Building a layout boat?
I have been pondering building a layout boat or doubly layout. I have a few lakes that I think would be awesome from a layout. Has anyone ever built one, I have seen them assemble a sink box but those are illegal. Does anyone know any inside dimensions on how the hunter sits or lays in the boats. Pictures would be great. I have a few ideas bumping around in the cranium, but not quite sure what to go with. Foam filled and fiberglass coated with multiple anchor points those are a deffinate.
I have built a variant of the "Hybrid" boat. You can get the plans on duckhuntingchat.com, go to the "Waterfowl boats and motors" subforum and I think there is a sticky for plans. The member who developed this design goes by "Missed Again". I think on the Refuge Forum there is a thread with umpteen pages by guys who have built them too. Lots of construction tips even if you don't use the exact plan.
duckboats.net has a list of plans and construction tips too.
Hopefully AkRay will see this thread, he has quite a bit of experience with building wood duck boats.
There are a few options for true layout boat building.
As HarryHyde mentioned the current rage in DIY boat building is the Hybrid. There are three sets of plans out there. The original is free, then the two current sets cost, but they come with supprt and a DVD. One of the current sets is a double ender that has the functunality of a layout boat.
Waterfowl Works sells a set of plans for a true layout boat.
Mash Monster might still sell plans. They still have a good construction series on their website.
Over on the Duck Hunters Refuge in the Boats and Gear forum there have been several layout builds documented. Sometimes you have to be a member to see photos much like over here. The search function still works for guest, so you should take a look over there and see what has been posted over the years.
This is one of the foam cored layout builds. The builder has other photos of the finished boat, but I never saved a link to them.
This is a foam cored marsh boat built at the peek of the foam boat craze a few years ago.
My foam cored surf board style marsh boat.
Having built a marsh boat out of foam I would not recommend it. Unless seriously over built with the fiberglass and epoxy the foam will not support any level of harsh treatment like plywood does. Layout boats get hammered when being deployed from the tender boat.
I actually need to "donate" my foam boat to someone. It works for one man in our sedge grass marshes, but has taken a beating over the years and is not worth it to me to repair.
To prevent a layout boat from being a sink box most boats have a coffin shapped depression in the floor that is seldom more than 4 inches deep. Even the smallest adult will still be able to keep more than 50% of their body above the water level unless a lot of ballest is placed in the boat. The width of the coffin should be about shoulder width plus 6 inches to give a range of people room to fit. One of the best options for a back rest is the MoMarsh invisalounge. It has floatation foam rather than furniture foam and does not hold water. Its ratchet hinge allows for lots of adjustment. However, old timers like a more traditional board back rest that is adjusted by placing a dowl or pipe in notches along the gunnels. These are more commonly seen in sneak boats from NJ.
Thanks for the tips, also let me know when you "donate" that foam boat, it would be perfect for the wife to sit in on the few weekends she comes out in late season to keep here from standing in the water & getting cold. I can even donate to your bank account!
I built a larger hybrid to run a outboard on and couldn't be more pleased.
I have a layout boat that I built. Love to hunt out of it. Waterfowl works has good plans for a true layout boat. Let me tell you, once you hunt out of one you won't want to hunt any other way. If you need any info let me know. I'll give you my phone number. Dan
I think that I am going to build the marsh monster version. Thanks for the links AK RAY. That was exactly what I was looking for I had seen the waterfowl works layouts, but wasn't sure. I am going to start this weekend. There is some lakes that I have been scouting in late season that hold a ton of birds, but the access is tough. Ill tell you one thing its gonna be worth it. I am after cans they make me drool. there are not very many but I see them every year in the same spot. Some might not believe me but I got proof from last year a solo flew a little close to shore and I smoked em. I'm amped to lay out a couple boats for me and a hunting buddy.
AK Ray, you mentioned Okume plywood in your build. Where did you find it in Anchorage? I expect it was special ordered.
sorry for the long delay - out in the bush with a slow connection - I bought my okume from Hardware Specialties down off of Arctic and International. They do special order it, but it will come in on their three times a month wood loads from Washington so there is not an additional shipping cost.
Originally Posted by Howard N