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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #54: Blind Body: Dog Blind

09-03-2020 04:10 AM by DustyMark | 4 comments »

Lots of SewingThe dog blind was pretty complicated to sew. It’s 3-D shape, so it requires darts to shape it around the frame. View from the inside. There are eight buckles to hold it to the kayak, four buckles to support the decoy barrier, seven velcro sleeves to hold it to the frame, one buckle to hold the back door shut, velcro to hold the shroud at the front, a zipper, and brushing straps View from the outside. The door has .4” foam inside to give it some...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #10: Stitching the Rest of the Boat

06-26-2020 10:25 PM by DustyMark | 3 comments »

Mistakes I stitched the stern of the kayak together, forgetting that there is a wineglass transom. I also forgot to bevel a curved area on the bow. I unstitched that area and was able to plane it with no big impact. No big deal, I just snipped the stern stitches and wired in the transom. View of the hull. Wiring the Deck Stitching begins at the front of the coaming area with the deck panel. Sheer panels are stitched next. My Dad made a timely visit and...

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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 #17: Stitching the Hull and Deck Together

07-03-2020 05:05 PM by DustyMark | 2 comments »

Wiring With the deck and hull fully cured, it was time to wire them together permanently A stick of wood laid across each end provides enough clearance to thread the stitches in place. I rolled each end of the wire so they wouldn’t slip out as I settled the two halves together. There are copper stitches about every four inches. You can pull the boat together with packing wrap instead, but I prefer the precision of copper wire stitches. The hull and deck are tacked...

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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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #8: Beveling the Panel Edges

06-26-2020 03:27 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Back to the BoatI installed a suspended ceiling and finished wiring the lights and switches in my finished basement project and also took a week vacation to Madeline Island in Lake Superior since last working on the kayak. I’m finally working on it a little bit between fishing and camping trips…I love summer in MN! Sharpening a Block Plane Blade with a Tormek SharpenerBeveling edges cleanly on thin mahogany plywood is best done with a sharp plane. My block plane blade was dul...

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