How to Build Sneak
Duck and Goose Hunting Boats
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Step by step building instructions and only a few supplies are needed.
The are a couple different kinds of hunting boats that you can purchase for duck hunting; the sneak or jon boat.
The biggest advantage of a sneak boat is that you can hide without much
cover, which gives the sneak boat hunter the ability to hunt anywhere
that ducks are.
The down side? The sneak boat cannot handle rough
water and the weight capacity is usually for one person, decoys and your
Because the sneak boats are so light you can pull, paddle and push
them to get around in shallow water. They can also be used for goose
There you have it. Do you want to make your own homemade hunting boats and blinds? Let's get busy.
HOW TO BUILD SNEAK HUNTING BOATS
Your Own Homemade Sneak Boat
Things You'll Need:
Marine plywood (three sheets, 1/4-inch thick)
2 gallons of epoxy resin with 205 hardener
6 oz of 423 graphite (for mixing epoxy)
60 ft. of 40-inch wide fiberglass tape
Create the hull. The body of the duck boat is called a hull. There will
be two bottom sections and four side sections made up of marine plywood.
Use a paintbrush to lay coat of epoxy on the sections. Smooth the
coating using a scraper. Then apply the second coat of epoxy. Wait for
it to harden.
Connect the hull bottom and sides to a block. The block is called a butt
block, and will need to be covered in epoxy before connecting the
sections. This will placed in the back of the duck boat where all of the
sections will meet. Place the block inside the sections.
Join all of the sections together. The bottom and sides will be drilled
together. Drill at least 6 inches between each hole along the edges of
the panel. With wire, stitch the pieces together to make the shape of
the duck boat. Put dabs of epoxy on the interior seams using a putty
knife. Wait for the epoxy to harden. Wait several hours before the next
Remove the wire and apply another strip of epoxy along the seams. Flip
the boat upside down and place fiberglass tape over the exterior seams.
Only lay up to two layers of tape.
Attach a 3/4-inch x 11/4-inch marine plywood from each end along the top
edges of the hull. Place another strip of epoxy along the edges of the
hull. Place another strip of plywood on the outside edge of the duck
boat. Then coat it with epoxy along the seam.
Develop the keel. The keel is a flap or fin that helps stabilize and
direct the duck boat. Cut a 4 foot long marine plywood. Round off and
sand the edges. Drill a hole about 2 inches in diameter at the end near
the back of the boat. This will be used to tie down the boat.
put a rope through it and have it ready to tie onto a stump on a deck.
Flip the duck boat over and apply thickened epoxy to both ends of the
keel in order to connect it to the bottom of the boat. Wait at least 24
hours before using, in order to allow enough time for the epoxy to get
Add the final touches. Scrub the boat with soap and water. Let it dry
before adding a coat of varnish or paint. This will help protect the
bottom of the boat. Apply a coat of epoxy and graphite mixed. This will
help when having to drag over rough surfaces, such as rocks.
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When do hunters use the sneak/layout hunting boats? If the area
where you are hunting is highly competitive, a sneak boat will put you
anywhere you want to go. If you hunt in a place that has little or no
cover the sneak boat is the way to go.
If money is tight and you cannot afford an aluminum boat/motor
and blind and if you cannot afford purchasing a sneak boat, please use
the instructions above and make your own!
You can get up and personal hunting in a sneak boat. Ducks and
geese have landed so close to the hunting boat that you could touch them
if you wanted to.
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