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Skin on frame: doubts about the fabric and lashing line

Submitted by Pfolha on Tue, 08/28/2018 - 21:07

Hello everybody,

I'm Brazilian and only found info to build a SOF in English and Spanish, I am facing difficulties in finding the recommended material, sometimes because no one sells locally, other times because I am lost in translation. So I have two questions:

  1. I only found ballistic nylon pre-coated with PVC, PU or Acrylic resin, which one should I choose? 
  2. What is "artificial sinew"? Is it a nylon line?

Thanks in advance, 

Pedro

Kayak Maintenance

Submitted by admin on Tue, 08/28/2018 - 09:14

A couple weeks ago I took time out from other projects to do some quick maintenance on a few a my kayaks. I had a broken back band, worn out gasket and a big ding to deal with. The video is below.

Probably of most interest to people is dealing with the beat up bottom of my Petrel Play SG. This boat has a single layer of glass on the bottom, doubled up only on the keel line. I take this boat to play in rock gardens where the surge sometimes drops me hard on pointy rocks.

Advice seriously needed.

Submitted by Eddie on Thu, 08/02/2018 - 06:47

I'm 77.  Never paddled.  Physically challenged.  Want to build a double sea kayak.  The obvious choice is Stitch & Glue.  And here comes trouble.

I am in Thailand.  Forget about red cedar, CVG, marine grade plywood, Western System Epoxy etc.   I know, for you guys living in US it is a matter of choosing the nearest reliable supplier...  I have honestly tried...  The best thing I can buy here is:

Wood selection for the hull

Submitted by Scott Maschino on Mon, 07/23/2018 - 22:39

I haven't built anything yet, but have been kicking the idea around for several years now. I've done a lot of looking, reading, watching and such. I understand that the "traditional" hull wood is red cedar. I tend to not follow tradition.  I have the opportunity to fell and mill some black walnut and should be able to get some long, straight 8/4 planks. Reading the bark, I have strong hopes that they should yield some long clear grain sections that could be used in a kayak. As well as a few sections that will likely have some curl.

spruce for kayak ?

Submitted by rudi on Tue, 04/03/2018 - 16:24

spruce strip

Hello to everybody 

 

Firstly a huge thank to Nick for you wonderful an inspiring work and all the free YouTube videos.

I wonder what you guys think about using alpine spruce for building a kayak or canoe?

I’m living in north Italy (south Tyrol) and here we don’t have red cedar.