Two Versions of a Kayak Camo Cover

Kayak Camo Cover by Adam Baskerville of Arkansas:

     Adam 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.

     The 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.

     After 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 water.

Kayak Camo Cover by Morgan Parks of North Carolina:

     Morgan 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.

     Unlike 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.

     The 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.

     The 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:
     "My method 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 have bigger issues to worry about."

     I 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.

Be sure to check out my lightweight camo cover I designed for my own kayak in this article.