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Hi All,

I'm hoping to get some guidance on my next duck boat. I've always received great input from this site so I figured it doesn't hurt to ask.


I am in the market for another duck boat. Here's my situation and types of areas I tend to hunt hunting.

1) Last 3 years I have hunted by myself with just my Lab except for 1 or 2 weekends, so no need for a 2 man boat other than to provide me with a little more leg room.

2) I hunt a lot of bulrush marshes and large lakes that can get rough. I typically am hunting puddle duck areas, but do have to cross open water that can kick up from time time.

I am really leaning towards a High Roy Boat or Estuary type boat. Both of these are very rare in my area, have never see either on the water EVER!

I have seen an Estuary in person, but I'm not sure I could put an 80lb lab behind me under the dodger and still have him mark birds.

Really torn on what to do, most guys in my area are in a normal tinny or jon boat. I could go this route as well but I actually feel like a smaller 12 or 14' jon would be more dangerous (tippy)

What do you think?

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GregL: Sep 9, 2019, 11:16 AM
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Greg,


You might consider a TDB14 Classic. It will take bigger water, and you can hunt it with the blind up and gun out the back over the motor area. You sit on a chair with your back to the bow. It's a warm, dry, stable platform that can be hunted with 2 people and a dog when needed.

RVZ
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Thanks Rod, I was actually thinking of one those as well, it should be able to get into anywhere my 18' Alaskan did.
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Where do you live? That would be a help in suggestions.
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“A day in the blind is a delightful occasion. If there are ducks to be shot so much the better, but even a day in the open watching the bobbing decoys and the changing weather, with the good companionship of friends, is in itself a more than worth-while experience.”
--J. Kemp Bartlett Jr., “Chesapeake Bay,” Duck Shooting, 1947

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Greg,

I bought a DB 13 last year and absolutely loved it. Similar in hunting style as the Roy high boat but will be much easier to come by. Easy to hunt by yourself or with your lab or with another person. Highly recommend the flapper board option over the soft blind. PM me if you have further questions or would like some insight or pictures on my set up
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Greg,

I bought a DB 13 last year and absolutely loved it. Similar in hunting style as the Roy high boat but will be much easier to come by. Easy to hunt by yourself or with your lab or with another person. Highly recommend the flapper board option over the soft blind. PM me if you have further questions or would like some insight or pictures on my set up


^^^ This, not sure where you're from but even in NJ finding a high box is becoming almost impossible. And they are going for 2x what they went for new due to demand. DB13 would fit the need nicely and easier to find.
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 If you are on larger lakes you may need a displacement hull rather than a shallow bottom hull. I shoot a Southbay boat and very happy with it, also have a Estuary hull from dave that I'm trying to finish and put to use...
You have to figure out your main use of the boat. Most boats will not fit everyone and you have to move things for your liking. Would have loved to had a lab in the Southbay, but hunted with 2/3 boats together...
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Hey Greg,

Highly recommend the 14' TDB Classic. There's a few around right now for sale in the 5-7k range I know of on Long Island, NY

I hunt often with my black lab and it provides me plenty of room, good stability in rough seas and hides good in the tidal marshes I normally hunt in.

You could also consider a lower profile boat we hunt with here called the "Southbay" 14' as well also another good stable gunning platform for 1-man / dog comfortably.

Here's my 14' TDB Setup & Former 14' Southbay Setups...

-Anthony


Long Island, NY
http://www.Island-Outdoors.com

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Thank you guys for the great input and pics!

I'm located near Toronto, Ontario. So I'm hunting fresh water lakes small and large. The areas I hunt you don't need a mud motor to get into and they can be waded once I get to the spot. Here's a few pics to illustrate.

I really like the idea of either a Estuary or a TBD that was mentioned above. A concern I have with the Estuary in a bulrush marsh is I'll be so low I won't see the birds coming, because they tend to come from every direction LOL!

Taking these pics into account which boat do you think is most suitable?



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GregL: Sep 10, 2019, 6:13 AM
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I think you just answered your own question! Sounds like the TDB is in the future..

Long Island, NY
http://www.Island-Outdoors.com

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Hi Greg. I am based in Toronto too. I have a TDB 14 Classic and it works well for me. Jus grass it up well, otherwise the decks get shiny with the morning dew.
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Hi Kim,

That's awesome! Do you think one day I could pop by and see it?

Thanks again everyone!
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Sure though you may have to wait until end of season when I bring her back from the camp
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Great! Thanks :)
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Not to impose, but any chance of a southern Ontario meet up? I'd love to see the boat as well. Seems like all I see around here is mod v jon boats. I'm very envious of all the cool marsh boats seen on this website.

I'm in Niagara but more than willing to drive.
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Greg, The new EstuaryII comes in a low boat with a dodger and or a high boat with flapper boards.They are rated for 20hp and are planing hulls. There will be one of each at the Tuckerton show this year along with the all glass Garvey15.
Phil
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Greg
Bankes Boats by long point may have something
If you want to see a southbay I?m in the buffalo area
Pat
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That would be awesome! We don't see these boats in our area EVER!
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The TDB-14' has a positive fore-aft rocker configuration on the keel line, consequently you can rock and slide these buggers off of a mud flat when a seiche empties the marsh...it's some hard work, but far better than sitting in the mud and hoping. We used to jump shoot bulrush marshes out of mine as well: one guy over the side in the water at the stern slowly pushing the boat along and the shooter standing in the front scanning the marsh, with dog inside. Much quieter than you would think sliding these things along slowly in a marsh. IF you keep most of your weight on the aft section over the transom as you walk, you will not fall. From the pushers perspective you can see the marsh well and work the dog to a fall or cripple, once it is in the water.

Best part is that once you are dead tired, all you need to do is climb back in the boat and motor home rather that walking back to where you stashed your boat. Week days and late in the season this is quite effective in the marshes of the Great Lakes.
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TDB 14, Devlin BBIII, or Devlin Scaup

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Phil Nowack wrote:
TDB 14, Devlin BBIII, or Devlin Scaup


I'm really leaning towards the TBD 14. I also hunt this body of water, which can really be nasty but I'm mostly in protected bays and routes back to the ramp.

I'm gonna head out to the Tuckerton show to see the specialty boats first hand, but I think a TBD with some plastic fencing and raffia grass
could hide pretty good for Mallards.

How is the TBD14 style boats for driving into cattails. 1 spot I hunt I could drive my 18' Alaskan right into the cattails :)




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You wouldnt be disappointed with a Roy high boat. Ive built many boats and sold many boats. But Ill never sell my high box. I use it for 4 seasons. Hunting, fishing, crabbing trapping.

The only downside is they are very difficult to find.







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jode hillman: Sep 12, 2019, 6:55 AM
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Man that boat looks awesome!! Ya that would be about perfect for me! I've almost giving up finding one, been looking for one on and off all summer!


Out of curiosity, how much time do you a lot in the morning for grassing it up?

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GregL: Sep 12, 2019, 7:41 AM
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GregL wrote:
Man that boat looks awesome!! Ya that would be about perfect for me! I've almost giving up finding one, been looking for one on and off all summer!


Out of curiosity, how much time do you a lot in the morning for grassing it up?



I dont allow any time in the morning for grassing it up. I have Cordura grass loops stapled to the grass rails. I grass at once before the season and Im done.

If Im hunting in an area that has a lot of flotsam, Ill pick that up and pile it on the bow. It takes no more than 10 minutes.

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I never know which is worse: the sorrow when you hit the bird, or the shame when you miss.
http://www.hillmandecoys.com
Mullica Hill NJ

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jode hillman: Sep 12, 2019, 7:58 AM
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The TDB, slip into cattails as well as anything... I think.

I had a TDB14 knock off. I left my grassed up all year. As I do with my Devlin Scaup. I was always amaze how well the flat bottomed TDB 14 Classic handled rough water. That being said. If I was in the market for a 14' boat. It would be the TDB14 SeaClass or a Devlin BBIII.

First pic is my TDB 14 Classic-ish.. and the others are my 17' Scaup








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***Phil (Chesapeake Boy) Nowack***

http://www.mapleridgetaxidermy.com
http://www.philnowackphotography.com

Nothing like the north wind pushing snow at your back, a bird in your hand, and chessie with ice on his coat at your side.

Birds brought to you courtesy of Nikon, Benelli, Kodi, and Otter

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Phil Nowack: Sep 12, 2019, 11:29 AM