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Heavy vs light loads in duck boat

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  1. Lee Pierson

    Lee Pierson New Member

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    Ive been doing research in preparation for a new boat, and the term load is brought up repeatedly. Light hunting load vs. Heavy hunting load. When everyone talks about hunting load is there a standard say 100lbs is light where 300lbs is heavy? What would yall call a light hunting load and a heavy hunting load. Thanks for all the information this forum has from yalls first hand experience.
     
  2. Rubberhead

    Rubberhead Elite Refuge Member

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    Making this up on the spot, I'd suggest that less than 70% of the boat's rated maximum is light, more than 70% is heavily loaded..
     
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    warrenwaterfowler Senior Refuge Member

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    Can't fit more sh!t in the boat- heavy load.
     
  4. Fowler267

    Fowler267 Elite Refuge Member

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    If your boat IS NOT full of decoys, you need more decoys!!!

    If your boat IS FULL of decoys, you need a bigger boat!!!
     
  5. calling4life

    calling4life Elite Refuge Member

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    Yes, as noted, it's dependent upon the capacity of the boat, 100lbs of stuff in my beavertail final attack = overloaded, 100lbs of stuff in a 2072 = light as a feather.

    It also plays with HP ratings, if your rig, gear, yourself, dog etc... weights 1,000lbs, a boat with a max hp rating of 10hp isn't going to work out well.
     
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    marshmob Elite Refuge Member

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    Gear always seems to be a lot heavier than you think. Take your rig unloaded and weigh it at a local coop, truck stop, etc. Then go back loaded and remember to add more after that for hunters and dogs. Then if you have an ounce to spare get an azz load of more decoys!!!!
     
  7. Tailfeathers

    Tailfeathers Elite Refuge Member

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    Heavy load, light load. It all boils down to your freeboard and weather.
     
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    Montauker Elite Refuge Member

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    Are you asking in reference to boat size, motor HP, or prop selection or all of the above?

    Almost everyone here will tell you to get the biggest boat/motor you can afford and run in the area that you are going to hunt.
     
  9. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    Light load: operator, two/three dozen decoys, Lab, gun, shells.
    Heavy load: anything beyond the above.
     
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    HaydenHunter Elite Refuge Member

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    Our typical load, which I would call heavy, is two guys, one or two dogs, two layout blinds, four to six dozen duck decoys (floater and full body) and two to three dozen goose decoys (floater and full body). And sometimes my boat blind on the boat because even though I am hunting from the shoreline, I was too lazy to take the blind off. All of this on an 1852 with a heavy mud motor.
     

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