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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Open Water Duck Boats - Layout Boats - Sneak Boats - Sculling Boats

Layout Boats
One Man Layout Boat
Here it is, the Layout boat that started it all, the Bankes 10' Pumpkinseed Lay-Out. We have been manufacturing this boat for over 10 years now and have literally sold hundreds of them, and with good reason. They are deadly on the birds, and the best value on the market! They have been tried, tested, and are in use all across North America with great success. Their low profile and unique design ensure that the ducks will never know what hit them! We have spent years perfecting the color so that you will blend right into the water. With it's 56" beam and exclusive "suction cup" hull design, you can be assured of a stable shooting platform, in all kinds of conditions. The boat comes standard with molded in Battleship Grey gel coat, a stainless steel bow eye through bolted at each end for anchoring, and two nylon cleats mounted inside the cockpit, for attaching auxiliary lines. It has a molded fiberglass back rest and spray shield for maximum comfort. There are shelves on each side of you for shells, radio, lunch, and whatever else you may need. Along with the comfortable back rest, our pumpkinseed design provides maximum foot and boot room for your comfort. The boat is US Coast Guard rated for 300lbs, which is the highest capacity rating of any boat in it's class. Safety is priority #1 which is why we not only put foam in the bow & stern of the boat, but also down the sides of the boat, to give you the maximum amount of flotation that can be put in. All this comes standard. This Layout boat would make a great addition to anyone's hunting equipment. It's small and light enough to be easily transported by one person. It conveniently fits in the back of a pick-up, SUV or Van (including Mini-Vans), or on your roof rack. You can use this boat on any body of water with confidence, or grass it up and use it as a portable blind. Either way you can count on being dry and comfortable. If you're tired of lugging around those old wooden layouts, then this is the boat for you. This boat has it all. The best price on the market the highest capacity rating in it's class, lots of boot room, and most importantly on invisible profile on the water. If you're in the market for a small, lightweight layout boat then this should be you're next purchase!

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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 lay‑out 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!|

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Revolution Two Man Layout Boat
The name of the boat says it all. This two-man layout boat has so many new ideas we had to call it the Revolution. We didn't compromise on the traditional Lake Erie lay-out styling that has made our boats so successful in the past, we still have the long, low deck profile, and adjustable spray shields. All of the revolutionary ideas are focused around your personal comfort and the towing performance of the boat. We have incorporated a dual cockpit design which enables each hunter to have their own personal space and at the same time reduces the overall cockpit opening. As compared to boats with only one big opening. This dual cockpit theme is carried throughout the entire boat. You each have your own molded in gun slot down the deck, as well as your own tunnel to lay in. NO more laying in someone else's or your dogs water! On top of all these innovations we have specifically designed the boat to tow. It has been thoroughly tested in various different water conditions at a variety of speeds and has performed excellently. The boat can be towed at slow speeds as well as speeds up to 30mph! There really is no doubt about it, this is the ultimate two-man layout boat on the market today! But don't take our word for it, try one out for yourself and discover what layout shooting is like in 1st Class!

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