The right/best boat?


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By CB - 12/3/2012 1:34:11 PM
Have a home on the eastern shore of VA... property backs up to a small creek that leads out to the Chesapeake.

The Creek is a great place for ducks & geese, but up to this point I've only shot in the fields around the property. I would like to get a boat, that I can use as a blind on the water & edges of the creek.

What's the best kind of boat for this type of hunt? Jon boat? Layout? Would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks!
By duckheadone - 12/9/2012 2:00:59 PM
I hunt on the Northern Neck and Middle Penn., and have lived and hunted on the Shore.  I would recommend a large (18') jon or 16'-semi vee.  When the wind gets up you will want something to handle the rough water and something stable enough to shoot out of, especially with a dog.  I used a 14" jon and hunted Saxis marsh and several places out of Accomac and Oyster.  14 was too small with any wind.  you didn't mention fishing, but a larger boat will be better if you want to fish the inlets for flounder or trout on the Bay side.

Duckheadone