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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 #27: Brushing the Boat

10-15-2015 02:23 AM by DustyMark | 2 comments »

Overview All of the sewing is done and I included brushing straps on the flip blind doors to insert brushing material. I planned to use zip ties on the mesh panels at the bow and stern and on the dog blind. The original plan was to use Avery Killer Weed, a Rafia grass product, over the whole boat. That didn’t work out as well as planned… First Attempt = Failure I blended Avery Killer Weed’s All-Terrain and Cattail Slough together thinking it would be an effective...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #9: Applying the Plywood Deck Panels

05-25-2015 03:17 PM by DustyMark | 2 comments »

Overview This is the stage where it really starts to look like a boat! With the the interior sealed and the final fitting of the anchor pole hole, collar, and sleeve complete, the deck can be installed. The sequence is similar to installing the hull panels with the added step of lining up the the through-deck hole for the anchor pole sleeve. Fitting the Bow and Stern Deck Panels The bow and stern deck panels are fastened around a curved rib and this causes the seams along the cockp...

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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 #26: Sewing the Dog Blind

09-18-2015 02:12 AM by DustyMark | 6 comments »

Overview I’ve only sewn for a week now and getting this dog blind right was quite the challenge for a rookie like me. However, I eventually prevailed! My goal was to establish a good profile that would hold even after adding the Avery Killerweed. Modeling The blind has a complex shape, so I did some modeling to establish a pattern. I began with the actual material draped over the frame, but this wasn’t very helpful. Copper wasn’t too excited about getting ...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #21: Fabricating the Flip Blind Door Frames

08-27-2015 01:55 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Overview I’ve enjoyed using the layout boat for fishing, but duck season is only a month away and it’s time to finish the final stages of making this boat “disappear” from wary ducks in the marsh. That involves fabricating flip blind doors, a dog blind, and brushing out the entire boat. Fabricating the flip blind door frames requires head brackets, foot brackets, and tubular framing. Head Brackets Both aluminum crossbars attach to brackets screwed to the...

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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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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #19: Upholstering the Layout Board

08-23-2015 01:41 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Overview I’ve had my layout board dry assembled for quite some time, but put it on pause during construction of the second and third layout boats. Those boats are nearing completion (about to fiberglass the decks), so we needed to keep prototyping the fitting out of my boat. The two major steps of upholstering the layout board are fastening the foam and fitting the cover. Fastening the Foam I used five layers of foam while building up the ergonomic shape of the layout b...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #5: Fitting the Plywood Hull Panels

05-18-2015 03:25 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Overview The frame is complete and it’s time to apply the 1/4” Marine Douglas Fir plywood hull panels. The plan accounts for nailing these panels in place without glue and sealing them with epoxy later. My plan is to apply 2.3 ounce fiberglass cloth to the inside surface with a coat of epoxy before applying the panels. The potential advantage is a very durable/waterproof inside hull surface. The disadvantage is that I must fit the panels prior to final application and I h...

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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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