Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #24: Sewing the Bow and Stern Brushing Panels

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 09-15-2015 01:27 PM 5009 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The entire boat will be covered in Avery Killer Weed blind grass. The flip blind doors accommodate attachment via the brushing straps. I chose a heavy duty mesh material for the bow and stern of the boat. Small zip ties easily push through the mesh to fasten the grass anywhere on the surface.

Brushing Panels

My main objective is that the entire blind system be easy to install in the dark. These panels are each fastened with three buckles.

One buckle at the bow. Notice the binding that covers the ragged edge of the mesh.

One buckle at each corner.

Copper will walk over the grass to begin a retrieve. However, I’ll release a buckle on whichever side he returns and roll the grass back so that he doesn’t tear it up when he returns with a bird. This will also give him better grip with his claws in the carpet.

I cut openings around the anchor pole sleeve, anchor cleat, and bilge outlet. Each of these is reinforced with binding.

View of entire panel.

Brush from the foot of the flip blind door will overlap the bow brushing panel to avoid any gaps in coverage.


I’m pleased with the qualities of these panels. They are flexible enough to roll up for transport and storage and yet are heavy enough to hopefully survive years of abuse. Here's a link to Rockywoods Outdoor Fabrics, my source for this material.


In the next installment I’ll discuss building the dog blind frame.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#1 posted 09-15-2015 03:40 PM

Mark, that is a gorgeous boat. Wish I knew someone around here like you. I’d have an honest to God Duck hunting partner.

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#2 posted 09-15-2015 06:41 PM

Thanks Bob! My brother and nephew used their boats for youth waterfowl last weekend. The doors weren’t done yet and they both said they won’t go out again without them. The boats rowed quite well through medium heavy wild rice. My brother’s boat is leaking a little through one of the anchor pole holes. He’ll need to caulk that one over again. Looking forward to opening waterfowl in two weekends. I need to sew five more doors, make two dog blinds, and brush my boat before then…nothing like a deadline! Going northern fishing with the layout boat this afternoon.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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