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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Hercules One Man Layout Boat
The King of Lay-Out Boats, The Hercules, is here. The Hercules is everything you ever wanted or dreamed about in a lay-out boat. At 14 feet long it provides more leg room than any other lay-out boat available, and in fact was specifically designed for guys over 6 feet tall !! It’s 53" width gives you superior stability and a wider cockpit with plenty of shoulder room, again for the comfort of bigger guys. We also designed The Hercules to be towed. The Hercules is the only single man layout on the market that can be towed easily and confidently at high speeds up to 35 MPH !!!! Just hook it on and go !!! The Hercules unique hull design with its ballasted keel allows it to track right behind your tender boat, even when going around corners it stays right behind you, and won’t skid off to the side. It’s size and design allows you to hunt comfortably through all kinds of conditions, and its low profile virtually disappears in the water. The Hercules also has many features designed into it to make it more comfortable and easier to use. It has a molded in backrest and padded headrest for maximum comfort so you can enjoy the hunt. There is a flat shelf area on each side of you to keep your shells, radio etc. close at hand. The Hercules has an adjustable spray shield so you can adapt to the weather conditions you encounter. There’s even a molded in gun holder in the deck to hold your gun while you wait for them to come in ! Of coarse we put a cap on it so your gun will stay put, and a drain in it so your gun won’t be laying in water. All this, in a boat that is all hand laid fiberglass, with molded in Battleship grey gel-coat and foam flotation all around you for your piece of mind and safety. All in all we think you will agree The Hercules is The King of Lay-Out Boats !


  • Designed to be towed
  • Molded in gun holder
  • Flat shelf area on each side of you
  • Adjustable spray shield
  • Molded in brackets
  • Padded head rest
  • 100% hand laid fiberglass construction
  • No wood to rot or maintain
  • 14' in length
  • 53" beam
  • 11" from waterline to top of spray shield
  • weighs 200 lbs
  • 375 lbs maximum capacity
  • Meets or exceeds all US coast guard regulations
  • Stainless steel front and rear bow eyes
  • Battleship grey color molded in for durability


  • Length :14'
  • Weight: 200 lbs
  • Beam: 53"
  • Maximum capacity: 375 lbs
  • Depth: Water line to top of spray shield 11"
Hercules Layout Boat: $3285.00*

Available Options:

  • Locking fiberglass hardtop cover $320.00

  • Removable cockpit cushion $99.00
Complete Package: $3704.00*
* All prices are in US dollars and are FOB our factory - Port Rowan, Ontario