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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #62: Updated Fishing Configuration

03-27-2021 06:19 PM by DustyMark | 2 comments »

Refined Ergonomics and More Capable After fishing with the kayak a couple times, I had an “Ah, Hah” moment and realized that if I raised the anchor/rod holder assembly above the cooler and moved it back slightly, it would work a lot better. Check out this video for a short tour of the new fishing configuration. With the rod holders and anchor assembly moved further back, it’s much easier to reach everything since it’s less of a twist of the body. This also ...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #61: Torqeedo Works Great!

03-22-2021 08:24 PM by DustyMark | 10 comments »

Awesome Test Run! I’m super happy with how the kayak/motor combo worked today during my test run at Agate Bay on Lake Superior. The raised seat was stable. The rudder pedals had plenty of authority. They got stiffer at full throttle, but that’s a good thing since you don’t want to slam the motor to the stop at high speed. I went with a pretty bare boat for this run. No use losing equipment if things went poorly! Performance Results My max speed in a wind ...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #60: Rigging the Torqeedo Motor

03-22-2021 03:58 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Fitting New Rudder Pedals I really like my toe control rudder system, but they simply won’t have enough leverage to steer this powerful motor. Unfortunately, Smart Track’s rudder assembly mount hole spacing is off by 1/4” from the traditional Feathercraft system that Chesapeake Light Craft sells. I used a 1/4” plunge cutting router bit in my drill press to elongate the holes. The cut turned out nice. I found 1/16” thimbles at my local har...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #59: Raising the Seat

03-21-2021 01:37 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Comfort I fished quite a bit out of the kayak last season and realized that raising the seat would make it considerably more comfortable. I know the boat is stable enough to handle raising the seat about 4” so I made a platform to raise my Creature Comfort seat. This is a piece of 1/4” Baltic birch plywood connected to some western red cedar 2×4 supports. The cedar was scraps from my sauna build. I cut the cedar to conform to the angle of the floor to avoid press...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #58: Reinforcing Stern for Mounting a Torqeedo Ultralight 1103 AC Electric Motor

03-15-2021 10:58 PM by DustyMark | 2 comments »

Expensive Modification The Wood Duck Double has worked out great for my planned uses (duck hunting, fishing, and paddling Lake Superior.) It’s quite a comfortable fishing kayak. My wife and I had planned to buy a Lund 1650 Angler SS v-hull boat as we’re getting more and more into fishing. However, this winter we decided to focus on kayak fishing instead since we can take two kayaks with us everywhere we go with our travel trailer and only need one vehicle. We purc...

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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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