Thanks for the compliment.
I am at duck camp for another couple of days. This is our first split, which has given me time to work a few kinks out and figure out exactly how to shoot comfortably out of the blind. I will have some pics from the hunt with the blind in action. Some areas were too muddy to get out to take a picture of the boat from a distance. I managed a couple.
The blind is held up by 2straps. One is in the front and one is in the rear. The blind only requires one guy to set up. You can tilt the framers frame up into position from the rear, then clip the straps together. I use the 2" nylon webbing and plastic buckle like what's on a water belt. Once the rear is locked in, I walk to the front a clip it. The front is added reinforcement. I would be confident that the rear strap is enought to hold the blind in place under most circumstances. The front blind frame tilts back once you are seated. As you tilt it into position you flip over a little additional grass covered webbing to cover the rear deck and up the side of the motor.
So far it has been my son and I to hunt out of it. We have adjusted the blind long the length of the hole to get rid of the three black holes. It is pretty we'll broken up with loose grass hanging along the length of the opening. We found the two dogs can sit between us and when they sit, they can see right out of the opening. They are pleased to see and have a little breeze blowing in their face. For now, we have been throwing an extra piece of webbing over the gunwhale to recover the registration numbers and the big orange sticker.
As far as the rope preventing the flapping. . .yes. It works great. We were hunting a couple of days ago in 17-20mph winds. The blind never flapped. It stayed in position the whole time and we were quite warm inside just from the body heat of 2 guys and 2 dogs.
Hopefully I will remember to post pics later this week.
As far as Bankes boats. Their blinds are pretty slick. Take a look at their website (www.bankesboats.com
). look their selection of boats. Each one has an associated YouTube video. Several of them show the actual blind being setup and taken down to give you a real good idea of how it works.
Fear God, love your neighbor, and hunt ducks. . . . The Duck Commander