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#5867170 - 08/06/15 09:27 PM Making headway on the second floating blind
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Slowly getting the second floating blind put together. I am using the dimensions that bayou deview pit blinds uses for their blinds as well as how the do the flaps on their pits. It is 32" wide at the top and 48" tall.

Here is where I stopped today because I got a kink in my wire and was probably about to have a heat stroke anyway.



Here is how I plan on attaching the flaps. This is a bayou deview pit blind.



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#5867189 - 08/06/15 09:41 PM Re: Making headway on the second floating blind [Re: john paul]
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I've been following your build on the green screen, looks great
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#5873189 - 08/11/15 08:00 AM Re: Making headway on the second floating blind [Re: Ramball36]
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I got the brackets finished for the bench yesterday. All I really have left to do it the shelf, doors, and dog ramp or platform. I am not sure how I am going to do the dog ramp yet.

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#5873195 - 08/11/15 08:03 AM Re: Making headway on the second floating blind [Re: john paul]
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Oh and weld the little brackets on for the flaps.
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#5873220 - 08/11/15 08:21 AM Re: Making headway on the second floating blind [Re: john paul]
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Originally Posted By: john paul
Here is where I stopped today because I got a kink in my wire and was probably about to have a heat stroke anyway.

Got a cold front moving in, only going to be 102 in Dallas today.

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#5873290 - 08/11/15 09:13 AM Re: Making headway on the second floating blind [Re: john paul]
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We are headed to 104 today. Why do we act surprised every year?
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#5883299 - 08/17/15 07:21 PM Re: Making headway on the second floating blind [Re: wal1809]
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Here are a few updated pictures. I put a couple of the flaps on temporarily to see what they would look like. I am going to cut the top 8 inches off the back flap so you don't have to flip it open to shoot.



Here is the dog ramp finished. I had it raised up so I could stand on it to make sure it would hold up well. It will normally sit at about a 30-40 degree angle sloping down into the water. All I have to do to lower it is undo the u bolt and move it a little further down the chain.

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#5883491 - 08/17/15 09:11 PM Re: Making headway on the second floating blind [Re: john paul]
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Noice! Keep the pics coming.
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#5883680 - 08/17/15 10:58 PM Re: Making headway on the second floating blind [Re: john paul]
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I can tell this is not your first rodeo!! Looks great. I like the height of the sides. Keeps those buddies with prairie dog syndrome below the camo.
What do you plan to do for hunter access? Ive tried fixed ladders but that has its issues.
Even knee deep water puts the platform at waist high.
Can be a problem for us older guys when wearing the 5mm neoprene.

One idea you probably already know about:
I attached a 2" x 2'PVC pipe on one each end (vertical) and then "anchored" the blind by sliding a steel pipe through it and tapping it into the mud. One on both ends keeps the blind from spinning. The blind is free to slide up and down as the water level changes.

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#5883886 - 08/18/15 07:44 AM Re: Making headway on the second floating blind [Re: Littledog]
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Originally Posted By: Littledog
I can tell this is not your first rodeo!! Looks great. I like the height of the sides. Keeps those buddies with prairie dog syndrome below the camo.
What do you plan to do for hunter access? Ive tried fixed ladders but that has its issues.
Even knee deep water puts the platform at waist high.
Can be a problem for us older guys when wearing the 5mm neoprene.

One idea you probably already know about:
I attached a 2" x 2'PVC pipe on one each end (vertical) and then "anchored" the blind by sliding a steel pipe through it and tapping it into the mud. One on both ends keeps the blind from spinning. The blind is free to slide up and down as the water level changes.


This is not my first rodeo but it is my second. The first floating blind I built was a month ago and I did not do anything special to it because I was worried about stability issues. After seeing how stable the first one was I was confident enough in the design to sink a little more money into this one.

I am not too worried about people getting into and out of the blind because the water in our reservoir is too deep to walk in for the most part. People will be dropped off in the blind and one person will park the boat and kayak back in and hide the kayak under the blind. If I had to get out of the blind I am confident I would not have any problem getting back in going up the dog ramp.

I also have not thought about anchoring the blind because it will be hidden in reeds that are so thick you can barely drive a mud boat through them. I don't anticipate needing any kind of anchor but I will probably weld some brackets on the back side for two posts just because I have the scrap to do so and would be kicking myself in the arse if I needed it and did not have it. I am glad you reminded me about that because I want to have everything I need welded on to the blind before I get it hot dip galvanized.

I can't wait to see this thing brushed up.
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#5883925 - 08/18/15 08:12 AM Re: Making headway on the second floating blind [Re: john paul]
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If I was using this in shallow water, say knee to thigh deep, I would just extend the dog ramp long enough to wear it could just rest on or just above the ground so you could just walk right up it into the blind.


Edited by john paul (08/18/15 08:12 AM)
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#5883961 - 08/18/15 08:33 AM Re: Making headway on the second floating blind [Re: john paul]
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Looking good. Keep posting those pics. up

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#5884002 - 08/18/15 08:57 AM Re: Making headway on the second floating blind [Re: john paul]
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Looks well thought out. How are the barrels secured in place?

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#5884020 - 08/18/15 09:08 AM Re: Making headway on the second floating blind [Re: duckboogieman]
john paul Offline
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We used one ratchet strap on each barrel on the first blind and that worked very well. We will probably do the same on this one. With the weight of the blind it would be hard for the barrels to slide out of the "saddle" that they sit in. The ratchet strap is just in case.
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#5884155 - 08/18/15 10:33 AM Re: Making headway on the second floating blind [Re: john paul]
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These blinds are the cats arse!! Tell me your shop is air conditioned eek2
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