not a fishing boat dressed up to look like a hunting boat.
PS I also have a very nice used 1436 Prowler with Blind and 18 hp Copperhead that I just took in on trade, have not even listed it yet, I think it will sell for around $9 k with everything. This is about a $14k rig new with all the options and blind on it.
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Look for a used TDB.
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