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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #1: Building the Lower Frame

05-11-2015 07:00 PM by DustyMark | 6 comments »

The Requirement I moved back to MN in June 2014, after nearly 30 years away, and my brother quickly introduced me to duck hunting. We’re not on any of the major flyways here, so we need to put everything in our favor possible. We read about the advantages of layout boats in providing maximum concealment from wary ducks and talked about it in the duck blind all last season. Our hunting party consists of my brother, my nephew, and me and we decided to build three one-man layout boat...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #15: Painting the Boat

06-25-2015 05:38 PM by DustyMark | 2 comments »

Overview Construction is complete and I moved the boat to the garage in preparation for painting. Oil-based paints put off some nasty fumes, so the garage was the safest location. I painted the bottom with some extra paint I had left from some annual kayak repairs/maintenance. I painted the top with primer and flat duck boat paint. Bottom Paint The ducks don’t see the bottom, so I used Interlux Brightsides paint (Sea Green) to provide a smoother coat against the water. I ha...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #4: Installing Anchor Pole Through-Hull Brackets

05-14-2015 12:22 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Requirement An option during the build is to install anchor pole through-hull brackets. Anchor poles are pushed through the hull and into the marsh bottom to hold the layout boat in place in shallow water. I figured that if one was good, two would be even better to hold the bow and stern in place during crosswind set-ups of a decoy spread. Anchor poles are quicker and won’t get snagged in decoy lines like a regular anchor and line could. I installed braces of 8/4 stock, leftove...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #16: Building a Set of Oars

06-26-2015 05:12 AM by DustyMark | 3 comments »

Overview Even with the boat painted, there are lots of little projects to complete to make it “operational.” One of those is to build a custom set of oars. I could buy a set for $46 at Gander Mountain, but that wouldn’t do! I purchased very helpful oar plans from Chesapeake Light Craft. The smallest length for which the plans provided measurements was 6’. I determined that 5’ oars were plenty for this low boat and decided to modify their plans to suit my ...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #8: Anchor Pole Through-Hull Hole and Collar

05-25-2015 03:50 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Overview We mostly hunt shallow water and the anchor pole sleeve will simplify maintaining position in the decoys with an anchor pole. I opted to install one in the bow and the stern. These go through the hull and I was concerned about water leaking through the sleeve into the hull. Instead of making the sleeve flush with the exterior bottom of the hull, I decided to make the sleeve fit flush on the inside bottom of the hull, surround it with a collar, and seal it in a bed of marine cau...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #2: Assembling the Upper Frame

05-12-2015 04:56 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Strategy I let the epoxy cure on the lower frame for about 12 hours before proceeding with the upper frame. I dry assembled the parts with screws before gluing to ensure everything fit. I continue to use epoxy, thickened with colloidal silica to a mayonnaise consistency, to glue each joint in the boat. I never figured out how the designer fastened the plywood to the gunnels. In the boats I’ve built in the past, the gunnels are planed to an angle that gives the deck or hull ply...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #11: Fiberglassing the Deck

06-01-2015 03:09 PM by DustyMark | 3 comments »

Overview Fiberglassing the deck is more complicated than the hull since the cockpit meets the deck at such a sharp angle. I completed the prep work for the deck at the same time I worked on the hull. The remaining steps to fiberglass the deck include fitting the cloth, applying epoxy, sanding, and fixing mistakes. Fitting the Cloth I chose to fiberglass the deck using only four pieces of cloth. I’m not sure I will use this technique on the next two boats. It was a challenge...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #18: Building a Cart and Modifying a Utility Trailer

08-20-2015 10:18 PM by DustyMark | 3 comments »

Overview It’s been great to put the boat to use and discover how versatile it is in MN. It makes a great two-person fishing boat for small lakes. Here’s Mary with her first catch from the boat…a 20” Northern Pike. Here’s me with our catch from another trip…a 5 pound and a 3 1/4 pound largemouth bass. We plan to modify the boat by installing adjustable pedestal columns, bass boat seats, and flush bases to mount them. This will require con...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #12: Attaching the Runners

06-16-2015 01:50 PM by DustyMark | 3 comments »

Overview The plan calls for solid wood runners with a layer of metal applied so that the boat tracks better and also is protected for the inevitable dragging that will occur. I used white oak and 1/8” thick by 1” wide aluminum. Making the Runner My runners are 59 1/2” long, 1” wide, and 1 1/4” tall. White oak is incredibly tough and rot resistant. There is a 6” long taper cut at each end so they don’t get hung up. The plan calls for 1/4&#...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #6: Applying the Plywood Hull Panels

05-19-2015 08:37 PM by DustyMark | 4 comments »

Fiberglass Experiment I applied a layer of fiberglass cloth to the plywood hull panels before work, betting they would be “green” cured in the afternoon upon my return. Using Raka 127 Resin and Raka 350 hardener at 72 degrees and 48% humidity the fiberglass was set perfectly in about 8 hours. It was bonded, yet flexible enough to not restrict the plywood from curving around the hull ribs. The epoxy is wet into the fiberglass cloth with a foam roller. I never pay...

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