I've been kicking around the thought of building another (would be my third) cedar strip canoe.
I'd like to build it as light as possible but yet not be fragile. So I am looking for ideas and options on things to do to keep the weight down.
Thanks for any tips and suggestions.
Pull-Up Strap Handle Kit
Recreational Kayak Paddle
Gedi Convertible Helmet
Paddler's Truck Rack
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Use High Density Foam, s-glass and|
Posted by: onnopaddle on Dec-07-12 8:24 PM (EST)
A few ideas|
Posted by: mornstein on Dec-07-12 8:30 PM (EST)
While red cedar seems to have about the best strength to weight ration of the readily available woods, not all red cedar is equal in weight, so suggestion #1 is to look for light weight boards from which to mill your strips.
Posted by: windwalker on Dec-07-12 8:50 PM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Dec-07-12 10:57 PM (EST)
I have used 3/16 but find the bottom can "oil can" upward in the water or when walking on the bottom will push down. Ribs are necessary if you use 3/16 planking. This is how I make mine.
As for spruce, I was referring to sitka.|
Posted by: mornstein on Dec-08-12 2:26 PM (EST)
Other soft/light woods including pine, hemlock fir etc. could be considered, but Sitka likely has the best overall characteristics.
Posted by: kelvin1 on Dec-08-12 12:43 AM (EST)
If you can get it paulownia is lighter than cedar. I used it for my Guideboat and found it very easy to work with and the dust isn't as bad as cedar.
Look on the builders board|
Posted by: qajaqer2 on Dec-08-12 11:51 AM (EST)
Posted by: greencrafted on May-11-13 9:15 AM (EST)
3/16" strips, 4 oz glass both sides. or kevlar if you can afford it.