If you re having trouble figuring out lashings, the book building the greenland kayak has some great methods (minus anything that mentions linseed) andMessage 1 of 1 , Apr 25, 2012View Source
If you're having trouble figuring out lashings, the book "building the greenland kayak" has some great methods (minus anything that mentions linseed) and there's detailed instructions on lashings.
Vectran thread is on ebay, it is a more crystalline (molecularly branched, organized) form of Kevlar fiber (Kevlar is in turn a more organized form of nylon, btw).
Vectran will not noticeably creep within the lifetime of your canoe. I have tempered glass shelving in my house, and my suspension wires for my shelves (where I can't put steel brackets underneath) are vectran thread... no joke.
Branched (crystalline) fibers can get fuzzy and fray... Kevlar and its variants. (if anybody has tencel shirts, those are branched cellulose, and are marketed as being "soft" for this reason). All nylons are excellent with water based coatings (or alcohol based like epoxy., so a healthy amount of coating can keep the fibers together and inhibit that fraying.
Elvamide bonds well to nylons (as it is nylon resin) and for small amounts would be reasonable. Ebay.