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Old 12-02-2015, 07:40 AM
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I need a little help from the duck hunters around here. Any of you guys hunt out of the boat? I was almost going to pull the trigger on one of the adjustable boat blinds from Cabela's but then noticed how proud they were of them. I think I can certainly build one for the War Eagle for less than $400. I saw a few ideas on YouTube. Some used conduit. Some used wood. I am thinking PVC for cost, ease to assemble and weight. How did you build your boat blind? Or did you just shell out the cash?
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Old 12-02-2015, 07:55 AM
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clamp on rod holders and pvc....burlap sacks and a king size mossy oak bed sheet
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Old 12-02-2015, 09:04 AM
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Been there, done that. Built one for my G3 a few years ago. It eventually turned out well but took a lot longer than I expected.

I'm sure you could rig something up pretty easily but I was going for the real deal, by the time it was done I probably had around 500 in it and while it worked well It certainly wasn't any better than something I could have bought. Also, any type of "gore-tex or waterproof camo material will be pricey, and you'll need someone with a good commercial machine to sew it.
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Old 12-02-2015, 09:38 AM
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Avery Quick Set and be done with it. You'll spend almost as much making one yourself; and PVC doesn't hold up in the harsh conditions duck hunters will put it through. Maybe try to find a used one.
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Old 12-02-2015, 10:10 AM
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I've had a few purchased blinds and some home-built. My suggestion is whether you buy or build, one with an overhead cover is a big plus for finishing educated, wary ducks and better, a huge plus for comfort on miserable rainy, snowy days.
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Old 12-02-2015, 10:18 AM
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How long are you expecting to use it? PVC works, but it gets brittle in cold weather and can break after a bit of abuse. If you build your own, bent conduit or welded square tubing would be a better solution. You will likely end up spending the same amount of money as a commercial blind. I agree with the overhead cover too. Keeps the elements off you and hides you from the birds. I tried several different boat blinds and finally built a sneak box. Painted a flat grey, they just disappear. Only downside is that you have one more boat to store and it is a one-man boat.
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Old 12-02-2015, 11:16 AM
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I also thought that I could build one for less and found I was constantly replacing & repairing it. I finally purchased an Avery and couldn't be any happier.
If your just going to hunt a few times a year then make you something simple but if your going on multiple trips through the season then buy one.
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Old 12-02-2015, 11:31 AM
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Built one for my Alumacraft this year. Frame is made out of galvanized top rail that is used for a fence. Wrapped the frame in an all weather mesh tarp and attached quack grass to the tarp. Blind lays flat on gunwales. The blind can be taken out very easily and I didn't have to drill any holes in my boat.

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Old 12-02-2015, 12:48 PM
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Patro, I was thinking something along those lines. Do you have any problems with birds spooking because the blind doesn't come up over the console? About how much do you think you spent on materials?
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Old 12-02-2015, 02:28 PM
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I put a piece of burlap over the console and have a cover for the engine. Hunted last week and had no issues with birds spooking.
You don't want the frame to be too high because you won't be able to see out of it. I have the top of the frame just below eye level, when the grass is put on it comes up over the frame to conceal your face and it also allows you to see out.
I have right at $400 in everything. Paid extra for black pipe that wasn't needed and also bough too much grass but it's nice to have some extra pieces to fill in through the season.
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