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Boat blind

Postby ctwiggs1 » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:05 am

I am getting an aluminum 14ft pond boat for a sales price of $1!

It's already camo'd up pretty good but I want to build one of those scissor blinds for it. I've noticed there are quite a few different designs and they have different features, have you guys had any experience? Anything you've seen that you liked or didn't like?

Goal is to build the blind in Sept. to have ready for October.

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Re: Boat blind

Postby Shade » Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:35 am

I like blinds that:
1) "lock" in the up OR down positions
2) Have a dog access door/port
3) Wind Blocker material is a Nice luxury.... But by no means needed.
4) That have SOLID frames. (I think that is important enough to put up with extra weight)

I dislike blinds that:

1) Are so high that they act like a sail
2) Flap in the wind
3) Don't allow a view of all sides (windows/view ports are golden)
4) Are just plain PITA's

Have fun Curtis. And don't take any short cuts. Make it exactly how you want it. Congrats on the sale price!
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Re: Boat blind

Postby ctwiggs1 » Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:47 am

LOL thanks Shade.

My father in law wants to buy himself a new boat and knows that I am looking for something to start playing around with. The only reason for the sale is so that I will take the title responsibility off his hands for the trailer. I'll probably keep it a few years then upgrade myself.

I appreciate the input. I'll have to look into design concepts - it seems that a lot of guys are using hardcore marine Bimini type plastics, not just cheap home depot stuff.

Thanks again

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Re: Boat blind

Postby ScaupHunter » Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:17 am

You can get really complex, or you can buy bimini parts of from Sportsmans Guide, Use two U shaped pieces of EMT conduit and run supports at the ends and in the middle to hold it in place. A blind can be built pretty cheaply or built like a tank for more money.
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