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  A couple of follow up questions
  Posted by: DaveO1 on Mar-20-13 10:09 AM (EST)

If I am reading you correctly, you are suggesting that the Kevlar patch should go under the strap tie-down. My simplistic thought was to put the Kevlar over the strap ends. I assume putting the Kevlar under is to reinforce the hull there, yes? Putting the Kevlar over the strap ends is overkill for holding them in place and just the epoxy is plenty sufficient, yes?

The reason for the tie-downs is to secure portage packs when tripping, and air bags for daytripping/ basecamping, or a mix of packs and air bags. This is for safety in the event of swamping or other mishap on large cold lakes, especially solo.

I know from experience that a fast and easy system is important for all kinds of reasons, and I want to minimize the number of straps in use. I hope to avoid the cage lacing altogether when using just portage packs. This means that the tie-down points need to be located as low down toward the hull as possible, and need to be strong. For the air bags at least, I will need one or two tie-down points in the center of the hull, even if that means locating them on the foam area.

So, I expect these tie down points will experience some serious stress, during warm water practice swamp/capsize/reenter sessions, if nowhere else. A 40 lb portage pack is going to throw its weight around, so to speak, in a 35-45 lb. canoe. Ultimately, I want to make sure to avoid the disappointing if not tragic result of having the tie-down points fail to hold if and when I really needed them to hold. Of course, I also want to avoid damaging the foam on my expensive ultralight canoe.

I was fatigued last night when posting and got turned around about fiberglass and kevlar. I thought that I must have neglected to have fiberglass in my original post but didnít double check and then misstated as to using Kevlar. I hope that makes sense but it doesnít matter. The point is that I have used fiberglass but not Kevlar. I did not have good luck cutting fiberglass cloth with scissors. I have not tried cutting Kevlar. I will try the technique of pulling back a little bit during the stroke of the scissor.

Reading between the lines, I think you are suggesting that kevlar is a better material to use than fiberglass for this application, yes?

Much thanks again.

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