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Old 07-08-2019, 11:42 PM   #1
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Hey guys looking at getting my first duck boat. I know I need at least a 48 wide bottom one. I'll be hunting with two guys of and on and my lab that's 75 lbs. I like the 14 ft but think that might be too small I think a 16 would be right. Let me know what you guys think.
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16 would probably be alright for 2 people. Itíll give yourself some extra room then specially if you want a third at some point. I personally have a 2060 and wouldnít go any smaller but Iím usually hunting with 4-5 guys.
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18 FT Min. on length with the number of folks plus weight, wider is better 60 on the bottom just my 2 cents.
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I have a 1648 I use for ferrying hunters back and forth to our pontoon boat blind. Have hauled five people and equipment several times, but never actually hunted out of it. I wouldn't want to try and hunt more than one other person from it, if it had a blind on it. And had to haul decoys and a dog. I would recommend at least a 2072 for your application.
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Old 07-09-2019, 08:50 AM   #5
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I have a 1548 I have hunted 3 before it works. If I can make breakfast with 2 other guys on board it's okay in my book.
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Go as big as your fun fund allows.

I am a 16' boat guy to get to and from hunting location or to hunt smaller bodies of water that are somewhat protected from the wind--

I am a 18' boat guy to hunt out of with permanent blind on most all waters and conditions--

I would like a 20' boat but this is where things start to get too heavy for where I hunt. If I was a big river guy a 20' boat would be the minimum I would go out in.
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No ONE Boat can fill ALL Needs

For a First Boat, nothing wrong with a 14'x48 or even a 16'x48
You can find them wrapped up in nice boat,motor trailer packages from New to well Used.

I have a 16x48 that has a hard blind and hunts 4 every year. Yes, space is a concern as well as knowing what Waters to stay off of.

If you are fortunate enough to be able to afford bigger to start with, then buy as big a boat as you can afford. You can always upgrade the motor.
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Hey guys looking at getting my first duck boat. I know I need at least a 48 wide bottom one. I'll be hunting with two guys of and on and my lab that's 75 lbs. I like the 14 ft but think that might be too small I think a 16 would be right. Let me know what you guys think.
When you say "first duck boat" I assume this will be it's only use. You need to decide if you are looking at a mud motor or outboard set up. If mud motor, you need to concentrate on a mud boat hull.
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The boat only going to be used for hunting and a little river fishing in the spring. Running a mud motor setup on it. Hunt some small body of water and they Mississippi once or twice a year
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3 guys and a dog in a 16 ft boat is tight but doable. an 1860 would be a better boat for you especially if you are going out on the Miss.
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When we go out in the Mississippi or then likely will be take two boat. To give us more room.
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When we go out in the Mississippi or then likely will be take two boat. To give us more room.
you have been in my boat, 16 48. Hunts 3 fine and just big enough but not to big i can still drag it if i have to. some of the boat ramps in our area are shady for a heavy boat
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I hunt three in My 1648 Lowe 30hp Johnson with a Beavertail boat blind.
I hunt the Mississippi River for the last 18 years if that is Big water, handles it fine. Lots of pictures on my Profile. Enjoy your boat.
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