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.
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. Notice the binding that covers the ragged edge of the mesh.
One buckle at each corner.
Copper will walk over the grass to begin a retrieve. However, I’ll release a buckle on whichever side he returns and roll the grass back so that he doesn’t tear it up when he returns with a bird. This will also give him better grip with his claws in the carpet.
I cut openings around the anchor pole sleeve, anchor cleat, and bilge outlet. Each of these is reinforced with binding.
View of entire panel.
Brush from the foot of the flip blind door will overlap the bow brushing panel to avoid any gaps in coverage.
I’m pleased with the qualities of these panels. They are flexible enough to roll up for transport and storage and yet are heavy enough to hopefully survive years of abuse. Here's a link to Rockywoods Outdoor Fabrics, my source for this material.
In the next installment I’ll discuss building the dog blind frame.
-- Mark, Minnesota