''Temporary Skin''
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Temporary Skin (HHM)

Before doing the skinning process, some kayak builders wrap their new kayak frame in clear plastic and try it out to check if the design has any obvious flaws. For example, trim problems; that is, if the seat is too far forward or aft. Or trouble just getting into the thing, happens all the time. At that stage, it still is easy to modify anything.

Now, it seems that most of us just try with the expensive skin (me included), ignoring the possibilities of tape (although I tape virtually everything) and clear plastic. I just always had tried to avoid the additional work involved.

But that can be real fun; here is an account of what can be achieved, if you really want.

And here is Tom's trial version: it took less than three hours to make.

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