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« Reply #100 on: October 27, 2012, 08:40:50 PM »
Here's a boat that I just acquired, new project boat for the boys and I!!
This is going to be an easy fixer upper! Just need to strip the paint change a couple of boards and refinish it with new paint. Just need to figure out the type of paint, primer and stencil to use for duck hunting!

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« Reply #101 on: November 20, 2012, 07:38:51 AM »
Hey everyone. So im new to waterfowl hunting this year. I ended up getting a canoe to help get back to a few blinds I was shown. It does great and even came with some down riggers. I painted it up last weekend and hunted out of it on saturday, it did pretty good.

I think I want to add a headlight to the front lol. Any suggestions?

I was also thinking of making some kinda cheap blind, any thoughts there?

Thanks for reading.

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« Reply #102 on: November 21, 2012, 10:14:36 AM »
I don't know how to make a blind out of it, but a little ingenuity, and I know you could  :tup:
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« Reply #103 on: November 21, 2012, 10:23:38 AM »
To blind up that canoe you have a few options. If you don't want to drill into it I'd say some plastic clamps holding up a mesh of some sort with grasses woven into it. You could even lay some cheap wooden planks out as "doors" that just lie on top or get some burlap and cover yourself up in the middle until shooting time. The problem is that thing will sit pretty high in the water.
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« Reply #104 on: November 21, 2012, 07:03:49 PM »
Thanks guys! I'll try to figure something out lol. right now im thinking of maybe getting something like a few bendable tent poles to arch over the canoe from side to side and cover it with burlap and grass...

The sites ive been to while hunting out of the canoe have high grass on the edges so i dont think the canoe and a blind with be too high up.

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« Reply #105 on: November 23, 2012, 07:48:55 PM »
Saw your canoe in action today, nice rig.
After the first shot the rest are just noise.

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« Reply #106 on: November 24, 2012, 10:02:16 PM »
Saw your canoe in action today, nice rig.
Thanks man! It does pretty good with 1 or 2 people in it. I think your little marsh rat is a slick setup! Thats the way to go  :tup:

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« Reply #107 on: January 23, 2013, 08:46:38 PM »
My boat keeps me warm and dry most of the time.
1 Set out,
2 Ready to travel
3 Inside with my abused CBR during a slow time.  The floor mats are from Costco,  No slip, keep feet from fryin in summer fishing, Get dirty ya pull'em out, hit'em with the hose, let'em dry reinstall.  Heavy enough they don't fly out go'in down the river.
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« Reply #108 on: January 30, 2013, 08:34:37 AM »
what was the total cost once you finished?  where did you get your fiberglass?

Sorry it has been some time since I've been on the site. Total cost was about $250.00 and I had a lot of left over material. Got the fiberglass and Resin at a fiberglass store called Fiberglass Mart in Everett, WA.

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« Reply #109 on: January 30, 2013, 09:17:15 PM »
My boat keeps me warm and dry most of the time.
1 Set out,
2 Ready to travel
3 Inside with my abused CBR during a slow time.  The floor mats are from Costco,  No slip, keep feet from fryin in summer fishing, Get dirty ya pull'em out, hit'em with the hose, let'em dry reinstall.  Heavy enough they don't fly out go'in down the river.

Nice looking set up JJD! :tup:
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« Reply #110 on: February 02, 2013, 07:05:27 PM »
Hi Guys,

I need your help trying to decide what to do with my little 10' fiberglass layout boat:





It's a converted sailboat, as you can see by the rudder bracket on the transom, the centerboard slot sticking up midway (I have the original wooden center board and sail too), and the mast hole on the bow.   I cut out the cockpit so I can lay down in it, and it's actually quite comfortable.  My main beef with it is that it is fairly heavy for its size (somewhere around 100lbs I'm guessing), and it doesn't have much draft or freeboard, so I only use it on small water.  I've actually had a friend of mine with me in it on a small private lake, and it worked great, so it has a pretty big load capacity.   All grassed up, she disappears for sure.  Even so, I would love to be able to take it to rivers and coastal estuaries (with only me in it, no dog).

What I'm wondering is, if I built up the sides of the cockpit like on a marsh rat, would that make it at all safe enough for small chop on bigger water?  I could put a transom on it to mount an electric motor pretty easily.   Doing all this will only increase its weight though.  Or, should I just sell it and build my own lighter weight version?  I tow it around in the utility trailer you see in the pics (which I'm considering selling too).  I've even thought about getting a 10' aluminum rowboat and chopping it in half all the way around, taking the seats out, and putting a deck on it.  Hmmm.....  WWUDHD?  (What would you duck hunters do?) :dunno:


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« Reply #111 on: February 03, 2013, 05:04:07 PM »
I have a small boat (not a layout) that I have a fairly large electric on for the size of the boat.  I would never think about taking it to the estuaries.  I have a general rule of thumb not to take anything that isn't gas powered onto the big water.  I figure this way I don't risk becoming a statistic.  It looks like it would handle inland water fairly well though.  Lots of guy would want one of those.  I see plenty of uses for it.  Just be careful.

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« Reply #112 on: February 04, 2013, 02:25:37 PM »
Thanks.  I used to hunt Wallapa Bay a lot when I lived in Vancouver, and would love to be able to hunt similar areas again.  As long as I stayed close to shore on inland coves on decent weather days, I think I would be fine, but I agree, I would have to be very careful.  I was out in a friends little 14' sears gamefisher twin hull fiberglass boat with 9hp yamaha when the wind came up, and we were fighting 6' swells on the way back to the launch.  No way I would have made it in a tiny boat like this, or a marsh rat either, for that matter.   If I do decide to keep it, I'm going to put enclosed flotation foam in the bow and stern for safety sake. 

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« Reply #113 on: May 14, 2013, 09:30:31 PM »
Hey all. I have an older 14' sears Jon boat and have just acquired a new/never used gooseview duck island boat blind that has all the parts, but no instructions. Though I'm sure I could make it work, I was wondering if anyone has one of these or knows how it's "supposed" to be set up. Maybe even the booklet. And yes...they were bought out by beavertail and I talked to them but since gooseview went out of business they don't carry anything associated with their stuff.
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« Reply #114 on: June 17, 2013, 09:10:28 PM »
Pete, how did it go? Did ya getrdone already?
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« Reply #115 on: June 17, 2013, 09:33:42 PM »
Pete, how did it go? Did ya getrdone already?
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Gotta make some mods but it should work fine. Unless I sell the boat n get a bigger one.  Lol. One can dream, rt?
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« Reply #116 on: June 18, 2013, 02:00:52 PM »
I hear ya bro, 2'itis is a biatch...
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« Reply #117 on: September 21, 2013, 10:01:19 PM »
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« Reply #118 on: October 31, 2013, 09:06:07 PM »
Here's my custom built blind on my 14ft.

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« Reply #119 on: December 02, 2013, 11:14:55 PM »
Hey Brad, how do you keep all of your grass etc from blowing off when trailering to the water? I'm in the process of building a frame for my 15' john boat and not quite sure what to do about covering it. Thanks.
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« Reply #120 on: December 04, 2013, 09:04:07 PM »
Finished...well, almost. Its testing and improvement time. 18' G3.
I started this two years ago. I fabricated new pedestal mounts so i can quickly swap out between seasons without changing the boat permanently. I used 3/4" conduit and tent pole brackets from an awning place. The frame only cost about $125, the netting was $80, but the jute was another $100. And i still dont have enough.

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« Reply #121 on: December 04, 2013, 09:19:06 PM »
The starboard side is fixed because of the console, but uses push pins for ease and quickness. The port side drops, and is lower to peak over while sitting down.

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« Reply #122 on: December 04, 2013, 09:30:43 PM »
The drop side is controlled by gravity only, using an "L" hook on a rope attached to a rope that is pulled. I may convert this to a foot operation using a piece of wood.

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Some more pics. I was trying to figure out a way to keep the dog warm...and my arse....

 

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