I''s of our blind from last year. It''s boat blind. Hunt n''m cheap, I just used the next size bigger conduit and made heavy duty couplers. I just drilled, pinned them and wrapped with duct tape. Gotta love duct tape!!! I did draw out the blind in AutoCAD before I started cutting, but not everyone has access to AutoCAD. Drawing it and "fitting" it to the boat on the computer saved some headaches IMHO. We also got some HEAVY courdura (sp) in a nice dark camo from a great fabric place in Portland. Then I made stubble straps from dark green parachute cord (the same stuff we use for slinkies). THEN you get to spend HOURS grassing it!!!
GOOD LUCK! More to come.
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I did not get a chance to start the blind this past wedsday, work seems to find a way to ruin all the fun. Not sure if I will get much done on it this weekend either with the nice weather reports coming, I would rather go out fishing. I will take a couple pics and post once I get a chance. Thanks for all the help, Dave
I made this blind from the great picks in the catalog. It turned out almost identical. I bought the grass bundles from Bobs in Longview. I had a friend do the welding for me for free. Overall it was a very inexpensive endeavor and works great.
Here''ve shown this before, on similar posts), it used EMT.
This is just a simple set of panels.
I designed and had a machinist friend of mine make up these mounting blocks (brackets) that connect to my gunwales.
I started with the Aluminum blocks and built the frame onto them.
The blocks use set screws to hold the frame in them (semi) permanently. They also incorporated large turn-screws to make for easy on/off mounting of the panels. (I can put on both panels and tighten them down in ~2 min.)
The brackets were located on the boat, then 2 lengths of EMT were cut to length and butt welded to make a single length long enough to form the outside loop on each side. 2 bends were made to form the loop, then 2 bends were made to form the slanting angle inward. 2 shorter lengths were cut and bent, then welded and viola 1 panel was done.
The 2 panels are pretty much symetrical and thus a mirror image of each other.
I use permanently mounted heavy plastic screen on my frame. Then, drape appropriately colored netting over the panels. I can fully grass it or attach tree limbs etc. to it if need be.
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Re: Building Boat Blind?
WSU, Looks like it should work just fine. I used the 7/8 bimini hardware on the Tracker blind and it held up just fine. But when I did the blind for the sled, I just bent and welded the hinges to save cost. That worked fine too.
Originally Posted by Hunt''t see your pics.....no public access to your location. Least not for me. Maybe you banned me from snooping around your photogalleries for hunt intell. Hunt''s Big Martin''tcha recognize it?! )
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The only thing I can say is that military netting is REAL Heavy.
The 2 sets of it I have are stored in a real BIG cardboard box and they almost never get used.
The netting I use almost exclusively is some dull plastic based "paper" netting that I bought from Cabela''s very lightweight and all fits into a single burlap bag that can stow in my forward storage, probably only weighs 5#-6# (when dry ). So far that netting''re doing it "right" you "talk to" Ducks!)