always a sceptic
Posted by: RubricOfRuin on Mar-29-13 7:15 PM (EST)
Stiffness of the boat has little to do with material itself - skin-on-frame boats are very stiff, despite, or rather because, of their construction - load-bearing frame, thin strained hull material. In Oru kayak skin is both strained and load-bearing and bow/stern/deck seams are not sealed. Deformation of the skin may/will cause deformation of the seam and water ingress. Given, not an issue in dead calm, much more of an issue when hitting something or in waves. Free surface effect will make boat less controllable, probably making things worse.
I think the idea is nice in itself, but not practical in real life.
Hardshell Kayak Sail Rigs
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