I'm pretty sure this is my first post to the forum, long time lurker but didn't get around to registering for an account until last year so try to go easy on me
This spring I plan to build a blind for my duck boat (1448 NCS), I looked at all the "off-the-shelf" setups and just couldn't justify the expense, especially considering the "quality" of the boat I've got to hunt with. I've spent a lot of time looking at other folks DIY projects as well as the commercial blinds available and I think I've come up with a good setup that will fit my needs without breaking the bank. I wanted to maintain a low-ish profile while maximizing floorspace in the bottom of the boat, wind-protection was a must, and I wanted something that could go up quickly with just one person. The attached design shows what I plan on going with but I have a question for you guys that have "been there, done that" a little longer than I have:
If I wanted to use a single piece of EMT for the length of the frame would you offset the blind closer to the bow or stern? Another option I'm considering would be to use two 10' pieces for each side and bend the 90 degree angles myself, but I liked the idea of having a continous support for the cordura instead of having a welded joint in the center of the frame. I'm trying to keep the entire frame inside the gunnels and as you can see from the picture I've got three different options to consider. I think using the pre-fab 90 degree pieces will be more structurally sound, but using two 10' pieces will allow for more concealment.
Thanks for taking the time to read the post, I look forward to your critiques.