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    Project : Layout Boat/w dog

    Good Day all,

    I picked up a foam "Sea Snark" sailboat hull for $25 a little over a year ago. My intention is to make a very low profile floating rig that I can throw my layout blind in, brush in and hunt the tidal estuaries when the water is just too deep for a layout on its own.

    Probably cost me a few hundred in materials, and I'll glass over the entire thing to add a bit of toughness to it.

    I do want to make sure its stable so I'll plan to include a small spud on each side that I can drive into the mud and allow it to raise and lower with the tide, while giving it some side to side stability.

    I don't have any experience hunting with my own dog in a layout and am not sure of the best place to make a position for my dog. Up front would be best as she would be able to see better, but I am thinking being behind me is safer?

    Anyone have any experience/advice to share about dog position in very small boats?

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    Re: Project : Layout Boat/w dog

    I like this guy’s build and attention to detail. Might be useful to you as you work. I think later on in the series he addresses the dog thing.

    https://www.lumberjocks.com/DustyMark/blog/57250

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    Re: Project : Layout Boat/w dog

    Ron, Be aware that shotgun muzzle blast will deafen a dog fairly quickly when your planning a place for him. Good luck.
    "Guns kill people like spoons made Rosie O'Donel fat"

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    Re: Project : Layout Boat/w dog

    Wondering too about the wisdom of driving a “spud” in to the mud to give side to side stability. Maybe I am misunderstanding what you mean, but if you are in any kind of tide in the Fraser estuary, you won’t want to be fixed in one place with it pushing against you.

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    Re: Project : Layout Boat/w dog

    Quote Originally Posted by Beachcomber View Post
    Wondering too about the wisdom of driving a “spud” in to the mud to give side to side stability. Maybe I am misunderstanding what you mean, but if you are in any kind of tide in the Fraser estuary, you won’t want to be fixed in one place with it pushing against you.
    Beachcomber,

    Not concerned about that in the area I hunt. The spot I have in mind is a bitch to hunt. Too little water, can't get near the birds, too much and can't layout. With my layout, I can hunt about 10" of water max and most days on the perfect tide can only get about 40 minutes before I am high and dry or flooding out. A canoe or even my john boat just has too high a profile "tried both" and spook birds. On a high tide, there is enough grass still above water that I can hide a very low profile boat and still hunt the pockets the birds seem to want to be in. There is barely more than 2' of water on a good flood.

    Labguy,

    thanks, that was one of my concerns about safety. I had seen another rig something like what I have in mind where the hunter positioned his rig and shot to the side, not over the dog.

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