Monday, July 30, 2012

Prototype Frontier Duck Blind

We are working on an new & improved Duck Blind system for the Frontier 12.  We've worked through a few iterations, and now we need your thoughts & ideas.


The Duck Blind is one piece with two "hatches" built in.  It fits snugly over the bow and stern, and has an internal bungee that can be used to tighten it.  The blind extends 8" below the gunwale, so you won't have wind or water coming through.

The Hunter Hatch is in the center of the Frontier, extending 48" between the two gunwale Deck Rings.  It has a "U" shaped zipper that allows the hatch to be fully closed, fully open, or anything in between.
Hunter Hatch & Dog Pod, closed

Hunter Hatch, partially open
Hunter Hatch = 48" long

 The Dog Pod is behind hunter Hatch and features a similar "U" shaped zipper.  Again, it can be open, closed, or somewhere in between. The blind extends close to the gunwale so a dog can enter or exit the boat easily. If the dog needs a "lift", the hunter can reach around and help out.

Hunter Hatch & Dog Pod, open


The frame of the Duck Blind is provided by 2 battens (fiberglass rods) that are aligned with the gunwale Deck Rings.  Clips are sewn into the batten pockets and they fasten to the Deck Rings.  The entire system goes on in about 1 minute with no installation, drilling, or tools!
Inside the Blind from the Dog Pod.




The bow area has a slot to allow use of the Bow Handle when the blind is installed.

The transom area has a wider slot that enables use of the Stern Handle and allows a trolling motor to be installed.  It also has a slop for the Transport Cart frame to plug in to the transom hole.




 Now that you've seen our prototype, let us know what you think!  Comment on the blog using the link below....

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm not a duck hunter but it looks great to me!

Anonymous said...

Looks good. When do you expect then to be ready for sales

Anonymous said...

Ate there straps for attaching grass to the outside?

NuCanoe Blogmaster said...

There will be vegetation straps on the outside of the blind.

Paul G said...

You are gaining on it. Still not a fan of the bows to hold the fabric up. In duck hunting the lower the profile the better you do. The hunter pod opening would be better if it was a pair of doors that overlapped slightly in the middle give you total concealment, yet full freedom when you sit up to shoot. I like the zippered idea of the dog pod. What kind of reclining seat are you recommending? Does the hard plastic seat come out? If it does, what supports your back/reclining seat when you are laying back with the blind covering you? I see you will be including stubble straps, awesome! I love the camo pattern you chose, that lighter color coupled with local vegetation and a low profile with the overhang on the sides will be awesome. A few tweaks and you will have a homerun in my personal opinion. Of course, that and $ 0.89 will get you a doughnut at Kwik Trip! You have a great start. Looking good.

Bryan Schenk said...

The Fiberglass rods need a different type of connection to the boat. I have yet to use the current model but traveling with the blind attached via the weak plastic connectors will not due for long distance travel. I travel hundreds of miles for duck hunting and plan on keeping the blind attached while on a trailer, it needs a bracket with a tube so it has a more rigid frame.

Just my opinion..

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