I am new to the waterfowl side of the hunting area and am wondering what is the best boat to take out? I am looking for one that can hold about 3 ppl and is cost effective (less than 3k)?
1) You get what you pay for. Always remember that.
2) Get something safe and big enough to suit your needs. ie can hold the decoys, weight, and the size water you hunt.
If you can find a used Carolina Skiff, or Jones Brother Skiff - that's ideal (for me anyhow). Get something big enough to hold your load. And something big enough for the water you hunt (think worst weather scenario). Sinking a boat in ice cold water, is trouble. And your life is not worth skimping on to save a few bucks.
Carrying 3 people, dekes, dog, gear = probably a decent sized boat.
3K might be a little light... might wanna consider saving some more funds, or maybe you'll luck up and find a sweet deal on a used boat to meet your needs.