Skin on Frame

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

leather/natural skins for kayak building

Submitted byaru onThu, 08/12/2021 - 00:13

Im looking to make a primitive/traditional SOF kayak, I cant find anything on this. I planned to use oil tanned leather, sealed with a beeswax mixture. Any thoughts? I was told on a leatherworking forum that oil tanned leather wouldnt work. Its hard to find info on this.

SOF-first Tom Yost build

Submitted bylouiemuniz onMon, 07/05/2021 - 20:49

Hello this is my first post, nice to be here!

I'm about to start building my first kayak and have decided to build one of Tom Yost's kayaks. I'm very curious about the Cape Falcon F1 as well but it's a bit pricey for a first build (mandatory class, plans, and supplies). My question is which Yost kayak would be appropriate for me or which is highly recommended.

Specs: 5'7", 165lbs, size 9.5 shoes

I'll mostly be using this for exercise on Minnesota lakes/rivers, possibly learning how to roll, and maybe small camping trips--I suppose just an all around kayak.

SOF Stress skin panel frames

Submitted byAppleHillBoatyard onWed, 12/16/2020 - 10:12

Total newbie; Planning on building a SOF using the "fuselage" frame method. An out of the box idea occurred to me.

Instead of 3/4 plywood frames, would a 1/8" ply, 1/2 solid foam insulation, 1/8 ply sandwich appropriately sealed on the edges provide the strength needed in addition to being lighter and providing more flotation?

I have not seen this anywhere so there is probably a good reason this would not work, but I am just experimenting. 

Thanks in advance. 

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?

How to Save Naugahyde Skin on old Folbot Kayak

Submitted byteejay onTue, 08/11/2020 - 14:43

Hey folks!

My father and I are restoring my great grandfather's old Folbot kayak, circa 1981-ish. It has a wooden frame, naugahyde skin, and is non-folding. We're hoping to save and reattach the skin as it is in relatively good condition, although we need to find a way to remove it so we can continue disassembly in order to sand down and refinish the wooden frame.  

Restoring Old Wooden Folbot Kayak

Submitted byteejay onTue, 08/11/2020 - 14:41

Hey folks!

My father and I are restoring my great grandfather's old Folbot kayak, circa 1981-ish. It has a wooden frame, naugahyde skin, and is non-folding. We're hoping to save and reattach the skin as it is in relatively good condition, although we need to find a way to remove it so we can continue disassembly in order to sand down and refinish the wooden frame.  

Restoring Old Wooden Folbot Kayak

Submitted byteejay onTue, 08/11/2020 - 14:40

Hey folks!

My father and I are restoring my great grandfather's old Folbot kayak, circa 1981-ish. It has a wooden frame, naugahyde skin, and is non-folding. We're hoping to save and reattach the skin as it is in relatively good condition, although we need to find a way to remove it so we can continue disassembly in order to sand down and refinish the wooden frame.  

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.