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.
The footbrace is a combination of aluminum tubing and HDPE. The three piece aluminum tube telescopes to attach to the chines with an HDPE "snap" connection. Sheet metal screws are attached to the chines every inch or so to allow adjustment points. The HDPE foot plate is both comfortable and secure.
Like the footbrace, the backrest uses a combination of aluminum tubing and HDPE. The backrest "snaps" onto an aluminum tube that is affixed to the back of the coaming. The backrest pivots to adjust to the paddlers back position. The overall depth of the backrest is 2.5". The entire unit can easily be removed if not required.
Both FAP-15 and TDY-16 utilize a 2 piece coaming design. The hold down screws attach to plates affixed to the front of section 2 and the back of section 3. This provides a secure coaming mount. The snap-on connections used with FAP-16 have been eliminated.
9 oz. Polyester Skin
Same design/construction as TDY-16 and FAP-16.
Unlike the Hypalon coated skin of FAP-16, this boat uses both Neoprene and Hypalon. The hull is covered with 8 coats neoprene, while the deck is covered with 3 coats Neoprene/4 coats Hypalon.
FAP-15 and TDY-16 curing on the racks. At this point, deck fitting have not yet been attached. Both boats have since been paddled, but no pics are available since my digicam is in the shop for repairs. I'll provide a report with pics at a later date.
Contributors to this page: Thomas Yost (TDY), Patrick Poirier (PPR), Gerald Maroske (GUM) and Hendrik Maroske (HHM)