There’s no substitute for skimming across the water in a real duck boat, complete with a bad-ass mud motor jutting off the transom. Tow that sweet rig past any club and watch tongues wag—the retrievers too!
Most hunters love their camo-clad duck sleds as much as the 4×4 trucks that pull them. The modern crop of duck assault boats are unstoppable, tough, stable and so durable, if you choose wisely you won’t need another for a very long time. You probably love them like a newborn—maybe more.
Here are some of the best boats money can buy.
The slick bottom and triple-tier chine glides in the shallows and will turn on a dime in tight spaces. Fill the Twin Gun Box and Open Floor Plan models full of decoys, dogs and your best buddies. The B-series has a crash-resistant bow rail and watertight front deck storage box.
Durability is key with every backwater craft, and the 1/8-inch thick marine-grade 5086 H116 aluminum sides, bottom and transom will put any hunter’s mind at ease.
Available features include: dog ladders, a stabilizer kit for easier shooting, two-positional Double Island bench seating, gun racks and spotlight kits.
The boats have an open layout, allowing hunters to move about with ease. There are also compartments for keeping your gear dry. A large platform at the front of the boat is an excellent place for any accomplished water dog, awaiting the next triple.
A SuperLock aluminum .100-gauge hull, constructed with durable cross ribs and a solid center keel ensure dependability for the most rugged of duck hunters. This boat has a slick little ammo box so you don’t have to fumble around the deck, searching for dropped shells. There’s also an electrical outlet to plug in your crock-pot at lunch.
Price: $3,495 (starting price)
With a wide-open floor plan, welded-in and sealed above the waterline, this craft has the same structure underneath as the standard X series. SBX boats come in 17-, 18-, 20- and 24-foot lengths with a 4-foot front deck and hatch. There’s a laundry list of options to customize your very own duck boat.
A built-in waterproof gun box, treadplate floor, oversized extruded caprails, 3/16-inch extruded keel and a three-degree all-welded .100-gauge hull come standard. Five different camo patterns are available, including Mossy Oak’s Break-Up and Shadow Grass.
Available accessories include: a 12-volt outlet, Tree Hugger attachment, dog platform and gun bracket. These boats are constructed from 5052-grade aluminum. Both sizes have 21-inch transoms. The 15-footer is rated for a 40-hp, while the 16-footer is rated for a 50-hp.