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Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby dbrooks2 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:27 am

We got a 24' carolina skiff this year to replace "TIN LIZZIE" our old pontoon boat rig, which was great but it wasn't sea worthy for the chesapeake and i never took it out in the ice. I've started building the console and am going to start building the blind soon. I wanted to share if anyone else wanted ideas or is interested. Thanks

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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby dbrooks2 » Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:43 pm

Making some progress on the blind.. Anyone know of a good way to attach the blind to the floor on a temporary basis... So we can remove it without leaving a hole for water to get trapped in the floor? I was thinking about some sort of threaded insert, but I can't find anything that would work. Thanks!

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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby dbrooks2 » Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:34 am

Made some more progress this weekend. Coming along slowly but surely.
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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby bowb22 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:07 pm

use the really nice magnets that are available at hobby store. you could place one magnet on frame and one on boat. depending on how heavy it is u may not need more than like 8 magnets to hold. I used magnets for something similar. :beer:
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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby dbrooks2 » Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:26 am

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Got one of the doors done.. Getting close to finishing.


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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby dbrooks2 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:54 am

I wish duck season was a little sooner, getting pretty excited..
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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby 1quacker » Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:08 am

First off , it looks great. I have a 20' boat with a high/low hardsided blind powered by a 90. Here are a couple questions and things that I have experienced with mine.
1. What are you powering that thing with ?

2. Do you hunt shallow water where you can wade and set all your decoys ? We hunt a cooling lake and I cant set my decoys from walking. Everything is strictly from the boat. I left my bow mount trolling motor on, 80# Thrust and use a 30# bow anchor with chain. I have been out where its been windy enough that the anchor wont hold. The blind becomes a big sailboat.

3. How are you covering the shooting openings ? Flip lids ?

Looks good, keep it posted
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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby okie_duck » Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:16 am

What is the intended purpose of the box extension onto the front deck?

Nice build by the way!
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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby dbrooks2 » Tue May 06, 2014 8:26 am

1quacker wrote:First off , it looks great. I have a 20' boat with a high/low hardsided blind powered by a 90. Here are a couple questions and things that I have experienced with mine.
1. What are you powering that thing with ?

2. Do you hunt shallow water where you can wade and set all your decoys ? We hunt a cooling lake and I cant set my decoys from walking. Everything is strictly from the boat. I left my bow mount trolling motor on, 80# Thrust and use a 30# bow anchor with chain. I have been out where its been windy enough that the anchor wont hold. The blind becomes a big sailboat.

3. How are you covering the shooting openings ? Flip lids ?

Looks good, keep it posted


1. we have a merc 115, but are looking for a 150 for towing another boat, it will move it just fine.
2. we hunt on the flats mostly, knee deep water most of the time, waist at high tide. When we sea duck hunt its in 15-20', but we have a tender boat for that, the ladder would just be for the dog. As far as the sailboat goes, we always have either the bow or the stern into the wind, diving ducks don't need the wind like a puddle duck. And where we hunt is hard sand bottom, a sand anchor will never let go if set properly.
3. I am going to make panels for the holes, I was going to do panels on hinges, but I wanted to keep it simple, with less moving parts, and honestly we hunt mainly diving ducks, and it really doesn't bother them, as long as everyone sits still, which is easier said than done. on the old boat I just had a pile of branches on the roof that we would use to fill the holes.
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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby dbrooks2 » Tue May 06, 2014 8:29 am

okie_duck wrote:What is the intended purpose of the box extension onto the front deck?

Nice build by the way!


the main purpose is to keep the silhouette of the blind to not be so abrupt. also, to make it easier to brush the front. The fiberglass doesn't give you mush to attach brush to, does that make sense? If you look at the phowler boat design, which I am copying, it has a similar box. It will also act as storage, probably for a propane bottle.
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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby dbrooks2 » Thu May 15, 2014 8:31 am

These are the panels I amde that we will wrap in chicken wire and use to cover the shooting holes, they are 12" wide and can be moved and placed anywhere, no hinges or moving parts, simple and versatile.
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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby pootz79 » Tue May 20, 2014 1:45 pm

Enjoying your thread. This is a pretty awesome project.
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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby Slack Tide » Thu May 29, 2014 10:05 am

One thing I like about this forum is seeing what works in other areas around the country.....I hunt the Great South Bay of Long Island, which I always thought was very much like the Ches....
While I love the jumbo CSkiff for the bay and they are very common....that thing would never, ever work here as any kind of "duck boat."
That's not a dig at all....just back to my original point that it's neat to see what other people do...
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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby okie_duck » Thu May 29, 2014 12:17 pm

dbrooks2 wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xq55Waz5ivE

Started the Sheeting...



Silicone between the frame and sheeting stops a lot of the rattle in addition to help waterproof.

Blind looks good. Have you painted it yet ?
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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby dbrooks2 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:41 am

got the first coat of paint on and started putting on the polypropylene straps with the large faces rivets. looks way better with dull dead grass paint than shiny alum.

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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby dbrooks2 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:51 am

I don't know how you can compare any estuary to the Chesapeake. But everyone here and even in the Delaware Bay uses boats like these. Maybe not this big, but I take out a lot of older guys who like comfort and safety. We will only use this when we go out in the open water, we have regular 20' john boats with popup blinds for the marsh. I'll bed I could kill divers there with this boat, if there are any.

Slack Tide wrote:One thing I like about this forum is seeing what works in other areas around the country.....I hunt the Great South Bay of Long Island, which I always thought was very much like the Ches....
While I love the jumbo CSkiff for the bay and they are very common....that thing would never, ever work here as any kind of "duck boat."
That's not a dig at all....just back to my original point that it's neat to see what other people do...
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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby Slack Tide » Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:59 pm

dbrooks2 wrote:I don't know how you can compare any estuary to the Chesapeake.

I think you just made my point for me.....if it's too small for here.....how could it be good for there?
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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby dbrooks2 » Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:41 am

Slack Tide wrote:
dbrooks2 wrote:I don't know how you can compare any estuary to the Chesapeake.

I think you just made my point for me.....if it's too small for here.....how could it be good for there?
Good luck!


I think you just made my point...again.

Anyhow, we are pretty much finished with the build, the polypro straps are really awesome, they will be a great way to attatch the leeland cypress branches that we use, with a little switch grass mixed in. Thanks to phowler boats for coming up with the design for me to steal:)

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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby Slack Tide » Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:05 am

dbrooks2 wrote:I think you just made my point...again.


No no....you made MY point! :sarcmark: :beer:

have fun...looks good...it have a good anchor system ready...I'm sure wind will be the enemy
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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby RugerandMe » Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:40 am

dbrooks - What kind of paint did you use on the skiff? I have a 19' skiff I am prepping right now for paint. Any tips on painting the fiberglass?
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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby dbrooks2 » Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:07 am

RugerandMe wrote:dbrooks - What kind of paint did you use on the skiff? I have a 19' skiff I am prepping right now for paint. Any tips on painting the fiberglass?


I used Duralux Camo Paint because it is cheap, and we had some left over from our old boat.. We scuffed the whole boat with scotch bright bad, to knock the sheen off, and allow it to etch. Can also use 120-180 sandpaper. Color: Dead Grass Green. Either roll it on, or spray it.

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If I had the money, I would use epoxy paint.. even though its not as flat, you can scuff it with a sctoch bright afterwards and it will knock down the shine. It is the most durable paint there is. They use it on bridges. But you should use primer, although I painted an aluminum boat once with it without the primer and it worked fine. Bitch to spray though, you have to use their cutter, regular thinner will not work.

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Re: Carolina Skiff - Aluminum Hard Sided Blind

Postby dbrooks2 » Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:24 pm

Finished up the rivets on the straps, and going to give her a few more coats of paint. Only problem is duck season doesn't start for another 5 months. Guess I'll make some more decoys..
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