Do Ice Scratcher Boats Really Work?????

  • avatar bcwilliams 
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    #1298293

    I’m thinking of building one of these and wanted to get some feedback from others who have use them. What happens when you break through the ice??? How do you get the boat back onto the ice without getting wet feet???

    “This is what every fisherman should have. No more walking or driving on the ice and the risk of breaking through with your vehicle. If you break through the ice, this ice scratcher(boat) will float and keep your hiney out of the freezing water. It is a 14 foot flat bottom boat on skies powered by a 6 1/2 horse engine that runs a 2 foot spiked wheel that pushes the boat across the ice. It travels approx. 25 MPH now but you can gear it easily to go faster or slower. I use it on the Mississippi backwaters on the frozen sloughs and lakes. It’s great when you need to travel a long distance on early or late ice or any ice for that matter. It can haul 3-4 adults and gear easily.”

    Avatar of sean-lyons sean-lyons 
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    #518297

    PM Herb, he may not be checking the board, but I know he’s got one.

    avatar bcwilliams 
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    #518318

    I tried searching for Herb but no luck. Can you send me a link to one of his posting.

    Thanks!

    avatar jon_jordan 
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    #518352

    Looks like herb is selling off his scratcher stuff. See this link >>>> Scratcher

    Do they work? Yes!

    -J.

    avatar fishman1 
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    #518356

    I rode in one of these many years ago in the Prairie du Chien area. The person who owned it passed away many years ago and I have no idea what happened to the boat. The one he had had was much simpler than the one in your photos with the running rails attached to the bottom of the boat if I remember correctly. There was not nearly as much framing on his. It did cruise along at a pretty good clip but was not exactly the easiest thing to steer when there was snow on the ice.

    Eyehunter

    avatar bcwilliams 
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    #518357

    He must have got it stuck a few times ;}

    Avatar of Ben Garver Ben Garver 
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    #518412

    Looks like a neat idea! I’ve never seen anything like it here in Nebraska before.

    Avatar of david_scott david_scott 
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    #518425

    What happens if it breaks through is a good question

    I dont know the answer, but I might guess it has something to do with breaking ice and trying to get to solid ice to skid it back on the surface!

    Avatar of James Holst James Holst 
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    #518462

    I’ve broke through in a scratcher 3 times. Each time we tied a rope to the front, stepped out of the scratcher since only the runner broke through, walked to the front of the scratcher to thicker ice and pulled.

    avatar tburgess 
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    #897715

    yes they work, i have one , but im not using it this year bought an air boat, $1000 if ya want it

    Avatar of luke_haugland luke_haugland 
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    #897723

    I would like first crack at looking at your boat and motor, where are you located-

    avatar tburgess 
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    #897727

    chesterfield michigan

    boat is a 12.5 lowe with a 13 hp motor new runners

    Avatar of turkeynate turkeynate 
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    #897799

    How does it work with snow on the ice? How much snow does it take before it won’t work well?

    avatar tburgess 
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    #897954

    had about 6-8 inches in some areas more in others , had to give allitle push to start , jump in and go

    Avatar of abe abe 
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    #898574

    Quote:


    chesterfield michigan

    boat is a 12.5 lowe with a 13 hp motor new runners


    13 hp must fly, I run a 6.5hp on mine and it moves good!

    avatar tburgess 
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    #899695

    ya i can get 3 guys a cruse allong pretty good beats the h… out of walking and hurting my hip like 3 years ago fell pretty hard hurt for week.

    but it dosnt go as fast as the air bout i bought at the end of last year cant wait to use that

    avatar iceman69 
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    #924547

    will a old buzz saw blade work good for one of these rigs?

    Avatar of herb herb 
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    #924574

    Not without modifications.

    avatar iceman69 
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    #924723

    thanks for the information. what do you mean weld extra studs to eachside of the blade?

    Avatar of suzuki suzuki 
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    I’ve broke through in a scratcher 3 times. Each time we tied a rope to the front, stepped out of the scratcher since only the runner broke through, walked to the front of the scratcher to thicker ice and pulled. <img src=”http://www.in-depthangling.com/forum/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif” alt=”” />


    What happens if you break through thin ice over deep water and cannot exit boat? I would think you are done. Alive but going nowhere and requiring a rescue??

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