Boat Blind Build
This summer I bought a new custom-built marsh style duck boat. I have owned several boats over the course of a duck hunting life. From aluminum flat bottoms to canoes, to fiberglass layouts. This boat is kind a hybrid. At 15 feet, it carries an above average girth. It has an 18” depth. Storage in the front and back. Rated for 20 hp with a gas tank in the front. Glass over wood. It has a low profile but is big enough to be comfortable on the flowing rivers.
I wanted a blind that would not interfere with operating the boat in the rivers and would allow to maintain a low profile while hunting. I sit up on a wooden seat while operating the boat and sit in a foldable turkey seat while hunting. This keeps my shoulders lower in the boat yet sitting up enough to be able to see incoming birds.
For a blind I wanted to use grass sheets. I needed it to be removable yet ridged enough to stand the pounding of the water and the dog coming in and out of the boat.
I decided to frame with 2” by 1”. Reinforced the corners with steal brackets. Attached to the boat with carriage bolts. Two matching sides which can be placed from flat to 90-degree angle. The grass sheets connect to a railing on the boat and the top of the blind frame.
When raised, the blind frame extends to my shoulder as I am slightly laying back in the turkey seat. Just a slight raise in the chair and my shoulders clear the blind and I am in great shooting position. The grass mats provide an excellent hide.
With spud pole stabilization, the wide bottom, the low profile, and the camo, this boat is made to kill waterfowl. Only question, is will I shoot straight?
Until I see you in the field, be safe, be good, and BE LUCKY!