Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #56: Cockpit Shroud

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 09-09-2020 02:10 AM 725 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Amazing Results
I’ve gone back and forth on how or whether to sew a facial shroud for the blind. The opening between the doors and the dog cockpit is slightly oversized so that I can paddle with the doors closed. I decided to give a shroud design idea that I had a try. I’m glad that I sewed a flap and a strip of velcro at the top front edge of the dog cockpit to hold the shroud. It was better to sew those in and not use them than to wish I had sewn them later.

I was surprised how well this simple shroud finishes off the blind’s concealment. I used mil-spec mesh in coyote brown like the rest of the blind body. I added Cordura in the lower sections and sewed on brushing straps to blend it in with the doors. The shroud seam is offset to the left so that I’m not looking directly through the seam all the time. One buckle holds the sections together if I wish to take the chance of forgetting to loosen it before a shot…

Heavy vinyl helps the shroud to drop behind me when I sit up to shoot. The vinyl also helps keep the shroud in place on top of the doors. Unless a piece of Raffia grass wraps around something, this shroud will not inhibit me from sitting up to shoot at all.

Duck’s view from the third step of a ladder. I’m super happy with this blind!

Here’s the configuration I’ll use to paddle to the hunt site. The back door is held open on the roof by the shroud and its buckle. I got lucky and the same buckle works for holding the shroud halves shut and securing the back door to the roof.

Overhead view shows the effectiveness of the brushing material and the shroud…I’m set for opener!

Reports from the field after I’ve used it a while.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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