Boat Review: Make Your Own Boat – woodworkweb

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Spring is boating season, and this year I am looking for a small rugged, light weight boat or kayak I can take in the ocean and on the lakes, even better if I can build it myself like this one from dreamcatcherboats.com a rugged skin on frame boat the uses wood and ballistic nylon for construction. I wanted to check out these boats so brought the camera along for everyone to see this interesting concept in boat building.
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20 Replies to “Boat Review: Make Your Own Boat – woodworkweb”

  1. When you make it with red cedar it is at least 10 to 15 lbs liter and more rot resistant… Please Consider… Blessings from Alaska

  2. its a lovely little boat, basically a umiak.
    gunwhale though..its pronounced 'gunnel' (phonetically) since a long time before white people stepped foot on north america..
    you know, just saying..lol

  3. At last a video worth watching showing some grace & care in design & construction.
    Some comment by an experienced kayaker on stability would be helpful.
    Also the waterproofing by calendaring of the nylon is raised below but not answered.
    Thanks for the HD video.

  4. I love the boat and I am getting the plans to built one my self, there is just a teeny weeny problem in the video and that's the huge swimming vest he is carrying.
    If the boat is as trustworthy as he say's it is, why the huge swimming vest?  

  5. Not to nit pick, but having worked in the business that makes these "ballistic nylons", as well as the "Kevlars", a few points.

    Ballistic nylons aren't used in vests … that's the realm of materials like Kevlar [aramid], Spectra [polyethylene], and other similar "super products".

    Where you will find "ballistic nylons" are in "soft sided luggage", e.g. those carry-on roller cases.  My 40-yr old Hartman suitbag is made from the stuff.

    The difference in costs for yard goods made from these two families of fibers are substantial, as much as 20X.

    So, I'm going to assume that the fabric used was the less-expensive material [which is readily available].

    But there's a second issue.  For water repellancy, those fabrics have to be calendared or 'skinned' on one side [check your luggage and you'll see what I mean].  So is the material purchase treated this way or is a topical applied in the boat building?

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