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Re: Motor vs Rowing inflatable dinghy...

Originally Posted by smurphny View Post
Thanks for the link. Those fabric boats are interesting but don't look durable enough. They're probably suitable for calm harbors. I am looking for a hull design to lay up in kevlar, a super tough, light fabric that is commonly used in whitewater boats. These river craft take a real beating. Polyester resin and standard mat/cloth are certainly plenty strong but the thickness required to attain adequate rigidity and strength results in a lot of weight. Kevlar can be laid up thinner because it is much stronger than traditional glass fiber. Marine Composites | DuPont? KevlarŪIf the pram design were more seaworthy, it could probably be built light enough with these kinds of materials but I'm looking for a hull design that rows really well.
Great points. And yes, while they're pretty and light, I agree. They do not seem to be something that would work well in anything other than very protected waters.
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