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?

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.

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?

Perimeter deck lines

Submitted byRich Greenberg onTue, 07/30/2019 - 15:26

Hi, I am new to this forum.  My wife and I have a couple of skin on frame kayaks.  They are beautiful and are built in a very traditional manner with no perimeter lines. As we venture out into Puget Sound more, I think I'd like to install perimeter lines.