''FAP-15 Design by Thomas Yost''
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FAP-15 Design 2002 (TDY)

Based on FAP-16, this smaller/wider version was designed to use the minimum of materials possible while still producing a lightweight, strong, and durable folding kayak. This has been accomplished by using (5/8" X .049) tubing in place of the normal 3/4", and also by having only four cross sections, instead of FAP-16's seven. The displacement figure of 190lbs is at the 4.5" waterline. Final displacement at the gunwales is in excess of 600lbs. The finished kayak weighs about 24lbs.

The cross sections, backrest and footbrace are made of HDPE. The skin is a sewn, one-piece Polyester design. Coating are Neoprene/Hypalon.

The deckridge is considerably taller than FAP-16 to provide greater room for comfort and storage. Personally, I prefer lower, flatter decks, but wanted to provide an alternative for other builders. This Aleut based frame is made of 5/8" tubing. Though flexible, it showed no signs of deflection in the water. The HDPE cross sections allow for ease of construction and assembly. The tubing size and number of cross sections are the same as the Feathercraft Kahuna (14'6" LOA). Tubing size can be changed to 3/4" if desired during construction.

Contributors to this page: Thomas Yost (TDY), Patrick Poirier (PPR), Gerald Maroske (GUM) and Hendrik Maroske (HHM)