Excel 1864 Switchblade

The tiller console with grab bar and instrument panel is one feature that makes the Switchblade so versatile.

Duck hunters have long “made due” with aluminum boats that are very versatile, but not always exactly what suited their purpose. That’s no longer the case with Excel’s Switchblade, a true game changer with numerous unique features.

With the ability to accept outboards, mud motors or jet drives, the Switchblade is perfect for any environment. The wide-open floor space is ideal for storing and hauling decoys, and the tiller console with grab bar and switch panel offers convenience, versatility, protection and ample storage in otherwise under utilized space.

The rear wrap-around bench seating puts the driver in the ideal spot, while allowing a companion plenty of seating as well. Gun storage on the port side doubles as a fishing rod depot, adding to the boat’s versatility.

Storage trays are distributed all around on the starboard and portside gunwale, and an optional front deck fuel tank keeps things evenly balanced and out of the way.

The 84-inch wide beam offers plenty of space for everything a duck hunter needs, and comes in handy outside of waterfowl season for gigging, bowfishing, or reeling in big catfish and stripers. And it’s not just great for storage, but also gives this boat outstanding stability, unmatched by most other duck hunting boats in its size class.


With a maximum horsepower rating of 75, you’ll have no problem reaching your favorite hunting or fishing honey hole.

The elevated front deck provides storage space underneath, and serves as a great launching spot for your furry, four-legged hunting partners. It also comes in handy for tossing lines to retrieve decoys, as well as casting lines for everything from bream to bass to redfish.

If throwing a cast net is your thing, whether to catch a cooler full of shrimp or a livewell full of baitfish, the Switchblade’s features, stability and versatility will not disappoint.

Duck hunters have spent decades trying to justify their specialized boats as good enough for other waterbound pursuits, but the Switchblade checks all the boxes. It’s no wonder it’s been named as the most versatile boat in the Excel fleet. This boat truly does it all, and in style.

For more information on the 1864 Switchblade, visit www.excelboats.com.

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Brian Cope of Edisto Island, S.C., is a retired Air Force combat communications technician. He has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of South Carolina and has been writing about the outdoors since 2006. He’s spent half his life hunting and fishing. The rest, he said, has been wasted.