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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #53: Blind Body: Doors

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 08-30-2020 02:43 AM 668 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 52: Blind Body: Base Part 53 of Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double series Part 54: Blind Body: Dog Blind »

Floated the Boat
We floated the boat today with about the amount of weight it will have once the decoys are deployed. Mary sat in the boat as “self-propelled ballast” and I cut the side panel material of the blind at the waterline.

That’s the waterline of the kayak loaded. Unfortunately, I ran 4’ short of binding edge material to even finish these edges. I totally messed up that order!

Sewing the Doors
I draped a 2’ by 5’ piece of material over the door frame and pinned the material around the tubing to create sleeves. I then sewed those in place with enough tension to shape the doors, but loose enough that I could slip the door frame through the sleeves

View of port side with brushing straps sewn in. I might add another short row in the fat section. I sewed a 3” flap on the starboard door to overlap. This will keep the rain and snow out on miserable days. It also provides a way for brushing material to fill the gap between the doors. Three buckles, attached to the deck, keep the lower edge of the door tight and in position.

I like the way these doors turned out. Since they terminate at the deck edge, they don’t lay in the water with the doors open. The overlap flap on the starboard door will touch, but not the majority of the door like my old layout boat blind.

Closeup of inside of port door. You can see my brushing strap stitching.

The lower overlap area flipped up in the wind. I’ll sew velcro to prevent that from happening. If the Velcro doesn’t hold, I’ll add a couple of snaps.

I still need to sew brushing straps on the starboard door and the blind base.

Next
Sew the stern dog blind.

-- Mark, Minnesota



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