hoz wrote:Check out Geodesic Boats for plans of all sorts of lightweight SOF boats. http://gaboats.com/. He uses heat shrink aircraft dacron coated with latex paint for covering.
The inventor, Pratt is gone but his widow is carrying on the business.
Wow hoz that sure is a great link. Thanks!
Guys look at this!
10' LOA, 48" beam, WEIGHT = 27lbs!
And is sails too!
The skin is the kind of Dacron used on airplane (crop duster) wings. Is such a material available here? Cloth would suffice but it might be nice if the material were available locally.
For strength I guess they put a diagonal grid of Kevlar fibers across the framework:
I wonder if rattan strands would make a suitable replacement.
For the framework how about stripped bamboo? Stripped meaning as is done when building a kite.