We have over the years designed and built 4 different models of scull boats and the Sculldugery 15 is the latest in our offerings. For those of you who don’t know the ideal scull boat for the waterfowler is a boat that generally fits a single hunter (usually without dog) and is not hunted in the ideal sense over a clutch of decoys. This is a boat that is moved slowly and smoothly through the water towards raft of waterfowl with the hunter lying in prone position in the bottom of the boat. Propulsion is a single oar that extends out through the stern (transom) of the boat and thru a waggling motion the boat moves silently and smoothly forward. When the raft of ducks is closed to a shooting distance, the hunter then sits upright in the boat, ostensibly at this time the ducks take off in flight and with some fine shooting a limit of ducks can be paddled or sculled out to and picked up.

If you haven’t limited out with the first batch of shooting then the whole process starts all over, first the sneak-up, then the shooting. It is a slow and methodical process, and I must state here that it is not the kind of hunting for everybody, you must be patient and careful, but when the success ratio is good, this is the closest thing to market shooting that exists in today’s hunting world. The market shooters did the same process, the only difference being that they used an extremely large-bore shotgun loaded with just about anything that was on the workbench that was metal. The kill ratios were high and the bird populations suffered enough that the Feds got into the act and put a stop to the fun. The Sculldugery 15 is a true scull boat that must be operated properly by a hunter interested in a type of hunting that few do these days. I hope that you will like the boat, but most of all when you lay down that first double without even setting one decoy and without having to sit for hours in a cold blind I am betting that you too will like this type of hunting. — Sam Devlin

The Sculldugery 15 is available in study and construction plans.

If you’re interested in a bigger version, check out the Sculldugery II 17.

 

Sculldugery 15 Specifications

Length15 ft. – 6 in.
Beam3 ft. – 2 in.
Draft6 in.
PowerScull; 4hp rating
Displacement450 lbs.

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