Re: [baidarka] fabric wear at sharp corners

Wynne Eden (
Tue, 05 May 1998 19:59:41 -0400

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Date: Tue, 05 May 1998 19:59:41 -0400
From: Wynne Eden <>
Subject: Re: [baidarka] fabric wear at sharp corners
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Many of the PVC-coated polyester "canvas" used in awnings, specifically
Sunbrella brand, has a tendency to be difficult to stretch initially, but
stretches badly over time. I used it to make a "bikini" top for my Amigo
(sortof a Jeep). It went on really tight, with no give to stretch to the
snaps, but went limp with heat, sunlight and time. The Astrup Co. (don't
know if they have a web site--gimme a while) is a wholesale source for tons
of canvas and canvas work supplies--worth any watersportsperson's (toooo
PC) attention.

Americus, GA

At 06:25 PM 5/4/98 -0700, you wrote:
>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