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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #27: Brushing the Boat

10-15-2015 02:23 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Overview All of the sewing is done and I included brushing straps on the flip blind doors to insert brushing material. I planned to use zip ties on the mesh panels at the bow and stern and on the dog blind. The original plan was to use Avery Killer Weed, a Rafia grass product, over the whole boat. That didn’t work out as well as planned… First Attempt = Failure I blended Avery Killer Weed’s All-Terrain and Cattail Slough together thinking it would be an effective...

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

09-18-2015 02:12 AM by DustyMark | 6 comments »

Overview 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. Modeling 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 ...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #25: Fabricating the Dog Blind Frame

09-16-2015 10:12 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Overview The only portion of the boat remaining to be covered is the dog blind area in the stern of the cockpit. Copper is pretty small, so I didn’t leave him a whole lot of room to “nest.” The height is just enough for my head to clear when I sit up. Copper can lay down or sit with his head lowered. Allowing him full seated head clearance would defeat the purpose of a layout boat. Construction I built the frame from 3/4” aluminum tubing and bimini fit...

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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 a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #23: Sewing the Flip Blind Doors

09-15-2015 03:59 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Overview With all the framework complete for the flip blind doors, it was time to sew Cordura nylon to the frames. I made the plunge and bought a heavy duty sewing machine that I’d considered for many years. This is the Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1 sewing machine. I considered this a major tool purchase and it will definitely make it easier to outfit these three layout boats. Here's a link to Sailrite Kits for more information on the machine. Material Selection We chose 1...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #22: Triple-Stack Trailer Modification

09-08-2015 02:25 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Overview The three layout boats are done and we modified my brother’s trailer to haul all three of them in a stacked configuration. Our set-up requires a frame to hold three boats, a set of ramps, and a cart. Frame The frame is constructed with pressure treated 2×4’s held together with bolts and lag screws. Each bunk has a strip of wood that mates with the outside edge of the runners of the layout boat. This helps keep the boat aligned on the bunks. The frame i...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #21: Fabricating the Flip Blind Door Frames

08-27-2015 01:55 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Overview I’ve enjoyed using the layout boat for fishing, but duck season is only a month away and it’s time to finish the final stages of making this boat “disappear” from wary ducks in the marsh. That involves fabricating flip blind doors, a dog blind, and brushing out the entire boat. Fabricating the flip blind door frames requires head brackets, foot brackets, and tubular framing. Head Brackets Both aluminum crossbars attach to brackets screwed to the...

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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 #19: Upholstering the Layout Board

08-23-2015 01:41 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Overview I’ve had my layout board dry assembled for quite some time, but put it on pause during construction of the second and third layout boats. Those boats are nearing completion (about to fiberglass the decks), so we needed to keep prototyping the fitting out of my boat. The two major steps of upholstering the layout board are fastening the foam and fitting the cover. Fastening the Foam I used five layers of foam while building up the ergonomic shape of the layout b...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #18: Building a Cart and Modifying a Utility Trailer

08-20-2015 10:18 PM by DustyMark | 3 comments »

Overview It’s been great to put the boat to use and discover how versatile it is in MN. It makes a great two-person fishing boat for small lakes. Here’s Mary with her first catch from the boat…a 20” Northern Pike. Here’s me with our catch from another trip…a 5 pound and a 3 1/4 pound largemouth bass. We plan to modify the boat by installing adjustable pedestal columns, bass boat seats, and flush bases to mount them. This will require con...

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