Just turned 30 and been duck hunting since my early teens. I find myself not enjoying walking into spots with full loads of gear like I did when I was younger and been wanting a boat to access new places forever. Right now a full size boat is still a few years out so I am looking at 2 options with a budget of about $3-4000. Option 1. Buy a 1 man layout like a 4 refuge runner and slap a small long tail on it. With this option I have a boat and blind in one package and it's enough room for me, dog, and gear. I can fit it in the garage without taking up the entire area and I can keep it when i upgrade to a full size boat. There is also little maintenance . The biggest downside is none of my hunting buddies have anything like this so it'd be pretty much solo hunting. Option 2. Buy a cheap jon boat that's enough for 2 guys, dog, and gear. Upsides is you're able to take a partner. Downsides are more maintenance, take sup more room, and would have to sell it when upgrading. It should also be noted I am in Oklahoma. Most of my hunting will be on lake coves/inlets and small rivers. Not any gumbo swamps or big open areas.