yet another duck boat rebuild... kinda

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  1. Aeon

    Aeon just a dude who duck hunts

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    as some of you know i am slightly obsessed with duck boats. Of all kinds, big and small. Today i start what is my biggest project by far. Where i hunt we mother ship layout boats to the hunting area. My mother ship is a Airboat. A classic Hurricane hull built in the early 80s and rebuilt a few times over the years. The drivers seat is a tall one and very hard for my 74 year old dad to climb into so i got the wild hair up my back side to build a new hull with seating setup for my old man. There is nothing really wrong with the old boat, it handles amazing well even at very high speed hauls a LOT of gear and has worked very well but never let the fact that something is working good stop you from spending money on a boat.

    THE OLD BOAT IS STILL FOR SALE....

    The new Hull is going to be a battle ship. 17'x8' with 30" sides. 3/8uhmw polly on the bottom for running over cars or other obstacles. It will have over 8 feet of flush deck installed for bow fishing off of. @Lungpopper can you teach me :) LED bars facing each direction to light up the planet.

    Its being fabricated right now in Elba Alabama by Circle H Airboats. turns out having a hull built is not so easy when you are on the wrong side of the USA for Airboats. ( anyone want to haul it back to california for me? $$$$ ) There are a couple of builders in Utah but pretty much no one local. I have known Kenny from Southern Airboats for quite some time and picked him to build the new barge.

    so we begin......

    part 1 the tear down, So all i am going to reuse on the new boat from the old is the motor. not to complicated so today i started taking things apart
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    lots of small bolts and other thing holding the cage on.

    more to come stand by....
     
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  2. ilovesprig

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    Cool project
     
  3. Truduct

    Truduct Well-Known Member

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    Www.freightquote.com is a freight broker that should be able to get some decent freight numbers. If they don't, I have a couple freight companies we use that I can get you in touch with. We have been shipping containers to Maui for a year logistics stink.

    Rad boat will the new hull be aluminum?
     
  4. Lungpopper

    Lungpopper GLASS,GLASS,GLASS
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    New boat sounds pretty cool. As for bowfishing. Here is everything you need to know.
    DON'T LOOSE A BET

     
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  5. Aeon

    Aeon just a dude who duck hunts

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    yeah the new one will be Aluminum 5086 .190 bottom metal so built like a tank :)
    First sneak peak
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  6. Aeon

    Aeon just a dude who duck hunts

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    Aeon just a dude who duck hunts

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  8. Bonejour

    Bonejour Rut - Me worry?
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    Bill, Grumman must be jealous.


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  9. NBK

    NBK TaftHunter for President!

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    Damn - you must be rich Bill! That thing is awesome!
     
  10. fishingkid

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    That's awesome looks like the build is coming along nice.
     

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