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boat blind build

Postby Leatherneck » Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:32 pm

Me and a buddy spend some time in the garage today trying to build a frame for my boat. It came out a little higher than I wanted so I might trim it down a little bit so top would be level with the windshield. Still need to figure out how to do the front of the boat. The idea is to leave the lower section of the frame in place and then take the top down and set it into the boat while towing it. We'll see how it works out and tweak it.

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Re: boat blind build

Postby brokerbyduck » Sat Nov 23, 2013 11:33 pm

Looks cool, I almost put a hard blind on my lowe this year. Might still weld one up for next year. You'd know better than me, but that looks a bit tall? I have a buddy with a similar boat and I'm just going off what I remember.
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Re: boat blind build

Postby Leatherneck » Sat Nov 23, 2013 11:51 pm

Yeah I think it is too high how it is, I think we will have to cut it down some but not sure if I can go lower than the windshield or if I should just set the frame to a good height then go up and over the windshield when I grass it over
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Re: boat blind build

Postby Cougar125 » Sun Nov 24, 2013 12:47 am

I like it, but it is my opinion that it's a little tall.
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Re: boat blind build

Postby Tool-Man » Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:36 am

Nice boat. :yes:
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Re: boat blind build

Postby bknilvr00 » Sun Nov 24, 2013 1:06 pm

Don't listen to these guys. If you can completely grass it, youd look like a big clump of brush. Plus you'd have so much space itd be like hunting in luxury.

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Re: boat blind build

Postby somethinsmellsfishy » Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:34 pm

Nice rig,please show us some pics of how your attaching it inside and closer detail shots so that those of us that are mechanically challenged can see how it's done!

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Re: boat blind build

Postby northern hunter » Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:04 pm

It does look a little high, but if you are up against a high bank, cattails, ect. it will be fine. Looks great.
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Re: boat blind build

Postby Leatherneck » Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:20 pm

Here are a few more photes, its a frame in the shape of a U that wraps around the front of the boat on the floor to support the upper section of it. Its ABS plastic with just typical plumbing fittings from home depot to put it all together. I cut it down a few inches today, its hard to tell in the pictures though. There is a enough room inside to move around but not going to be able to stand up in there. It will be used on bigger water like the Columbia so hopefully how big it looks wont be that big of an issue. I got some of the backing laid out on the frame today to lay grass on it, hope to be using it next weekend.

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Re: boat blind build

Postby wetside » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:34 pm

How many inches is that from the water line to top of the blind?
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Re: boat blind build

Postby Leatherneck » Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:47 pm

It's about 50"
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Re: boat blind build

Postby somethinsmellsfishy » Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:51 pm

Thanks for the additional photos, pictures do speak a thousand words. Interesting concept and it will be interesting to hear how it works out for you. I have thought about how I could do something along those same lines but I have a radar arch and radar up on my sound boat.

Riding in that as opposed to a flat bottom Lowe boat would certainly prompt me to get out on the Big C myself, until then its pretty much a no go.

Please keep us up to date and let us know about how it works for you.


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Re: boat blind build

Postby h2ofowlr » Sun Nov 24, 2013 11:11 pm

Looks good so far. To bad you couldn't get some sheets of camo adhesive and wrap the boat. It really looks good and can be removed if desired. Otherwise brown burlap is a good option to wrap the boat with as a base layer.
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Re: boat blind build

Postby AnonymousDuck » Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:57 pm

Great idea, never seen one on that kind of boat.
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Re: boat blind build

Postby Squirts dad » Sat Nov 30, 2013 5:28 pm

You might want to close the top in a little, when birds fly over they will see large dark holes or something shiny inside the boat. I made one similar to yours and it has worked great for many years. You were right even with the windshield is good for my boat. I used something different for the mesh but I like yours. Ours is covered with the fast grass 4x4 mats that look good, the only draw back is drying them after each use to keep them from molding.
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