Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #57: Video of the Kayak Layout Blind

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 09-10-2020 02:10 AM 1011 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Dry Run at a Lake
I loaded the kayak today and did a dry run, before duck season, to practice loading the boat, paddling, throwing out decoys, sending Copper out on a retrieve and picking up decoys.

Check out this link to a video of the kayak all set up for duck hunting at the boat ramp.

Everything worked out about like I expected. Here are some observations:
1. Copper was hesitant to exit out the side door at first, but eventually figured it out. I may need to build a little step for him to get back in a little easier…we’ll see.
2. The kayak paddles well with the blind doors closed. I thought the door frames would rub my arm pits more…pleasant surprise.
3. The best place for my blind bag is immediately behind my seat in the dog blind. I can still fit a dozen decoys in the dog blind.
4. Six wood duck decoys fit well in front of my feet, under the deck.
5. Packing the four goose floaters in the cockpit with me is tricky, but possible. If I lay them in poorly, they could hinder my egress if I tipped over.
6. I need to determine how i’ll pre-rig an anchor at the bow and stern to hold my position when I’m not pulled up on the bog. I may be able to use my anchor trolley for one of them.
7. I definitely need to keep a sponge in the boat when the dog is coming in and out.
8. I had great visibility through the shroud mesh on an overcast day. I’ll drape the shroud around my shoulders during low light conditions. I really like the shroud set up.
9. I need to route the rudder lifting line on top of the blind for the latter part of its path. It binds up when routed under the blind the entire way.

A hunting report!

-- Mark, Minnesota

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Paul Lewer

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#1 posted 09-11-2020 01:07 AM

Great project! I’m going to enjoy going back and seeing this project unfold. As an avid waterfowler, I know how deadly effective this will be. Can’t wait to see beautiful feathered creatures draped over the bow! Your season is coming quick!

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#2 posted 09-12-2020 01:23 AM

Thanks! I think it will hide well. I’m coming up with a design for a single step for the dog made of vinyl and aluminum that should be compact and effective. A double step would probably tip us over!

-- Mark, Minnesota

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