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Anyone using a new Duck Invader 13?
 I need another duck boat. I use a David Clark Estuary for all my solo hunts, and love it. When I hunt with my buddy we use his 16' Duck water boat which is really closer to 18' with the pods at the stern. It is a great boat for divers or places with a solid foot of water. I need a 2 man boat for the tidal marshes, and other protected areas.
I'm really considering the 13' Duck Invader. (13.9') I'm just concerned that there is enough room for 2.
I would buy a 14' TDB if I could find a good one in my price range.
Anyone have experience with the new Duck Invaders?
Thanks





Oxford, CT
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Use your estuary and buy that SBDB on FB for $1100 and you can tag team it. AlSo, pretty sure we crossed paths in Stratford in years past. Hope you're doing well.
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I've hunted Stratford many times. I'm doing well.
I had fun on our early season (7 days North zone, 4 days south zone) I'm doing well. How about you?
Almost a full deck one day, best of all there is a band somewhere in there, also a woodie
I'm the driver of the rigs, can't use 2 boats. That would be the best solution, but not going to happen.







Oxford, CT

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MIKE-SID: Nov 5, 2020, 6:54 PM
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Gotcha. Also doing well. Picked up a DW15 in May, interested to try it this year. I'm sure we'll cross paths down there again. Heard on the being the rig master. Good luck finding something. Hopefully someone can chime in on your request.
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Where is the SBDB for $1100?

Dave Diefenderfer
Manassas, VA

"Once you set out to build a boat, throw away your square. And if you work on her after she's launched, throw away your level." author unknown

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Dave Diefenderfer wrote:
Where is the SBDB for $1100?


Long Island. Its on facebook marketplace.
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Yes, I just took delivery of mine in September and somehow had it ready to hunt by first split open here in NJ. So far, I love the boat. There is plenty of room for two guys. If you are not two very large guys, there is probably room for 2 and a normal sized dog. The boat is similar in concept to the Duck Boss 13. Notice how I said concept. Rich opened up the cockpit in the front where as the old DB13's narrowed down to the front. It's a very seaworthy hull and hunts a lot bigger than a 13, IMO. The boat is lower in ergonomics than the Roy Schellinger 12 High Boats. Similar concept, once again, but different profile. The Roys hunt a little higher, DI's hunt a little lower. From what I've seen you sit a little higher in the Roy's. Rich builds them with now redesigned flappers which are higher for better concealment and also offers a canvas blind.

I have been nothing but happy with the rig. I even was skeptical about it being able to run with 2 guys and gear with a 15 hp. Sure enough, first trip out, ran fine. Planed and all. This was with 15-20 decoys, 2 guys, gear, ammo, etc. I am 220 lbs and my buddy is about 180.

I think I remember you maybe hunting in the NJ area? Around here, I went through the same process of really trying to find the right 2 man boat that could hide. There are only a couple solutions that really worked for me:

DI13 - Brand new boat for a great price. I have not one regret.
Roy 12 High Boat - You're looking at probably spending more for a used boat than a new DI13. With that being said, they are absolutely iconic and quite a boat.
DB13 - Similar to the DI13 but becoming harder to find.

The 2 man sneakbox concept just didn't work for me. I found them to be a scary concept. There are some outliers like Devlin 2 man rigs and such. I found the Bankes, TDB, etc. to just be too high profile to hunt in short spartina.

Rich was awesome to work with and really cares about his customers and what he does. You can really tell he puts a lot of thought into the design and takes pride in his work.





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I love my duck boss 13
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John,

Quick question for you: I noticed you blocked off the holes the grass rails near the stern. Was that stock or did you fab that yourseld?
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Nope its fiberglass I'm a bigger guy an it was soaking me back there from spray so I called rich an he made them an shipped them to me I have another stick to do it if u need
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John,

I will shoot you a PM.
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Shoot me a text 609-820-0173
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Jay, thanks for your detailed post. You answered my questions and my biggest concern of hunting with 2 guys.
Sadly, I have not hunted in NJ





Oxford, CT
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Mike,

Just thought I'd echo Jay's comments and say that it should hunt 2 average guys no problem. I've only hunted it twice so far (solo trips), but really like it. I did take it out a few times with a buddy before the season to scout and break in my new motor (25HP). It definitely moves real nice with 2 guys and when we got into the thin water, it was much easier to pole out than the 14ft John boat I had.

I mostly hunt solo but wanted a boat that could hunt 2 on occasion (as I get older, I don't like going out alone as much as I used to). I have found the boat much easier to manage, when solo, than my old John boat. I'll know more when I go out this week, but so far so good.

Here are some more pics and a few of the cockpit, I threw my momarsh seat in there so you could get some perspective.



John,

Boy do I hear you on the spray. Right now I have the rear grass slots stuffed with grass, which is working. For when I take the boat out outside of the season, I've been planning to either remove the rear rails or fashion a similar solution to what you have...... but yours looks like a much more elegant solution.
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Christoph,
Thanks for posting the pictures. How do you like the flapper boards? I'm leaning towards flapper boards over the blind. Any thoughts?





Oxford, CT
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I 'm loving the flapper boards over the scissor blind set up I had in my old john boat (based on 2 outings). This is mainly a result being a solo hunter with no dog.

1) When the current starts to rip downed birds out of sight, it's a snap to drop the flaps (and keep your eye on the bird), chase the bird down, and most importantly be able to securely reach down and pick it up.
2) When I have to pick up, it's a similar story. They just flap down and are out of the way. No clutter in the cockpit. No awkwardly working over the side of a blind to haul in decoys.
3) Easy on in the morning and easy off when heading home.

I guess, it's more of a they're there when you want them and completely out of the way when you don't. My priorities these days are trending to keeping things simple, minimizing clutter, and not having anything in my way that could directly or indirectly (through my own awkwardness/carelessness) contribute to me going over the side. Some guys really worry about the 'black hole' effect, but if it costs me a few flaring birds, so be it. Of course this is all with respect to the scissor blind on my old John. I haven't used the DI blind or seen one up close.

With that said, If I had a dog and/or regularly hunted two guys, I'd give serious thought to the blind, it looks pretty sweet from what I see on their facebook page....(oh and more $$$ than flappers)

That's my 2 cents for what its worth. hope it helps
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Without giving away any trade secrets, what's the price tag on the DI13?
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Christoph,
Very good points that are applicable to me. The plan will be to use this boat when hunting with a friend and his retriever, just a puppy now, but will be 35lbs, they say.
Tell me about taking off and putting on the flapper boards.
Mike





Oxford, CT
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Nick Zito wrote:
Without giving away any trade secrets, what's the price tag on the DI13?



Looks like base price is just south of $3900
Then I'd add the trailer, flapper boards, electric package etc. $6000 or a bit more depending on options.
I love wooden boats, but I'm awful with wood working. That's why for me I want an all fiberglass and compost boat.





Oxford, CT
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The ?hinge? of the flappers has a removable pin that is secured by a cotter pin. Basically just pull the pin and the boards come off. Although, I purchased some wire lock pins to use instead, as I prefer them to dealing with cotter pins which I would be sure to drop and lose.
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Thanks Christoph,
I'm really leaning towards the flapper boards VS the blind. Seems simpler, all around for me.





Oxford, CT
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Mike, if you love your estuary why not buy one of David's garvey style boats ? I recently purchased one and it will be the perfect 2 man boat. Plenty of room for your decoys, dog. Full blind or flapper boards . I'm putting a 2020 Mercury 30hp tiller on the back of mine. Just another avenue to think on. Good luck.
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hey Mike my boat is a 2017 db13 i have every option but blind i have flappers easier for the dog ! My price was 4500-4700 i forget now id have to dig deep to find receipt i already had a trailer an motor so i can deff see it being around 6000+
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Mike, if you love your estuary why not buy one of David's garvey style boats ? I recently purchased one and it will be the perfect 2 man boat. Plenty of room for your decoys, dog. Full blind or flapper boards . I'm putting a 2020 Mercury 30hp tiller on the back of mine. Just another avenue to think on. Good luck.


One of the main reasons is money. The price for the base Garvey is close to the price of the DI13 ready to hunt, minus the motor.
I'm also looking for a lower profile like the DI13





Oxford, CT
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One of the main reasons is money. The price for the base Garvey is close to the price of the DI13 ready to hunt, minus the motor.
I'm also looking for a lower profile like the DI13

Hey Mike,
Did you ever end up purchasing a new boat? Did you go with the DI13? I spoken with Rich in the past and just didn't pull the trigger, thinking of ordering one for 21-22 season and wanted to hear you thoughts. Thanks.
Brian