Sea Duck Boat so far... almost there!

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Sea Duck Boat so far... almost there!

Postby JustinNH » Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:43 am

We have a lot of hours this last month or two into this boat.... and I think she is looking pretty good.

All of the electrical (fish finder, 2x bilge pumps, nav nights, inside lights, 12v plug, kill switch) are re-wired and on switches. Steering is tight, as is throttle and shifting. First of all my boats to have seats with a backrest, which is epic for my back!

Still a bunch of things to do in the boat, the anchor, long lines, etc but it is looking like a reality now.

Took it out the other day to the river with 3 of us in it and it was incredibly sturdy no matter what we did. Even though the motor is only a 20, i was amazed with how fast it went-- far faster than I was hoping.

Should be a nice good to fair weather duck boat. :beer:
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Re: Sea Duck Boat so far... almost there!

Postby JustinNH » Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:48 am

two pics of it after power washing but before most work
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Re: Sea Duck Boat so far... almost there!

Postby toolmaker » Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:28 am

nice job......see will be ready for opening day???


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Re: Sea Duck Boat so far... almost there!

Postby JustinNH » Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:05 pm

Yes, it will certainly be ready for opening day (though probably more likely opening weekend if I don't get work off).
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Re: Sea Duck Boat so far... almost there!

Postby toolmaker » Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:25 pm

just watch laying your blind material or any material over the rollers on the corners of the transom that are used for the steering cables.... the rolling action pulls it in and binds up the steering once in a while....and the first few times you will wonder...WHATS GOING ON!!


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Re: Sea Duck Boat so far... almost there!

Postby deertoducks » Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:09 am

Looking good :thumbsup: what do you plan on doing for a blind?
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Re: Sea Duck Boat so far... almost there!

Postby JustinNH » Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:52 am

toolmaker wrote:just watch laying your blind material or any material over the rollers on the corners of the transom that are used for the steering cables.... the rolling action pulls it in and binds up the steering once in a while....and the first few times you will wonder...WHATS GOING ON!!


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Yeah, that crossed out mind already-- I forgot what it was (I think it was part of the kicker motor) was in the way and we had to move it over a little.
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Re: Sea Duck Boat so far... almost there!

Postby JustinNH » Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:54 am

deertoducks wrote:Looking good :thumbsup: what do you plan on doing for a blind?


Thanks!
For this year, it will just be burlap or canvas. The boat already has rods and support for that kind of blind. We may do a more solid and removable one next season, kinda like Mush's boat
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Re: Sea Duck Boat so far... almost there!

Postby rickbr » Sun Sep 29, 2013 3:32 pm

Nice job Justin. :beer: Looks like a it'll def. get you out there where the action is.
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Re: Sea Duck Boat so far... almost there!

Postby JustinNH » Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:03 am

rickbr wrote:Nice job Justin. :beer: Looks like a it'll def. get you out there where the action is.


Thanks :thumbsup:

Yeah, we took the boat out on Saturday to the ocean. All went well and did some scouting too!
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Re: Sea Duck Boat so far... almost there!

Postby deertoducks » Sat Oct 05, 2013 2:58 pm

Did you make it out sea ducking today? Hope all went well.
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Re: Sea Duck Boat so far... almost there!

Postby JustinNH » Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:18 pm

Sure did! Had a few issues (nothing major) but learned a lot. Managed 10 ducks... 5 eiders (3 drakes but all were juveniles) 4 scoters (lost one of the two nice surf scoters though), and a merg. Pretty consistent bird wise, missed some easy shots in the beginning.

I'll put up a pic later or tomorrow. We scouted a few drake eiders with most of their colors but none showed up. Looking forward to sea duckin this year when more plumed birds move down! The only species where we saw a lot of drakes were white wings...but they didn't seem to like something with us...
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