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PostPosted: October 25th, 2005, 7:27 pm 
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FYI, (Way cool)

Geodesic Airolite Boats
http://gaboats.com/

20 lbs for a solo canoe!

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PostPosted: October 26th, 2005, 7:30 am 
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Yep, I have two friends that own Snowshoe 14's. Both used more durable fabric than the normally recommended fabric. They both wanted to feel like they could use the boat like a "normal canoe." They paddle really well, and are more durable than one would think.

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pknoerr, you state;
"Both used more durable fabric than the normally recommended fabric."

They call for a Dacron covering, what did your friends use?

(I like the look of the ARROW 14; http://gaboats.com/boats/arrow14.html )

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Doug,

I'm under the impression that it was still Dacron, though I believe it was a heavier fabric. The two builders I was speaking about have chatted a few times in my presence and I believe that they both toyed with the idea of using a polyester material instead, but my mind was trying to follow several conversations at the same time, and doing a poor job of both.

But I've paddled one of the Snowshoes ,and I found it to be a wonderful paddling canoe. It's reasonably rockered, so it feels light like a leaf on the water. It doesn't have alot of directional stability though. So if you like a harder tracking hull you might find the Arrow more to your liking.

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pknoerr wrote:
Doug,

I'm under the impression that it was still Dacron, though I believe it was a heavier fabric. The two builders I was speaking about have chatted a few times in my presence and I believe that they both toyed with the idea of using a polyester material instead, but my mind was trying to follow several conversations at the same time, and doing a poor job of both.


I'm under the impression dacron is a form of polyester, as is mylar.

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Could these boats be covered in "Kevlar" or the new "Hybrid Kevlar / Carbon cloth"?

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I'm one of the guy's PK was referring to in his post. I did the boat originally in 12 oz. ballistic nylon with one part polyurethane oil base coating. Worked well and was amazingly tough. I didn't like tha shape of the bottom, too round and unstable. In order to reshape the ribs I had to remove the fabric which destroyed it. I lashed the boat instead of glueing it so after cutting the lashings on most of the stringers I was able to reshape the ribs. That done I called Dyson Bidarka for a new skin. 12oz. wasn't available at that time so I went with 15oz. Added almost 5# to the boat because it held so much more varnish. I started out treating the boat like it was an egg shell and now aside from watching out for sharp pointed strainers it doesn't get any special consideration. I have not holed it but a friend who has one built to Monfort's exact specifications has and duct tape on both sides of the hole becomes an almost permanent repair.


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Thanks Ron,

I couldn't remember the details. Thanks for filling everyone in. I was going to email you for the details and post them, but I han't gotten to that.

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