F4 Shallow Water

The original step deck transom boat.

This shallow water F4 hull was designed to obtain optimal performance from a surface-drive motor such as a Mud Buddy. The F4’s slick bottom glides over skinny water, logs, mud and vegetation with ease and with the least bit of resistance. The tapered chine provides unparalleled turning capabilities. The F4 step-deck allows you to effortlessly climb in-and-out of the boat and serves as a vantage point for your retriever. This innovative step deck introduced by Excel's owner over 18 years ago with the Mud Buddy MR-18 Mallard with hunt deck, started the shallow water boat step deck revolution and has set the standard for all high-end shallow water duck boats.

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Length 16' 17' 17' 18' 18' 19' 18'
Bottom 51" 51" 54" 51" 54" 54" 60"
Beam 68" 68" 69" 68" 69" 69" 75"
Per/Lbs. 4/500 4/560 4/560 4/560 4/560 5/700 5/603
Transom Height 20" 20" 20" 20" 20" 20" 20"
Gunwale Height 25" 25" 25" 25" 25" 25" 25"
Hull Thickness .100 .100 .100 .100 .100 .100 .100
Max HP 50 55 55 60 65 70 70
Max Weight Passengers and Gear 900 1000 1000 1050 1100 1200 1231

Excel Duck Boat
Shallow Water F4 with Twin Gun Box (two gun boxes, rear port and starboard storage boxes) Shown with optional outboard motor Kik Up mount, front deck troll motor mount, built in fuel tank and Optifade Marsh camo.

  • F4 Step Deck
  • Khaki or OD Green
  • Optimal 17 degree transoms for superior mud motor trim control
  • Rod and Gun Storage
  • Bow Rails
  • Full Flotation
  • Starboard Gunwale Storage Tray with Cup Holder
  • Triple Taper Chine
  • Full Flat Floor
  • Extruded Gunwale (w/rubber rub rail and slotted interior for accessory mounting)
  • Front Deck Fuel Tank Storage Area
  • Welded-in and Riveted Full Floors
  • Longitudinal Full Length 2" X 4" Ribs - 6063 Alloy
  • Gun and Rod Storage Box(s)
  • High Transom Only
  • Navigation Lights
  • Fold-Down Stand up Bar (3-pin adjustable)
  • EIP (Excel Improved Pods) Model Rear Deck
  • Drivers Seat Slide in Storage
  • High Front Deck
  • Front Deck Storage with Mesh Panel Cover
  • Recessed Light Control Panel w/Interior Courtesy Light, 12Volt Plug & Rocker Switches with Breakers
  • Bilge 800 GPH

Excel Duck Boat


Shallow Water Open Floor Plan
(shown with Optifade Timber camo)

Excel Duck Boat

  • .125 Upgrade (5052)
  • .125 Upgrade (5086)
  • Bull Nose 1/4" Tubular Bow Front (Available for all Models)
  • Rear Hand Rails
  • Seat Bases on Floor & Decks (specify location)
  • Camo (Optifade™ Marsh, Optifade™ Timber, Max-4, Natural Gear, & Old School)
  • Interior Superliner Coating
  • Built-In 3,000lb KFI Winch (Except Bull Nose Option)
  • Twin 5800 Lumen LED Headlights
  • Interior LED Lighting (White, Blue, Red or Green LED’s)
  • Built-In 11 Gallon Fuel Tank
  • E.I.P Model - Aerated Live well
  • Cup & Shell Holder
  • Spud Poles
  • Trolling Motor Kit
  • Full Line of Minnkota Trolling Motors
  • Full Line of Mud Buddy Shallow Water Motors
Excel Boats
Shallow Water F4

F4 Triple Taper Hull

Excel shallow water boats with the triple taper chine roll into turns with limited slip. These hulls plane quickly, turn on a dime and are specifically designed for shallow water surface drive mud motors. Coupled with our F4 step deck, nothing matches the performance of this hull in shallow water.

Key Features - Mud Buddy Motors


All brands of mud motors work well on our Excel boats. Full feature surface drive motors like the Mud Buddy with electric shift F-N-R, tough outdrives and reliable power allow the Excel to go places others can only imagine. Whether in the deep timber of Arkansas, the beautiful backwaters of the Everglades, mystical swamps of Louisiana or the shallow vast grass marshes of the West, this is the boat to own.

Control Panel


Our recessed panel prevents accidental switch bumps. The convenient control panel has water resistant switches, automatic circuit breakers and two interior lights. Switches control the bilge, interior lights, optional headlight, running lights and accessories. The 12 volt plug allows easy accessory charging. The fuel gauge is available with the optional built in fuel tank.

LED Headlight Option


The twin LED 5800 lumen headlight guides you through the darkest marshes or timber. The lights can be adjusted upwards or downwards as needed for your boat design, and the lights rotate around for backing the boat. Turn the light to the side to put out your decoys.


The headlight switch is located on the driver control panel.

Water Resistant Storage


All our water resistant storage and gun boxes have a raised lip that fits into the box lid. This feature prevents normal rainfall and water splashes from getting into the sealed box below. However, be careful at car washes where high pressure spray can seep up and over the water resistant seal.


This feature is a premium standard feature on all Excel brand boats.

Built-In Fuel Tank Option


The optional built-in 11 gallon fuel tank is a convenient add on feature for your new Excel boat. Included is a front deck mesh cover with two storage pockets. The tank filler is located on the front deck for easy access.


Excel Duck Boat