It wasn’t long ago that waterfowlers had only one choice to make when selecting a duck boat: jon or modified-V. In today’s world of increasing advancements, hunters are left with a mind-boggling amount of hull designs, options, and add-ons to choose from. The greatest leap in boat designs for 2013 is, unquestionably, the modification of hulls, from structural ribs for durability to massive float pods and drop-decks for functionality. In addition, manufacturers are taking more time to build crafts that perform with popular surface-drive mud motors.
As those motors get larger and heavier, boat builders are finding new ways to compensate for weight and load-bearing requirements, so flat-bottoms can still skate on inches of water. Custom boats are also becoming more desirable and within reach, as builders offer a variety of options on their most popular models. You’ll find everything from sneaks to layouts and swamp-busting monsters, all with one common goal: Getting you to the ducks. Check out the best duck boats for this year.
- At only 62 pounds, and made out of indestructible polyethylene rotomolded plastic, the 10-foot AquaPod Sport is the perfect one-man boat for remote locations. These boats draft in almost no water, making them easier to navigate shallow marshes. Modern technology has created a material that’s so lightweight, loading, unloading and carrying is an afterthought. Shock cords across the boat are standard, and make it easy to grass up and blend in. Accessories include hunting blinds, a motor mount and nine-foot kayak paddles for extra zip.