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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 #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 #20: Fishing Boat Conversion

08-27-2015 01:09 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Overview We wanted to have more comfort while using the layout boat for fishing, so we bought two pedestal bases and adjustable height pedestals to mount Wise fishing seats. This required replacing the 1/4” plywood floor with a 3/4” plywood floor to take the stress of a 9” diameter base. Floor Replacement We bought Springfield Taper-Lock pedestal bases and their 13”-21” adjustable height pedestals. A view of the base under the floor. The a...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #24: Sewing the Bow and Stern Brushing Panels

09-15-2015 01:27 PM by DustyMark | 2 comments »

Overview The entire boat will be covered in Avery Killer Weed blind grass. The flip blind doors accommodate attachment via the brushing straps. I chose a heavy duty mesh material for the bow and stern of the boat. Small zip ties easily push through the mesh to fasten the grass anywhere on the surface. Brushing Panels My main objective is that the entire blind system be easy to install in the dark. These panels are each fastened with three buckles. One buckle at the bow. N...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #1: Overview

05-30-2020 04:32 AM by DustyMark | 5 comments »

Needing an Intervention?I like to plan and build things from wood…the more complicated, the better! I especially enjoy building small boats. Previous boat builds included a tandem sea kayak, single racing kayak, single recreation kayak, mini ski boat, single performance/play kayak, skin-on-frame rowing shell, and three duck hunting layout boats. I even built a teardrop camper in 2016. I recently finished part of my basement and lost some of my small boat storage. That leaves me w...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #20: Just Had to Sit in the Kayak!

07-04-2020 10:46 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

It Fits!This is the stage of the build where you get a very good idea of the boat’s fit and comfort. I placed some shoes under the hull to support it and Mary and I sat in it to discover paddle and feet clearances. A section of roof rake makes a good paddle simulation in tight quarters! I’m thinking that I’ll paddle the kayak solo at a position 48” back from the inside edge of the front coaming. That will leave room for my anchor rig/rod holder board for fishing b...

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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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