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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 #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 #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 #56: Cockpit Shroud

09-09-2020 02:10 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Amazing ResultsI’ve gone back and forth on how or whether to sew a facial shroud for the blind. The opening between the doors and the dog cockpit is slightly oversized so that I can paddle with the doors closed. I decided to give a shroud design idea that I had a try. I’m glad that I sewed a flap and a strip of velcro at the top front edge of the dog cockpit to hold the shroud. It was better to sew those in and not use them than to wish I had sewn them later. I was surp...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #55: Brushing the Blind

09-07-2020 01:53 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Applying Raffia GrassI applied Raffia grass to the blind in order to give it some 3-D effect for a better hide. I bulk-ordered it from J.M. Stern Company a few years ago. I’m no expert, but here’s how I applied it to the blind. Here are the heaps of the four colors I used…green, light brown, dark gray, and light tan. That blend proved quite effective for me with a previous layout boat all season long without having to add natural vegetation. I tend to go ove...

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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 #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 #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 #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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