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Old 04-01-2019, 06:58 AM
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Default Duck hunting bay boat

So here's my dilemma. I need a 20-22' boat setup for serious fishing and handling rough choppy water but also need the boat to be setup for duck hunting without me having to load it down with material to hide a white hull and inside of boat. Kencraft makes a duck rider skiff that is all green but I'm thinking I want more of a flats or bay type hull. Any manufacturers out there make something like this?
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Old 04-01-2019, 08:37 AM
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Think it will be hard to accomplish this unless you go to an aluminum style bay boat. I have a Riddick BayRunner 2290 in olive drab green that I use for duck hunting and some fishing but like all flat bottom skiffs it will beat you to death going in a head chop.
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Old 04-01-2019, 08:40 AM
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Jones Brothers makes a V hull in Olive Drab coloration. I have a 17’ but a 20’ cape fisherman could fit your bill.
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Old 04-01-2019, 09:00 AM
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Camo sea deck and a wrap on your bay boat of you want to ride in chop. Sea ark if you want aluminum.
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Old 04-01-2019, 09:01 AM
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East Cape did a rendering of their bay boat in a side-console duck boat configuration. Bigger that what you're looking for but still cool to look at.

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Old 04-01-2019, 09:21 AM
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Ducks are smart and have great eyesight. Whatever you get, you're going to have to camouflage it, regardless. You're gonna need camo netting or plenty of Local shrubbery and hide that sucker well or them ducks ain't coming anywhere near. A custom camo paint job or wrap to match your area will help. Duck boats aren't pretty, no bling, chrome or other shiny stuff.
Sounds like you're a serious duck hunter and want to get the most out of you boat in other uses. You mention serious fishing and rough water handling. Where do you hunt and boat?
Duck hunting is awesome. You get to shoot your gun, hopefully a lot. Duck hunting in S FL is tough compared to other parts of the country. Still love it.
Good hunting.
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Old 04-01-2019, 09:30 AM
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Several jon boat manufactures make aluminum bay boats. You can get them in camo and other colors as well.

Boat Models - SeaArk Boats - Arkansas

Thats the sea ark example. Has a 15 degree hull, so it will ride much smoother than your typical skiff.
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Old 04-01-2019, 09:33 AM
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Buy a good Bay boat for bay fishing and then find a POS pontoon boat, cover it with palm fronds and tow it
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My buddy has a 23’ maycraft Cape Classic that’s pretty slick. Green Hull, tan interior. Removable t-top, tunnel hull with jack plate. Uses it for everything from duck hunting to sand bar hopping with family to offshore fishing. It’s a versatile set up.
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Old 04-01-2019, 11:10 AM
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KenCraft can make their Bay Boat in that color as well as far as I know. I was told at the Raleigh Boat show that they can theoretically do any boat in their Duck Rider color scheme.

Also look at a MayCraft.
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Saw Duck Water boats on Instagram, they look like they make some pretty cool boats exactly what you are looking for, https://duckwaterboats.com/boats/ocean/ocean-21/
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That East Cape looks interesting.
Express, War Eagle, Gator Trax all aluminum, could probably find a good layout with each but ride in chop probably not to good.
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Originally Posted by BAB75 View Post
That East Cape looks interesting.
Express, War Eagle, Gator Trax all aluminum, could probably find a good layout with each but ride in chop probably not to good.
You aren't going to find a boat that you are asking for that rides great in a chop. The combination of factors doesn't exist. If you are talking 6" creek chop or 2' open bay chop makes a difference. Where are you located?
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I was also going to recommend East Cape. They can literally build anything you want.
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Old 04-01-2019, 04:56 PM
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Southern Cross, Sea Ox, or Jones Brothers if you want production

I'd call Patrick Harrison about a version of his 22 if'n it was me though. I know a couple guides on Currituck use his boats. He also has a tunnel hull version. The 22 is real sweet though and exactly what you are looking for.

http://www.harrisonboatworks.com

https://m.facebook.com/harrisonboatworks/
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Old 04-01-2019, 06:08 PM
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Duckwater or check out banks boats you’ll be surprised they fish them and hunt them. The 25 titan or the 21 Goliath if hunted from the Goliath both puddle ducks and sea ducks. The owner fishes rock fish out of it in the spring. Neat rig
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Old 04-01-2019, 06:31 PM
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My wife is good to me and doesn’t complain about me owning two boats.

Lets see see if I can get away with a third. That East Cape needs me.......

But realistically one can can at least enjoy boat porn.
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Old 04-01-2019, 06:40 PM
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Check out the beavertail skiff predator. They look pretty nice.
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