[bolger] Re: Tyvek as sail material?
- To David and all,
The 2000 _Into The Wind_ catalog lists the price for Tyvek as
$2.50 a yard for 1 to 12 yards and $2.25 a yard for 12+ yards, just
as I posted. I don't know why the prices differ on the web site; if I
were to order there, I would ask them. As to durability, I have no
experience with the stuff as sailcloth (or house wrap, for that
matter), but for kites, tents and tarps it seems to hold up well. One
tent made of the stuff (not mine) survived a six month traverse of the
Appalachian Trail and is still reported usable three years later.
About my screwing up the URL for Into The Wind, I can only
say D'oh!..., er, I mean, Duh!,
David Beede wrote:
> Thanks for this source! I've been looking for non logoed tyvek.
> The kite folks do list it on their site by the way.
> Their correct url is: http://www.intothewind.com
> Put tyvek into their search engine. They list it at $2.50/yd (60" width)
> with a 20 yd minimum. I think I'll try contacting them directly about a
> quantity price.
> Anyone know the UV properties of Tyvek? I was told by a builder that he
> didn't use it as house wrap unless it would be sheathed within a week or
> so, due to UV breakdown?
> David Beede
> david wrote:
> > Blake,
> > You can purchase plain, off-white Tyvek in sixty inch widths for $2.50
> > a
> > running
> > yard ($2.25 for 12+ yards) from _Into The Wind_, a kite hobbyist
> > supply
> > company.
> > They have a website: <http://www.intothewind@com/>. The website
> > doesn't
> > have the
> > Tyvek listed, or much else, but you can place a request for their
> > mail-order
> > catalog from there, or just write them via E-mail at:
> > kites@.... I
> > have no financial connection with these folks, btw. This tyvek is off
> > white and
> > looks sorta like Egyptian cotton from a distance... well, maybe not,
> > but
> > there
> > are no huge logos on it. It can be sewn, glued with contact or rubber
> > cement, or
> > taped with double faced indoor/outdoor carpet tape. Good instructions
> > for making Tyvek sails can be found at:
> > <http://cyber-dyne.com/~jkohnen/Tyvek/index.html.> I haven't used the
> > stuff to make sails, but I have made backpacking tents out of it and
> > it
> > works well, certainly better than six mil polyethylene sheeting....