Retired now to Florida from Michigan. Enjoying wood working, for about 40 years now.
Built three cedar strip canoes and a couple stitch & glue kayaks over those years.
Winter before last built a 16 ft solo cedar strip. A gorgeous craft and paddled so nice, but at 45 lbs, portaging it over 30 K in Algonquin...that was enough.
Now experimenting with the Aerolite snowshoe 14 ft. Started as a test bed, but have been caught up in this project. If this craft paddles as nice as it looks, it's got me.
I don't care for the epoxy sent with the kit. Very easy to work with but cures brittle and cracks easy. I returned to my usual epoxy, System 3 or West System with added wood flower or filet power. Probably over did this, but added a small filet at each stringer/rib connection. More time, little weight and very strong. Also used the same mixture at most other critical joints.
The wood will break before these joints give way.
Also added an extra rib at both ends. Very little weight added, but beefed up a vulnerable area.
-Question... On this canoe, am I suppose to use the kevlar string as it comes off the spool, or make extra strands? Seems to have two main strands on the spool. On some drawings it looks as like one is supposed to comb out a number of strands. A little confused about this.
Also read where some people used hot glue for the kevlar...good/bad idea?
Thanks for any help with this, first time on a blog. Sincerely enjoying this whole process.