Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #51: Blind Body: Boat Prep

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 08-25-2020 01:46 AM 697 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 50: Duck Blind Frame: Doors Part 51 of Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double series Part 52: Blind Body: Base »

Backing Plates
I fabricated backing plates from 1/8” aluminum for use under the bimini mounts. I didn’t want those #10 washers pulling through the deck when I flip open a wet door!

I also cut all the bolt ends flush under the deck with my Fein oscillating sander and the bimetal blade attachment.

Clevis Pin Tethers

I used 1/16” braided stainless cable to tether the clevis pins to the blind frame. Each tether is riveted to the frame.

The lower edge of the blind is attached with 3/4” plastic buckles along the outer edge of the kayak.

The blind is planned for three individual sections (bow, doors, stern.) The buckles are doubled where each section meets the adjacent section. The buckles help hold the blind down during windy conditions.

Entering the Kayak
I hadn’t given much thought to how the bend of these doors might make it difficult to enter the kayak.

However, loosening the clevis pin at the shoulder area and suspending it from a carabiner gets the door out of the way nicely. I’ll also have to unclip the aft most buckle.

It won’t lay this flat with Rafia grass on it, but I’m confident that entry over the side will remain possible. This also might be my preferred paddling setup, if I’m not anticipating flushing ducks and then trying for a speedy setup before they return. I’ll know more after it’s all brushed out and I take it for a test paddle.

Begin sewing the blind body.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#2 posted 08-25-2020 09:57 PM

Thanks. I’ve got more hours invested customizing the kayak than I have in building it at this point!

-- Mark, Minnesota

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