Kevlar Pearl

Use the Project Directories as quick-reference tools to help you find other builders working on similar projects to yours.
Post Reply
User avatar
Jim Dodd
Posts: 1160
Joined: Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:08 pm
Location: Iowa

Kevlar Pearl

Post by Jim Dodd » Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:47 am

I know its a little sacrilegious on this site, but here's a couple pics of my Kevlar copy of my cedar strip Pearl.Image Image

This is my second Kevlar. I can't wait for The Watco to dry, so I can put it to water.

Jim
Keep your paddle wet and your seat dry!

User avatar
Cruiser
Posts: 609
Joined: Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:21 am
Location: Bowmanville, Ontario

Re: Kevlar Pearl

Post by Cruiser » Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:26 pm

Very pretty ... do you have any pics or general description how you did that ... maybe a future project for me.


Brian

User avatar
Jim Dodd
Posts: 1160
Joined: Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:08 pm
Location: Iowa

Re: Kevlar Pearl

Post by Jim Dodd » Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:46 pm

Thanks Brian, but even I have a hard time calling a Kevlar hull pretty !

I didn't know if the Kevlar build would be suitable here.

There is a thread on another site.

If you go to, <https://www.canoetripping.net> look into forums and look under paddlecraft construction. I have a thread there, Kevlar Pearl. Plenty of pics.

It was exciting to build. My method is similar to James Moran's book Building a Kevlar canoe.
The big difference was I used a stripper, instead of a foam plug that he destroys. I also use 1/8" cedar instead of foam in the bottom. Fun build ! It's at least 10# lighter than the stripper.


Jim
Last edited by Jim Dodd on Sat Sep 05, 2015 5:45 am, edited 2 times in total.
Keep your paddle wet and your seat dry!

User avatar
Cruiser
Posts: 609
Joined: Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:21 am
Location: Bowmanville, Ontario

Re: Kevlar Pearl

Post by Cruiser » Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:58 pm

Thanks for the info Jim, very interesting, makes me think about trying this




Brian

Morecowbell
Posts: 47
Joined: Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:41 am

Re: Kevlar Pearl

Post by Morecowbell » Sat Sep 05, 2015 8:12 am

Jim,

That is VERY interesting - thanks for posting! :applause
How would you compare the cost of the two methods?

Clay

User avatar
Jim Dodd
Posts: 1160
Joined: Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:08 pm
Location: Iowa

Re: Kevlar Pearl

Post by Jim Dodd » Sat Sep 05, 2015 5:20 pm

Thanks Clay
Without going through my figures closely .
I'd guess the Kevlar cost at about $400 more. I machine my own strips, for my strippers, which is a BIG cost saving !
If you where to buy your strips, and compare the cost. I'd say you could build a Kevlar for considerably less than a stripper.

Certainly less than a commercial Kevlar canoe.

Again I'd have to check my figures.

As for time, I thought I could build the Kevlar faster, but in reality, I think it took longer.

Jim
Keep your paddle wet and your seat dry!

User avatar
Jim Dodd
Posts: 1160
Joined: Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:08 pm
Location: Iowa

Re: Kevlar Pearl

Post by Jim Dodd » Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:11 pm

Two more picsImage Image
She handles great.

Jim
Keep your paddle wet and your seat dry!

User avatar
Jim Dodd
Posts: 1160
Joined: Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:08 pm
Location: Iowa

Re: Kevlar Pearl

Post by Jim Dodd » Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:33 pm

Friend stopped by today, so I put him in the Pearl, that was the mold for the Kevlar.Image Image

Jim
Keep your paddle wet and your seat dry!

Post Reply