Posts discussion or asking about different boat building materials

Is there a supplier in the USA for DIOLEN fabric

Submitted byAVoit1964 onWed, 09/23/2020 - 11:34

Hi everyone!

As far as the Internet is concerned, after a long search I am under the impression that DIOLEN as a Laminate-Cloth seem completely 'incognito' in the USA!

Is there anyone that knows of a US Supplier for this fabric?

It is easy to find in the UK.

(Exemple -!/fabric-and-reinforcement/kevlar-ara…)


NOTE for the curious:

Corey's Goop Urethane on Polyester?

Submitted bydvanommen onThu, 07/30/2020 - 22:25

I can't find much info on this topic anywhere else online - anyone here used Corey's goop on poly skin? Only thing I can find online (and the only way I've used it in the past) is on nylon that he sells with the stuff. He does have a poly fabric available though. Can anyone weigh in on this?

The purpose for using that urethane on a polyester fabric would be for saving cost. His nylon fabric is a bit more expensive than 8 or 10 oz poly I can find in other stores.

Foot Brace + Seat

Submitted bybug_hunter onWed, 07/08/2020 - 22:23

Hey Guys,

Moving along with my Resolute build.  Working from KayakCraft (no kit).  Used redwood, poplar and walnut.  Done stripping, and getting ready to put the glass on the deck, and thinking ahead to the interior.  Given that this is my first kayak, I can use some help in fitting it out.  I am looking for a reasonably priced, and comfortable seat, and some foot braces.  Any suggestions and recommendations would be apprecaited.



foot brace installation

Submitted byJohn W. onMon, 06/22/2020 - 15:12

I love Nick's videos and they are full of great stuff, but Joe Greenley has a Youtube video in which he glasses studs to the hull and the foot braces slide onto the studs. It looks like a really simple idea.

Does anyone know what the stud is or where it can be purchased?

Tung Oil Storage

Submitted byThomas Duncan onThu, 05/14/2020 - 08:57

I've always used the cheap, available coatings on paddles, Formby's, Watco, etc.  During a corona cabin fever episode, I splurged and bought a 32oz container of pure tung oil. Should last a little while. 

Is that stuff gonna cure in the jar, do I need Bloxygen or something else? 

Basalt and flax fabric

Submitted bytv onFri, 04/03/2020 - 08:01


My epoxy and glass fiber supplier,, also sells basalt and flax fabrics for epoxy composites. Has anyone used either of these for wooden boat building? I'm looking for something opaque for the inside, and these two are cheaper options, than carbon and/or aramid. The flax is especially appealing because it is a natural material. Unfortunately, this also means, that it will rot. 

Any kind of feedback is appreciated. 

newbe ?? on varnishes and bubbles

Submitted byWill_S onWed, 10/16/2019 - 14:10

While I've built 5 S&G boats, I know very little about how to varnish them; I just blindly did as I was told. That's no longer satisfactory. Lately I've been reading forums, etc, about the subject but I still have a couple unresolved questions. And I think the answers would be of interest to other builders.

Coating for keel protection

Submitted byMac50L onSat, 09/07/2019 - 06:20

In the past I've used an epoxy produce, available locally, with carborundum in it. It is a bit like putting on very thick treacle but it does work. To apply, a small container of water and a well wetted finger melding the lumps along the keel. The area to be covered should be masked off and the rest of the hull covered with a plastic sheet. It is  also a good idea to have a sheet on the floor too. All of this to stop leaving a white layer all over everything looking like a bad paint job.

Kayak painting

Submitted byRandy onMon, 05/06/2019 - 17:00

Because of my glass/epoxy problem in a different thread I decided to paint the lower part of the hull of the Pygmy Tern 14 I just completed. My first paint job, no idea how it will hold up or even if I use an acceptable paint. So, I said to myself, maybe we could have a thread where we discuss the pro's and con's and do's and don'ts of painting. I personally like the looks of hull painted kayaks with varnished decks.