Alright, got a lot of work done to the blind this last week. My sister has about 5 hours of prep & sewing/reinforcement into the cover. A few guys have asked about kayak rigging, so im going to explain what mine has, so people might be able to pick and choose what they like or don't like. Its triple (or more) stitched in every spot and cross stitched around all the edges...its solid. Ill give a little explanation of the photos as they come. I had her sew hollow nylon webbing (2x as thick) along the edges of all 3 doors, and I also added nylon webbing along the the entire "inside perimeter" of the cover where all the bolts connect the blind to the kayak. This keeps it from stretching, ripping, fraying, etc. Gives it a very strong structure.
the main opening hinges.
shows how they are tied into the border of the door. Each hinge is two pieces of nylon sandwiched onto the door and has a ton of stitching in each one.
Underneath the hinges.
front opening - The hinges on the front and rear doors are just like the others. 2 pieces of nylon sandwiched onto the door & cover.
showing the reinforcement nylon on the part that connects to the kayak. Its like this on the entire cover wherever it is attached to the kayak, and it is one solid piece of nylon all the way around.
i had originally thought the seat that comes with the kayak wouldnt work, but after talking with my buddy, he said it will work great if I push it forward and loosen it completely. I thought i tried that before i took it out, but i guess i didn't. The seat is on rails and can move back and forth.
This is just showing that I can make a slip cover for the top of the seat and attach killerweed to help blend in.
Was at Sportsmans Warehouse and saw a short shaft Minn Kota 30 for about $100, cant go wrong with that price brand new. I was thinking they were more expensive. Also got a 30"extension for the handle
I still need to figure out how to secure the front/rear doors when closed. I was thinking 2 small magnets on the corners, but also thought about bungee and lashing hooks that attach to eyelets. Anyone have other ideas? Also, i need to cut the opening for my head, but wanted to get it attached before i did that. With the motor, i have to register the thing, but thats ok. With all the crap we carry to the blind, i think it will be easier not to paddle.....also, ill be riding in style