Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #26: Sewing the Dog Blind

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 09-18-2015 02:12 AM 2751 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 25: Fabricating the Dog Blind Frame Part 26 of Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat series Part 27: Brushing the Boat »


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.


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 into the blind at first.

I eventually got him in there.

I used a light tarp that was wrapped around my marine plywood delivery. I pinned the shape from the outside to experiment with what made good lines. I eventually used these pieces as rough patterns.


I designed the dog blind so that Copper can see clearly out the bow by looking over my shoulder. He has a marginal view through the mesh and brushing material. It’s a tight fit, but he settles down nicely.

I like Copper’s position safely behind me. NOTE: I removed the wire from the mesh in the flip blind door that helps hide my face. It was more of a bother than a benefit.

The drop into this blind from the rear deck isn’t the easiest even for a small dog like Copper. I made entry and exit easier by installing a zipper. The zipper also gives me access to the anchor pole slot and the anchor cleat. I can easily reach over the dog blind to access the buckles and the zipper.

I like the lines of the blind. Six buckles around the perimeter hold the mesh and help keep the blind’s shape. My head clears the front bar by about an inch.

View from stern.


Designing and sewing the blind was a pain, but the final product made the effort worthwhile. I need to sew my other flip blind door and then I’ll brush the boat.


In the next installment I’ll discuss brushing the boat with Avery Killer Weed.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#1 posted 09-18-2015 03:32 AM

Mark, your boat it totally awesome!

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#2 posted 09-18-2015 04:40 AM

Thanks Bob. I’m finding out that about half the total work was the basic boat build. All of the other custom goodies I’ve built added considerably more to the overall hours. Those also make the boat “mine.” Eight days until waterfowl opener…

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#3 posted 10-05-2015 08:49 PM

Hey Mark, i have been looking into building one of these boats for abut 2 years now and i am planning on finally making the plunge after reading over this build series. i was curious where you bought the Kara plans from and had a few other questions about the build. just joined the sight and can’t PM yet.

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#4 posted 10-05-2015 10:47 PM

Matt, these are great boats. We’ve used them a few times out in the wild rice lakes that we regularly hunt and they’re a very stable platform to hunt from. Our biggest concern is that we way overbuilt them (they “blimped out” to 160 pounds) for the kind of treks we take down muddy and rock strewn trails to reach remote lakes. My brother and I hauled our boats about a half mile into a great lake today and it was a “death march” that we won’t do again. One bad stretch of the trail is rutted out with water flooded to almost 2’ deep where even the boat and cart were floating. It took two of us to pull and push through those spots.

Once we got to the lake, we were set up great today. I finished my brother’s dog blind and it worked awesome for his lab that weighs about 75 pounds. We gave her two inches more behind his layout board and also raised the height another two inches. Properly brushed, this doesn’t seem to flare the ducks. She was able to place her head even with my brother’s and mark many of the ten ducks we shot today. My brother released the dog by unzipping the back of the dog blind and letting her exit from the rear deck. She recovered to the same spot. It’s a little hard for her to get in, but she eventually squeezes in!

If I were to do it over again, I would have only built my boat this season in order for it to serve as a prototype. As it stands, we have three overweight boats for our purposes. If you will do some remote access like we do, fiberglass and epoxy less of the plywood to shave weight. I’m putting a 1/4” plywood floor back in for duck season.

I think I included a link to the designer’s website in my first blog entry. Plans are something like $30 plus $5 for shipping.

I plan to buy a Bobcat Mag 1 next year to use on some of our more remote lakes. It weighs only 65 pounds. Here's a link to their site. This won’t take as much gear as the Kara Hummer, but it’s an option or a supplement!

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#5 posted 10-06-2015 01:51 AM

The things that we are most concerned with is stability and a good hide. We built a custom blind for a John boat 2 years ago and it looks great but it is just too hard to hide in the bays along the finger lakes and bays of the great lakes. The furthest we will be humping these rigs is about 200 yards (after that they will be paddled or propelled by a small trolling motor), but we will definitely look into ways to reduce the overall weight. This build looks just as good as a production momarsh.

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#6 posted 10-06-2015 01:52 AM

Looking forward to seeing the final product all grassed in!!

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