I'm thinking about building a scissor rig for my boat for next year. I've read a little about them and they all start by saying they are made from juniper wood. Why is this? Wouldn't pine painted with a marine epoxy paint do just as well? I don't even know where I would fine juniper wood?
How big is your boat? I went through the scissors rig stuff on this website last year, and decided that my 20 foot Tracker Grizzly was not big enough to carry all the stuff for a true scissors rig. The guy I hunt with has a 23 foot Parker with a 250 horse engine. The weight really adds up when you consider the boards and the branches you need to carry. Plus, it is really tough and not safe to hunt it without a mate. Long story short, I put together a popup blind that a guy configured to cover the bow and the stern with some stuff from mud Buddy. It aint as good as a true scissors rig, but it is a lot less work, and was effective on the shoals last hunting season. Good luck.
I added a few feet to the frame of my pop up from Mud Buddy. A guy at the boatyard welded me some attachments so the motor and bow are completely covered with the same mud buddy 3D stuff. Once the blind is popped up, I attach the welded pieces for and aft that already have the material on them. The whole thing takes about two or three minutes. The problem with the scissors blind, if you are by yourself and you want to do it right, is that it requires lots of time to make sure the pine branches are trimmed just right to fit into the holes in the Juniper. As I said before, the blind is pretty heavy, even if you use Juniper. The branches take up lots of space in the boat where dekes usually go, etc. My pop up has worked well. At the end of the season, I was cutting branches, and laying them on the sides and top of the blind, so that your face and head are not poking up over the blind. That seemed to work nicely. The key seems to be to have the boat completely covered so that you do not look like a boat sitting out there. The beauty of the scissors blind is that the blind moves with the water, and so does the boat, but they are not moving at the same time. You really cannot get around this problem with the pop up blind, but I am not sure the problem outweighs the benefits and ease of the pop up. Good luck.
Thanks for the input. Luckily I have some time to make up my mind. I like the scissor blind idea because I can drive the boat in and out of it so easily. I didn't think about the weight. I think if I did it right my boat would handle it. I'll keep mulling over it while I fish. Thats really what my boat was meant for int he first place.
I thought about the scissor rig too, but since I hunt alone a lot, I figured it was to much trouble. So, I went with the popup style. This year I'm switching to canvas instead of brush or grass. I used something similar a few years ago and found that the birds worked better. I'm going with all gray with maybe some black. Make it look like a rock (or "water") instead of a brush blind. I guess something similar to the camo of the Bankes boats.
At least I've got while to think it over. I just want to make sure I'm set up to hunt this year. I moved here right before hunting season started. I just didn't have time to get set up like I wanted to. I'm originally from NC its good to be back.