Hub Shack flooring

6/14/18 @ 9:46 AM
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kvandehei33
kvandehei33
USER since 12/19/11

I wasn't a fan of hub style shacks until I spent a weekend in a buddy's otter in -20 degree weather last winter.

I have a 1 year old son and a wife that wants to fish with me so in order to avoid getting a babysitter every weekend, I need to figure out a way to keep it comfortable enough for the 1 year old to last at least a couple hours

My equipment is all set up for a run-and-gun technique and I have no desire to get a permanent shack so I've been looking at the otter pro resort. I've heard of guys using the foam squares or carpet as a floor in the hub shacks which I think would work pretty good with the youngen. Anyone have any experience with putting in a solid but portable flooring in a hub style shack? Early season should be easy to shovel right down to the ice to get a smooth surface, late season I'm not sure if you could get it flat enough for the foam pads.

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10/2/18 @ 7:11 AM
danali2003
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USER since 11/16/10

forget about the number of people in the shack. The floor is the idea here...

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10/2/18 @ 1:53 AM
Ulbian
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USER since 9/24/03

I still can’t fathom this. Just to be clear here, when you talk about a “6x6” hub is that 6ft by 6ft?....or are you talking about a 6 sided hub? If it’s the latter then it makes more sense than what is more commonly thought of as a 6x6 which is six feet by six feet.  

A 6ft by 6ft hub is in the Eskimo Quickfish2 class. I have a Clam Tamarack which is its equivalent and in that one I’ve had myself and one other person and it was tight. In my hub that is one step larger I’ve had 4 (one was a kid) and it was cramped. On top of that with the Tamarack/QF2 size, they are just barely 6ft high in the center....10 guys in one of those would be awwardly cramped and awkwardly uncomfortable which leads me to believe you are referring to a six sided hub or possibly something like an Eskimo Quickfish 6 which is something like 7ft by 13ft. 

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10/1/18 @ 6:29 PM
danali2003
danali2003
USER since 11/16/10

all standing drinking sorry for not clarifying.. it was tight albeit warm...

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9/30/18 @ 7:43 PM
Ulbian
Ulbian
USER since 9/24/03

10 guys in a 6x6 hub? You must’ve really liked each other because that would be cramped. Three in my 6x6 is a bit tight. I’ve had three in there plus a kid and it was way too crowded. 

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9/30/18 @ 6:47 PM
danali2003
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USER since 11/16/10

Had a 6x6 hub. took two sheets of plywood and hinged them in the middle. Covered it with marine grade carpeting. Put eye bolts in all corners to anchor the tent to the floor.with simple carabiners or whatever you want,  then used the hub tie outs to secure to ice . its obviously  for driving out only but it was fantastic, easy and cheap. had an outing and if i recall 10 guys in it at one time. warm dry no issues. 

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9/21/18 @ 7:32 AM
AWichman
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USER since 1/6/16

That's pretty much where I got the thought from. My parents had them for the grandkids so when they came over they had their own play area in the basement. It kept the cold off of the floor from moving up. My dad spent a ton on getting his basement just the way he wanted it and wasn't going to have kids spilling their juice or whatever on his carpets, so he left one area of bare floor and put those down.

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9/21/18 @ 7:18 AM
kvandehei33
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USER since 12/19/11

Sounds like that is the general consensus. Unless a good deal comes up, I'm going to wait to order the Otter XTH lodge until I can see what the new clam shacks with removable floors are like. They sound like they'd be useless but I'd like to see them in person before writing them off. Would be nice to have something that folds up into one carrying case if possible, but those foam pads don't take up too much room and I have some laying around from my kid's play area.

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9/21/18 @ 5:53 AM
AWichman
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USER since 1/6/16

  The best thing I've found is the EVA foam flooring tile the pop together like a puzzle piece. I don't have a picture of mine but I have it cut to create an entire floor in my Clam Bigfoot Thermal.                                                              I go on an ice fishing trip to the boundary waters every year and the shack acts as a tent as well. I can take my boots off when I sleep and get up and walk barefoot in the shack with a Big Buddy on low.                                The total cost was like 100 bucks but it has been great for me so far.

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7/21/18 @ 11:05 AM
baconsbaits
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USER since 1/12/09

This is a similar problem I'm trying to figure out, but I now have a plan.  This is what I'm going to try once I have time this winter.  I'm going to find an old slide in truck bed liner.  Cut it into sections and add hinges so it can be fold up into a box for towing and the folded out in a flat floor for a hub.  Probably will add skis ala Smitty sled and hope I can make it so hub and gear can fit inside while folded and have a few holes to fish thru while layed out.  Figure old bed liners are tough, cheap, usually corrugated so they might even pull ok without skis.  Will definitely have pics and details up here and on the DIY thread if/when I do it.  Bacon


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6/25/18 @ 12:26 PM
Tim Zwieg
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USER since 1/10/12

Even hte carpet with the foam back will obsorb water and be ugly next time out.  Menards carries a foam or rubber square product that will work to lay down to keep the little one dry.

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