Any ideas on Camoing up a 12/14ft aluminum boat?

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Any ideas on Camoing up a 12/14ft aluminum boat?

Postby madmax18 » Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:30 pm

Hey I am going to get either a 12ft or 14ft aluminum boat this year to duck hunt out of. anyone out there have any ideas on how to set up a camo system on the boat besides painting the boat itself? Also would a fiberglass boat or jon boat be better to use than an alumminum boat?
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Re: Any ideas on Camoing up a 12/14ft aluminum boat?

Postby Tool-Man » Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:20 pm

Just a quick thought... If you are getting a small boat (12-14'), you probably won't be hunting out if it but rather using it to access a place to hunt. A camo net and/or a little burlap to cover it will probably surve you just fine.
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Re: Any ideas on Camoing up a 12/14ft aluminum boat?

Postby rclare1223 » Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:34 pm

i hunt out of a 12' aluminum v hull.i used 3/4" pvc pipe and made a frame around it then got some die cut camo net and attached it to it and it works great just be sure not to set it up to high so you cant shoot over it.i used t fittings to mount it to the boat so i can take up or down easily.a v hull is ok for 2 guys but a jon boat with high sides would be better they give the guy in the front more leg room.
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Re: Any ideas on Camoing up a 12/14ft aluminum boat?

Postby ShaqDiesel » Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:16 pm

there is a guy on craigslist that sells max 4 camo boat covers for like 50 bucks, they fit a jon or a v hull and they have a couple of big zippered openings for one or two men.
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Re: Any ideas on Camoing up a 12/14ft aluminum boat?

Postby madmax18 » Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:50 pm

oh yeah pvc seems like it'd work pretty well. i was thinkin of using metal then some how making some pivot poins and such but pvc sounds eaier. how did you attach the t fitting to the boat?

What craigslist is he on?
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Re: Any ideas on Camoing up a 12/14ft aluminum boat?

Postby Tealer » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:31 pm

With pvc you attach it with a horseshoe shaped clamp, you can pick them up at home depot for less then a buck.
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Re: Any ideas on Camoing up a 12/14ft aluminum boat?

Postby h2ofowlr » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:37 pm

If your going to buy a v-hull in the 12'-14' range you could always get those 3' long threaded bolts. Weld and eye to the top of each one and thread one into each corner. A nut and washer on top and a nut and washer on the underside. Run a rope through the eyes and get one of the pre-cut fabric leaf patters in Max-4 or Duck Blind Camo and wrap it around the boat. That will get you by. You can always use some camo bunge cords to pull in the top if need be.
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Re: Any ideas on Camoing up a 12/14ft aluminum boat?

Postby rclare1223 » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:52 pm

i turned the T fitting upside down and screwed each side to the gunwale with the middle of the T facing up you can just push the upright post in to it to set it up.i leave it down to and from the lake then set it up after i get my dekes out and have the boat where i want it.all the fittings and the pipe cost me about $35 the netting i use is about $50 its the max-4 die cut 54"x30' which is enough to go all the way around the boat.
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Re: Any ideas on Camoing up a 12/14ft aluminum boat?

Postby Drake Drayage » Thu Feb 11, 2010 12:18 am

I'm gonna try the Styx River Stencils with Max 4 pattern on my 17' lowe roughneck... but it's probably close to $150 total for all the paint I'll need.
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Re: Any ideas on Camoing up a 12/14ft aluminum boat?

Postby madmax18 » Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:21 pm

Finished product. 1436 jon boat 15 hp motor with custom paint job. Any tips on a blind frame that includes a over head cover?
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Re: Any ideas on Camoing up a 12/14ft aluminum boat?

Postby ScaupHunter » Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:41 am

Do a google search for make your own boat blind and go to the boat and blind forum here and do some reading. Tons of ideas for blinds and how to build them in that forum. I would reccomend using Bimini top parts and EMT. I made a simple U shape for each side of my blind then used Bimini components to attach it to the boat. Support poles at each end with through bolts and bimini connections to the boat and I was done.
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Re: Any ideas on Camoing up a 12/14ft aluminum boat?

Postby eagles2069 » Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:10 pm

Look up member Ichabod97 he has a great how to blind build. It's in a powerpoint. It's super easy to follow.
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Re: Any ideas on Camoing up a 12/14ft aluminum boat?

Postby Triggerman » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:36 pm

Just one: unless you are hunting a land locked lake, where wind is no problem, you'll need a bigger boat...

And if wind ain't a problem, you got the wrong lake. And the wrong boat, too.
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