Kevlar&S-Glass Canoe

Kevlar&S-Glass Canoe

Post by Jean-Luc GIRAR » Tue, 16 Sep 1997 04:00:00


I've read the book "Building your Kevlar Cano?" by James MORAN

My first problem is that I cannot find S-Glass suppliers in France.

At SICOMIN they told me to substitute with normal Glass but in heavier
g/m2.

I want to build a big and still light canoe. The james MORAN family
canoe design (5.5m) is perfect for my use.

Should I use Carbon reinforcements added to normal Glass to compensate
S-Glass rigidity and keep the weight low.

Anyone having suggetions and/or experiences on Kevlar canoes ?

Thanks

Jean-Luc

 
 
 

Kevlar&S-Glass Canoe

Post by Mark Ricke » Sun, 21 Sep 1997 04:00:00

On Mon, 15 Sep 1997 13:49:02 +0000, Jean-Luc GIRARD

Quote:

>I've read the book "Building your Kevlar Cano?" by James MORAN

>My first problem is that I cannot find S-Glass suppliers in France.

>At SICOMIN they told me to substitute with normal Glass but in heavier
>g/m2.

>I want to build a big and still light canoe. The james MORAN family
>canoe design (5.5m) is perfect for my use.

>Should I use Carbon reinforcements added to normal Glass to compensate
>S-Glass rigidity and keep the weight low.

>Anyone having suggetions and/or experiences on Kevlar canoes ?

>Thanks

>Jean-Luc

        The experience I have had is that the S-Glass is used as an
external scratch layer as well as strength.  It can be sanded and
repaired if one scratches into it.  Kevlar on the outer layer is
extremely difficult to repair cleanly as it fuzz's.  I'd be tempted to
use the same weight E-glass.  I have not read this book so I'll add
this.  If the design is 2 or 3 full layers and no partials I would
think about either kevlar of E-glass partial layers in the layup to
add stiffness where needed.

Mark