Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #52: Blind Body: Base

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 08-29-2020 04:34 AM 563 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 51: Blind Body: Boat Prep Part 52 of Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double series Part 53: Blind Body: Doors »

Designing on the Fly
I pretty much “wing it” when I’m sewing blinds. My initial thought was to have the flip blind doors provide sole coverage for the middle third of the kayak. However, once I started sewing the stern panel, I realized I could extend it to the bow panel and provide a nice, fitted base for the blind that would provide better coverage with the Rafia grass.

View of blind base from port bow. I’ll float the kayak with me and gear and Mary will pin an accurate waterline hem tomorrow.

View from starboard stern. I used a seam with edge binding that ensured the side panels would fold over close to the hull. The wind shouldn’t be able to lift these panels up.

Close-up of bow.

Close-up of stern. I still need to fold it over and sew on a buckle below the rudder assembly.

Lots of Fittings to Sew Around
There are lots of fittings on the deck of the kayak. I sewed around all of these for the base of the blind. These help hold the base in place. I reinforced each area with a piece of heavy vinyl.

Overview photo.

View of stern.

View of stern and bow overlap.

Brushing Straps
I’ll sew brushing straps after I’ve completed the cover for the stern frame and the blind doors. I’ll know better at that point how the various parts overlap.

Sew the blind doors.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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