About Duck Boats
What you need to know about amphibious boats for sale
Duck boat is an amphibious vehicle, usually used for commercial purposes, primarily tours. When searching for a duck boats for sale, you may also come across vessels and vehicle modifications used for military purposes. Nonetheless, the current modern most popular type of duck boat in the commercial marine industry is a tour duck boat.Read More
What defines a duck boat?
Known as a DUKW, a duck boat has been first used by the U.S. military during the World War II for the transportation of goods and troops both on water and over land. Later, the design of the amphibious vehicle has been implemented to serve a variety of purposes including for police and fire department purposes, rescue units and tourism.
Why purchase duck boats for sale?
Most often found at harbours and river cities across the globe, the duck boat, which is used for tourism, often closely resembles a bus with a monohull design. Often, when searching for duck boats for sale, people can find amphibious buses and amphibious open-air buses, which have an aesthetic feel of a boat or a ship. In some cases, tourism companies purchase second-hand military duck vehicles and give them a modern feel via design and replace their engines with diesel engines, in order to use those vehicles for tourism. Open-air vehicles are most commonly found in warm-weather areas and can have an optional canopy, while those duck boats, which resemble traditional buses and have enclosed tops, are used in locations with different weather patterns and climate, so that they can be used for tour trips throughout the most part of the year.
While there have been attempts at trademarking the phrase “duck tour” it is considered to be generic and not trademark-able by multiple countries, including the United States.
Today, there are a number of boat manufacturers who specialize in the building and design of amphibious vehicles and vessels, among others, as well as duck boats. What’s more, the primary reason most people search for a duck boats for sale is either for commercial tourism purposes or for general recreational tourism purposes.
If you have gone to any tourist’s town on the coast, the odds are high that you have seen a duct boat. As one of the only vessels catered to both functioning on the sea as well as land, boat seekers may find that they are the perfect commercial vessel. Before you purchase your next boat, take a few moments to consider the duct boat.
A brief history of the duct boat
Should you look at the construction of the duct boats for sale, you will find that they have a distinctive tank-like quality. This is understandable as the original boats were designed as a military marine craft. The first of the duct boats (also known as a DUKW) was a collaboration between Sparkman & Stefphens Inc., Dennis Puleston, and Frank W. Speir, funded by the National Defense Research Committee and the Office of Scientific Research and Development Department.
The Duality of the design
Since the 1970s, the duct boats have been used for civilian purposes. Primarily, the boats have been used for touring. The design is not intended for angler purposes, but rather for leisure. On land, the vessel is limited, as the boxy design and the steering of the craft is more oriented to the water side of the design than to that of the land. Modern duct boats for sale have attempted to thin the lines between the aquatic and the on-land usage of the vessels. They have done this, somewhat, by rounding out the hull, giving it more of the Deep Vee design, by adding wrap around windshields and bench seating for use on land, and integrating new engineering and technology into the steering and navigation, both on land and sea.
Unlike other vessels which are used on the Atlantic and Gulf waters, the duct boats for sale require at least two different licensing. One of the licenses which will be needed for the duct boats will be the boating license. If you are using the duct boat for commercial purposes, you will need to acquire the appropriate license for your business.
Because the boat is used on both land and offshore, owners will also need to have a valid driver’s license in the state in which the duct boat will be operated.
Brands of Duct Boats for sale
As the duct boat has been in production for 80+ years, the selection of vessels available may be vast. Consequently, as the duct boats are still in production, potential buyers can commission the vessels. Some of the most well-known duck boat manufacturers are listed below.
- Bankes Boats
- Bankes Hunting Boats
- Carstens Industries
- Creek Boats
- Devlin Wooden Boat Builders
- Duck Boss Boats
- Duck Water Boats
- Duckmaster, Inc.
- ErieMaster Custom Aluminum Boats
- Excel Boat Company
- Fiberglass And plastics
- Four Rivers Layout Boats
- Gator Trax Boats
- Havoc Boats by Titan Marine
- Legend Craft Boats
- Marathon Boat Group
- Phowler Boat Company
- Prairie Adventure LLC.
- Souther Sporting Designs
- Stump Jumper Boats
- The Duck Boat Company
- Toller Boatworks
- War Eagle Boats
- Waterfowl Works llc
- WC Custom Boats
- Winninghoff Boats
- Xpress Boats
Duct boats for sale do not have the level of customization and features which one may find on the Center Console, the yacht, or the Cruisers. The boats focus on seating, navigation, and maximizing the passengers who can safely ride on the boat. Because of this, there will only be slight differences between the brands listed, primarily in the materials used for the hull and the engine configurations.
While potential buyers may wish to commission a new duct boat for sale, a pre-owned vessel is a more economical choice, as you get the same features and functionality at a fraction of the original MSRP.
Where can you find duct boats for sale?
If you wish to purchase a duct boat for sale, Vessel Vendor would like to encourage you to view the selection of pre-owned vessels on our site. Our site specializes in pairing qualified buyers with listers. Different from other sites, Vessel Vendor is solely dedicated to boating and yachting related content. In addition to our vast selection of pre-owned boats for sale, you can also find informative articles pertaining to the brand, manufacturers, boat ownership, and model specifications.
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