I've purposely avoided complexity in order to achieve simple construction and quick assembly time. (approx. 20 minutes)
As such, there are no stretcher bars, sponsons or other mechanical devices. This means that the frame is built outside the skin and then the skin is pulled over the frame and laced up.
I intended to use zippers, but the added complexity plus the fact that zippers gave me less space to work with, especially at the stem/stern, led me to a quick lacing system. The lacing system does permit limited tightening of the skin. However, a completely watertight environment isn't assured, although it comes close.
Contributors to this page: Thomas Yost (TDY), Patrick Poirier (PPR), Gerald Maroske (GUM) and Hendrik Maroske (HHM)