Skin on Frame

Boats built with an open frame consisting of cross sections and longitudinal pieces, all covered with waterproofed fabric

Skin on frame boat for kids

Submitted byShawn onTue, 09/22/2020 - 19:33

I would like to build a skin boat for my 9yr old son.

I cannot find the plans for the “sea flea” by Tom Yost, but I was thinking of scaling down the multi-chine Sea Bee.

if I reduce the scale of the boat to 10’ 4” long, with 19” beam, payload would theoretically be about 125lbs (20lb boat, 65lb paddler, plus cargo)

Does anyone have thoughts or experience on this, or maybe another recommendation?

SOF - mixing fabric weights

Submitted bytraveler onWed, 03/18/2020 - 07:45

About to start skinning a 16 foot fuselage frame, touring style skin on frame kayak, primarily for light duty overnight tripping. Trying a few things to keep the weight down while ensuring respectable durability, and was thinking that I might shave a couple of pounds off by using a heavier fabric only on the bottom up to the gunnel (e.g. 9 ounce poly or 12 ounce nylon), and a light fabric (3 ounce Dacron) for the  deck, where presumably there wouldn't be much stress/abrasion risk. Would staple both top and bottom halves along the gunnel and cover with a lightweight cedar rub strip.

Restoring Folbot Super TSK - HELP!!!

Submitted byjdbeers onSun, 01/05/2020 - 16:52

I have a 1980s era Folbot Super TSK (I'm pretty sure that's what it is) that I'm going to reskin and refinish, among other things. I've got some ideas on how to reskin but they're only ideas, so I could really use some help. I have limited funds but think I have the hand tools I need (hopefully). Here are my questions:

I was going to use heavy duty truck tarp material (it's a PVC coated polyester) for a new skin - will that work?

gatherings/events near central missouri???

Submitted byparadisepete onSun, 06/09/2019 - 08:15

i am new to paddling and boat building.  currently building 2 sof canoes for the wife and i.  i run across from time to time videos from "mess abouts" or other gatherings where people gather to show the boats they have built and paddle around ect with other boat builders.  looking for events in the midwest region, although if there was a "can't miss" "super bowl"  event i would consider traveling farther.  any help or recommendations would be appreciated.  again brand new, so im sure i am not using the right terms. 

Glacier Bay - Alaska

Submitted bySharli onMon, 01/28/2019 - 19:44

I was wondering if anyone has tested the self-made kayaks in some weather conditions like in the Glacier Bay.

I found an article about Glacier Bay in Alaska and I am fascinated to do such a trip, If possible with a self-made watercraft.

I like the iqyax design, but do not have the right drawings. If anyone can assist I will appreciate it.