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Joe Underwood

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  1. The answer to your patch problem is Poly Tac! It's a high strength, fast drying, one part cement manufactured ESPECIALLY to attach polyester fabric to an airframe !! This stuff works and is great. I suggested a few weeks back about adding reinforcing tapes over high ware areas, keel and stringers but was shot down by Jeff about doing this. Sure it will not stop the ware on our skins but will give you one or two more layers to wear through before you have a hole in the bottom of your kayak. Might just get you home dry on a long extended trip. Nothing wrong with redundancy. Add your brass wear
  2. I have spent my life in aviation and recovered my share of old fabric covered air planes. With only 2 to 4 oz. cloth very similar to what we are covering our boats with. In areas of high wear or stress we would use what was call reinforcing tape. This tape was nothing more than the same material the plane was covered with just cut into strips and glued over the stress areas. This worked great and if done right after the plane was painted was very hard to see. I was planning to do this to the keel area of my Vardo. But going one step farther and putting two tape layers down there. The firs
  3. Consider milling the the two gunwales (heaviest boards in the kayak) into I beams. This was a common practice in older high performance aircraft where weight and strength were very important. This was done to the wing spares with great success and a part where failure was not an option. You would leave the gunwales at full size where the frames and lashings need to be. You would need the largest diameter router bit you could use so the radius on the webb where you lash the framing would be as big as it could be. You could easily take 1/4 of the weight of the gunwales away and not lose any s
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