DYI kevlar canoe resources/books and info?

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DYI kevlar canoe resources/books and info?

Post by Libraryhound » Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:45 am

I am ordering some how-to books on Kevlar canoes. I want to design and build a mold to make a few nicely finished canoes.
I have some ideas I want to try out. Any books that stand out as being a good resource? Looking for a mold making book and design ideas and alternative materials book/s.
Any suggestions are appreciated
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Re: DYI kevlar canoe resources/books and info?

Post by Mike W. » Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:16 am

Boatbuilder's Manual, Edited by Charles Walbridge. I have the 6th edition, not sure how many there were. It's out of print, but you can usually find it used.

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Post by Bob P » Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:39 pm

Fiberglast.com has many construction resources:

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Re: DYI kevlar canoe resources/books and info?

Post by Neill.2 » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:13 pm

L'Hound...
Are you still happy with that explorer, inspired by it to make Kelvar boats, or looking to improve on it???

I have not enjoyed the BigDog..although I have not had a chance to paddle it in the water I want yet?

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Re: DYI kevlar canoe resources/books and info?

Post by Libraryhound » Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:10 am

Thanks for the posts am ordering books tonight.

Neill I took my son Laith to Wolf Lake up in Cullowhee NC we paddled, picnicked and loved the canoe.
Have you had the BigDog in water yet? if it is not a good fit for you let me know. I will see what I can do.
I love making things and would love a light Kevlar ww Canoe and I have Ideas about new materials and designs for strength and durability. Now to see if i can make if work:)
Again Thanks
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Re: DYI kevlar canoe resources/books and info?

Post by clt_capt » Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:08 am

Charlie Walbridge's Boatbuilder's Manual is wonderful - Lots of great info from plug making, plug prep, mold making, mold prep and actual boat building.

You may also want to look at some of the wood strip canoe construction books and videos available - Great way to build a plug that you can paddle to see if the design is what you want before you go through the effort and expense of building a mold.

You can also look at some of the rapid prototyping materials - C-Flex, Bead and Cove foam strips - much easier to shape than wood strip, and once covered by a layer or 2 of glass will give you a solid prototype to test and tweak.

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Re: DYI kevlar canoe resources/books and info?

Post by Neill.2 » Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:49 pm

Daniel---Yikes....That "not" was NOT suppose to be in that post...I have absolutely enjoyed the Big Dog...although I have not been able to push it to its limits (and mine yet) that boat on the water seems near perfection...I mean that! Neill

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