Re: [baidarka] fabric wear at sharp corners

Bram van der Sluys (
Mon, 4 May 1998 18:25:01 -0700

From: Bram van der Sluys <>
Subject: Re: [baidarka] fabric wear at sharp corners
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Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 18:25:01 -0700

At 01:05 PM 02/05/98 -8:00, you wrote:
>Hi Heindrik
>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?
>George Privett
>> 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
Hi George
I skinned a Greenland style kayak with a PVC coated polyester cloth used for
awnings. As mentioned by Hendrick the material has virtually no stretch and
I had doubts about being able to work with it. I was successful in creating
an excellent looking job with only 4 panels for the hull. The panels lap on
the keel, the chines and the gunwales using a glued joint. The material is
extremely strong. I haven't had much time to try the boat out as it is not
quite finished so overall serviceability hasn't been determined. Life sure
gets in the way of fun doesn't it. The material measures .45mm thick
(1/64")and weights about 16 oz per 36" x 36".
Hope this helps
Bram van der Sluys