Thanks for the comment. I know that Platt mentioned that Latex
paint does work well. I wonder how much weight is added to the boat
if it is painted both inside and out. Latex appears to work well
because it sits on the surface of the Dacron which allows the Dacron
to stay flexible and strong.
I did have a change to clean out the garage this weekend. So now I
have an empty stall to begin working. I am in the process of
searching for the right kind of wood for my project. Also have
watched the Monfort DVD a couple of times to better understand the
Thanks for the input and I look forward to posting my progress to
--- In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com
> Hello Joel,
> I have worked with Dacron covering on aircraft in the past and
> wondered "why couldn't you make a boat with this stuff?" Looks like
> someone has done it. This process looks very promising and once I
> my shop space together, I may start one of these designs. One
> must mention is that Dacron will degrade when exposed to UV
> (sunlight). It must be painted on all surfaces that will be
> the sun or even the reflected light striking the boat above the
> waterline. Good quality latex house paint, which should have a high
> solids content, works great.
> --- In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com, "jm_silverman"
> <jm_silverman@> wrote:
> > Hello to anyone who reads this first post. My name is Joel and
> > located in Minneapolis, MN. I grew up canoeing, sailing and
> > windsurfing on the many lakes in Minnesota. When I was very
> > my father built a fiberglass canoe using a mold from an Old
> > That canoe is still being used today 38 years later. If that
> > could talk, the stories it would tell about trips in the Boundry
> > Waters.
> > Recently I came across the Airolite web site while doing some
> > research. The construction technique was very interesting. So,
> > last week I ordered plans and a DVD from the web site. Within 3
> > days, I had the package in hand. Now I am itching to build my
> > Snowshoe 16.
> > With a long cold winter ahead, this might be the perfect project
> > work on in the evenings and the weekends.
> > I also started this group hoping that others would stumble upon
> > and join. I have not had much luck finding info on the web from
> > others who have built these boats.
> > Anyway, welcome aboard.