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PostPosted: October 31st, 2006, 10:07 am 
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Doug,
Thank you for the reference - I went through Morris' book at the library some time ago (it was one of the inspirations for going SOF), but I was hoping to get some feedback from people with actual experiences using these materials, and more specifically, to identify Canadian supplier(s) in the Ottawa area. After much reading and web research, here is where I'm at:

I understand the "standard " material for SOF kayaks is the ballistic nylon, but how much does it stretch again when it gets wet from the inside? Is this a problem?

The PVC fabric, although very tough and abrasion resistant, has virtually no stretch or shrinkage - how difficult is it to get a nice , wrinklefree skin for a canoe?

The Dacron would appear to be easy to work with but seems to have the least abrasion resistance and appearantly loses its ripstop quality when painted. How does it stand up in actual use?

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hapi_padlr wrote:
The Dacron would appear to be easy to work with but seems to have the least abrasion resistance and appearantly loses its ripstop quality when painted. How does it stand up in actual use?


As I understand it, if you want any kind of resonable durability from the Dacron, it is reccomended you mount two layers at a bias to each other. If you don't want to leave it the natural translucent look, the only way to colour it without negating the ripstop ability is with a pricey mylar treatment.


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I stumbled across these pictures of assembling a Pakboat:
http://blogs.aviation.ca/index.php/steve.php/2006/w36/

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