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Hey guys,

1 year into trial and error with my South Bay. Awesome boat killed alot of ducks out of it and hid better than expected. Only upgrade Im doing it shortening my doors. Hang too far and with the upgraded hp, drags a little. What are you guys using for seating to sit side by side with another shooter?

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Matt Latini: Mar 4, 2021, 5:21 PM
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Good morning, Matt~


I'm glad to hear you enjoyed a good season with your South Bay. When I gunned my Sneakbox with 2 guys (usually my Dad and me) we sat on spackle buckets with padded lids. I like them because they are fairly watertight and can keep lunches, gloves, cameras etc dry.

Are you sitting high enough off the floor to use them? If you sit lower, it is definitely more comfortable and easier to shoot if you get at least a few inches up off the floor. Could you build a pair of wooden boxes - say 6 or 8 inches deep - with padded lids?









I'm thinking more, though, about your flapboards hanging too low. Rather than cutting down their height, could you simply attach a couple of light lines - to their front corners - so they could only drop down about half way when you are under power?


If the lines had snap hooks, you could easily drop the flaps all the way when needed.


Hope this helps!


SJS



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


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Not much,
I sit on my live vest most of the time.
My flap boards are much lower then yours
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When hunting 2 in mine we sit on pads, life jackets or just the floor. Problem is legs crammed!




12' Higbee, 14' South Bay, 17' Polarkraft
South Jersey
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Steve,

Sat on turned over milk crates which worked great! Just want to lower everything (seats and doors). High tide we kind of stuck out being much higher than everything. Was thinking maybe I could just cut them in half ?
Matthew Latini
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That was an idea. My plan is to take about 6 inches off the doors this off season. Thanks! I also have the square throwable floatation. Think maybe these could work too if life jackets worked for you
Matthew Latini
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Matt~


Just one more thought: Both port and starboard flaps do not need to be the same height. I think it's important to have the "back" - the upwind side you are not shooting over - be tall enough to hide your silhouettes completely from on-coming birds. The "front" - the downwind shooting side - just needs to be tall enough to hide your faces when you're hunkered down getting ready to shoot.


Also, the back flap can be solid - mine was 1/4-inch plywood - to break the wind on our necks and backs. You could also just fastened canvas on the back flap's inside to get the same protection. Much warmer than an open screen!


All the best,


SJS

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


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Matt,
Steve brought up the use of spackle buckets. Might I add you can buy Gama lids for them which are screw on/ off and are water tight. Typically used for food storage with food grade buckets.
They sell them at Lowes and Home Depot.

Here is a link:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Bucket-Companion-5-gal-and-3-5-gal-Screw-Top-Bucket-Lid-in-Black-LD5GRLBK006/303808738

Zane
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That is a great idea! 99% of the time I am shooting over the port side of the boat, so I can leave starboard side a little longer. Just want to get the profile of the boat down around 6 inches. Used the build I attached you did as a guideline when doing my own!
Matthew Latini
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Thanks! I was sitting on milk crates last season, but wanting to get a lot lower. High tide my profile was way taller than my surroundings and stuck out a little bit. Was either thinking cut a milk crate in half, or just sit on a cushion
Matthew Latini
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 I'm with Steve, put canvas over the boards to break the wind. Try a pool cleaning service for bucket. They usually have screw on lids, different sizes for different chemicals.
Shooting two is tough, keep your eyes open for another boat to refurbish. I like hunting with another boat [safety] or tow a marsh box.
You could make a bi fold flap to store while underway. You have a few days to experiment before next season. Go to a furniture store and get cardboard and duct tape to make throw away patterns.
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If you are cutting down a milk bucket,. Rather that turn if upside down I would put a top on it. That would allow for a little storage.
In the past when I wanted to sit a little higher I used a tool box which doubled as a gunning bag.
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Thats what Im thinking. Maybe use a piece of 1x12
Matthew Latini
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While not quite as low as you want to go I really like this seat:
Amazon.com : Wise Outdoors Super Sport Hunting Seat with Insulated Cooler. (( Improved Version. )) : Sports & Outdoors

The backrest, and dry storage are really nice, but mostly I like the swivel. It allows me to see better without so much movement of my body. I thought about going lower, and think I could cut down the base, and glue the bottom inside as the box is slightly tapered. At the very least, I am sure I could remove a section and glue it back together to keep the bottom water resistant.

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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I use a cut down milk crate and the (old style) momarsh invislounge, though i don't have a southbay. Hunting two adults side by side is pretty tight. I used to sit on a throwable pfd seat cushion way back when I had a southbay.



In my my boat my seats are set up so the flappers are at my nose and I just hunch down if I want to hide a bit better when birds are working. Proves pretty deadly.


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Coastal NJ
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Thank you! This is exactly the route I was thinking of going!
Matthew Latini
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I think the important part of Steve's suggestion is that you get your butt up so your legs are under you instead of in front (cramped). Sticking up a little isn't the worst thing as long as they don't see you move. That's why I'm looking for something for the kid and I. And dog
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Yes exactly. The way I did it the past season, the doors were a little tall and when in the down position sometimes dragged in the water if it got a little choppy
Matthew Latini
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William, any links or info on that seat. Looks nice.
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I made it from a shower chair. Used the leggs and put a piece of plywood on with a swivel attached. Put a seat on that I had used on a bucket. I wanted a chair with a back and a swivel.
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Used something similar in a little carolina 14 skiff I had an a frame blind on. The legs can be cut down to what ever height you need easily. I used stanardd wise camo boat seats on mine as the 2 s




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A common item to consider are the sprinkler boxes. They are super strong and come in various heights from 6? and up. Possibly lower.
The top is strong enough to mount a swivel seat on if you were so inclined.




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Judging by height of all your flaps... ya'll must be hunting with dogs or do something I'm not. Another season is almost gone and I've been hunting only from my south bay. I have had to climb in and out of boat several times. lean over the sides to retrieve ducks and pick decoys. And on one occasion had to lay my chest on the side flap and push the boast across a mud flap using my only my feet to push because the mud was the kind you sink and disappear in.




12' Higbee, 14' South Bay, 17' Polarkraft
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I bought 2 of these. Very comfortable and low. Lately I've been sitting on a 3 gallon mastic bucket with a throw able cushion. I'm sitting a little higher that I prefer, but shoot much better, and I'm able to stand up in a flash if necessary.





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