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#5899054 - 08/27/15 12:57 PM Pontoon Duck Blind
BradyBuck Offline
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Here is the start of our pontoon duck blind. It's going to be stationary for the most part. We will probably use poles on the corners to stabilize it.

The platform in the middle will have five adjustable seats. Each will have its own opening that you can stand up and shoot out of. Each opening will have a hatch that you can look out of and then open fully to stand and shoot. That way you can hunt either side without flipping the blind.

We plan on having a small propane stove to cook and make coffee.

The porch area on the end will be where we enter and also have a toilet seat. There will also be two dog doors on each side and one on the end. We plan on covering with R panel and brush it in.

Started with an old POS pontoon boat cdoz35 bought for scrap.

Stripped it down and cut off all the old bolts and wires.

Welded some supports where it was rusted pretty bad.

Used pressure treated 3/4 plywood for the floor.





I'll post more of it when finished


Edited by BradyBuck (08/27/15 01:28 PM)

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#5899094 - 08/27/15 01:35 PM Re: Pontoon Duck Blind [Re: BradyBuck]
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Very kewl my man. Can't wait to see the rest as it comes along!
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#5899259 - 08/27/15 03:20 PM Re: Pontoon Duck Blind [Re: BradyBuck]
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Looking good!
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#5900042 - 08/27/15 09:22 PM Re: Pontoon Duck Blind [Re: BradyBuck]
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This is going to be a sweet setup. Make sure you add a shelf to place your blind bags and other junk on.


Edited by muddyz (08/27/15 09:23 PM)

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#5900093 - 08/27/15 09:48 PM Re: Pontoon Duck Blind [Re: BradyBuck]
BradyBuck Offline
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One thing we didn't think about was our hulls. Shooting out the top like that there is not a good way to pick up our hulls. A net on a long pole maybe? Has anyone used the bag type hull catchers?

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#5900147 - 08/27/15 10:25 PM Re: Pontoon Duck Blind [Re: BradyBuck]
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The magnet poles are pretty good.

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#5900310 - 08/28/15 06:16 AM Re: Pontoon Duck Blind [Re: BradyBuck]
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Help me with the layout. How is the bench to be used?
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#5900473 - 08/28/15 08:47 AM Re: Pontoon Duck Blind [Re: wal1809]
BradyBuck Offline
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Originally Posted By: wal1809
Help me with the layout. How is the bench to be used?


It should make more sense once it's completed but I'll attempt to explain. Four of us came up with the design and I'm the dumbest of the bunch so I at least try and provide manual labor. I think it's going to be a really sweet set up!

The bench AKA shooting platform will have mounted rotating and height adjustable seats. Above each seat there will be a hatch. While seated you should be able to look out and then stand up to shoot and rotate for different angles without hitting your elbows. It will be very similar to hunting out of layouts.

The hatches will also be designed to where you can hunt both sides of the blind depending on wind direction.

You can close the hatches to keep warmth in and the weather out. It's just tall enough that I can stand up inside without hitting my head and I'm 6'2.

You will enter from the lower front porch deck area that will not be covered and also have a toilet on one side. There will be two dog exiting doors on each side as well.


Edited by BradyBuck (08/28/15 08:52 AM)

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#5900578 - 08/28/15 09:52 AM Re: Pontoon Duck Blind [Re: BradyBuck]
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Pretty dang cool! Definitely can't wait to see the final product.

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#5901357 - 08/28/15 04:33 PM Re: Pontoon Duck Blind [Re: BradyBuck]
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I believe I am picking it up. When will you be done?
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#5901367 - 08/28/15 04:39 PM Re: Pontoon Duck Blind [Re: wal1809]
BradyBuck Offline
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Originally Posted By: wal1809
I believe I am picking it up. When will you be done?


Trying to have it done for teal. Our little lake is so over grown it'll be hard to hunt with layouts.

It's like 50 yards to open water.


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#5903618 - 08/30/15 09:10 AM Re: Pontoon Duck Blind [Re: BradyBuck]
BradyBuck Offline
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Start of the hatches.



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#5904824 - 08/30/15 09:23 PM Re: Pontoon Duck Blind [Re: BradyBuck]
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We have one on our lease. Works really well. Make sure you build a dog ramp if you have not already.
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#5904870 - 08/30/15 09:44 PM Re: Pontoon Duck Blind [Re: BradyBuck]
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Just wondering if those pontoons will hold all that weight? All that fabricated wood isn't light, and with 4 people and gear...that's a substantial load. Then there's waves to think about when the wind kicks in.

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#5905065 - 08/31/15 12:11 AM Re: Pontoon Duck Blind [Re: Gamblinman]
BradyBuck Offline
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Loc: Abilene, TX
Originally Posted By: Gamblinman
Just wondering if those pontoons will hold all that weight? All that fabricated wood isn't light, and with 4 people and gear...that's a substantial load. Then there's waves to think about when the wind kicks in.

Gman


According to the engineer of the group it should take 4k pounds to submerge the pontoons. We've got about 1,000 lbs in materials. We also plan on stabilizing with poles on the corners so that should help the rocking. We could also always shove a couple barrels under it if need be.

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