Camo Cover by Adam Baskerville of Arkansas:
of a Kayak Camo Cover
sent these photos of his creation after he read through
these articles looking for a way to camouflage his kayak
and decided the technique I used on my duck boat would
work for him. The neat thing about this frame is that
Adam designed it with fold down sides to facilitate paddling.
When he wants to conceal himself, he just rotates the
frame sides up and over his shoulders. This is shown in
the left column of photos below displaying the frame before
he painted the frame black.
two lower photos in the third column show the black
burlap underlay he made to be sure the blue of his
kayak didn't show through the die-cut openings in
the camo material, and the initial finished outer
camo covering installed over the burlap.
Adam had a few opportunities to use his creation, he sent
along some photos of the kayak blind in use. The one here
shows it sitting among the weeds on the edge of some shallow
Camo Cover by Morgan Parks of North Carolina:
sent in these photos of his kayak cover, also based
on my duck boat camo cover article.. The completed
cover is pictured on the left.
the complex jointing on my duck boat frame and the
kayak frame by Adam shown above, Morgan went for
utter simplicity. His frame is shown in the upper
right photo, and it could hardly be any simpler.
Instead of trying to make angles with elbow connectors,
he simply trimmed the PVC ends to fit the odd angles
he needed and used screws to hold the joints together.
This is clearly shown in the close-up view at right.
It also shows the zip ties he used to hold the camo
material to the frame.
left photo shows the finished cover embellished
with natural vegetation, inserted into the PVC stubs
he added, just as I used on my redesigned duck boat
frame. This is an excellent way to blend the kayak
into the immediate surroundings for better camouflage.
lower left photo shows the "stubs" Morgan added
for attaching the additional natural camouflage
elements. The photo on the bottom right indicates
where he used screws to attach his frame to the
kayak. This would not be my method of choice, but
as Morgan explained when he sent in the photos:
may not be for everybody, because of the couple
[of] screws I put in to secure the frame to the
kayak but I am sure there are other methods of doing
this as well. However, all of the screws are on
top (away from the water) and the way I see it is
that if you are getting water in through those holes...you
have bigger issues to worry about."
have to agree with his logic. There is nothing unusual
about putting holes in your kayak. It's actually
pretty much the norm. We all end up adding something
to our kayaks (anchor trolley, paddle holder, extra
bungy straps, etc.). The only thing about screws
is that they are sort of "semi-permanent". I can
only assume Morgan intends to leave his cover on
for extended periods of time. Otherwise, screws
would make a quick conversion something of a hassle.
Then again, that's the beauty of these "do-it-yourself"
projects, you get to do what works for you.
sure to check out my lightweight camo cover
I designed for my own kayak in this