The Duck Hunting Sailboat
Small day-sailboats–particularly Sunfish models–make ideal duck-hunting layout boats. Lightweight and seaworthy, day sailors can easily be towed behind a primary...
Small day-sailboats–particularly Sunfish models–make ideal duck-hunting layout boats. Lightweight and seaworthy, day sailors can easily be towed behind a primary skiff, and their slim profile means they’re much simpler to maneuver at 3 A.M. than standard layouts. Check local classified ads and Internet listings for used boats. You might also want to check in with a nearby beach or country club. They occasionally retire their older models during the off-season, and you may be able to pick one up for short money. Once you do, here’s how to customize it:
 Paint the hull and boat according to your surroundings (sand-colored for beaches, hardwood patterns for oak stands). If you hunt a variety of different spots, you may want to cover the fiberglass with your favorite camo-cloth patterns. Paint the cockpit any generic camo color.
 Build a backrest out of marine plywood. Mine is 4×3 feet. I rest it against the top of the cockpit, and it rides at a 45-degree angle.
 Drill holes on the top of the boat and run bungee cords around the cockpit. Cut marsh grass or reeds and install them for natural stealth.
 Add gun hooks on the inside of the cockpit for easy and safe gun handling. –TOM KEER