Re: [baidarka] fabric wear at sharp corners

HendrikMaroske (
Sun, 03 May 1998 21:30:37 +0200

Date: Sun, 03 May 1998 21:30:37 +0200
From: HendrikMaroske <>
Subject: Re: [baidarka] fabric wear at sharp corners

Hi George,

George Privett wrote:

> This discussion goes back a couple of months.
> Could tell us what weight of PVC skin you used and what you would use
> next time?

_This time_ ; the "Greenland Baidarka" is nearly ready for skinning :))

A few weeks ago I went for the new skin and definitely wanted something

Until now I used 0.6mm thick stuff. Now I want 0.2 up to 0.4mm. My
says that the thin stuff has defects in it which don't bother him but
will keep
me from using it. So I ordered that 0.6mm stuff again. Its Swiss brand
name is
"Stamoid". Then I had the idea of additionally ordering the 0.4mm stuff
for all
the areas where I _know_ I will need several layers and where the extra
of the 0.6mm Nylon/PVC material is not needed. I'll just have to select
the good
pieces out of the material.

For the deck this time I have purchased a lighter skin, something
that is commonly used as a replacement for cotton.

I'll check the weights when I am in my workshop again.



> > Hi,
> >
> > I had trouble with my nylon/PVC skins, because this material seems not to
> > have any
> > stretch at all. I had the best results with 2inch strips of skin glued in
> > layers one above
> > the other like roof shingles. Doesn't look too good, but is absolutely
> > strong and
> > watertight; in fact, _so_ stong, that with my folding baidarka skins I have
> > trouble putting
> > the ends into the duffel bag. This time, I'm going for a thinner skin...
> >
> > Hendrik
> >
> >