Slack Tide wrote:Again we have to get into the definitions of these boats....if you mean that you want a low profile thing that you can thatch and drag into shallow backwaters for puddlers....sure, I'd cut it down a bit and deck it a bit and grass it, and you'd be good to go.
But in my definition of a layout boat, it'd be a gray, oval, very low profile boat for divers.......and that ain't it......
there are two "layout" style boats IMO open water boats and marsh boats. I call my boats layout boats because thats the type of hunting you're doing from the boat. and both have very different hull styles though.
open water being the traditional and I'm pretty sure the original layout boat that fellers take out on a big boat and set up in a diver spread in some deep water. usually extremely stable, made for waves to break on top of the hull in rougher water. usually gray.
marsh boat being usually being longer and skinnier. made to draft in very shallow water, and fairly stable usually are able to be powered and driven to the hunting spot, not towed by a larger boat. usually OD green or painted like marsh grass.
I'll still call mine a layout boat, but its just a marsh style. EVERYBODY who has a marsh boat around here has always called them layout boats. That's what I've always known them as. I guess its a regional thing.