Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Huey

Boat blind for a bigger boat?

18 posts in this topic

I have a 16' Lund Explorer with a 90" beam and I'd like to get a boat blind for it. I heard Skybuster blinds from St. Peter are good. Does anyone have other blinds to recommend?

Thanks in advance for any info.

Huey

Ps Ice fishing is almost over. Could we go straight back to hunting?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Jim builds pretty good blinds. I know Tyler23 made his own and got some ideas from Skybuster. They're relatively easy to make if you can get it all figured out how you want it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

avery quick sets are nice but there are high priced, and they are only one style. Jim will make yours truley to fit your boat exactly how you want it. I would have jim make it (I love mine)

P9160369.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I personally don't have a skybuster, but know several who do. And all love them. I actually am going to build my own using a buddies skybuster as a guide.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We have a Northern Flight blind, and for the price it is very sturdy and easy to use, and looks great when up, and folds down to almost nothing (sort of).

Key thing I like about Northern Flight over Avery is that the NF can be put on and taken off the boat in just a couple minutes, with NO holes drilled in boat, or no screws or bolts attaching it. It has hand tighten clamps that slip over the gunwale and you just tighten them down.

You cut the frame to size to fit your boat. I am not sure if a 90" beam would work, as ours is just an old Alumacraft Classic 16 that is much narrower than 90.

Good luck with whatever you get and post pics when you get it on smile

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i made my own just like skybuster. mine cost maybe $200 with everything including grass. i priced one from skybuster and it was around $700. if you got some basic tools and a understanding on how to make one like skybuster i would say go that route. you can buy all the parts threw skybuster. i welded everything on mine but he has clamps to clamp everything together. if you would like pictures of how i did mine just let me know.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The skybuster blind looks good. I like all the natural grass/cattails.

How do the fold up? Any problem with them when you're going down the road at highway speeds? I have 45 min drive to the lake each morning.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i built mine so if folds down flat into the boat for transport. the skybuster style blinds are IMO the best for what how i hunt. cover the boat awesome

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The skybuster blind looks good. I like all the natural grass/cattails.

How do the fold up? Any problem with them when you're going down the road at highway speeds? I have 45 min drive to the lake each morning.

this is how it lays flat. I however really dont see the need to lay it down during transport. I just leave it up unless its really windy out...

P9180382.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Actually, I just looked and I don't think the Northern Flight blind will work. It's too narrow and I don't think the clamps would work with my wider gunnels. Thanks, anyways.

The beavertail blind looks like it migh be too narrow also.

Right now the blinds I'm considering are the Skybuster and a Gooseview Duck Island. The skybuster uses natural grass and the gooseview uses camo cloth, looks like you can add cattails, etc.

Do you think it makes a big difference (cloth vs natural grass camo) to the ducks?

Thanks again for the info and the pics. It's appreciated. I've never hunted from a boat with a blind.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Skybuster looks great! My question is how does it work to put out and pick up decoys in areas that are too deep to wade. It doesn't look like there is easy access over the sides to do that. Thanks for your response!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i like the natural grass wayyy better. blends in so good. i got the avery grass on mine and i love it. as far as picking up decoys if you have another person and makes it alot easier cuz they can just hang off the front and grab them as you go by. if your by urself i would just suggest getting a avery sliding push pole with a hook on the end, works really good. i would never get anything besides a skybuster style blind. ive done it by myself before and its not bad you just gotta drive right up to them which isnt hard.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Skybuster looks great! My question is how does it work to put out and pick up decoys in areas that are too deep to wade. It doesn't look like there is easy access over the sides to do that. Thanks for your response![/quote

picking up decoys can be tough, but I have all tangle free weights and line so we just drive around the spread and pick up a bunch at a time and wrap them later... the front doors swing open and the back opens also...

P9270007.jpg

PA300012-1.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a 18' Lund Alaskan with the Beavertail blind. I had the exact same concerns as you. I called them and sent them a cut sheet direct from Lund. My blind fits perfectly. It sets up FAST. It blocks the wind & rain. If you close up the top and fire up a Big Buddy heater it is very cozy when it is 15 degrees and a ducky northwest wind is howling.

My boat is the wetalnd camo and when I pull into the weeds (remember 18' Lund) I have had other hunters pull up and not know I was there.

This is the second Beavertail I have owned. I had one on my WS16 Lund which also is very wide. I ahve hunted out of several others and in my opinion there is nothing close.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I also have to say Beavertail Boat Blinds are second to none. I own one and will never own anything else. Can honestly say i hate not hunting from my boat. No drilling, easy transport, easy set up, and no stumbling over rickety designs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Good question, why didn't they find any more?  Did those two infected deer parachute in?  Were they dropped by a helicopter?  I find it fascinating they could get as far as Lanesboro and they only find two out of thousands.  Like I said, they're bad at conspiracy.    Policing the borders?  How about a billboard, a radio ad, or a twitter campaign?  How about having the highway patrol pull over anyone with hooves or antlers sticking outta their truck box or laying on a flatbed coming across the border on the interstate?    My wealth and land ownership shouldn't disqualify me from questioning the DNR.  It used to be a staple of a free country to question your government.  Somehow now it's more important to kneel before the all knowing DNR and take whatever they want to shove in our mouths?  If this is real science and a real mitigation effort, let's have a discussion about it.  If the DNR wants to stop this spread, why are they not welcoming with open arms feedback like mine when it comes to import enforcement, and an effective PR campaign?  Cause guess what fella, lots of deer got hauled home from all kinds of places infected with CWD by uninformed folks that are going to cut up those critters and throw the brains and spinal cords out in the woods at home.    So yeah, this is either a giant hoax, or the DNR has no idea what the hell they're doing. 
    • I just checked on the fans that I bought, there 4.7 inchs sq and 1.25 thick. I thought they were 5 inch thick but I was wrong. They are 110v and I think I will put one inside on the bottom plate and see how it works. And I like where you have your fishingstar.
    • Slowly getting the outside buttoned up 
    • Yea I had that idea too 
    • I saw three or four huts in the little wet area in the lake vadnais area just off country road F.   But they would probably get upset if you set traps there...    right next to the new path that goes south along the east side of the lake. 
    • In the olden days, pigs were fed garbage.  Trichinosis was a problem.  Then laws were passed so any garbage fed to pigs had to be cooked first.  Problem went away.   According to CDC there hasn't been a case of trichinosis except from eating wild game like bear meat for many years.  
    • From a quick google search it looks like waveinn.com or the bay of e might be your best bets, if you don't want to buy from shimano.
    • Does anyone know of a place you can get spare Shimano Sedona spools?? I run braid in the summer and don't want to run it on the ice.
  • Our Sponsors