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Re: Fabric Paddlefloat
By:Shawn Baker
Date: 11/7/1999, 10:38 am
In Response To: Re: requests (lee)

Hi Lee, Got it! Seattle Fabrics has some heat-sealable nylon. All you do is put the "wrong sides" together, hit it with a regular household iron, and voila! a welded seam.

Pete Rudie used it to make a nylon sprayskirt, and I'll probably use it if I ever make any more drybags. It would be very easy to use to make a paddlefloat. Do you still have your original inflation valve? You could just add the old valve to a new bladder. If not, Campor (in New Jersey) has replacement valves for Thermarest pads; you can buy them for about $5.

Incidentally, my brother and I are thinking of getting some of that heat-sealable nylon and make our own Thermarest-type pads. It's not the Staytek-like stuff, but exactly like the old, non Staytek pads.


> Ok , i give up , I'm just going to send my list to Santa with a request
> for a few Shawn originals.

> this will be very easy: make a paddle float that can be rolled up and
> stuffed into the pocket of a snapdragon skirt or a big pfd pocket. I had a
> prototype that a company back in Ca. made but didn't market. It lasted 4
> yrs of moderate use before it blew out last month. It's made out of coated
> 200denier nylon. All the storebought ones are big chunky tough things,this
> thing probably isn't as tough but as a safety item I liked being able to
> stuff it anywhere. Bright orange please.

Messages In This Thread

Make Your Own Drytop
Shawn Baker -- 11/5/1999, 2:13 pm
bashfully seeking sewing advice
Will Brockman -- 11/8/1999, 9:37 am
Re: bashfully seeking sewing advice
Tom P -- 11/8/1999, 9:15 pm
Re: bashfully seeking sewing advice
Shawn Baker -- 11/8/1999, 10:12 am
Re: Make Your Own Drytop
Shawn Baker -- 11/6/1999, 10:41 pm
Link to seattle fabrics
Paul G. Jacobson -- 11/6/1999, 10:56 pm
Re: Make Your Own Drytop
Nancy -- 11/6/1999, 7:43 pm
Re: Make Your Own Drytop
Don Lueder -- 11/6/1999, 9:57 am
Re: Make Your Own Nylon Sprayskirt
Shawn Baker -- 11/7/1999, 11:08 am
Re: requests
lee -- 11/5/1999, 11:00 pm
Re: Fabric Paddlefloat
Shawn Baker -- 11/7/1999, 10:38 am
Re: Make Your Own Drytop
mike allen -- 11/5/1999, 7:20 pm
Re: Make Your Own Drytop
Dean Trexel -- 11/5/1999, 7:32 pm
I Humbly beg the forgiveness of All!
too ashamed to say -- 11/5/1999, 7:37 pm
Re: Make Your Own Drytop
Tammy Hanks -- 11/5/1999, 6:48 pm
Re: Make Your Own Drytop
Dean Trexel -- 11/5/1999, 6:33 pm