To all of our Bankes Boats Customers and Friends,

We are officially announcing our retirement

I started building Skiffs for the hunting clubs around Long Point Bay in 1968 and it has been very rewarding to see our family business prosper and grow into the Bankes Boats line of hunting boats we have today. We sincerely want to thank our customers, friends and business partners for all your support and loyalty to our products over the years. While it is difficult to stop doing something you love to do, we hope to find some one with the passion to carry on production of our line of boats. Please contact us by phone or email if you have an interest in discussing the future production of the boats.

Ron Bankes
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17' Freedom Open Water Duck Boat
Imagine the Freedom......The Freedom to go where you want to go, when you need to go. The Freedom to know the boat you are about to go out in has actually been tested by the U.S. Coast Guard, and far exceeds all of their requirements. The Freedom to chase Sea Ducks, or go Layout Hunting one day, and then tuck into the marsh to go after some mallards the next day. Thanks to it's amazing 5" draft partnered with the Bankes Exclusive R.T.C. Hull Design you can do all of this safely, comfortably, and remain dry! The Freedom to know the boat you are purchasing has been hand built just for you, right in our own factory by a dedicated team of craftsmen and fellow Duck Hunters. We know the demands you place on your duck boat, that's why we hand lay the entire boat, selecting only the best materials. We take extra precautions, such as re-enforcing the bow stem with Kevlar for added insurance, eliminating and building without any wood in the boat, ensuring your investment will be around for your kids to enjoy, molding in the camo gel coat, so it won't wear off, and building the boat using three piece style construction, meaning the entire inside of the boat is a separate molded fiberglass liner, giving you molded in non-skid on the floor that won't wear off, and making the inside of the boat just as maintenance free and durable as the outside. As a matter of fact we are the only duck boat on the market with a complete molded interior liner! The Freedom to know that after more than 35 years of building duck boats we did more than just focus on the construction of the boat, we jamb packed it full of useful and innovative features. Features such as; dual shelving running down the entire length of both sides of the cockpit, allowing you to easily store four dozen decoys on the lower shelves and still have plenty of room for all your other gear on the upper shelves. Decoy curtains running in between the two shelves to keep your things where you put them. A unique swing away rear seat that provides you with a comfortable and safe driving position that swings out of your way and into a storage area when it comes time to hunt. Features such as a molded in bilge area, the keep any water that may get in the boat in one place, and not running all over the floor. We have also provided you with lots of room for 2 five gallon gas tanks, so you can go wherever the ducks take you, and an ample front storage area for everything else. The Freedom to know we designed a blind and had it tailor made just for The Freedom, ensuring a proper fit. The blind can be set up any number of different ways, and even comes with a rain roof and motor cover. We have constructed the blind entirely of 1000 Denier Rip Stop Cordura Nylon with 6061 Aircraft grade aluminum support bars, and are offering it to you in either Mossy Oak Shadow Grass, or Military Style Camo painted to match your boat. All this and the blind sets up quickly and easily. Now stop imaging The Freedom to have all this at a very competitive price and call or stop by your nearest dealer to check out the possibilities for yourself!

17' Freedom Features:

  • No wood to rot or maintain
  • 100 % hand laid fiberglass construction
  • Swing away rear seat
  • 3 color molded in military style camo gel coat
  • Nylon grassing rails
  • Decoy curtains
  • Full molded fiberglass interior liner - 3pc construction
  • Navigation Lights
  • 1 12 volt receptacle
  • 1 USB receptacle
  • Battery tray
  • 500 gph bilge pump
  • Waterproof electrical panel
  • Kevlar reinforced bow for ice breaking
  • Molded in non skid on bow & cockpit floor
  • Designed with the Bankes exclusive R.T.C. hull design
  • 75hp rating
  • 1750 lb capacity

17' Freedom Specifications:

  • Length - 17' 6"
  • Width - 84"
  • Weight - 850 LBS
  • Draft - 5 - 6 inches
  • Maximum HP - 75
  • Cockpit Opening - 115" x 47"
  • Depth Inside Boat - 27"

17' Freedom Including the Following Standard Features: $19,500.00*

  • 3 color molded in Military style camo gel coat
  • Navigation Lights
  • Interior Light
  • 1 12 volt receptacle
  • 1 USB receptacle
  • Battery Tray
  • 500 GPH Bilge Pump
  • Waterproof Electrical Panel
  • Grassing Rails
  • Swing Away Rear Seat
Available Options for the 17' Freedom:
Custom Soft Cover: $850.00*

Soft Top Tonneau Cover made with grey or khaki Top Gun.
Advantage Max 4 Blind Package: $1975.00*

Blind Package in Advantage Max 4 Pattern includes rain roof and motor cover.
Military Style Camo Blind Package: $2350.00

Blind Package in Military Style Camo includes rain roof and motor cover.
17' Freedom Boat Package with Advantage Max 4 Blind and Cover: $22,325.00*

17' Freedom Boat Package with Military Camo Blind and Cover: $22,700.00*

Other Requested Options

  • Additional Interior Lighting: $380.00 (Rope lighting installed under coaming)
  • Man Boarding Ladder installed in transom: $390.00
  • Side Mount Console:$1750.00 (Includes steering plus steering wheel, boat must be ordered with console, Not Retrofilable)
  • Molded Fiberglass Hardtop Cover with bungee draw latches and hasps for quick & easy loading: $1295.00
Complete Packages with motor and trailer are available, please call or e-mail to discuss.
* All prices are in US dollars and are FOB our factory - Port Rowan, Ontario