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10 ft boat project

Postby DrakeRoth22 » Mon May 05, 2014 11:17 am

I'm finally going to buy my first duck boat this off season!! All of my hunting buddy have there own boat and I want to get my own now that I'm 16 and I want to get a 10 ft john boat and I'll be pushing it with either a trolling motor or 2-4 hp motor. I'm not sure if I want to make a blind that I sit and then stand up to shoot or if I want to make it low profile layout boat style.. I have to buy a truck before this project starts but I will hopefully have everything done before next opener.. What is everyone's thoughts?? This boat would be for just me. And about 2-4 dozen duck and 6-12 goose floaters
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Re: 10 ft boat project

Postby jscheirer » Mon May 05, 2014 1:30 pm

I think it could work but be very careful with what water your using it on. Any kind of chop and that could be dangerous. I would prefer a layout type blind on a boat that small and concealable. Should be a fun project for sure!
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Re: 10 ft boat project

Postby will1515 » Tue May 06, 2014 9:56 am

When I turned 16 a few years ago I got a 12ft boat and you sure have to be careful with it. I used a trolling motor and took me and a buddy with 2 dozen decoys and it sure wasn't the safest! But you have to start somewhere.


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Re: 10 ft boat project

Postby mudpack » Tue May 06, 2014 10:49 am

DrakeRoth22 wrote:... 10 ft john boat .... just me. And about 2-4 dozen duck and 6-12 goose floaters


You, 4dozen duck, a dozen goose floaters, a gun and gear will fill up a 10ft jon real quick. You need to go at least 12 feet. The price won't be significantly more for a 12 footer..
You need to get a good truck FIRST! ...then you can start searching for a good used jonboat. :thumbsup:

Bottom line: a 10ft jon is little more than a large floating layout blind or a decoy sled...and that's how I would treat it.
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Re: 10 ft boat project

Postby DrakeRoth22 » Wed May 07, 2014 7:19 am

For the extra money is it safer in a layout boat? I see some used ones on craigslist for 300 or so sometimes..
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Re: 10 ft boat project

Postby mudpack » Thu May 08, 2014 8:25 am

A true layout boat is good for one thing and one thing only: a blind. Using it for anything else is decidedly unwise.
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Re: 10 ft boat project

Postby WIgunner30 » Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:26 pm

Be careful they do work for a duck boat. Can't hold much and cut weight when u can. I started out with one of these and a PVC burlap blind and trolling motor on it. I ended up finding a 14ft Jon in the paper for 125 bucks to replace it. I'd look for something bigger in the classified ads you can pic up Jon boats cheap sometimes. Now the only action my 10ft sees is being towed as a decoy sled behind my newest duck boat/Viking war machine loaded down with 3 dozen goose floaters
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