"The Kwick Bluebill Blind" 
Using Cordura, CPVC & Raffia
Tricks & Tips for Raffia
and a
"Kwick PVC Tiller Extension"

                             Having recently purchased a Carsten's Bluebill, building a boat blind was necessary.
                      A 14 ft Jon boat was my last duck boat, and a scissors blind worked great.  However,
                      the Bluebill is 12 ft long with a much different structure.  A "cockpit" type blind built
                      out of CPVC, Cordura and raffia grass was designed..........."The Kwick Bluebill Blind".

                      Awhile back I purchased 25 yards of 500 Denier Cordura with an International "Camo"
                      design for $1.99 per yard (66" tall).  Tailoring Cordura to the correct shape is simple
                      using waterproof carpet/contact glue and "The Speedy Stitcher" (manual device).
                      Heavy duty plastic clamps "tie" the blind sections to the PVC frames.  "Snapped"
                      bundles of raffia make it possible to rearrange placements or aid in removal for
                      drying and seasonal storage.

                      With  a Cordura base, the blind is wind "proof " and warmer for my dog. In addition,
                      the back section can be brought forward and attached to the front forming a shelter
                      from heavy rain.
                      list of materials and sources:

                              2#18-2#10Cu wire crimp splice caps - Home Depot
                              ( these work for crimping large diameter mono decoy lines)
                              0.095 orange Commercial "weed eater" line - Walmart
                              black plastic snaps P-163 at
                              Lanyard Making Hardware Accessory and Tool Supply - usalanyards.com  (not cheap!)
1/8" Hardware Attachment For Round Cord / Flat Straps (Link) lanyards)
                                  " CPVC - Menards
                                  PL Water Base Contact Cement - Menards
                                 18 pounds of raffia -  Cabela's via a friend (some left to do a field blind or two)
66" Cordura Denier 500 fabric -  Camouflage Fabrics (Link)  (very inexpensive!) 

                                                                                                  Structure Sequence
                                                                                                         (left click on thumbnails) 
                                          Carsten Bluebill
                                            6HP Johnson
      boat blind
    cockpit frame
                                            riding position
    front support
      deck bimini
                                        Cordura/raffia blind
       rear blind
                                            Cordura "base"
      back Cordura
       with "rings"
    slide open dog    
     working area
                                                aft blind
      "self bagged"
     packed blind
    dozen decoys
                                                                                                        Tricks and Tips

                        Attaching raffia to a blind is much simpler in the long run if it can be re-positioned or   
                        removed for storage. When working with large "hanks" of raffia, place it on a table, 
                        snip the bindings or un-tie them depending on how it is "prepared", unfold it and
                        de-twist it until it is slightly spread out (see picture). Next, gently divide the "head"
                        into four or five smaller ones without disturbing the the rest of the "hank".  Zip tie
                        each of the smaller "heads" tightly before pulling them apart one at a time.  There is
                        little loss with just a small amount of trimming. Place a plastic snap into each zip tie. 
                        The "snapped' raffia can be "hung" on a Cordura blind base using rings protruding
                        from the fabric. 

                        The rings are built into the blind along a center line.  First, a narrow strip of Cordura 
                        is cemented down the center on the underside of the fabric. A sharp awl made from
                        a Phillips screwdriver using a grinding wheel can poke holes in the fabric aided by
                        a predrilled 1''X2" wood template as a target. The weave will close back quickly as
                        if nothing happened to it. Therefore, the section of  0.095 weed eater string must be
                        immediately inserted.  Two holes about
" apart allow a loop to be formed. Pull
                        each end through to the underside forming the ring.  Crimp this with a copper
                        "splice cap". Trim each tab to about 1", squeeze the plastic ring and push/pull it
                        back through to the outside.  If necessary, two "snapped" raffia bundles can be
                        attached to a single ring (loop).  
                             note: One of the larger raffia "hanks" was divided into 10 smaller bundles and
                                        used for grassing up a field blind  (zip ties and snaps).  
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                                               ring fabrication  

     underside rings

       topside rings
                                                   raffia hank

    zip tied "heads"
  (before separating)

       five separate
        with "snaps" 
                                                 plastic snaps
      ring snapped
         small loss
    (one large hank)
                                                                                 "Kwick PVC Tiller Extension"

                             The 1978 Johnson Sea Horse 6HP motor is working great. However, holding the tiller 
                        behind me and trying to maintain a twist for top speed puts quite a strain on my old
                        back.  After pricing commercial extensions, reading their reviews on the Internet and
                        personally examining them in the store..........I decided, "We need to build our own." 

                        The handle increases in diameter slightly to a maximum of 1
".  Therefore, a  20" 
                        capped piece of 1
" PVC tubing had slots about 1" apart and 3 " long cut in the
                        end with careful use of a chop saw.  This design allows the tube to expand.  After
                        covering the PVC with "camo" duct tape, the slots were opened back up by cutting
                        the tape with a razor knife. The "sleeve" is forced on to the tiller and the clamp is
                        tightened finger tight with a dime. 

                        Cost?  Less than $5. 

                          Update: After several hunting trips, the extension has proved to be invaluable.
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                                                                           basic design
 "Kwick Extension"