Weight is around 54 lbs (should be around 35, but I built the seats
thicker than the plans call for, and put in four extra floorboards. ,
capacity is around 600lbs.
The frame is made from two types of wood;
- the stringers (run the length of the boat) are 1/4 x 1/4 mahogany,
and the ribs are 5/8 by 1/4 steamed oak.
The frame has a Mahogany stained polyurethane finish - which proved to
be very difficult to keep from dripping everywhere - every joint and
cross roving was an occasion for a run.
Discovered that Epoxy can be nasty stuff. Looks friendly, and works
easily, but don't get it on your skin or breath it in.
The outer covering is a Dacron 'airplane cloth' It gets glued along the
gunwales with heat'n bond tape. It is then heat shrinked on using an
Iron. It will shrink up to 10% which is plenty to make a very tight fit.
The cloth is then coated using a UV resistant clear polyurethane. The
designer claims that the fabric is very durable, unless you hit
something sharp like a broken bottle or sharply pointed stick... in
which case you'll need yer duck tape. :-) But it will supposedly
bounce off rocks and even running aground should not damage it.
the seats are also covered using the Dacron cloth, bonded to the
underside and heat shrinked. Seem to hold up well.
We took it out for the first trial yesterday, everything went well. At
one point we had 4 people in the boat comfortably. It seemed very
stable once some weight is in it. It's interesting that you can see the
water from inside the boat, rushing buy along the sides of the boat -
we're thinking of calling it 'seaview'. However, it's definitely a lake
boat - Tracks exceedingly well, but doesn't turn very quickly,
probably due to the length.
> --- In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com
> <mailto:Airolite_Boats%40yahoogroups.com>, "tnzeibig" <tnzeibig@...>
> > Just finished my first boat - the SnowShoe Traveler 18 - Added some
> > pics in the Photos section.
> > Tom Z
> Thanks for sharing, Tom. It looks great. I'd like to hear about what
> woods you used, how you finished it, and what you used to cover the
> seats. Did you deviate at all from the standard instructions? What is
> the finished weight? Any impressions of how it works in the water?