needing advice on a tender boat

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  1. jangle

    jangle Senior Refuge Member

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    I have recently acquired a Kalash one man layout boat, and i am super excited to try it out this season. I have hunted KY and Barkley lakes my whole life and the past two years i have focused on hunting open water with a boat blind. I have a 1648 mod-vee with beavertail pods and a 30 horse evinrude. will i be able to use this as a tender boat? I already pick my days and usually dont hunt in very windy conditions, i know that i will be limited with this set up but i am hoping i can atleast use it some. Anyone have experience towing a Kalash or have any advice for me?

    thanks alot!
     
  2. markd

    markd Elite Refuge Member

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    Get a bigger boat, at least 18'....not trying to be a dick, trying to keep you out of trouble.
     
  3. Patodor

    Patodor Senior Refuge Member

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    Your layout’s beam is the same width as the floor of your boat. And only 4 feet shorter. I’d really pick your spots or think about a larger boat. I’ve seen plenty of guys build a cradle across their bow, but that would make me nervous on a long haul.
     
  4. jangle

    jangle Senior Refuge Member

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    thanks for the replies guys. I agree that I need a bigger boat and that is in the making but not sure if itll happen this year. luckily where i hunt there are boat ramps everywhere and i could pick my spots and launch areas and wont make any long runs. I defiantly dont think that this is an ideal set up, but i am hoping i can atleast get out a couple of times with the layout.
     
  5. markd

    markd Elite Refuge Member

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    So, why even bother asking for advice?

    Good luck. Wear a life vest, make sure your anchor lines are long and in good shape, tighten the belt on your waders, make sure people know when you are and when you should be back......
     
  6. Mr_Mallard

    Mr_Mallard Senior Refuge Member

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    Bigger boat for sure my buddy runs a 2072 and it feels small sometimes
     
  7. Ugly dog

    Ugly dog New Member

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    Build a cradle to go across the bow. Also come up with a solution for trailering the boats too long to be trailer to cross your tender. If there's only two gunners and the two of you work well together you could make it work. Hunt close to the boat launches on calm days. We layout hunt on the Big K and my 20 foot skiff with 32 inch sides feel small some days.
     
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  8. wvlippo

    wvlippo Senior Refuge Member

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    Realistically you need 3 guys, a hunter, a person to help get the hunter in and then the driver. 3 guys plus a layout in a 16' doesn't leave room for decoys or sound fun.
     
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  9. Masterchiefmike

    Masterchiefmike Elite Refuge Member

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    When it comes to a Tender; size matters. 36702479_10156456538724085_3338161711889776640_o (1).jpeg
     
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  10. meb

    meb Senior Refuge Member

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    Absolutely would love a bigger boat. But we make due with 16’ mod V tender and 20 hp hunting Lake Erie. Been hunting there a long time and definitely have to pick your spots based on the weather and can’t hunt some days. I can’t afford several power boats and like the versatility of a boat I can use to tend layout one day and put the boat blind up and hunt the marsh the next. Tried towing an old handmade wood/fiberglass “Kaylash style” layout we started with and was a giant pain if layout not designed to be towed. Tried a tow bar to lift front, etc. That boat was incentive to burn the thing with a smile on my face and to get MLB. Yes burn. Not a good sign for a layout. It was every bit of 200 dry and 400 wet. The new boat is about 100 and we just rest it across gunwales on padded boat blind. Don’t have to strap it down when you only run a 20 horse. LOL!!!
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