New here and hope y'all can help I'm still new to jet boats .... Here's what I'm doing I've got a BBC and a berk jet think a JC ( one piece bowl) I'm having a hull built for it I'm trying to build a flat bottom fishing/ duck hunting boat. Going 19 ' long aluminum was planing on building a "pocket tunnel" but builder is kind of having his own ideas I have talked to ARS marine and am planning a spoon in front of the tunnel also an adjustable rideplate as part of the hull. I know y'all need more info to help make any suggestions just let me know also I do have a few picks but I just moved and all Ive got till the inet provider shows up is an iPhone could email or text if someone can help...... Thanks , glad to be here. Geoff
I too am a duck hunter and I'm currently doing research for a duck boat build that I'll be undertaking soon. I've been browsing this sight for a couple days and came across your post and decided to register. The reason I didn't register earlier is that I was afraid that folks on here would think I was crazy for wanting to build a duck boat out of a v-drive, flat bottom hull and a small-block Chevy. Judging from the lack of response to your post, I can see my assumptions may have been correct.
At first, I thought I just wanted to retrofit a jet boat to get me into the shallows to hunt, but I've since changed my mind. I might still use a jet boat hull, but would prefer a flat-bottom v-drive hull because there would be less glass to patch. I wouldn't use the v-drive at all because the shaft would hang too low and I want to be able to get into 4" of water/mud. The jet drive won't work because of weeds, sand, and ice/slush clogging the intake.
Of course there's always the mud buddy and surface drive motors, but they only go up to around 40hp. So what's a guy to do when he wants more power? I ran across a boat called "Fowl Habit". They built it out of an airboat hull (which are hard to come buy on a budget), put a Chevy 350 in it, a ZF marine transmission, and custom built a direct-drive shaft that comes through the transom and it's depth can be adjusted by hydraulics. 54 mph with the 2-blade, weedless prop and 70 mph with the 3-blade pro. I found a couple companies on the internet that have built them.
But my idea was to combine this "Super Mud Boat" with the layout design made popular by Gator Trax's Gatorhide. Below are pictures of both.
So there are my ideas on the ultimate duck hunting boat. I don't know if that even helped you or not.........probably not. Maybe we can toss some other ideas around. And I'd like to see pictures of the progress you're making on your boat. -- David