We used a 16 foot deep v boat that belonged to my mom's friend. I put my dad's 15 hp Chrysler Seaking on it. We did all the research we could in 1985, that was before the net was even thought about. There was an article in wildfowl magazine. The article had all kinds of details, so we loaded up the boat and gear and headed out. We painted the decoys in the truck as we were driving up there. The article was about hunting at Bar Harbor Maine. We stopped in at the LL Bean store when we got into Maine. We walked around and looked through the store. One of the clerks was very helpful. We told him that we were driving up to Bar Harbor to sea duck hunt. (It was another 7 hours to drive up there.) He said "You don't have to go all the way up there, you can just hunt down the road.") He took us over to the topo maps that they sold and showed us where to go. He pointed out some spots that he had done pretty good at sometimes. We bought the topo maps and headed out. There were 3 of us, we ended up with 86 ducks for the week. All different kinds of sea ducks, mostly Eiders and Old squaws. There were some tips he gave us that I won,t soon forget. 1. Use 2 anchors. (we were going to be hunting off of ledges) 3. Don't hunt too far from the boat (So if #3 happens you don't have far to go to get to your boat.) 2. keep an eye out for rouge waves. He said they don't happen very often, but you want to be ready for it if it happens. ( The idea being that if you were hunting on a ledge that was sticking out of the water, it might not be if a rouge wave came along.) We never had one happen during the week we were there. ( If you hunt out of your boat, it's not such a big deal, because your boat will float over it. ) I wouldn't hesitate to go back again, it was great. But then I like a challenge and have confidence in my abilities. If your a capable person, with capable hunting partners, then go have fun. One side note, If I were to go now I would make sure I had a kicker motor with me. Just because I'm not as young and care free as I once was. There are plenty of islands in that area, and as we all know, it's always calm on one side of an island, no matter which way the winds blowing. Also, a 16 foot Deep-V will work, just stay around the islands.