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Putting a winch on your boat

Discussion in 'Boats, Blinds, & Gadgets Forum' started by jbrown, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. jbrown

    jbrown Elite Refuge Member

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    I'm gonna mount a winch on the front of my duck boat, any suggestions on the best way to do this? Have we had posts on this subject before? I don't know how to find old posts on this subject
     
  2. Mr_Mallard

    Mr_Mallard Senior Refuge Member

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    Bad idea in my opinion
     
  3. GUNNERX2

    GUNNERX2 Elite Refuge Member

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    I know of one person that installed winches on all 4 corners of his boat. He is a commercial guide that hunts on the Mississippi River and has a monster of a boat (custom made @ 30' long). He said he was tired of being stranded on sand bars that were here today and gone tomorrow. I guess it works for him.
     
  4. Lastflight

    Lastflight Senior Refuge Member

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    This is common in Michigan for hunting some of the state managed areas. Guys pull 1542 jons with 23hp longtails over 100' dikes every day. Most run a Lewis chainsaw winch and weld up reinforcement on the front of the boat to handle the load. There are a lot of pictures if you search on the michigan sportsman site.
     
  5. calling4life

    calling4life Elite Refuge Member

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    Do a portable winch, where the winch goes into a cradle, the cradle slides into a 2" receiver. Just weld a 2" receiver to a heavy duty plate and weld to the bow of the boat.

    That way you can have the thing strapped down in a storage compartment until you need to use it, then just pop it in, hook it to a battery and go. Simple, keeps the winch clean and dry when not in use, also keeps it from being smashed on something, making noise, etc...

    I do that for my truck, I have a 2" receiver built into my steel rear and front bumper, so I can put my winch in either end to get myself out of whatever messed up situation I'm in.

    Just make sure that 2" receiver is heavily welded to a backing plate and heavily welded to the boat, or you may just tear your boat instead of pulling yourself out.
     
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  6. jbrown

    jbrown Elite Refuge Member

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    Thanks guys for your post. I need the winch on my boat to help pull the boat over some big rice field dikes. Hope everyone has a great season!
     

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