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Re: Skin-on-Frame: how many laters of glass cloth

I thank you for your advice, but you know the old saying…"My mind is made up; don't confuse me with facts"…lol. Having weighed the merits and demerits of both fabrics, I chose to use polyester because, 1) I want a very light kayak. I am 78 years old and need a kayak I can easily pick up and load onto a rack on top of my truck. I know that nylon is not a lot heavier, but there are other considerations such as... 2) I will be using it mostly on small lakes here is south central Florida where there are no rocks or snags to worry about. I plan on making a test frame to cover and coat with varnish and paint to see how much rough treatment it can take before it punctures. If necessary, I have some very light glass cloth that I can put on the bottom and sides over the polyester. This is a technique I have read about. 3) the polyester is easier to attach, stretch and heat shrink for a tight, smooth cover. Like most of the "toys" I build, I'll probably use it a few times then sell it as I have done with another kayak, a sailboat, and two tiny travel trailers that I designed and built. I just love the challenge of building something different for the fun of it. I also design and build RC planes and airboats. I may put my build photos on my WEB site later on where I already have RC build photos.

Today, I almost finished the frame of my kayak. I had everything done except for the keel, a couple of stringers and the coaming. I put the stringers inside the frame and weighed it…18.5 lbs. With the coaming, stringers and keel installed, ready to cover I estimate that the finished frame will weigh about 22-23 lbs. the cloth should weigh about 4-5 lbs. I don't know how much the varnish and paint will weigh, but I think finished, without the boat seat I'll use and floor panels, the total weight will be around 30-33 lbs, a weight I can handle loading and unloading. The seat and floor panels will be put in after unloading and I am ready to get in and start paddling.

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Dont' worry, polyester is plenty strong
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