6' 280 lbs, gun, couple dozen dekes, 100 lb Chessie... which marsh boat would be best

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  1. magnumyammerhammer

    magnumyammerhammer Senior Refuge Member

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    Things can get pretty pokey with cattail stems and such. And who knows what's in that North Dakota slough mud :yes
     
  2. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    Then build yourself another little hybrid?
     
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    BigSkyDuk Elite Refuge Member

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    It’s take more than a cattail stem to pop one... they’re made of the same stuff as whitewater rafts. But I understand the hesitation... that’s why I’m not using one!
     
  4. Keegan

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    You are looking at Carstens boats so you should look into a blue bill or canvasback, The pintail is just big enough for me, gear, a bag of decoys, the blind, and a 80 pound dog, I'm half your size, if you wanted a smaller boat for loading, dragging, and carrying purposes then yeah maybe a pintail or mallard with a sled behind it but you're paddling or using a trolling motor with those mainly no mud motors if you want or need one. The four rivers boats are another good option but i've never had any experience with one.
     
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  5. magnumyammerhammer

    magnumyammerhammer Senior Refuge Member

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    I like both the bluebill and the can, but they're pretty heavy. I actually like the mallard better than the pin. I really don't need to hide so much, as get to spots and paddle in shallower water with a big dog. Plenty of cattails out here. You could hide a damn whale in 'em.
     
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    magnumyammerhammer Senior Refuge Member

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    I got a feeling it'll be pretty hard to find good, clear wood with good grain out here. Helluva time finding it in Ohio.
     
  7. Keegan

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    If staying in the line of Carstens boat go with the pintail or mallard and a good sled for your gear, I actually push pole, paddle, or use a trolling motor on my pintail to hunt and bow fish out of with buddies so you can paddle fast, smooth, and stay stable enough even with a big dog in it.
     
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    jzee Elite Refuge Member

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    Stick with the Carstens, I have 3, the Blue Bill, Canvasback, and the mallard, they are all capable off small pothole hunting. I use them 7 days a years in N.D. They are great. They all are fantastic, the mallard and a kayak dolly are as simple as you can get, and one man and a dog in a small pothole are unstoppable. Started with the mallard and now mostly run the Canvasback with a 6Hp mud motor. Thinking of selling the Bill and the mallard, depending on what part of N.D. Might be able to drop one off.
     
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    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    I can actually put a layout blind inside my pintail and use it like that.
     
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    kahunna Elite Refuge Member

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    Retire that Chessie and get yourself a 55 pound female Lab.:)
     

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