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

09-10-2020 02:10 AM by DustyMark | 2 comments »

Dry Run at a LakeI 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 ...

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

08-30-2020 02:43 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Floated the BoatWe 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 DoorsI draped a 2’ by 5’ piece of material over t...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #52: Blind Body: Base

08-29-2020 04:34 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Designing on the FlyI pretty much “wing it” when I’m sewing blinds. My initial thought was to have the flip blind doors provide sole coverage for the middle third of the kayak. However, once I started sewing the stern panel, I realized I could extend it to the bow panel and provide a nice, fitted base for the blind that would provide better coverage with the Rafia grass. View of blind base from port bow. I’ll float the kayak with me and gear and Mary will pin...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #51: Blind Body: Boat Prep

08-25-2020 01:46 AM by DustyMark | 2 comments »

Backing PlatesI fabricated backing plates from 1/8” aluminum for use under the bimini mounts. I didn’t want those #10 washers pulling through the deck when I flip open a wet door! I also cut all the bolt ends flush under the deck with my Fein oscillating sander and the bimetal blade attachment. Clevis Pin Tethers I used 1/16” braided stainless cable to tether the clevis pins to the blind frame. Each tether is riveted to the frame. BucklesThe lower edge of t...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #50: Duck Blind Frame: Doors

08-22-2020 09:33 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Complicated BendsBending the doors always kicks my butt. I used both ends of my conduit practice piece before I moved on to aluminum tubing. I’m laying pretty low in these pictures. There’s room for me to raise the seat up one incline notch. Once you get all your gear on, the extra room gets used up. I hate being crowded under the doors. I don’t need a framed face shield. A soft shroud attached at the roof of the blind will work just fine. I’ll part...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #49: Duck Blind Frame: Main Body

08-22-2020 04:08 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

DecisionsThis is the point in the blind build that you make basic decisions like how low to lay in the blind and how much room to set aside for decoys and the dog. My objective remains to paddle the kayak with the blind doors closed around my torso. This will allow an amazingly quick set up. This is a comfortable position for Copper and me. It’s the second lowest position on the layout seat. The lowest position would conceal us better, but at the expense of comfort. Copper i...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #48: Electric Bilge Pump and Stern Rudder Pedals

08-21-2020 03:32 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Electric Bilge PumpI struggled over where to locate the electric bilge pump. Normally I mount them behind the stern seat and attach the battery to the aft side of the stern bulkhead in the stern hatch compartment. My initial thought was to mount it behind the solo seat so that I could keep the fish cooler as far back as possible. Here are the items I typically use for an electric bilge pump installation in a small boat. I was most of the way complete with building a pump system cent...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #47: Duck Blind Planning

08-13-2020 03:49 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

What Fits?Duck season starts in MN on 9/26…I need to build my blind! Now that I know Copper will be riding in the back, the big question is “how many decoys can I realistically fit in the kayak?” I’m able to squeeze a dozen full-size decoys between me and Copper and stay below the notional height of the blind. My blind bag and six decoys fit in front of my feet. I’ll wedge my shotgun and case on the floor on one side of the kayak behind me. IR...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #46: Performance Assessment

08-10-2020 10:03 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Retrieval Practice with CopperI removed the spray decks and had Copper do five retrieves from the boat. This was an important test to determine if he’d be hunting with me from this new kayak. I couldn’t believe how stable the boat was for retrieval work! It took Copper a while to figure out how he’d exit the boat, but he eventually did and it went real smooth. He puts his feet on the side beyond the coaming and lunges out into the water. The boat rocks, but I never felt...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #45: Spray Decks

08-10-2020 09:16 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Dog CockpitI had only two days to complete the dog cockpit attachment and sew the spray decks before we departed on our annual paddling-centered camping trip to Lake Superior. I got it all done with a couple of near-sleepless nights! Here’s the attachment all rounded and sanded. I sealed it with a coat of epoxy. Hip BracesThere are three different paddling positions, so I built three sets of hip braces. This photo shows the permanent hip braces at the stern position a...

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