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Title: Waterfowl Boats, blinds etc.
Post by: sisu on September 19, 2007, 06:28:19 PM
Has anyone bought this blind or an Avery? If so lets share the pros and cons of the blind. I am trying to set mine up on the boat right now but found out my boat is 6 inches too big at the stern so modification is in order. I'll probably start doing that tomorrow with some 3/4 square tubing to replace theirs. Other than that I don't see too many problems...but I am sure on the maiden voyage the problems will crop up. The dog and I will work all the glitches out by ourselves before I invite anyone along to avoid embarrassment and harassment from my friends. hahahah

I'll try to post some pictures of the blind when done. It's going on an 1865 Roughneck with a 75 hp Merc so the set up is not small but I hope to be comfortable.
Title: Re: Cabelas Northern Flight Blind
Post by: Choclab on September 20, 2007, 11:29:22 PM
Thanks for the up-dates Sisu. Could you possibly post some pics. I am looking at the same blind for my 1756 Alumacraft. Also, what did you order? The cold weather kit or just the standard?
Title: Re: Cabelas Northern Flight Blind
Post by: Choclab on September 21, 2007, 11:45:03 PM
 :drool: Sweet job Sisu. Thanks for the update. I can't wait to order mine....I just have to sell a damn bow first. lol
Title: Re: Cabelas Northern Flight Blind
Post by: mkcj on October 02, 2007, 11:43:16 PM
I have the same one bought it on graigs list brand new in box for $250 and looked at the cold weather kit it is 600 denier poly coated which you can buy online for $20 for a piece 15'x58" so you can do 1 side or both now just waiting for the boat to get here
Title: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: sisu on November 06, 2007, 05:16:24 PM
I am going to plop these links here. Some of these boats are a small fortune but if you are a serious water fowl hunter they could be well worth the cost. I just wish I'd hit the lottery. The list will include glass, aluminum etc. If you have other companies in mind please PM me with the link and I'll modify the posting. That way the links will stay in one spot but by all means add to the discussion of each and everyone.
Thanks, Sisu

http://www.duckwaterboats.com/

http://www.banksboats.com/

http://www.tdbco.com/contents.htm

Here are some layout boat links(hope to add more)
www.mightylayoutboys.com

http://www.bobcatboats.com/

http://www.marshrat.com/

Scull boats
http://www.scullboat.com/Index.aspx

http://www.lockstockbarrell.com/

scull site with list of kits and manufactures

http://home.hiwaay.net/~parsons/

http://devlinboat.com/miva/merchant.mv?

Title: duck boat blind
Post by: Coasthunterjay on November 23, 2007, 08:02:09 PM
well someone else on hear was talking about budget projects and rebuilding a rifle (maybe jackelope? :dunno:) to a very small budget with help. 

I am doing the same with my boat except i am wanting to build a blind for it............

i have been moving back and forth cross country twice in one year and am finnally paying some debt off (pretty much im flat broke) but also want to have fun and a little bit more sucess.  so i have to build a huntingwashington.com budget boat blind and am asking you guys for your help into how to do this DIY.

I am thinking of builing some sort of framing with PVC and then spray painting that and covering it with nets or some kind of fabric but am not sure.............DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY IDEAS???????

would pictures of my boat make it easier.............Oh and it is an older aluminum 12 foot sea-king with a newer 8HP johnson
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: washingtonmuley on November 24, 2007, 03:01:39 PM
SISU,
I bought my layout boat on Wednesday. I purchased the marsh rat made by Mallard Marine. I talked with the owner of the company for  half an hour before I bought it. He was a pleasure to talk with. I have hunted it two days now and I absolutely love it.
Tim
Title: Re: duck boat blind
Post by: snocohunter83 on November 24, 2007, 03:52:06 PM
We built a pretty nice one using square aluminum tubing on my cousin's old john boat. We used bimini top hardware, some parachute cord, and bungees, and then attached fast grass. Not sure how much total was into it. But it worked awesome.
Title: Re: duck boat blind
Post by: sisu on November 24, 2007, 08:23:40 PM
We have been wondering if one could be made with tent poles? Maybe the kind used in dome tents.

I saw one design that used thin wall conduit and some brackets that were attached to the inside of the gunnels. The thin wall was then inserted into the brackets and the camo was stretched over and around the frame.

Another design, but too expensive now, involved a flipping style blind frame made with 3/4 copper. Infact I've hunted out of it twice and I really like it, but the cost to build now aways is way to much.

Please if you design a blind post the story and pictures in the thread we've stuck here entitled Cabelas blind. Just title your story with a name for the blind and include pictures. Thanks Sisu

Title: Re: duck boat blind
Post by: Coasthunterjay on November 25, 2007, 08:26:15 PM
will do i have a couple different ideas to make it out of. I have some light weight square stock and pvc piping. I may combine the booth but for know it seems like hunting from my buddies layout is the best for now!!! i was thinking of buying one but now i think im going to make something different. a suggestion from sisu. but it wont be several months untill i get to starrt that project........... keep up the ideas guys and pics of your guys boat blinds wouldnt be to bad to help me out. Thanks again guys...............AJ
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: TheHunt on November 27, 2007, 11:07:14 AM
I would really love to see any boat designs for the build it yourself crowd.   I am planning on building my own and will proivde grave details on how to do it.   My interest is the pod type of layout in the 12 foot model.

I have a boat called the hybrid but I think I would like to build a pod  If you want I can email you the PDF design for you to post. 

Jim
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: TheHunt on November 27, 2007, 09:30:35 PM
How do I send you the file?
Title: Re: duck boat blind
Post by: addicted on November 28, 2007, 08:48:35 AM
Here is what i did with my boat.  Same idea that you have pvc and blind material.  I have pvc on both sides and the blind material goes all the way around. 
(http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c316/beckie62781/mixed044.jpg)

elk mount. bear rug. deer rack. duck boat. thats my kinda garage.

 this topic has brought forth alot of good information for future endevors
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: sisu on December 04, 2007, 07:40:51 PM
These pictures are from TheHunt. He also sent me pictures of a foam boat that he glassed. Of the two I really liked this foam boat the best. I could not get the foam boat to load properly so I can't post the pictures. I'll post the links to this wood boat as soon as I can.
(http://hunting-washington.com/cpg/albums/userpics/10002/1.jpg)
(http://hunting-washington.com/cpg/albums/userpics/10002/2.jpg)
(http://hunting-washington.com/cpg/albums/userpics/10002/4.jpg)
(http://hunting-washington.com/cpg/albums/userpics/10002/5.jpg)

Here are the links for this boat. First one is on construction.
http://www.angelfire.com/ultra/edaskew/peregrine.html

The second one is on the camo system that the gentleman used. Any questions should be directed to TheHunt.
http://www.angelfire.com/ultra/edaskew/peregrinecam.html
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: TheHunt on December 05, 2007, 11:25:45 AM
I have not built any of these yet...  I will build a pod real soon and post the process and results.  If it is as easy as I think we can create a work weekend at some location to build as many as people who want them. 

Jim
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: GettysNWGuiding on December 14, 2007, 08:10:17 AM
I have the 21' venture by duck water and absolutely LOVE it.  Talk about sturdy.  I would definately reccommend these boats.  If anyone is looking at buying a Duckwater and wants to take a test run in one let me know and I would be happy to take you out for a run.
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: addicted on December 14, 2007, 11:05:30 AM
I have the 21' venture by duck water and absolutely LOVE it.  Talk about sturdy.  I would definately reccommend these boats. 

i second that.
Title: Re: Blinds for boats are merged into one topic
Post by: Choclab on December 18, 2007, 11:51:48 AM
Before

(http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j75/reflex_2006/Boat%20Pics/tv006.jpg)

(http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j75/reflex_2006/Boat%20Pics/boat018.jpg)

After

(http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j75/reflex_2006/Boat%20Pics/DSCF0174.jpg)

(http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j75/reflex_2006/Boat%20Pics/DSCF0172.jpg)
Title: Re: Blinds for boats are merged into one topic
Post by: ICEMAN on December 18, 2007, 12:01:12 PM
What Boat?  :o
Title: Re: Blinds for boats are merged into one topic
Post by: addicted on December 18, 2007, 12:54:37 PM
nice set up. where'd it go  ;)
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: TheHunt on January 01, 2008, 02:38:28 PM
What did that 21 foot Venture cost you?
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: GettysNWGuiding on January 05, 2008, 05:37:10 PM
$32k with motor trailer blind... ready to go.
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: smdave on January 05, 2008, 09:45:42 PM
$32k with motor trailer blind... ready to go.

Here is a picture of it out today, It is one of those boats that we all said to each other this would be a nice boat to have.
Dave

(http://hunting-washington.com/cpg/albums/userpics/10203/_MG_1390.jpg)
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: Coasthunterjay on January 05, 2008, 10:02:57 PM
$32k with motor trailer blind... ready to go.
Is this mostly for just hunting out of? or can it be set up for fishing also. How is it in ruff water. What does it come with. do you have a website with info?
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: Coasthunterjay on January 05, 2008, 10:17:45 PM
never mind  found the website. :DOH: I see your pictures on there to. Looking good :chuckle:
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: sisu on January 05, 2008, 10:19:58 PM
I  hate to tell you
$32k with motor trailer blind... ready to go.
Is this mostly for just hunting out of? or can it be set up for fishing also. How is it in ruff water. What does it come with. do you have a website with info?
I hate to tell you this but it's posted above in the very beginning ;), but here it is again.
http://www.duckwaterboats.com/

These boats were built to hunt on the Great Lakes, so they are built like tanks. I wanted the 17 footer but it was too much money for me. Maybe some day I can get one but for now the Lowe Roughneck will have to do. Read about these boats on their web site any you'll see that quality comes before quantity. BTW, the next boat on my list as being a good waterfowler would be the Bankes Boats out of Canada.
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: Coasthunterjay on January 05, 2008, 11:07:47 PM
Yah thanks scott :chuckle: . i found it after reading the whole post again. Those are bad a$$ boats. I think i want the Bomer 19' boat or the Apache. Way nice i give two thumbs up. little out of my league but maybe someday......

Still would like to know what fishing in these is like. With other people that is. Could you guide fishing in this very well? and what is the average cruising speed and top speed with the recommended motor?
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: Coasthunterjay on January 06, 2008, 08:54:27 AM
Thanks sisu. will do ! ! !
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: addicted on January 06, 2008, 10:00:32 AM
ben getty said he is getting ready to clean the boat out for sturgeon fishing.
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: GettysNWGuiding on January 07, 2008, 01:47:00 PM
I do fish for sturgeon out of it a lot and it is wonderful due to being able to walk all the way around the boat there is nothing to get your line tangled in.  I run it up the snohomish system and stilly system quite a bit and it is great.  It handles rough water like a gem but would not suggest anything over 4ft wind waves... i tried 4+ with addicted and you can ask him... its wet.  however there was not once i was worried.  the boat will handle it the question is whether you can handle it.  it was 30 degrees and snowing that day to top it off.  the top speed of mine 21 almost 22 ft with a 140 suzuki is about 55-60 i usually cruise at about 35 give or take.  With a full boat of 6 people I go about 50 top cruise about 30.  If anyone wants a run in it after duck season let me know I would definately take people out that are seriously interested in getting a duckwater.
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: sisu on February 10, 2008, 08:29:25 AM
OK here is alink to the aquapod boats. I want to find more of these links as sneak boat hunting is starting to grow again with water fowlers.

http://www.attbar.com/aquapod/pricing/aquapod_pricing.htm
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: AWS on February 11, 2008, 09:34:11 PM
A couple of pics.  I've had this boat since 76 and it's been a work in progress.   2003 I decided to deck it over and make everything lockable.  I call it the "Freelancer" 5 dz standard duck decoys and 6 goose floaters fit in the front cargo hold.  Oars, decoy retrievers, anchors, shooting boxes and fuel tank lock in the side lockers.  The center cockpit aqrea is 18x48" and it has an angled back rest, I pull the boat into a little cut and sit down in the cockpit and it's nearly invisible.  You can take a wave over the side and it won't swamp just the cockpit fills and I have a large bilge pump hooked up to it.  With five dz deeks in the front hold and extra floatation on either side of the transom well it floats like a cork even full of water. 

(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/Browndaug/PICT0004.jpg)

(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/Browndaug/PICT0005.jpg)

AWS
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: ICEMAN on February 12, 2008, 06:23:52 AM
Geeeze AWS! That thing looks like it is from the cold war era!  :chuckle: Awesome duck destroyer! All you need is a cannon on the bow!

Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: Bogey on February 24, 2008, 08:27:54 AM
SMDave,

Thanks fro making me feel better!!  LOL, I just ordered a 1860 War Eagle with a 115 e-tec and that price tag almost put me in the grave...after seeing your pa$$ion for boats (32K) I not only feel better, but I as able to say "See honey, I didn't spend nearly as much as some guys!" ;)

That did look like a killer set up!
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: Jekemi on August 01, 2008, 09:04:54 AM
These boats are pretty expensive overall. With that in mind, we have a 12 foot aluminum boat with an 8HP motor and an electric trolling motor. I have a design for a boat cover using PVC tubing and nylon camo fabric loosely covering the PVC frame. The frame is attached to the boat using a wooden spar in the front and back (not accurate boat terms). The tubular frame uses PVC U joints so that the two raised tubes run the length of the boat. When closed the provide about a one foot space to look out, when opened they provide a three foot opening so that we can pop up and shoot. The whole thing costs about $30 (compare that to $175 for a factory model). If you want a simple drawing Id be happy to provide one.

newcordia@comcast.net
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: pjb3 on October 31, 2008, 12:06:32 PM
SMDave
I know where that pic is of you and your boat. I used to hunt out that way, nice boat by the way. Lets get together for a hunt. I know some better spots too
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: Happy Gilmore on November 03, 2008, 12:10:03 PM
I have a 13' Boston Whaler with 50HP Mercury. I wouldn't trade it for anything. It can haul 4 guys, decoys, a dog and cooler and is the most stable 13' boat on the water. You can pick up used 13' Whalers in well used condition for about $2,000.

It has a terrible flat bottom boat ride but, it will get you there and back in any weather condition. The boat can be completely swamped(which is has been a few times) and the powerhead is still out of the water. Pull the plug and run, let er' drain and get back on plane.....

For shooting, the whaler is unbeatable. Three guys can safely move around without tipping the boat. The boat has a very shallow draft and can get into shallow water because of the high floatation. The downfall, it is heavy, very heavy compared to a similar sized aluminum. But, similar aluminum boats can't take a 50HP motor or a heavy load safely. Happy

Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: smdave on November 03, 2008, 02:16:51 PM
SMDave
I know where that pic is of you and your boat. I used to hunt out that way, nice boat by the way. Lets get together for a hunt. I know some better spots too

Thank you but it is not my boat, it is Ben Getty's boat he is a sponsor of this site but has not been online in awhile.

I looked through your pictures and I see one probably at the boat launch by the spot we were at that day. I do have a 14' lund and plan to get it out.

Dave
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: shoot4Boone on November 05, 2008, 11:33:32 PM
Elephant boy's in Spokane are awesome, even matched a boat price for me from a competitor, I highly recc. them for any boating stuff, very very knowledgable more than any boat place E of cascades and west of Great falls. 
Title: Re: Blinds for boats are merged into one topic
Post by: Black Plague on November 25, 2008, 04:06:15 PM
wow that should do the trick alright :tup:
Title: Re: Blinds for boats are merged into one topic
Post by: spur_ride on November 27, 2008, 02:35:42 PM
those are some great looking boats :drool:
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: jordano on October 19, 2009, 06:59:44 PM
Just got a polar kraft that is camo and is awesome for fishing and amazing for hunting! great bass/hunt combo. if you are more into this type of thing I highly recommend it. absolutely awesome!!!!!

polarkraftboats.com
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: Jekemi on January 01, 2010, 06:36:53 AM
here are my plans and detailed instructions for a layout DIY, fiberglass duck boat. It is based on the AquaPod design but modified a bit. It's attached as a PDF. This would be a great summer project as you need warm weather to cure the fiberglass (or a heated garage).
Title: Re: Boats for water fowl hunting (and fishing)
Post by: Chessie_Guy on January 12, 2010, 08:06:57 AM
Last week, I hunted the Stilliguamish and out to the edge of the bay with a guy who had a mud motor on a flat-bottomed 18'er.  I have to say, I was impressed.  Especially useful given the tidal issue; we got into, and out of, a few spots that jets or regular outboards could not go.

It definitely put a MudBuddy and Gator Traxx or Excel on my wish list.
Title: Re: Waterfowl Boats, blinds etc.
Post by: Malardman on June 21, 2010, 02:33:48 PM
My new Duck boat, I'll have a blind on it come October, just having a hell of a time figuring what one to get?
Title: Re: Waterfowl Boats, blinds etc.
Post by: Malardman on June 21, 2010, 03:34:29 PM
Man I don't even know what to use for framing material? how to mount it? I just don't want to start drillin holes everywhere. you know what I mean :dunno:
Title: Re: Waterfowl Boats, blinds etc.
Post by: Dustin07 on June 22, 2010, 12:20:06 PM
Man I don't even know what to use for framing material? how to mount it? I just don't want to start drillin holes everywhere. you know what I mean :dunno:

there are sites for 'scissor' duck blinds or something like that. they walk you through all the details. you'll have to assembly and install a store bought one anyways, so may as well assembly and install one meant exactly for your boat.
Title: Re: Waterfowl Boats, blinds etc.
Post by: huntinhick on June 22, 2010, 06:26:16 PM
question guys,  It looks like most people prefer the jon style boat does this have to do the fact that it is more stable than a v bottom or that it can go shallower than the v bottom or that it has a lower profile?  I ask because I am planning on picking one up and would like it to double as a fishing boat for the boys until they get big enough to do the kayak thing with me.  thoughts?

thanks
carl
Title: Re: Waterfowl Boats, blinds etc.
Post by: addicted on June 22, 2010, 09:14:18 PM
I just don't want to start drillin holes everywhere. you know what I mean :dunno:

you could always weld some peices of pipe to a few big clamps for a good starter that wouldnt put a hole in your boat.
Title: Re: Waterfowl Boats, blinds etc.
Post by: ICEMAN on June 23, 2010, 05:11:22 AM
Man I don't even know what to use for framing material? how to mount it? I just don't want to start drillin holes everywhere. you know what I mean :dunno:

Drill baby Drill! Not willing to drill a hole in your boat must be a sickness.    :chuckle:  My buddy won't even mount rod holders in his boat.  :bash: 

Figure out your mounting system, use all stainless hardware, maching screws or bolts, washers, plus Stainless nylocs, then use a dremel, hacksaw or angle grinder to trim off all the excess hardware lenght, lightly sand, then shoot with primer then paint. End product looks nice, no snags, no rust.
Title: Re: Waterfowl Boats, blinds etc.
Post by: Dustin07 on June 23, 2010, 08:34:56 AM
question guys,  It looks like most people prefer the jon style boat does this have to do the fact that it is more stable than a v bottom or that it can go shallower than the v bottom or that it has a lower profile?  I ask because I am planning on picking one up and would like it to double as a fishing boat for the boys until they get big enough to do the kayak thing with me.  thoughts?

thanks
carl

Yes,all of those things. But also consider the freeboard and the type of water you'll be in. it's hard to find a one-size-fits-all solution for boats.
Title: Re: Waterfowl Boats, blinds etc.
Post by: addicted on June 23, 2010, 11:56:56 PM
you know what malardman, it looks like your garage is getting a bit too full. so i'll help you out, i'll take the car.
Title: Re: Waterfowl Boats, blinds etc.
Post by: Malardman on June 29, 2010, 10:42:06 AM
you know what malardman, it looks like your garage is getting a bit too full. so i'll help you out, i'll take the car.
Sorry that was my grandfathers bought it brand new and has never left the family, probably never will its a 77 L82 4sp 42k original miles.
Title: Re: Waterfowl Boats, blinds etc.
Post by: addicted on June 29, 2010, 02:33:06 PM
you know what malardman, it looks like your garage is getting a bit too full. so i'll help you out, i'll take the car.
Sorry that was my grandfathers bought it brand new and has never left the family, probably never will its a 77 L82 4sp 42k original miles.

A prize family heirlom. They dont make cars like that anymore. now they are just plastic.
Title: Re: Waterfowl Boats, blinds etc.
Post by: h2ofowlr on June 29, 2010, 08:42:07 PM
Man I don't even know what to use for framing material? how to mount it? I just don't want to start drillin holes everywhere. you know what I mean :dunno:
Place a few removable feet on the boat for an aluminum framed blind.  I am looking to make something new for my Sea Ark.
Title: Re: Waterfowl Boats, blinds etc.
Post by: jordano on July 15, 2010, 12:21:09 PM
My new Duck boat, I'll have a blind on it come October, just having a hell of a time figuring what one to get?

what kind of boat is that? that is a really sweet set up!
Title: Re: Waterfowl Boats, blinds etc.
Post by: terrellwa on August 27, 2010, 05:38:47 PM
Well just got done putting the finishing touches on my little layout will be ready for early goose and the season.  Will hide easily and be comfortable to layout in.   :IBCOOL:

(http://i889.photobucket.com/albums/ac97/getemducks/IMG_5353.jpg)

(http://i889.photobucket.com/albums/ac97/getemducks/IMG_5354.jpg)
Title: Re: Waterfowl Boats, blinds etc.
Post by: Mr56Jeep on August 28, 2010, 11:27:00 AM
Sweet!!!  I have my Marsh rat all grassed up and ready to go also... but it ain't looking THAT good   :'(


Nice work  8)
Title: Re: Waterfowl Boats, blinds etc.
Post by: Wagner on September 23, 2010, 03:41:21 AM
I just picked up the Quickset.  Are any of you guys using the wind or rain blocker? I am considering getting one or both. Any input would be apreciated.
Title: Re: Waterfowl Boats, blinds etc.
Post by: h2ofowlr on October 23, 2010, 07:01:35 PM
I have the wind blocker, but if it gets windy your boat is like a sail.  I have a hard time keeping the curtains down unless I clamp them down.
Title: Re: Waterfowl Boats, blinds etc.
Post by: AWS on November 26, 2010, 03:03:17 PM
huntinhik

My decked over jonboat is a copy of Zack Taylors Zackbox.  His was built on a V-bottom boat for hunting the eastern seashore.

If you can find an old copy of his book on waterfowling boats there is alot of info in it.  He was the boating editor for Sports Affield in the 50's and 60's.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Successful-Waterfowling-Zack-Taylor-1975-HB-Duck-/150517619160?pt=US_Nonfiction_Book&hash=item230b8c99d8 (http://cgi.ebay.com/Successful-Waterfowling-Zack-Taylor-1975-HB-Duck-/150517619160?pt=US_Nonfiction_Book&hash=item230b8c99d8)

AWS
Title: Re: Waterfowl Boats, blinds etc.
Post by: AWS on November 24, 2011, 08:41:10 PM
I love duckboats, wish this thread were more active, would really like seeing the different ways everyone sets up there rigs.

Here's my latest endevor.  Traded a coyote rifle for a Marsh Rat for hunting river backwaters and and estuaries along the coast.
Most of my runs are pretty long so I modified it to a "Power Rat".  Been out twice and it is great really works well where my other boat is too large.

(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/Browndaug/PowerRat002.jpg)

AWS
Title: Re: Waterfowl Boats, blinds etc.
Post by: gasman on November 24, 2011, 08:49:17 PM
Nice AWS, gonna have to take pic. of my set up the next time I go out and post them.

I added a motor to mine and Its a life saver  ;)
Title: Re: Waterfowl Boats, blinds etc.
Post by: bigcans on November 25, 2011, 06:55:57 PM
guys, i need some advice on what would be inexpensive waterproof or resistant material I can find to put on the inside upper flaps of my Avery boat blind? Home depot? I remember when working in AK, we used a heavy plastic for ground cover in the scrawl space under the homes we built but think the zip ties will eventually tear out. But maybe not since there wouldnt be much stress on that section. Cut a 2 ft piece and run it the length on each side? maybe add some brown paint to it?

Also, those of you who are using an avery or Northern flight from Cabela's, are you covering the middle section opening by laying mats over the opening but they could fall into the water if not using some ball huggers. i don't really like the opening i have in the boat. As long as there isn't any movement on my part I should be good. the boat is green lowe roughneck. thanks.
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Post by: ICEMAN on November 25, 2011, 08:37:17 PM
bigcans, try tyvek house wrap. Lightweight, very durable... Not sure how well paint will stick though...
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Post by: Skagit_Hunter on November 25, 2011, 09:14:26 PM
guys, i need some advice on what would be inexpensive waterproof or resistant material I can find to put on the inside upper flaps of my Avery boat blind? Home depot? I remember when working in AK, we used a heavy plastic for ground cover in the scrawl space under the homes we built but think the zip ties will eventually tear out. But maybe not since there wouldnt be much stress on that section. Cut a 2 ft piece and run it the length on each side? maybe add some brown paint to it?

Also, those of you who are using an avery or Northern flight from Cabela's, are you covering the middle section opening by laying mats over the opening but they could fall into the water if not using some ball huggers. i don't really like the opening i have in the boat. As long as there isn't any movement on my part I should be good. the boat is green lowe roughneck. thanks.

Use 3M spray adhesive. once stuck its a done deal
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Post by: bigcans on November 27, 2011, 03:07:54 PM
yeah there is an idea. Thanks.  :dunno: my brain just can't think anymore
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Post by: h2ofowlr on November 28, 2011, 09:42:26 PM
I love duckboats, wish this thread were more active, would really like seeing the different ways everyone sets up there rigs.

Here's my latest endevor.  Traded a coyote rifle for a Marsh Rat for hunting river backwaters and and estuaries along the coast.
Most of my runs are pretty long so I modified it to a "Power Rat".  Been out twice and it is great really works well where my other boat is too large.

(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/Browndaug/PowerRat002.jpg)

AWS
Since it has a motor on it, does it need to be registered now in the state of Washington.  Depending on what waterway your on, you may be subject to a ticket.  Good modification though.
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Post by: h2ofowlr on November 28, 2011, 09:49:55 PM
Bigcans,
You can go to Harbour Freight and get the camo tarps for cheap.  Take the 20% off coupon with you that you get out of the paper and you will save additional money.  You can fuse the tarps together to wrap both sides if need be with camo tape and zip ties.  If your going for cheap.  I would then lightly go over the camo with olive drap camo paint to get rid of the shine.  I purchased the wind stopper for my Avery pop-up blind.  It works great and in high wind I have a nice sail boat as well.
For the top of my blind I use ball snuggers with a piece of the camo netting that I picked up at Wholesale sports.  It's the camo with the punch out made out of rip stop.  The birds despite not moving will look down into the black hole and flare.  Close up the top and make shooting holes.  If you have gras mats cover the top, so you can push out.  Your results will be better hands down.  I have have tried it many time open and closed.  I always carry a bag a zip ties to add to the blind if needed.  The more camo the better the hunt on public lands. 
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Post by: BigKav on November 30, 2011, 07:48:30 PM
(http://img.tapatalk.com/c6e4dc10-f8a7-5639.jpg)

Took her out a couple times this season. Couldn't be happier with my purchase. Hell of a nice guy sold it to me earlier this year.
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Post by: bigcans on December 01, 2011, 08:14:48 PM
Bigcans,
You can go to Harbour Freight and get the camo tarps for cheap.  Take the 20% off coupon with you that you get out of the paper and you will save additional money.  You can fuse the tarps together to wrap both sides if need be with camo tape and zip ties.  If your going for cheap.  I would then lightly go over the camo with olive drap camo paint to get rid of the shine.  I purchased the wind stopper for my Avery pop-up blind.  It works great and in high wind I have a nice sail boat as well.
For the top of my blind I use ball snuggers with a piece of the camo netting that I picked up at Wholesale sports.  It's the camo with the punch out made out of rip stop.  The birds despite not moving will look down into the black hole and flare.  Close up the top and make shooting holes.  If you have gras mats cover the top, so you can push out.  Your results will be better hands down.  I have have tried it many time open and closed.  I always carry a bag a zip ties to add to the blind if needed.  The more camo the better the hunt on public lands.

yep, got the zip ties covered. needed about 10 of them today. an idea came to me today while out there...measure the opening front, middle and back. cut some 3/4" plywood to fit. spray adhesive onto the wood and add the grass to them or burlap to break it up since there are a lot of dead heads "wood" in the river. drill a hole at the ends of them and tie them to the upper frame. remove them when done hunting.

I'm thinking the plywood pieces will work better as they won't be sagging.
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Post by: duck stamp on December 01, 2011, 09:20:50 PM
If you guys want to check out a great duck boat check out MoMarch.com,   I got mind this last Sept what a great boat.
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Post by: AWS on December 01, 2011, 10:21:00 PM
I took the pics while testing it on Non Federally Mandated Waters, it is now properly registerred and has stickers and numbers.  Thank you for the reminder, it is a tricky deal with the Mandated and Non-Mandated waters  it took a lot of calls to get a list of the waters..

AWS
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Post by: brichards44 on January 31, 2012, 08:35:51 AM

Just thought I'd share a boat build I did this winter. It was a great project and kept it under $250.

(http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j424/brichards44/IPhone1-11-2012019-1.jpg)

(http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j424/brichards44/IPhone1-11-2012023.jpg)

(http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j424/brichards44/IPhone1-11-2012024.jpg)

(http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j424/brichards44/IPhone1-11-2012026.jpg)

(http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j424/brichards44/IPhone1-11-2012048.jpg)

(http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j424/brichards44/IPhone1-11-2012049.jpg)
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Post by: gasman on January 31, 2012, 05:49:12 PM
I love it brichards44  :tup:

Looks good  :hello:
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Post by: brichards44 on February 01, 2012, 02:33:04 PM
Thanks Gasman. Thanks for all the input to help the build.  :tup:
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Post by: low97ram on February 01, 2012, 02:59:46 PM
good fun build huh Brichards?  Gasman and I got LOTS of use out of ours this season.  in fact, so much that my jon boat didn't move at all...lol

have fun with it...pretty comfy too...not that i would ever have fallen asleep in mine..lol   :yike:

Pete
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Post by: Cap.Silver on February 04, 2012, 07:13:13 PM
Gasman is the maaaannnn. I'm ready to do mine now ...thanks Pete
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Post by: gasman on February 05, 2012, 09:01:24 AM
Gasman is the maaaannnn. I'm ready to do mine now ...thanks Pete

No problem buddy, cant wait to see how you do. I know you will have as much fun building it as I did :IBCOOL:
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Post by: windygorge on February 18, 2012, 10:23:07 AM

Just thought I'd share a boat build I did this winter. It was a great project and kept it under $250.

(http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j424/brichards44/IPhone1-11-2012019-1.jpg)

(http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j424/brichards44/IPhone1-11-2012023.jpg)

(http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j424/brichards44/IPhone1-11-2012024.jpg)

(http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j424/brichards44/IPhone1-11-2012026.jpg)

(http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j424/brichards44/IPhone1-11-2012048.jpg)

(http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j424/brichards44/IPhone1-11-2012049.jpg)

how thick is the bottom.  looks like your using luan.  how has it worked for you? i have seen this one before and you built it about as simple as it gets.  thanks
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Post by: ICEMAN on February 19, 2012, 07:07:02 AM
brichards44, how did that luan hold up to water? I have seen luan sheeting delaminate very quickly when wetted...
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Post by: Skagit_Hunter on February 19, 2012, 08:23:49 AM
brichards44, how did that luan hold up to water? I have seen luan sheeting delaminate very quickly when wetted...

As long as it is resin coated good it wont delam. the edges is what matters.
FYI.... If you mix your resin, then thin it down to like water with Acetone. The Acetone will soak in the wood drawing the resin with it. great for the edges to get good penetration.
When the resin kicks the heat will be enough to dry up the Acetone.
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Post by: windygorge on February 19, 2012, 08:32:47 AM
im wondering how his floor held up.  seems too thin.  will be good to hear his feedback when he gets a chance to share.  about as simple as you can get to build though.
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Post by: windygorge on February 25, 2012, 12:32:46 PM
rookie question:  i will be building a boat this summer.  the gator duckhunter.  looking at many homebuilt boats, i have noticed how you can see the fiberglass seams under the finish coat of epoxy.  i don't want my boat to show anything underneath the finish.  how do you take care of the seams so that doesn't happen.  can you bondo before the epoxy??  how do you create a smooth finish without blemishes??  thanks
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Post by: gasman on February 25, 2012, 03:39:41 PM
rookie question:  i will be building a boat this summer.  the gator duckhunter.  looking at many homebuilt boats, i have noticed how you can see the fiberglass seams under the finish coat of epoxy.  i don't want my boat to show anything underneath the finish.  how do you take care of the seams so that doesn't happen.  can you bondo before the epoxy??  how do you create a smooth finish without blemishes??  thanks

One way to have a smooth finish is to bondo and sand the FG smooth. Lay out a layer of bondo across the rough areas and sand smooth. Most of the surface is naturally smooth from spreading the FG resign but the edges of the FG get a bit rough.
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Post by: duck stamp on March 04, 2012, 09:47:51 AM
If you are just hunting with your self and your dog check out the MoMarsh DP, you can view them on MoMarsh.com :tup:
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Post by: brichards44 on March 20, 2012, 09:44:22 AM
im wondering how his floor held up.  seems too thin.  will be good to hear his feedback when he gets a chance to share.  about as simple as you can get to build though.

Sorry it took me so long to reply, but the bottom held up great. Way better than I expected. I questioned laun at first too, but I just stuck with the instructions and made sure that I used the good fiberglass and took my time. Fun build and am ready to build another this summer.
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Post by: brichards44 on March 23, 2012, 11:22:08 AM
At first I was so concerned about any imperfection. The most important part is making sure you do a good job with the fiberglass. Once you camo you can't see any blemishes anyways.
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Post by: windygorge on September 29, 2012, 09:44:51 PM
what was the total cost once you finished?  where did you get your fiberglass? 
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Post by: windygorge on October 13, 2012, 04:05:47 PM
came across this and thought it was a good price for blind material.

http://www.armysurplusworld.com/product.asp?ProductID=50284 (http://www.armysurplusworld.com/product.asp?ProductID=50284)
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Post by: Goldeneye on October 13, 2012, 06:00:50 PM
came across this and thought it was a good price for blind material.

http://www.armysurplusworld.com/product.asp?ProductID=50284 (http://www.armysurplusworld.com/product.asp?ProductID=50284)

Thanks I just ordered it.  Not sure where I'll use it yet, but it looks like good material at a good price..
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Post by: spur_ride on October 15, 2012, 09:47:00 PM
Hey guys, quick question, I just picked up an aluminum canoe for some of the small ponds and lakes I hunt and I'm just wondering the best route for painting this thing without it just coming off in the first couple trips. I'm hoping to just be able to rough up the aluminum a bit, then hit it with a primer of some kind then paint away but I'mm just not sure if that would do the trick.  :dunno: Any help wold be great. Thanks
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Post by: gasman on October 16, 2012, 04:16:01 PM
Hey guys, quick question, I just picked up an aluminum canoe for some of the small ponds and lakes I hunt and I'm just wondering the best route for painting this thing without it just coming off in the first couple trips. I'm hoping to just be able to rough up the aluminum a bit, then hit it with a primer of some kind then paint away but I'mm just not sure if that would do the trick.  :dunno: Any help wold be great. Thanks


Sounds like you have the right idea  :tup:

just have a extra can of paint for touch up when it does scratch ;)
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Post by: 92xj on October 16, 2012, 04:26:32 PM
Get an etching primer and dont worry to much about roughing up the aluminum to much before primer. 
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Post by: spur_ride on October 18, 2012, 09:20:13 PM
Well, I got started on the canoe but had to stop priming her when the skies started looking bad but heres what ive got so far. Not much but in a couple days she'll be good to go.
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Post by: wraithen on October 19, 2012, 08:35:25 AM
I would either throw down a lighter base coat primer after that or at least base coat a light grey or tan. Getting some colors to cover that black may be a huge pain.  :twocents: What pattern are you doing?
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Post by: spur_ride on October 19, 2012, 08:36:44 AM
Im going to prime it black, then shootit with Just OD Green and probably stencil in some grass
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Post by: brichards44 on October 26, 2012, 09:16:48 AM
what was the total cost once you finished?  where did you get your fiberglass?

I did it for about $250.00. I got the fiberglass at Fiberglass Mart in Everett on HWY 99. Good deal and quality glass and resin.
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Post by: iRem on October 26, 2012, 01:34:39 PM
Here's a boat that I just acquired, new project boat for the boys and I!!
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Post by: spur_ride on October 26, 2012, 04:56:47 PM
Looks likes a great project for you guys! Make sure to post pics of the finished product
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Post by: iRem on October 27, 2012, 08:40:50 PM
Here's a boat that I just acquired, new project boat for the boys and I!!
This is going to be an easy fixer upper! Just need to strip the paint change a couple of boards and refinish it with new paint. Just need to figure out the type of paint, primer and stencil to use for duck hunting!
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Post by: cliffordingles on November 20, 2012, 07:38:51 AM
Hey everyone. So im new to waterfowl hunting this year. I ended up getting a canoe to help get back to a few blinds I was shown. It does great and even came with some down riggers. I painted it up last weekend and hunted out of it on saturday, it did pretty good.

I think I want to add a headlight to the front lol. Any suggestions?

I was also thinking of making some kinda cheap blind, any thoughts there?

Thanks for reading.
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Post by: Kola16 on November 21, 2012, 10:14:36 AM
I don't know how to make a blind out of it, but a little ingenuity, and I know you could  :tup:
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Post by: wraithen on November 21, 2012, 10:23:38 AM
To blind up that canoe you have a few options. If you don't want to drill into it I'd say some plastic clamps holding up a mesh of some sort with grasses woven into it. You could even lay some cheap wooden planks out as "doors" that just lie on top or get some burlap and cover yourself up in the middle until shooting time. The problem is that thing will sit pretty high in the water.
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Post by: cliffordingles on November 21, 2012, 07:03:49 PM
Thanks guys! I'll try to figure something out lol. right now im thinking of maybe getting something like a few bendable tent poles to arch over the canoe from side to side and cover it with burlap and grass...

The sites ive been to while hunting out of the canoe have high grass on the edges so i dont think the canoe and a blind with be too high up.
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Post by: AWS on November 23, 2012, 07:48:55 PM
Saw your canoe in action today, nice rig.
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Post by: cliffordingles on November 24, 2012, 10:02:16 PM
Saw your canoe in action today, nice rig.
Thanks man! It does pretty good with 1 or 2 people in it. I think your little marsh rat is a slick setup! Thats the way to go  :tup:
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Post by: JJD on January 23, 2013, 08:46:38 PM
My boat keeps me warm and dry most of the time.
1 Set out,
2 Ready to travel
3 Inside with my abused CBR during a slow time.  The floor mats are from Costco,  No slip, keep feet from fryin in summer fishing, Get dirty ya pull'em out, hit'em with the hose, let'em dry reinstall.  Heavy enough they don't fly out go'in down the river.
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Post by: brichards44 on January 30, 2013, 08:34:37 AM
what was the total cost once you finished?  where did you get your fiberglass?

Sorry it has been some time since I've been on the site. Total cost was about $250.00 and I had a lot of left over material. Got the fiberglass and Resin at a fiberglass store called Fiberglass Mart in Everett, WA.
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Post by: full choke on January 30, 2013, 09:17:15 PM
My boat keeps me warm and dry most of the time.
1 Set out,
2 Ready to travel
3 Inside with my abused CBR during a slow time.  The floor mats are from Costco,  No slip, keep feet from fryin in summer fishing, Get dirty ya pull'em out, hit'em with the hose, let'em dry reinstall.  Heavy enough they don't fly out go'in down the river.

Nice looking set up JJD! :tup:
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Post by: fethrduster on February 02, 2013, 07:05:27 PM
Hi Guys,

I need your help trying to decide what to do with my little 10' fiberglass layout boat:

(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j231/marklart/P1060882_zpsbf8f9969.jpg)

(http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j231/marklart/P1060883_zps04d5116e.jpg)

It's a converted sailboat, as you can see by the rudder bracket on the transom, the centerboard slot sticking up midway (I have the original wooden center board and sail too), and the mast hole on the bow.   I cut out the cockpit so I can lay down in it, and it's actually quite comfortable.  My main beef with it is that it is fairly heavy for its size (somewhere around 100lbs I'm guessing), and it doesn't have much draft or freeboard, so I only use it on small water.  I've actually had a friend of mine with me in it on a small private lake, and it worked great, so it has a pretty big load capacity.   All grassed up, she disappears for sure.  Even so, I would love to be able to take it to rivers and coastal estuaries (with only me in it, no dog).

What I'm wondering is, if I built up the sides of the cockpit like on a marsh rat, would that make it at all safe enough for small chop on bigger water?  I could put a transom on it to mount an electric motor pretty easily.   Doing all this will only increase its weight though.  Or, should I just sell it and build my own lighter weight version?  I tow it around in the utility trailer you see in the pics (which I'm considering selling too).  I've even thought about getting a 10' aluminum rowboat and chopping it in half all the way around, taking the seats out, and putting a deck on it.  Hmmm.....  WWUDHD?  (What would you duck hunters do?) :dunno:

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Post by: jgoetz on February 03, 2013, 05:04:07 PM
I have a small boat (not a layout) that I have a fairly large electric on for the size of the boat.  I would never think about taking it to the estuaries.  I have a general rule of thumb not to take anything that isn't gas powered onto the big water.  I figure this way I don't risk becoming a statistic.  It looks like it would handle inland water fairly well though.  Lots of guy would want one of those.  I see plenty of uses for it.  Just be careful.
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Post by: fethrduster on February 04, 2013, 02:25:37 PM
Thanks.  I used to hunt Wallapa Bay a lot when I lived in Vancouver, and would love to be able to hunt similar areas again.  As long as I stayed close to shore on inland coves on decent weather days, I think I would be fine, but I agree, I would have to be very careful.  I was out in a friends little 14' sears gamefisher twin hull fiberglass boat with 9hp yamaha when the wind came up, and we were fighting 6' swells on the way back to the launch.  No way I would have made it in a tiny boat like this, or a marsh rat either, for that matter.   If I do decide to keep it, I'm going to put enclosed flotation foam in the bow and stern for safety sake. 
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Post by: low97ram on May 14, 2013, 09:30:31 PM
Hey all. I have an older 14' sears Jon boat and have just acquired a new/never used gooseview duck island boat blind that has all the parts, but no instructions. Though I'm sure I could make it work, I was wondering if anyone has one of these or knows how it's "supposed" to be set up. Maybe even the booklet. And yes...they were bought out by beavertail and I talked to them but since gooseview went out of business they don't carry anything associated with their stuff.
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Post by: Jim Sr. on June 17, 2013, 09:10:28 PM
Pete, how did it go? Did ya getrdone already?
Jim
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Post by: low97ram on June 17, 2013, 09:33:42 PM
Pete, how did it go? Did ya getrdone already?
Jim

Gotta make some mods but it should work fine. Unless I sell the boat n get a bigger one.  Lol. One can dream, rt?
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Post by: Jim Sr. on June 18, 2013, 02:00:52 PM
I hear ya bro, 2'itis is a biatch...
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Post by: aaronoto on September 21, 2013, 10:01:19 PM
Just finished grassing up my Aquapod.

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Post by: Brad Harshman on October 31, 2013, 09:06:07 PM
Here's my custom built blind on my 14ft.
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Post by: Elkstuffer on December 02, 2013, 11:14:55 PM
Hey Brad, how do you keep all of your grass etc from blowing off when trailering to the water? I'm in the process of building a frame for my 15' john boat and not quite sure what to do about covering it. Thanks.
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Post by: pens fan on December 04, 2013, 09:04:07 PM
Finished...well, almost. Its testing and improvement time. 18' G3.
I started this two years ago. I fabricated new pedestal mounts so i can quickly swap out between seasons without changing the boat permanently. I used 3/4" conduit and tent pole brackets from an awning place. The frame only cost about $125, the netting was $80, but the jute was another $100. And i still dont have enough.
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Post by: pens fan on December 04, 2013, 09:19:06 PM
The starboard side is fixed because of the console, but uses push pins for ease and quickness. The port side drops, and is lower to peak over while sitting down.
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Post by: pens fan on December 04, 2013, 09:30:43 PM
The drop side is controlled by gravity only, using an "L" hook on a rope attached to a rope that is pulled. I may convert this to a foot operation using a piece of wood.
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Post by: pens fan on December 04, 2013, 09:32:06 PM
Pic
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Post by: pens fan on December 05, 2013, 12:54:47 AM
Some more pics. I was trying to figure out a way to keep the dog warm...and my arse....
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Post by: pens fan on December 05, 2013, 08:45:48 PM
Added the foot pedal today. I also installed two portholes so the dogs can peak out. Some more pics.
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Post by: pens fan on December 05, 2013, 08:58:47 PM
Last three...
Port side you can see the two portholes fore and aft. Missing is the beavertail dog ladder ( it was frozen to the deck and the outboard cover) and the outboard cover i made from two burlap bags sewn together. The jute ghillie strings were frozen, so it looks like a bad hair day, but really looks good. Time for a spray bottle of salt water...

Starboard (the fixed side) is not totally "ghillied out" yet. I still need a cover for the trolling motor.
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Post by: pens fan on December 05, 2013, 09:02:26 PM
I found one safety issue on out test trip. My dog, Mace, likes to look right through the scissor framework that drops down....that could hurt. I'm thinking of some kind of netting.
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Post by: Brad Harshman on December 13, 2013, 01:00:45 PM
Hey Brad, how do you keep all of your grass etc from blowing off when trailering to the water? I'm in the process of building a frame for my 15' john boat and not quite sure what to do about covering it. Thanks.
When I'm towing my boat down the highway everything is rolled up.  The grass/foilage isn't really affected.  Here is my boat with the blind in the down position. I tuck everything inside the backing material and tie it up with small lengths of cord so it wont be torn apart by the wind.
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Post by: Badhabit on December 30, 2013, 01:56:54 PM
My duck and fishing machine.
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Post by: LndShrk on December 30, 2013, 02:11:56 PM
My duck and fishing machine.

The Hendrix Turf..  :rockin:

That boat gets it done..  :tup:
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Post by: Badhabit on December 30, 2013, 02:45:24 PM
Sharkey, I'm working on putting together one of those Pvc pipe stereo's. 6.5" speakers, bluetooth and mp3 attachment with volume control powered by a 12-volt hookup.
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Post by: irishevox on June 01, 2014, 08:20:29 PM
Just did mine today got a free 10 ft and it was in rough shape.  Still need to build something to hold up camo on the sides.  All I had to do was paint the whole thing

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Post by: cliffordingles on October 05, 2014, 09:33:29 PM
Here my work in progress blind! should be done with the construction tomorrow.
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Post by: irishevox on October 06, 2014, 07:15:04 AM
nice keep'em comin ya;ll
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Post by: low97ram on November 04, 2014, 07:15:33 AM
finally got the blind on the stealth thanks to another forum member....

re-pete
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Post by: GregFowler23 on November 14, 2014, 09:34:50 PM
This is what i have been looking for for, i have the same boat and have been trying to find ways to put a blind on it.  If your willing to PM me, this would help me out alot. Thanks
finally got the blind on the stealth thanks to another forum member....

re-pete
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Post by: eastsidemallard74 on November 24, 2014, 01:44:33 PM
I have a question(actually a debate with father in law) for all the boat owners with blinds on them, and specifically use the sheets of blind grass. Do you leave it on there all season, or do you take it off after each hunt(obviously after it dries) And the 2nd part to the question, do you wrap it up with anything while driving?
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Post by: JimSR. on November 04, 2015, 01:00:41 PM
Anyone have any experience blinding up an windshield boat?
I got two foot itis this year and sold the open 16' Willie predator and got an 18'Jetcraft Yukon......
It fishes just as well as the smaller boat but has more room and seats but want to use it for Duckin too.

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Post by: Bennick16 on November 29, 2015, 08:22:43 PM
I just put three layers of primer on my aluminum boat, do I have to wait for the primer to completely dry before putting on my base layer?
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Post by: jgoetz on January 18, 2016, 01:47:40 PM
I just put three layers of primer on my aluminum boat, do I have to wait for the primer to completely dry before putting on my base layer?

Absolutely yes.  Let the primer dry for at least 24 hours. 
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Post by: bowjunkie on October 20, 2016, 07:51:05 PM
everything will take a little longer to dry in this wet weather. Take ur time u won't regret it.
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Post by: LipRipper! on November 02, 2016, 01:20:54 PM
Been planning on doing this during the summer, but of course I scramble to build it the day before I go out.  With that said, I was pretty excited how it turned out!  I had birds flying in without a clue that I was there.  It was a pretty simple project.  It was built on my 12 foot jon boat.  I built a 10 foot scissor frame and mounted it to the boat.  Then, I zip tied Tanglefree Knotted Blind Grass Sheets to it.  It traveled well folded down going 70 mph.  I still have to do a little tweaking, but I'm happy with it.  I'm going to drill a few more holes in the scissor frame so I can adjust the height and I'll make a designated spot for my dog to go in and out.  Fun project!
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Post by: Fieldp66 on November 25, 2016, 01:40:50 PM
Our fence line home away from home. We used 2x3 non climb fencing and wove grass from the surrounding area through it.
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Post by: sakoshooter on February 17, 2017, 09:36:54 PM
My boat keeps me warm and dry most of the time.
1 Set out,
2 Ready to travel
3 Inside with my abused CBR during a slow time.  The floor mats are from Costco,  No slip, keep feet from fryin in summer fishing, Get dirty ya pull'em out, hit'em with the hose, let'em dry reinstall.  Heavy enough they don't fly out go'in down the river.

Just now saw these pics. Dog in front of the heater all wrapped up. Looks good ol timer.
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Post by: YoungFowler on June 25, 2017, 06:52:39 PM
Made a simple blind out of an old Bimini boat cover frame for our job boat. It can fold down for transfer as well. Once the seasons closer I'll put on some grass and camo.

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Post by: Elkstuffer on July 01, 2017, 07:46:10 PM
Great idea Youngfowler! I'm building a frame out of conduit this summer. I'll post some pics when it's finished.
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Post by: YoungFowler on July 14, 2017, 03:21:01 PM
I put camo duct tape on the frame to get rid of the shine of the metal and I also put on some camo netting.