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FITASC666
November 28, 2012, 06:40 PM
I'm a sink box hunter looking for a duck boat that will allow me to shoot diver ducks on shallow shoals. The Sink Box (SB) needs 4'-6'' of water and is a killer to move around. However the SB places your head less than a foot above water while sitting and the birds really don't catch on until it's too late.
I've seen many videos from Denmark with duck boats, oar powered, that seem to work very well and set the shooter 2' above water. I also looked into the Bonneville Duck Boats out of Utah, but the company hasn't given me any response. I hope it's a computer thing and not their customer service standard :-(((.
I would really appreciate your input and comments.

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MCgunner
November 28, 2012, 06:55 PM
I was thinkin' about one of these at one time.

http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Beavertail-Final-Attack-Sneak-Boat&i=425954&r=view&aID=503A8C&cvsfa=2586&cvsfe=2&cvsfhu=343235393534&s_kwcid=goobase_goobase_filler&cID=GSHOP_425954

newbuckeye
November 28, 2012, 07:54 PM
Here is one from Ohio. I've seen their boats but not used them and they look tough.\

www.duckwaterboats.com

6.5x55swedish
November 28, 2012, 08:15 PM
I never thought about hunting Divers from a "sink Box", that should work if you have a water proof shotgun:D

Virginian
November 28, 2012, 08:20 PM
Do a Google search for "Layout Boats". Several to choose from. Great for divers.

MCgunner
November 29, 2012, 12:29 AM
I looked into the stealth, too... http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Beavertail-Stealth-2000-Sneak-Boat&i=422091&r=view

Things are heavy and where I hunt, the final attack seemed more logical as you can drag it on its wheels. The stealth would probably paddle easier, like a kayak. For my purposes, I ended up with a kayak just for getting across a little lake, not really to hunt off of. The stealth has a blind you can attach to it, pretty neat, really, for a lay out boat. Everything I've researched you can actually stand up in it, that stable.

inclinebench
November 29, 2012, 12:12 PM
It is probably too late for this season, but there are actually plans that allow you to custom build duck boats that ride just above the water, and some that allow you to lay flat in the boat and get into almost anything. The method to build these is stitch and glue, and just about anybody can build them. Once you build one, you can get pretty good at altering plans to customize your boats to your needs. Look around online for stitch and glue boat plans and you might find some really awesome boats. I have built a few rowers for fishing with this method, and I plan on building some customized duck/float boats for myself and my sons. Oh, and the biggest expense is time, the materials are pretty cheap.

Patocazador
November 29, 2012, 04:44 PM
If you want to approach rafted ducks without messing with decoys, try a scull boat. A fellow Canadian, Mike Bankes, make a good one that's safe.

http://bankesboats.com/sculling.htm

Patocazador
November 29, 2012, 04:46 PM
I never thought about hunting Divers from a "sink Box", that should work if you have a water proof shotgun:D
Sink boxes are not legal in the USA. Go to Quebec or Nova Scotia for true sink box hunting.

JWF III
November 29, 2012, 08:08 PM
Sink boxes are not legal in the USA.

Correct. Sink boxes aren't legal here. But look up "Body Booting". Legal and effectively does the same thing... if you're up to it.

Have to second the scull boat. A hunting buddy of mine had one. Fun hunting and a great method for picking out a bird to mount. Biggest misstake I have made was not buying it from him when he had to sell it to fund his third kid. His was a "Wave Duck Boat" model, it was very similar to the Bankes scull boat.

Check out www.duckboats.net to get an idea of what's out there. Scroll down the home page and they have a list of commercial duck boats, with links to company pages.

Wyman

ETA- Also, if you're hunting solo, check out the Marsh Rat by Mallard Marine. It's on my want list, right after the scull boat.

FITASC666
December 3, 2012, 06:09 PM
PATOCAZADOR
Thank you for the reference. I have a dealer for this product close to home. He only has catalogue pics for now but usually gets inventory in the spring. Can't wait to sit in it to see for myself.
For the RECORD, I hunt the St-Lawrence in Quebec and Ontario with sink boxes and they are very effective, however you must like cold weather.

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