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Trying to ID boat?
Went to Minnesota today and picked this boat up in Moorhead. Has no markings and it is all fiberglass. The man I bought it from called it a rice boat apparently for harvesting rice in Minnesota. He also said they used it for duck hunting. I cannot find any brand name markings on it. Was wondering if anyone would be able to ID this boat? Thanks.

"When those birds stool".....takem!

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John Van Houten: Sep 9, 2018, 6:34 PM
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on another board i participate on a member has a sign he posts that says

"this post is useless without pictures"

Wink

seriously - i bet they would help




"Just because the man does not offer you a drink Hastings, does not mean he is automatically guilty of other crimes" Agatha Christie's Poirot
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Good morning, John~


Sweet vessel!


Being an Atlantic Tidewater guy, I have no expertise in the Mississippi Flyway. Nevertheless, her lines and features - especially the round-ended cockpit - are classic midwestern duckboat. I have read of "Shell Lake" duckboats (wooden) that look similar to my eye. I will defer to others from your neck of the continent.


I am guessing that the holes through the decks denote tubes that runs right through to the bottom of the hull. As you probably know, they accommodate poles that would be jammed into the mud to keep the boat where you want it whilst gunning.


Because of the traditional shape and the "holes-in-the-deck" (I'm guessing there is a better term for this feature) and the oarlocks (as opposed to paddles), I would venture to guess that this is a duckboat that may have been used for harvesting rice - and not the other way around. My understanding is that the rice stalks are typically bent over the hull (of a canoe) and knocked in with light sticks. Clean-bottomed canoes are best for this activity so the rice can be easily collected - whereas the floorboards in your vessel would confound the process. Once again, though, I defer to those will actual knowledge.


Congratulations on a great find - and I hope you enjoy many adventures afloat in her.


SJS

Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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One of the Fiberdome products maybe. Lines are similar.
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The fiberglass marsh boat that I have is of similar design, but with no oar locks, or floorboards.

It was made in Appleton, Wisconsin, not far from Lake Poygan.


Your vessel appears to adhere more to the wooden design, that the old time marsh gunners used to hunt ducks.


The stake holes are pure genius, as they hold the craft steady when need be.

I invert the extendable push pole. Place it in the stake hole, and drive it into the marsh bottom to secure and stabilize the craft. Then you can stand up if you like, and do what ya gotta do.


What you have there is a superior marsh boat, that can be hidden in very little vegetation, and natural settings. The rice reference may be due to it being used to hunt waterfowl in Wild Rice.


Once the decoys are set, the backboard is put in place, butt on a camo boat cushion, and camo netting over me as I lay down. Make a good gunning box to cradle your gun and hold shells, etc. It will also serve you well when jump shooting and dispatching cripples. Attach a line to your paddle handles, just in case you drop one in the water.


I have no idea who made your boat. From the photo's it looks like they did a very good job. You are gonna have a world of enjoyment with that vessel.


just my 2 cents
VP











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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looks like the fiberdomes available in early 80,s. Love those spud pole pass thru,s. Can remember lusting after a similar boat back then but couldn,t bring myself to purchase.
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John,

It may be an old Carsten's Pintail. The new designs and nomenclature are not identical to what they produced 20+ years ago.

You might send them a photo for confirmation. They are produced in Melrose, MN.... about 2 hours SE of Moorhead.

http://www.carstensindustries.com/duck-boats.html

Best of luck, she's a beaut!

Rob
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Steve,

Your information is correct. Canoes are much more fitting for harvesting of wild rice.

The canoe is poled through the rice by a pusher. Their companion typically kneels in the bottom of the canoe, pulls rice over the side with a stick, then knocks the grains off with another stick.

Nick Ronning will likely be more knowledgeable regarding both the boat and rice harvest. He is much more ingrained in the makers and manufacturers, and I believe has rice out his back door.

Very best,

Rob
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roy brewington wrote:
looks like the fiberdomes available in early 80,s. Love those spud pole pass thru,s. Can remember lusting after a similar boat back then but couldn,t bring myself to purchase.



It is close to the Fiberdome widgeon but not quite...

http://duckboats.net.nmsrv.com/specs/images/widgeon.jpg




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What a beauty !