Tony Spectra is not a good material for covering SOF boats. It creeps (continuously deforms) under load. There s a good thread on this issue in theMessage 1 of 5 , Nov 1, 2009View SourceTonySpectra is not a good material for covering SOF boats. It creeps (continuously deforms) under load. There's a good thread on this issue in the woodenboat.com forum.RegardsNick
--- On Tue, 27/10/09, anthonyjtownsend@... <anthonyjtownsend@...> wrote:
From: anthonyjtownsend@... <anthonyjtownsend@...>
Subject: Re: [Airolite_Boats] Re: fabric source
To: "Airolite Boats" <Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tuesday, 27 October, 2009, 14:53
This probably will not work as you want. Sails are not very abrasion resistant hence the use of dacron spreader patches. All the high tech sails are laminates of some reinforcement (i.e. kevlar, carbon, pentax, spectra, etc.) sandwiched between layers of mylar. Mylar has poor uv resistance and paints do not adhere to it very well. In the cases where uv resistance has greater importance than ultimate light weight such as cruising sails there is frequently a layer of taffeta laminated as the final outside layer. You can get woven spectra cloth which has high uv and abrasion resistance but it is very costly and will not heat shrink.Tony
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From: "sharpstik" <bk2@sharpstick. org>
To: "Airolite Boats" <Airolite_Boats@ yahoogroups. com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 6:38:36 AM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: [Airolite_Boats] Re: fabric source
ah, good question. i haven't built my airolite yet, so that didn't immediately occur to me. thus demonstrating the value of this list!
i guess the only way to use it would be to glue over the stretched dacron on the bottom panels.
> But the bigger question si, how do you heat shrink dacron or kevlar that's
> used for sails?
> Beau Schless