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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #55: Brushing the Blind

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 09-07-2020 01:53 AM 323 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 54: Blind Body: Dog Blind Part 55 of Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double series Part 56: Cockpit Shroud »

Applying Raffia Grass
I applied Raffia grass to the blind in order to give it some 3-D effect for a better hide. I bulk-ordered it from J.M. Stern Company a few years ago. I’m no expert, but here’s how I applied it to the blind.

Here are the heaps of the four colors I used…green, light brown, dark gray, and light tan. That blend proved quite effective for me with a previous layout boat all season long without having to add natural vegetation.

I tend to go overboard when I’m brushing a boat, so I was deliberate in using four strands of green and two strands of the other three colors. This gives a pretty nice blend.

Fold a bundle of grass in two and insert the folded end through a brushing strap.

Run the tag end of the grass through the loop you inserted through the brushing strap and tighten it.

My brushing straps are sewed down every four inches. I tied a bundle to each of these sections and then zip tied these down to other brushing straps to form a thin, secure base layer of Raffia grass.

You could add natural vegetation at this point. I opted to add another bundle of Raffia grass to each brushing strap and not zip tie it to the lower straps. It seems to fill in the voids better if left attached only at the top. We’ll see how messed up it gets going down the highway…I may need to add some more cable ties later.

View of brushing complete, as far as I’m concerned. I can always add natural vegetation if needed later. The skirt along the water line could possibly use some more grass, but I’m thinking it’s good enough.

I like the coyote brown Cordura nylon as a base. It seems to blend in nice with the surroundings. I think this kayak blind will work quite well for a layout boat while waterfowl hunting in the local lakes and marshes!

Next
Sew a shroud to cover the opening between the doors and the dog blind and sew an insulated floor pad for Copper.

-- Mark, Minnesota



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